Saudi Arabia & The Historical Hejaz Railway Adventure – 10 Days

Tour Highlights:

  • Red Sands & Edge of the World
  • Riyadh, Fly to Tabuk
  • Tabuk Station & Wadi Rum
  • Tabuk Hijaz Railway to Al Ula
  • Medina, Train to Jeddah
  • Jeddah, bride of the red sea

Route Map

Day1: Arrive Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Your Tour leader/ Driver will be waiting for 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.

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

Day2: Red Sands & Edge of the World

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

Travel out to the evocative dunes of the Red Sands where you will kick-start the Saudi Explorer tour. Red Sand Riyadh almost 80 Km from Riyadh. It’s an area of red desert sand dunes in northeastern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The area known as Hidden Valley is surrounded by tall mountains which gives a valley look. Enjoy the only place in Riyadh where you can experience the Desert Safari by Quad Bike Around Red Sand experience.

After a picnic lunch, Your journey continues this afternoon through an Acacia studded desert towards the Jebel Fihrayn also known as Edge of the world. Standing atop the 1,000-foot high escarpment at Jabal Fihrayn, you find stretching before you an uninterrupted view of the horizon in all directions, leaving you with the impression that you are, indeed, standing at the very edge of the world. The effect on one’s body and mind and soul is exhilarating. These cliffs rise dramatically from the desert, stretching toward the sky like a great natural wall. When you stand atop them and look toward the horizon, you have a prime view of the sky as it seems to melt into the barren earth.

The Edge of the World Saudi Arabia (Jebel Fihrayn) is an unexpected and dramatic geological wonder in the rocky desert northwest of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The site earned its nickname because from atop the escarpment, you have an uninterrupted view of the horizon. It’s part of the much longer Tuwaiq Escarpment and drops down 1,000 feet into an ancient ocean bed. While standing on the cliffs, you’ll spot dried rivers weaving across the land, and see camels moving far below. These camels and their herders are following a well-trodden path, as an ancient caravan route once passed within its shadow. 

Travel in comfort back to your hotel, Riyadh has so much to see, feel, eat and buy so if you have time and want to add more to your itinerary – just let us know what you are interested in and we will arrange it for you.

(Optional ) Riyadh Food Tour, Start at 4:00 pm.

To enjoy the real taste of Saudi Arabia you have to try the original Saudi Arabian food Tour. Enjoy the best local food in Saudi Arabia which is one of life’s great pleasures, Discover off-the-beaten-path spots the real Saudi Arabia that is not covered in any guidebook.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day3: Riyadh, Fly to Tabuk

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a photo-stop outside the landmark Kingdom Centre tower, the tallest building in the city which is located on the commercial strip in the Olaya district in Riyadh. This is the most famous tower in Riyadh. The shopping mall has lots of facilities and cafes to visit. Sky bridge Al Mamlaka at extra ticket a nice observation bridge where you can get a magnificent panoramic view of the city. It has a number of restaurants and shops.

Then visit Riyadh’s historic Masmak Fortress that was famously captured by King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud during the Battle of Riyadh in January 1902.  Next, proceed on foot the Souq Al Zal, the city’s oldest market, for a glimpse of traditional Saudi culture and some shopping. This afternoon, there will be a crash course in Saudi history at the National Museum before driving to the airport and flying to Tabuk.

(Optional) Riyadh By Night Tour

Start your tour in Riyadh Winter Wonderland, you can see how Saudi locals men and women have fun. you would be surprised. Riyadh Winter Wonderland is held in an open space of 200,000 square meters and includes the largest skating rink in the Middle East. With celebrities attending from all over the world, the winter celebration offers several games, competitions, and performances, not to mention the shopping opportunities and the exceptional gastronomic experience to be had at the many diners there. 

Meals: Breakfast only.

Day4: Tabuk Station & Wadi Rum

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Visit the state of the art Tabuk Museum which is built around one of the best-preserved Hijaz railway stations in Saudi Arabia. Highlights of this early 20th-century station include 13 refurbished buildings, a locomotive, and a freight carriage as well as a workshop and Ottoman rail-related memorabilia. Mountains are then contrasted with desert this afternoon as you explore magnificent Wadi Rum on an off-road 4WD adventure that will take you across dunes and belts of blood-red sand and through a maze of the vast sandstone monoliths. 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day5: Tabuk Hijaz Railway to Al Ula

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Leaving Tabuk behind you,

Then we will move to the next visit to Hijaz Railway Station, AlUla has long been a place of journey, travel and exploration; Hijaz Railway station construction began in 1900, reaching Madinah in 1908 and opening in Damascus in 1913. As a result of World War I, the railway’s full 1,300 planned kilometres were never completed. The site dates back to the Nabataean civilisation and is spectacular. It is a Unesco World Heritage site the first in Saudi Arabia. its holds remain of Hijaz railway from Istanbul from Makkah- Madina that build by the Ottoman empire and destroyed in world war I. before reaching Khalat Al Akhdar. Continuing southeast, the Hijaz railway runs parallel to route 375 as you travel towards Al Ula. Amongst the many Hijaz forts, you will pass is the impressive multi-building station of Qalaat Muazzam with its adjacent 17th-century castle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day6: Madain Saleh & Hijaz Railway to Qalaat Zumurrud

