7 days in Jeddah, Taif, Al Bahah and Abha

Schedule:

Everyday

Tour Highlights:

seven days in Jeddah, Taif, Al Bahah, and Abha

Day 1: Arrival to Jeddah

Your tour leader/driver will be awaiting you. They will be holding a sign of SaudiArabiaTours, You do not need to look for them – they will be waiting for you and will find you.

From the moment your tour starts, your tour leader will give you full attention. Once in the car, He will talk to you about all the things on the way as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you.

You will be transferred by an A/C car to your hotel. Overnight in Jeddah.

(Optional) Jeddah By Night Tour

Day 2: Jeddah Historical Tour

Breakfast. Start your tour to visit Jeddah’s historical downtown area (Al-Balad) which is the historical area well known as the “Old Town”, where many of the oldest families used to live and work. It boasts of old buildings, a traditional souk, and many restaurants, where visitors get to walk amid the old streets and experience the traditional landscape of the old town.

When you are in historical Jeddah we will take you back to the old era of Saudi Arabia,  all your senses will be in action. You will hear and learn amazing stories about Jeddah and ride and walk through secret doors, Enjoy a wonderful walking Al-Balad.

This history tour of Old Town will take you along all the less known must-see local spots: Beit Nassif, Makkah gate for a photo stop,  Historical Jeddah north gate stop for a photo, other historical houses provide a rare opportunity for you to experience the blend of traditional architecture with modernity Old Market hidden gems, Old Jeddah hidden galleries and Local Jeddah food shops only for locals no tourists know about it.

Then you will visit Al Tayebat International City Museum, It’s a maze of different rooms covering Saudi history, architecture, interior decoration, Islamic art from Saudi and other Islamic countries. The museum itself is a great place for photos.

Its four-floor collection has displays ranging from pre-Islamic artifacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to stunning furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dress. Replicas of home interiors from every region are also featured. Exhibits are accompanied by excellent information panels, as well as dioramas of the Kingdom’s provinces.

After that, you will enjoy a ride along The New Jeddah Corniche is the 30 km coastal resort area of the city of Jeddah. Located along the Red Sea, the corniche features the coastal road, recreation areas, pavilions, and large-scale civic sculptures for all to enjoy and take pictures.

End the tour by visiting The Floating Mosque, this single domed architectural marvel that sits literally on the sea symbolizes Jeddah’s bold storm into the modern age. Sitting on an enviable location, the mosque’s courtyard offers unencumbered views of the Red Sea, making it a popular tourist site.

(Optional) Jeddah Food Tour

Overnight in Jeddah.

Day3 : Taif City Tour

Breakfast. Pick you up from your hotel and drive to Taif (171 Km).

 Start the tour with Shubra Palace. The palace is the most stunning vestige of old Taif, with latticework windows and balconies and interior marble from Carrara. King Abdul Aziz used to stay here and the palace was later the residence of King Faisal.

A unique amalgamation of Arabic and Romanian architecture. It is impressive worth photographing.

It is located on the northern side of Taif city center, and overlooks Shubra Street which is one of the most important pivotal streets in the city of Taif, Ali bin Abdullah bin Aoun Pasha has ordered the establishment of the Shubra Palace in 1905 AD.

(you can be visited only from outside as there are some renovation works now)You will visit this as it offers enough photographic angles and its history for this region.

Then will take you to Al Rudaf Park. Its a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature! There are music fountains, grasses, small rock mountains, and many playgrounds for children. It’s a very nice park and place but it’s for family only.

Then visit the old Souq in Taif city. Souq Okaz is a former largest and best known open air market in the Islamic world nowadays hosts thousands of tourists from around the world. The tradition of poetry recital competitions, arts& crafts exhibitions remain in the Souq today. In addition to that, you may want to explore ancient footprints of the market, flower orchids in Taif.

Then go to the oldest and best shopping mall in Taif, Taif’s Heart Mall.It’s an exciting place, where you and your family can shop, play, eat and have a splendid time

Then visit Al Shafa mountain and Al Hada mountain,It’s considered as one of the most beautiful and important mountain roads in the region. It connects Taif city with the other regions on the west and north.  It acquires enchanting and attractive views.

Nice drive up Al Shafa mountain is the highest mountain in the area of the town.Its also know as Jabal Dakkā.

