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08 days and 07 nights Hidden Gems of Saudi Arabia

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Duration

08 days and 07 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 THE HISTORY OF RIYADH

Breakfast.Start your tour visiting the National Museum of Saudi Arabia which has been established in 1419 as a significant part of the king Abdulaziz historical center in Riyadh. Very impressive and important museum about the entire Saudi history, Saudi royal family, the kingdom formation, and everything regarding the political context. you will be led to numerous antiques, manuscripts, and documents that are all chronologically organized. It includes eight main halls: Hall of Man and the Universe, Arab Kingdoms, Pre-Islamic Era, Prophet’s Mission, First Saudi State, Unification of the Kingdom Hall & Hall of Hajj and Two Holy Mosques.
The museum includes interesting examples of Arabian and Islamic art as well as architecture. The masterpieces include Prehistoric Elephant Skeleton, huge meteor found in the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia desert, Rock Grafitti from Hejaz region backdate to pre Islamic era, Copy of Rosetta stone, an example of Madaian Salah Rock-cut tombs.

Then enjoy the National museum park walks through the outdoor gardens one of the best gardens you will visit in Saudi Arabia. King Abdulaziz’s historical park is an open area that you can enjoy with your family. Then proceed to the Hall of King Abdulaziz where there is a showroom of old cars that were used by the king.

Then we will move to the next visit to Murraba palace is among the most important palace built by King Abdulaziz. This Palace was to accommodate his family. It was built on the local traditional Najid style by using local building material only. enjoy amazing photos here inside Murraba palace.

Then you will visit the Dira Souq traditional Saudi market which is famous for its variety of old copper and brass objects including silver daggers, silver Beduin’s Jewelry and dresses. While entering from main access, one always smells sandalwood fragrance. Dira Souq is worth buying antique carpets and other useful Saudi heritage antiques.
Then visit the Al Masmak, Enjoy and step back in time and explore Saudi Arabia’s roots. Fascinating exhibitions on display show maps and photographs of Saudi Arabia, alongside a range of historical artifacts, artworks and audiovisual attractions. A short documentary also re-enacts the capture of the fortress by King Abdul Aziz, whose spearhead you can still see embedded in its wooden gate.

Then visit The Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque is an active place of worship in Riyadh named after Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad. Seating 17,000 worshippers and measuring 16,800 m2, it is one of the largest mosques in Saudi Arabia.

Overnight in Riyadh.

DAY 03 RIYADH - FLY TO ABHA - ABHA CITY TOUR

Breakfast. Transfer to Riyadh airport to take your flight 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.

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 handicraft 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! it’s 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.

DAY 04 ABHA - RIJAL ALMA - ABHA

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 have stunning sceneries with 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 a description as well in English and in Arabic. Its 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 consists 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 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.

Overnight in Abha.

DAY 05 ANHA - NAJRAN

Breakfast. Our tour tour leader/driver will pick you up from your hotel, Travel to Najran by car. On our way we will pass Khamis Mushayt and the Al Hamsan Traditional Village on the outskirts of town consists of a stone tower and buildings, including a museum that is replica of an Asir home two decades ago, an auditorium, a traditional restaurant and a gift shop.

Arrive Najran and proceed for visit to Museum, Al Akhdood, Al Aan Palace, Mud Houses, Dam, Emara Palace and Dagger Souq.

Overnight in your Najran hotel

DAY 06 NAJRAN - BIR HIMA & AL FAU - NAJRAN

Breakfast. Start your Bir Hima and Al Fau archaeological sites.
Bir Hima , its famous wells. The valleys and mountains are the homes of hundreds of petro glyphs, battle scenes with cavalrymen and infantrymen wielding various kinds of weapons. In Al-Fau there are lot of houses, palaces, and shops.

Overnight in your Najran hotel.

DAY 07 NAJRAN - JEDDAH

Breakfast. Our tour leader/driver will pick you up from your hotel, Travel to Abha by car. Transfer to Abha airport to take your flight to Jeddah.
Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Jeddah.

DAY 08 JEDDAH CITY TOUR - JEDDAH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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.

Transfer you to the airport and assist you at the airport through final departure formalities.

Included/Excluded

  • - Meet & Assist with English Speaking representative from Flow Travel
  • - Transportation all through
  • - 07 nights’ Accommodation
  • - English Speaking guide all through touring days
  • - 07 Breakfasts
  • - 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.
  • - Lunches & Dinners
  • - Tips for Guide & driver
  • - Personal insurance
  • - Anything not mentioned in the including section

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