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Secrets of Saudi Arabia

9 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Secrets of Saudi Arabia

The winds of change are blowing through Saudi Arabia, which only recently opened to non-pilgrims. Discover ancient fortresses, camel markets and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in its vast deserts, then experience the cosmopolitan comforts of its cities and high-speed bullet trains. On the final night of your 9-day tour, enjoy a farewell dinner with a Saudi businesswoman and her family, and reflect on how this intriguing country is looking ahead to a new vision of the future.
  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 8 , Lunches: 7 , Dinners: 8
  • Accommodation
    8 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 24
  • Physical Rating 1
    A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
Classic Group Tour
9 DAYS
From USD $6,851PP
Riyadh – Buraidah – Ha'il – AlUla – Medina - Jeddah
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Day by Day Itinerary

Riyadh (2N) – Buraidah (1N) – Ha'il (1N) – AlUla (2N) – Medina - Jeddah (2N)
  • Day 1
    Arrive Riyadh
    Dinner
    Day 1: Arrive Riyadh

    Arrive in King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s dynamic capital city. Transfer to the hotel ahead of this evening’s welcome dinner.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Diriyah & Riyadh
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Diriyah & Riyadh

    Head to the outskirts of Riyadh to visit Diriyah, the original capital of the Saudi dynasty. Uncover the secrets of its UNESCO-listed At-Turaif district, known for its mesmerising maze of traditional Najdi mudbrick architecture. The citadel here was the centre of power for the House of Saud in the 18th and early 19th centuries; this emirate was the first unifying power in the Arabian Peninsula. Return to Riyadh for lunch. Pay a visit to the National Museum to learn more about the rich tapestry of Saudi history before exploring the nineteenth-century Masmak Fort. Finally, explore the alleyways of the Souq Al-Zal, one of Riyadh’s oldest traditional markets.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Ushaiger Heritage Village - Buraidah
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: Ushaiger Heritage Village - Buraidah

    Depart Riyadh and drive two hours north to the captivating Ushaiger Heritage Village, a labyrinth of charming side streets, palm groves and historic Najdi architecture that evoke the essence of old-world Saudi Arabia. Visitors can explore the interiors of these ancient homes, adorned with wooden latticework and traditional furnishings. Continue two hours to Buraidah and check in at your hotel.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Buraidah Camel Market & Ha'il
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Buraidah Camel Market & Ha'il

    Head to Buraidah to experience the hustle and bustle of the world’s largest camel market – a truly immersive experience, where prized Arabian camels command astounding prices. Continue to Ha’il, stopping en route to see the oasis city of Fayd, once an important stop on the Hajj route from Baghdad to Mecca. Admire Hutaymah Crater before checking in at your hotel in Ha’il.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Ha'il & Jubbah
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Ha'il & Jubbah

    Explore the historical treasures of Ha’il. Stop for a photo at the formidable Qishlah Fortress before driving through the red sands of the great Nafud Desert to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jubbah. Discover its rich variety of rock art dating back some ten thousand years, with petroglyphs depicting camels, archers, chariots, kings and more. Enjoy a refreshing lunch beneath the date palm trees of a local farm before continuing to AlUla. Once sated, continue to your accommodation in AlUla, home for the next two nights. Please note that this drive takes approximately five hours, plus comfort breaks.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    AlUla & Hegra
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: AlUla & Hegra

    Explore the wonders of AlUla, once a crossroads of ancient civilisations. The region offered rest for merchants on the historic caravan routes between Egypt and Arabia. Begin with an exploration of AlUla’s atmospheric Old Town. Wander through its labyrinth of narrow streets, mudbrick houses, and imposing fort, and feel the vivid history of a once-thriving settlement along ancient incense routes. Later, join a two-hour ‘hop-on’ coach tour of Hegra, formerly known as Madain Saleh. Founded by the Nabateans in the first century AD, Hegra was functionally the southern capital of the same nomads who built Petra in Jordan. Marvel at the grandeur of the site’s rock-hewn tombs, dating back two thousand years. Dozens of well-preserved tombs stand amid the stunning desert landscape, carved into its dramatic cliffs and rock formations. This evening, stop to enjoy the sunset at Elephant Rock, a monolithic sandstone formation standing 52 metres high. Its distinctive trunk and body were shaped by millennia of weather erosion. As the sun sets, the sandstone turns a beautiful shade of red. Return to your hotel – conveniently located just ten minutes away. Please note: The Royal Commission restricts independent visits to the Hegra site. Touring here is strictly on a shared hop-on, hop-off coach basis, with rawis (storytellers) at each site.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Medina & Bullet Train to Jeddah
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Medina & Bullet Train to Jeddah

    Spend the morning driving through a landscape of desert and mountains to reach Medina, the second holiest city in Islam. While non-Muslims cannot enter the mosques, visitors can now explore some of the previously forbidden central areas. See the battlefield site of Jabal Uhud and admire the façade of the mosque where Islam’s Last Prophet, Muhammad, is buried. Visit the attractive Ottoman railway station and see the Hijaz Railway memorabilia. Finally, experience the sleek Haramain Railway. Board the bullet train from Medina to the vibrant city of Jeddah on the shores of the Red Sea. This modern, air-conditioned train travels at 186 mph, covering the 260 miles to Jeddah in less than two hours. Check in to your hotel in Jeddah before dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Jeddah City Tour & Dinner with a Local Businesswoman
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Jeddah City Tour & Dinner with a Local Businesswoman

    Known as ‘the Bride of the Red Sea’, the coastal city of Jeddah has been the port for Mecca for centuries. Begin at the House of Islamic Art, home to a vast collection of beautiful artistic pieces. Later, take a drive along the spectacular Corniche and admire the gleaming façade of the Floating Mosque, built on stilts over the waves of the Red Sea. This afternoon, discover Jeddah’s UNESCO-listed Old Quarter, Al Balad, home to ornate houses built of coral stone. Look out for the beautiful Roshan-style bay windows, overlaid with intricate wooden latticework. Finally, settle down for a farewell dinner with a local host and enjoy an insight into modern family dynamics in Jeddah. Your host, a female entrepreneur, will be pleased to talk about her life as a Saudi businesswoman after dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Depart Jeddah
    Breakfast
    Day 9: Depart Jeddah

    Transfer to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah in accordance with the time of your onward flight. Should you wish, this tour can usually be combined with a departure of our popular Journey through Jordan tour - please ask your reservations consultant for details.

    Breakfast
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    • Land only: This tour price is based on land itinerary only. No international flights are included.
    • Visa: A visa may be required and is not included in the tour price. Please check entry requirements with your nearest Consulate.
    • Tipping kitty: Customary tipping amount approximately US$100pp is paid locally in Saudi Arabia.
    • Transfers: Airport transfers are included when arriving on the first day and departing on that last day of the tour, or when booking the group tour additional nights’ accommodation through Wendy Wu Tours.
    • Early check-in and late check-out are not included but can be arranged at an additional price.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

    Group Tour includes

    • Meals as stated (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with English-speaking guides & entrance fees
    • All accommodation

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