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Visit Elephant Rock, a 52-metre high sandstone monolith that resembles a pachyderm rooted in the rock, then drive on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Madain Saleh (Hegra) where you’ll visit the old Hijaz railway station with its restored Hartmann 2-8-0 train and explore the magnificent rock-hewn tombs of the ‘second Petra’. The Archaeological Site of Al-Hijr (Madain Saleh) is the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. It features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The site also features some 50 inscriptions of the pre-Nabataean period and some cave drawings. Al-Hijr bears a unique testimony to Nabataean civilization. With its 111 monumental tombs, 94 of which are decorated, and water wells, the site is an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.

This afternoon view the remaining administrative building of Al Ula station and follow the Hijaz railway line towards Qalaat Zumurrud – a Hijaz fort that was captured by Lt. Col Newcombe in July 1917 and used as a base from which to attack the railway.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day7: Hijaz Railway from Hadiyah to Medina

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Drive south to Hadiyah station to see one of the iconic images of the Hijaz railway in Saudi Arabia. The scenic journey then continues off-road along the original railway embankments through a spectacular landscape of desert sands and basalt mountains to Jadaah station. Then, pass a long viaduct to reach Abu Na’am, the location of Lawrence’s first raid on the Hijaz railway in March 1917. The final stop before Medina will be at Al Buwayr station where the complete train is marooned.

Note on SLM Train: Rail Enthusiasts may wish to consider visiting the scant remains of the Swiss Locomotive & Machine Works train that is located 3km south of Wayban station (derailed in November 1918).

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day8: Medina, Train to Jeddah

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Visit the Hijaz Railway Museum located on the grounds of the restored Medina railway station, The Hejaz Railway Museum in Medina is a railway museum that was opened in 2006. It is on the grounds of the restored historic Ottoman railway station at Medina, locally called “Istasyōn”, including a stretch of the historic track and a train shed with originally four tracks. There are several engines and pieces of rolling stock on display, some of which has been transported to the museum from other places along the historic Hejaz railway line. At least one engine has been restored enough to be driveable on the museum tracks. It is, along with the old train station at Mada’in Saleh, one of two museums in Saudi Arabia dedicated to the Hejaz railway.

In the afternoon you’ll board the Haramain High-Speed train and be whisked through the desert and mountains to Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.

Meals: Breakfast only.

Day9: Jeddah

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Jeddah is known as the ‘Bride of the Red Sea’ and for centuries has been the port for nearby Mecca. Late this morning, meet your guide and drive along Jeddah’s beautiful manicured modern seafront Corniche to the ‘floating Mosque’. After a late lunch with a view of the Red Sea, the new city is juxtaposed with the old as you walk through Mecca Gate and enter Jeddah’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter of 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.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day10: Farewell to Saudi Arabia

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Today a private transfer will bring to Jeddah International Airport where you will check-in for your onward flight. Farewell to Saudi Arabia!

Meals: Breakfast only.


  • Accommodation as described.
  • All your tours and excursions are by an A/C vehicle.
  • English speaking tour leader/ driver.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary (9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners).
  • Domestic flight in Economy Class (Riyadh/Tabuk).
  • Train ticket in Standard Class (Medina/Jeddah).
  • Sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary.
  • Our prices include all taxes and services.


  • International Airfare.
  • Saudi Arabia entry visa. (We can provide you with your visa upon arrival at your request).
  • Any meals other than described in the itinerary.
  • Beverages or any drinks not referred to above.
  • Tipping

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. Riyadh:   (Shaza Riyadh // Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana  //  Four Points By Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia)
  2. 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 Room4550$4750$6350$
Solo traveler7580$7900$10460$

Accommodation Plan (B) Luxury (Sapphire Hotels):

  1. Riyadh: Rosh Rayhaan – Classic room.
  2. Tabuk: Grand Millennium Tabuk – Deluxe room.
  3. Al Ula: Shaden MGallery – Superior room.
  4. Medina: Hotel le Meridien Medina – High roof stander room.
  5. Jeddah: interContinental – Deluxe room.
 All year round
price per person in dbl room7000$
Solo traveler11200$

Accommodation Plan (c) Ultimate Luxury (Diamond Hotels):

  1. Riyadh: Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh – Superior room.
  2. Unaizah: Al Malfa resort – Suite.
  3. Hail: Holiday Villa Hail – Deluxe room.
  4. Al Ula: Shaden MGallery – superior room.
  5. Yanbu: Movenpick Hotel & Resort – Deluxe sea view room.
  6. Jeddah: Park Hyatt Jeddah – Marina, Club & Spa – Sea view room.
 All year round
price per person in dbl room8400$
Solo traveler13440$

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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.