You will walk and climb up Shafa mountain. It’s a difficult walk / climb, the views are fantastic and well worth the effort The higher up in the mountains you feel the gentle cool air. Amazed about so many different plants and trees, herbs and fruit bushes growing everywhere. It’s rich in natural resources as honey, rose gardens, herbs and so much more.

A cable car at an extra ticket journey up to the Al-Hada Mountain starts down in Al-Kurr Village and takes visitors all the way up to the mountaintop, where an upscale restaurant and hotel are located.

Overnight in Taif.

Day4 : Drive to Al Bahah

Breakfast. Pick you up from your hotel and drive to Al Bahah (220Km).

Al-Bahah lies in the west of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Hejaz region, between Mecca, which borders it from the north, west, and southwest, and Aseer which borders it from the southeast. 

Al Baha is also known for its traditional towers, each of which is called a qaṣbah. It was said “Apparently unique to Albaha architecture are the qasaba towers. Controversy surrounds their function—some argue that they were built as lookouts, and others that they were kept, or even granaries. Perhaps it is a combination, although the right position of a watchtower, on a hilltop, is the wrong place for a keep or granary.

You will have a chance to visit This famous village sometimes known as “marble village” as it is built on a small marble mountain. The grove of palm trees is lush due to a small stream nearby. The villagers say that the marble village glows at sunset. It also has a steep escarpment road, running into and out of tunnels on the way up and down. Dhi ‘Ain was famous for its fruits and banana plantations which still grow there. The village dates back about 400 years, and it witnessed the battles between the Ottoman Turks and its inhabitants.

And then visit the Sheikh Muhammad Bin Musbih Museum.

You will be transferred by an A/C car to your hotel. Overnight in Baha.

Day5 : ِAbha City Tour

Breakfast. Drive to Abha, Arrival and transfer to start your tour visiting the Jabal Sawda is the highest point in Saudi Arabia. You will visit to see the climate and enjoy the mountains and the heights.It is 3000 meters above sea level. You will see lots of varieties of green lush tress and shrubs.Also the misty mountains and valleys will sooth you and make you relaxed. Wonderful mental relaxation. It can get really cold so make sure to have jackets and blankets. 

A cable car at extra ticket, A beautiful trip with a rainy atmosphere will be more exciting trip falls from the mountains. Riding the cable car & viewing Abha from above was such a wonderful experience. It takes about 20-25min to reach down hill and similar time to return back on top. Each car can seat approximately 8 adults comfortably.

Then you will visit El Sahab Park is above a mountain. It has a beautiful view and the clouds pass you all the time. The literal translation of ‘Sahab’ is ‘cloud’. And that’s what this place is. You will have a chance to walk into clouds Cornish. 

 

(Optional) your tour leader can recommend for you a lovely restaurant in El Sahab Park to have your Lunch. you will be in between the clouds, one of the most beautiful places.the place is above a mountain.

There are two top view points on this hill. They are very near to each other. Lot of monkeys there, better to take some food for them, the moment you get there, they expect you to give them food.

Then we visit the Mud-walled Shada Castle, which is now a handicrafts museum. It is a representation of the beautiful traditional architecture of Asir region. It has a variety of fascinating local handicrafts, household items and more. It is also one of the very few traditional buildings left in Abha, making it mandatory to tour when in the city. Surrounded by modern architecture, this mud-walled tower itself is a great insight into Saudi Arabia’s past. 

We will drive to the Al-Muftaha district which had a market where we shopped for different kinds of crafts.

The Muftaha Village that was in a state of neglect was re-built based on inspirations from Asir’s heritage and culture. It was built using the traditional methods of construction with local mud and stones.

Al-Muftaha, in the center of the city, dates back 260 years. It incorporates adjoining houses along the internal and external passageways built according to the Asir region’s traditional construction style. It is distinguished by the small openings and thick walls that can protect the mud walls against rain and provide shade to the buildings.You will be enjoying the traditional colored houses of the Muftaha village, Its a great chance for photos lover.

Then We will take you to a mountain which took your breath away! its Jabal Al Akhdar or as translated “The Green Mountain”. This entire mountain is lit up with green lights and even the clouds above it were green due to the lights.It was a sight to behold.

This place as it definitely takes away all your stress and gives you the perfect environment to sit and feast on its beautiful surroundings. 

Overnight in Abha.

