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07 days and 06 nights Splendours of Saudi Arabia

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07 days and 06 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Itinerary

DAY 01 RIYADH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - RIYADH

Arrive at Riyadh International Airport, after visa and immigration formalities, your representative will greet you and escort you to your air-conditioned vehicle for your hotel transfer. Overnight in Riyadh.

DAY 02 FULL DAY EXPLORING RIYADH

Breakfast at the hotel. You will start your tour of mystical Riyadh with the National Museum which is the main guardian of Saudi national heritage and culture.
The museum is a place of learning and discovery, it offers an overview of the history of Arab civilization, from prehistory to our modern era. You will then proceed to Murabba Palace, one of the historical buildings of the city.
In the afternoon, you will continue your tour of the city of Riyadh by visiting Masmak Fort and its museum which depicts the history of the conquest of Arabia by the Al-Saud family. The palace was built in the year 1895, during the reign of Abdullah bin Rashid to serve as a military garrison for his army.
His Majesty King Abdulaziz, the father of the current nation, seized the fort in 1902, making this fort the birthplace of the 3rd Saudi kingdom, the modern kingdom as we know it. Lunch in town. Departure for the old city of Diriyah which was in the 19th century the capital of the high plateau of central Arabia called Najd.
Diriyah, which is today in the suburbs of Riyadh, was built in the 15th century on the banks of Wadi Hanifa, located in the eastern part of Najd.
It is one of the most important historical sites in Saudi Arabia as it is where the story of the conquest of the Arabian Peninsula begins by the Al Saud family whose ancestors, known as Bani Hanifa, settled there about five centuries ago.
At the end of the afternoon, return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Riyadh.

DAY 03 RIYADH – HA'IL BY TRAIN

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, depart for Riyadh station where you will take the new fast train to Ha'il. The rail link was built very recently and makes it possible to reach Ha'il in just under 5 hours. The city of Ha'il is at the foot of the imposing Shammar mountain range, whose name is also that of a large tribe in the north of the country. Renowned for the hospitality of its inhabitants, Ha'il is traditionally the place of residence of poets and writers of Saudi Arabia. An interesting fact about Ha'il is that most of the first European explorers passed through this city during the 19th century (Charles Doughty, Lady Blunt, Charles Huber, Julius Euting...).
Lunch will be served on the train. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
After picking up your room, in the early afternoon, visit A'Arif Fort and the nearby heritage museum. Then, stroll through the traditional market where you will find local delicacies. You will also pass by the Ha'il Regional Museum, and if it is open, you will stop there to admire its collections. Dinner and overnight in Ha'il.

DAY 04 HA’IL – JUBBAH – AL ULA

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will start your journey to Jubbah which is on an ancient lake. Several archaeological sites of human constructions from the Paleolithic period have been discovered around the margin of the Paleolake. Jubbah is surrounded by large sandstone outcrops which are filled with ancient petroglyphs and inscriptions. Jubbah benefited from past wet phases that transformed the arid Arabian Peninsula into a savannah similar to that found in Africa today.
During the last wet period, which ran from the 10th to the 6th millennium BCE, African monsoon rains filled rivers and lakes where wildlife thrived. While the animal populations that lived there became unstable due to the desertification that began during the 6th millennium BC, some men fixed their presence in Jubbah forever through carvings of aurochs, cheetahs, of lions... These drawings are still visible today on several sandstone outcrops such as Jebel Umm Sanman.
Jubbah and Shuwaymis, the other major carving sites in Ha'ils province, were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2015 for their numerous petroglyph panels and inscriptions. The region between Ha'il and Al-Ula offers one of the best desert experiences in the world. On your way, you will cross the famous desert of Nefud Al Kabir which literally means "the great expanse of sand dunes". It is 290 kilometers long and 225 kilometers wide, with an area of 103,600 km².
Lunch will be served en route. After lunch, you will continue driving to the famous region of Al Ula. In the early evening, you will settle in your permanent camp in the desert, beautifully located. Dinner and overnight in Al-Ula.

DAY 05 FULL DAY EXPLORING AL-ULA

Breakfast at the hotel. Al-Ula is an ancient oasis that has been inhabited for 7000 years, as evidenced by ancient carvings in and around the oasis. During the 1st millennium BC, the city of Dedan developed thanks to its strategic location on the incense trade route to become one of the oldest Arab kingdoms that ruled most of this which is today the provinces of Tabuk and Madras. During the 1st century BC, the Nabataeans from Petra settled 30 kilometers north of Dedan, at Al-Hijr, where they built 94 monumental tombs similar to those they dug in Peter. You will start your exciting day with a visit to two ancient sculpture sites in Al-Ula, then pass through the ancient city of Dedan, which was an important oasis on the incense trade route between South Arabia and the Mediterranean world. You will then continue to the old city of Al-Ula which became, at the beginning of the Islamic era, an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Mecca.
You will have lunch on the way, then you will visit the ancient sites of Ekma and Abu 'Aoud where the inhabitants of the oasis wrote texts in ancient scriptures which will be deciphered for you. This special day will end at the top of Harrat Al-Uwayrid for a breathtaking view of the oasis of Al-Ula.
In the late afternoon, return to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Al-Ula.

DAY 06 AL ULA – MADA'IN SALEH – TABUK

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will start your trip by visiting the famous Hegra (Madain Saleh) which is the first site in Saudi Arabia to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Madain Saleh, whose original name was Al-Hijr or Hegra in Greek, is the most important city in the south of the Nabataean kingdom which prospered thanks to the caravan trade between the 2nd century BC and the Roman conquest in 106 of our era.
It is the second richest Nabataean city in terms of monumental tombs with 94 decorated funerary monuments, some of which are extremely well-preserved feats.
We'll guide you through this fascinating site and reveal the secrets of its tombs, ancient inscriptions, stone structures, and more.
Your visit will be followed by lunch before heading to Jibal Al-Rukkab and the Leopard Track. You will then visit the Jebel Al-Fil for a moment of relaxation next to the "rock of the elephant". At the end of the day, transfer and night in Tabuk.

DAY 07 TABUK – AIRPORT

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer from Tabuk to the airport for your return flight.

Included/Excluded

  • - Meet & Assist with English Speaking representative from Flow Travel
  • - Transportation all through
  • - 06 nights’ Accommodation
  • - English Speaking guide all through touring days
  • - 06 Breakfasts
  • - 05 Lunches
  • - 06 Dinners
  • - Entrance fees to all mentioned sites
  • - Any tour not mentioned in the program.
  • - Any personal expenses, (Drinks on Beverage, Phone Calls, Laundries).
  • - Other meals are not included to give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat.
  • - Tips for Guide & driver
  • - Personal insurance
  • - Anything not mentioned in the including section

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