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Travel to Saudi Arabia and explore its beauty as you revel in a taste of Saudi Arabia history, beauty and colour on this short but action-packed trip along its north. Roam around Jeddah old city, camp in the desert, chat and dine with interesting locals and hike through the amazing Disah valley. End your tour with a visit to the amazing Madain Saleh at Al Ula.

AL ULA and Beyond

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  • duration
    Duration9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
  • where
    LocationJeddah - Tabuk - Al Ula
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Jeddah

Welcome to Saudi Arabia, Upon your arrival to Jeddah international airport our guide will pick you up and get transferred in a private A/C vehicle to your chosen hotel.

Day 2Explore Old & New Jeddah

late start of the day with a tour around the city to check out the main landmarks such as the tallest fountain , the floating mosque, Jeddah water front and the F1 circuit which is the longest in the world

Enjoy a local lunch before heading in the afternoon to visit the old city of Jeddah, known as El Balad which means “ the town” as reference to the base of Jeddah.

Al-Balad was founded in the 7th century and historically served as the center of Jeddah. Its defensive walls were torn down in the 1940s. Al Balad is registered as a world heritage UNISCO site and since then the old buildings with its unique window designs and doors are being preserved along with its unique buildings which some have been built using sea shells and stones. 

Our tour will go through the history of these building including going inside some of the buildings to see the interior designs , furniture and life back then.

Afterwards embark on a foodie tour as you will  pass by some famous vendors known to offer the best local snacks such as the local drink made of bread “ Sobia” and the old bakery which its famous for its fresh bread. Another local snack that consist of Bean and pickles “ Balilah”. Sample some of these local snacks and drinks while you learn about the origin of each food.

Later on visit one of the art houses and museum offering its unique local art collection and antiques then take a walk in Jeddah souq, where you can shop and bargain from different local artisians and craftsmen.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3Desert Camping

Check out in the afternoon from your hotel in Jeddah and head to the airport for a domestic flight to Tabuk. Upon arrival take a 4X4 car a go for 2 hrs safari in desert of Tabuk, explore its amazing rock formations, caves and dash dunes. End your day with a camping experience in the desert under the stars with a local Bedouin dinner cooked in front of you while listening to live arabic and bedouin music. 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4Hike Wadi Dissah

Leave the camp site behind and drive for 2 hours to Wadi Al Dissah, a complex of a series of six sandstone canyon-like valleys that run in an East to West direction, and prominently features towering, dramatic, red cliffs similar to the Grand Canyon.

Hike through this magical natural wonder with its unique water streams water stream that runs through the western part of the canyon allowing abundant palm trees to grow naturally along the valley

After the hike feast on a bedouin lunch cooked by locals living around the valley then head to Tabuk city. On your way to the hotel make a stop at Edge of Neom, a view point that offers an amazing scenery over Arabia desert.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5The Elephant Rock at Al Ula

After breakfast we take a 4 hours drive to Al Ula. Upon arrival go on a guided tour to explore the old town. Al Ula’s old-town ruins are among the best examples of traditional northern Arab architecture, and with a history that stretches back to the 6th century BC, the town is surrounded by a host of fascinating pre-Islamic sites.

After our tour  we will have a home cooked lunch in the middle of the local farm surrounded by palms trees.

for the adventure and active travelers you are opt for a hike through the mud houses, palm trees and the surrounding oasis. This is a nice trail can last for around 2 hours and is suitable for anyone.

End today’s expedition with a stop at the Elephant Rock, also known as Jabal AlFil, one of AlUla’s many geological marvels. This is a seating area with nice coffee to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6Hegra, Madain Saleh & Deden

Start your day with a guided visit to Madain Saleh , also called litle petra of Saudi, which is famous for its 111 monumental tombs, among which 94 were decorated with majestic facades on the sandstone massifs of the area, especially the Jibal Ithlib. The smallest tomb is barely 2,7 meters tall but the biggest reaches an impressive 21,5 meters! Madain Saleh was the second largest city of the Nabatean kingdom whose capital was Petra (in today’s Jordan) where the Nabatean people created more than 600 tombs. What most people dont know that there are many other fascinating archeological sites attest to the thousands of years of human occupation of the area thanks to the underground water available for millennia.