Day6 :Trip to Rijal Almaa

Breakfast. We will take you to Rijal Almaa village which is famous for its typical Arabian traditional architecture that can be found throughout the whole country, each region having its own specificity. But when it comes to Saudi traditional architecture the first image that comes to mind is the charming and colorful houses of Rijal Alma’. It is located 130 km by safe road from Abha or 65 Km unsafe road so of course we will take you by the safe road.

The village has stunning sceneries with a great history of the region. For its exceptional features, Rijal Alma’ is today on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage. You will find there a place redolent with history and tradition and clearly oriented to tourism. Its a paradise for photographers and photos lovers and our tour leader will take you to the best panoramic spots for photos.
You will visit the village museum its a huge museum all inside the village with a lot of old pieces and there are descriptions as well in English and in Arabic. It’s established by the efforts of the local inhabitants in order to save their regional heritage, and they have turned one of the forts into the museum headquarters since 1985. The village consists of about 60 palaces built from natural stone, clay, and wood, and the palaces consist of several floors. There are so many places to take photos. The village used to be a natural passage that linked between Yemen, Makkah, Madinah, and the Levant. Thus, it was a regional trade center.  The village has a historical significance as it has a number of long and old fortresses.

Recently, a rehabilitation project has been undertaken by The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in collaboration with the private sector. Moreover, a museum was established by the local people in one of the village’s forts in 1985.

Transfer to Abha airport to take your flight to Jeddah, Arrival and drive to your hotel.

Overnight in Jeddah.

Day7: Departure

Breakfast. Your Tour leader/ Driver will transfer you to the airport and assist you at the airport through final departure formalities.

Includes:

  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Jeddah on bed and breakfast basis.
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation in Taif Bed and breakfast basis.
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation in Al Bahah on bed and breakfast basis.
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation in Abha on bed and breakfast basis.
  • All transfers
  • All your tours and excursions are by an A/C vehicle.
  • English speaking tour leader/ driver.
  • All your visits include entrance fees.
  • Our prices include all taxes and services.

Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Saudi Arabia entry visa.(We can provide you with your visa upon arrival at your request).
  • Drinks and any personal expenses.
  • Tipping
  • Domestic Ticket

Important Note :

We accept all methods of secure payment: Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, direct bank transfer.

Kindly note that the hotel rating in Saudi is not the same as in USA or Europe, so Luxury or Ultimate Luxury hotel options are always recommended.

Accommodation Plan (A) 5 stars:

  1. Jeddah:(Prime Hotel – Jeddah, Al Hamra  // Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah Al Salam // Sheraton Jeddah Hotel // Mövenpick Hotel Tahlia Jeddah )
 3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars
Price per person in DBL or TRPL Room2100$2275$3675$
Solo traveler3360$3640$5880$
Christmas & Easter – DBL or TRPL Room2520$2730$4410$
Christmas & Easter – Solo traveler4032$4365$7055$

Accommodation Plan (B) Luxury:

  1. Jeddah: (Jeddah Hilton  //  Elaf Jeddah Hotel – Red Sea Mall )
 All year roundChristmas and Easter
price per person in dbl room5075$6090$
Solo traveler8120$9745$

Accommodation Plan (c) Ultimate Luxury:

  1. Jeddah: (Park Hyatt Jeddah – Marina, Club and Spa // Rosewood Jeddah )
 All year roundChristmas and Easter
price per person in dbl room5775$6930$
Solo traveler9240$11085$

Travel Insurance – from AIG 
Secure your trip and give yourself greater peace of mind with the Travel Insurance program proposed by AIG for you. For more info visit www.aig.com
One week 50$ per person
More than one week 75 $ per person.

Saudi Sim Card
if you plan to get a Saudi sim card we would advise you to get it at the airport when you arrive. as it will be much easier to buy it from the airport other than anywhere else as they request more documents if you decide to buy it later from anywhere else.

Our Tour Leader/Driver
We don’t only choose qualified and professional Tour leader/ Drivers but also choose those who are friendly, with a sense of humor who are committed to offering a superior level of service so you can enjoy your time with them.

How To dress
Both men and women are asked to dress modestly in public, avoiding tight-fitting clothing. Women should cover shoulders and knees in public.

Your passport
You should keep your passport with you during any tour you will be making in Saudi Arabia. don’t leave it in your hotel room as some times they request to see your passport or visa.