Afterwards explore the ancient oasis of Dedan, that was once the capital of one the oldest kingdoms of Arabia, along with Tayma. The city benefited from both its strategic location along the ancient frankincense trade road between ancient Yemen and the Levant and the abundant underground water resources. Explore this archeological site and learn how they developed their own culture including a specific language and alphabet, that resulted in a mix of Arabian traditions and strong influences from the surrounding empires.

Continue your tour to visit the Hejaz Railway, that was originally designed to speed Muslim pilgrims from Damascus to the holy cities of Makkah and Medina but ended in ruins less than two decades after its start. Its sun-scalded remains can be seen today, cut adrift across northwestern Saudi Arabia in the form of sand-dusted rails, abandoned stations and rusted locomotives. stations and rusted locomotives.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7Hike, Cycle, or Zipline in Al Ula

Today you have a half day free in Al Ula before you fly back to Jeddah. Enjoy lots of optional activities to do, for the adventure and active travelers you are opt for a hike through the mud houses, palm trees and the surrounding oasis. This is a nice trail can last for around 2 hours and is suitable for anyone, or may choose to cycle through the city. For a more thrilling experience you can go for a ziplining adventure and see Al Ula from above.

In the evening you will be transferred to Al Ula airport from your return flight to Jeddah.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8Blue waters of Jeddah

Jeddah is known to have one of the best corals around the world. For the last day, you will hop on a yacht boat cruise the red sea with several stops where you can swim and explore the underwater world while snorkeling. These sites are a very ideal area for snorkeling. See beautiful corals, a multitude of exotic fish, and many other underwater animals and plants. 

Afterwards, enjoy a seafood lunch before returning back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 9Goodbye Saudi

Today where we say goodbye to beautiful Saudi , we will be dropping you off to the airport according to your flight schedule .

Meals : Breakfast

 

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Price Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation at a hotel in Jeddah (Bed & breakfast)
  • 1 night camping in Tabuk desert
  • 1 night accommodation at a hotel in Tabuk (bed and breakfast)
  • 2 nights accommodation in hotel in Al Ula (bed & breakfast)
  • All domestic flights
  • All visits mentioned are in air-conditioned cars
  • All mentioned meals ( 5 Lunch, 1 Dinner)
  • Licensed local Tour guide
  • Entrance Fees & Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Medical and baggage insurance
  • Saudi Entry Visa
  • International flights
  • Drinks and other personal expenses
  • Any service not mentioned in "Included"
  • Tips & Grattitudes
Accommodation
diamond accommodation

Jeddah Ritz Carliton Hotel

Luxurious Glamping in Tabuk Desert

Holiday Inn Tabuk Hotel

Al Ula Habitas Inn Resort

gold accommodation

Jeddah Crown plaza Hotel

Basic Camping in Tabuk Desert

Holiday Inn Tabuk Hotel

Al ula Shaden Resort

silver accommodation

Jeddah Centro Shaheen Hotel

Basic Camping in Tabuk Desert

Holiday Inn Tabuk Hotel

Al ula Shaden Resort

Experience the Rich Culture and Natural Beauty of Al Ula

Al Ula is a hidden gem of Saudi Arabia, known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Located in the northwestern region of the country, Al Ula is home to ancient archaeological sites, towering rock formations, and a variety of unique flora and fauna.

Explore the Historic Sites and Monuments

Al Ula is a place of great historical significance, with archaeological sites dating back thousands of years. The most famous of these is the Hegra Archaeological Site, which contains a collection of rock-cut tombs that are over 2,000 years old. Visitors can also explore the Al Khuraybah and Al Farid archaeological sites, which are home to ancient inscriptions and carvings.

Take in the Stunning Natural Scenery

In addition to its rich history, Al Ula is also known for its breathtaking natural beauty. The region is home to towering rock formations, stunning canyons, and a variety of unique flora and fauna. Visitors can explore the rock formations of Jabal Ikmah or take a scenic hike through the Elephant Rock Trail.

Experience Local Culture and Hospitality

Al Ula is a place of great hospitality, with friendly locals who are eager to share their culture and traditions. Visitors can experience local cuisine at the Al Misk Restaurant or take part in a traditional dance performance at the Old Town.

Plan Your Visit to Al Ula

There are a variety of tour packages available for visitors to Al Ula, ranging from cultural tours to outdoor adventures. Whether you’re interested in exploring the historic sites, taking in the natural beauty, or experiencing local culture and hospitality, Al Ula has something to offer everyone.

Contact us today to plan your Al Ula adventure!

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