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9 DAYS REVEALING THE AURA OF SAUDI ARABIA (12 – 20 Nov 2022)

Riyadh, Abha, Medina, Jeddah, Al Ula

History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Gaze over Riyadh from the “Sky Bridge”
  • Sightseeing in Asir accompanied by one of the “flowermen”
  • A carefully curated walking tour of Jeddah
  • Dinner overlooking Jeddah’s King Fadh Fountain
  • Tease out the secrets of Islam’s second most holy city of Medina
  • Lunch overlooking the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina
  • Visit Maraya Concert Hall, the largest mirror-clad building in the world.
  • Farewell dinner at Maraya Social by Jason Atherton on the top floor of the Maraya Concert Hall
  • 4WD desert safari in Al Ula
  • Stayed in the newest opened luxury accommodation, Shangri-la in Jeddah and Habitats in Al Ula
  • All-inclusive package from all meals with drinks to gratuities (no alcohol allowed)
  • Small group travel with maximum 16 adults, children not allowed
  • Assistance of acclaimed Tour Concierge throughout the journey

Saudi opened for tourism at the end of 2019. Apart from being best known as the birthplace of Islam, Saudi is also blessed with unique historical and cultural heritage. Even for the most jaded travellers to exotic destination, the warmth and hospitality of the locals are what make the trip truly amazing.

This trip starts from the Riyadh, capital and founding place of the kingdom. Explore Abha in the southwest blessed with its mountainous landscape,  much influenced by Yemen culture. Continue to Jeddah by the Red Sea, trace the prosperous trading history from its old houses and the gate to Mecca. We will also worship the “Enlightened City” of Medina, the second holiest city in Islam. End the trip in Al Ula, explores Madain Saleh, which like Petra is a stunning archaeological site left behind Nabatean along the ancient Frankincense trail except that it has only a small fraction of the tourists.

Check out our Saudi Arabia webinar recording, where our guest speaker Theng Hwee shared about the wondrous tales of Saudi Arabia from his recent visit to this enigmatic country.

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: S$ 15,280/-
Single Supplement: S$ 3,900/-

SGD 15,280 Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First 2 bookings (up to 2 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary room upgrade to Deluxe Sea View Room in Shangri-la Jeddah for 2 nights

Deposit Amount

SGD 3,820/- Per Person

25% deposit at sign up. Balance required on 12 Sep 2022

9 Days 8 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
12 Sep 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Before 12 Sep 2022: S$ 200 admin fee
Between 13 Sep - 07 Oct 2022: 50% of the tour fee
From 08 Oct 2022 onwards: 100% of the tour fee
Teck Koh

Teck Koh

Travel Concierge

With decades of experience in escorting small group journeys to the remote corners of the world, Teck knows a thing or two about tending to the needs of well-traveled guests on the road.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
12 NOV (SAT) Arrival In Riyadh

12 NOV (SAT) 	Arrival In Riyadh
Riyadh
Lunch & Dinner included

Suggested flight to arrive Riyadh (from Singapore)

Singapore/Dubai    EK 353    0030/0410        7h 40m
Dubai/Riyadh          EK 819    0700/0800       2 hr

Upon arrival, be met by our local guide and transfer to downtown Riyadh.

We will step back in time and discover the Diriyah Old City, the birthplace of Saudi Arabia and home of an UNESCO Heritage Sites, where you will see stunning examples of traditional Najdi mudbricks architecture including the Salwa Palace and some small but beautifully presented museums.

Browse the on-site souq , famous for famous for various old cooper and brass.

After lunch, we will have a crash course in Saudi history at the National Museum, return to Riyadh and disembark from your coach at the Kingdom Centre for the sunset from the SkyBridge Observation Deck and enjoy a bird’s-eye view over Saudi capital.

Enjoy dinner at the Globe and return to hotel for rest.

Day 02
13 NOV (SUN) Riyadh

13 NOV (SUN)  Riyadh
Riyadh
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Enjoy a leisure morning.

Drive 200km northwest of Riyadh to the Ushaiger Heritage Village, a stunning example of traditional Najdi architecture, that was once a stopping point on the Hajj pilgrim route.

On arrival, visit one of the village’s heritage museums and wander through the Ushaiger’s warren of shaded winding alleys where you’ll find many fine examples of traditional mudbrick buildings. Then, stroll through the peaceful fields that surround the village.

Return to Riyadh and have dinner

Day 03
14 NOV (MON) Riyadh / Abha

14 NOV (MON)    Riyadh  / Abha
Abha
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Drive to Riyadh airport and fly to Abha in the mountainous southern province of Asir.

Riyadh / Abha                SV 1669             1025/1210                      1h 45m

Upon arrival, you will be met and drive the short distance to Khamis Mushait. After having a traditional Asiri lunch, explore the colorful restored Bin Hamsan Village,  which is an excellent example of traditional Asiri architecture.

Continue to the 400-years-old “hanging village” of Habala, dramatically located part the way down a sheer cliff, we will peer down on Habala from the cliffs above.

Next visit the traditional village of Tamniah and visit one of the most fascinating of Asir’s heritage museum, surrounded by an abandoned neighbourhood of stone and mudbrick buildings.

Check in at your hotel followed by dinner.

Day 04
15 NOV (TUE) Abha

15 NOV (TUE)		Abha
Abha
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

After breakfast, embark your 4WD vehicles to explore the dramatic landscape of the mountainous and rugged Jabal Soudah (3,000m)- part of the vast Asir national Park.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rijal Almaa is famous for its multi-story Yemen-styled stone buildings clustered on a hillside.  Explore peaceful lanes, visit the local museums that are housed in several of the “forts” and call-in at the honey shop of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor to taste some of the best honey in Asir.

After a traditional lunch, return to Abha to visit Fatimah Museum of Home Decoration and Women’s Clothes showcases the unique geometric patterns.  Time permits, we will explore the Tuesday market “Thulatha”.

This evening, be treated to a dinner at your hotel.

Day 05
16 NOV (WED) Abha / Jeddah

16 NOV (WED)   Abha /  Jeddah
Jeddah
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Transfer to the airport in the morning for your flight to Jeddah.

Riyadh / Abha                SV 1645             1210/1325                      1h 15m

On arrival in Jeddah, transferred to your hotel situated overlooking the Red Sea on Jeddah’s famous corniche.

Jeddah, the “bride of the Red Sea”, is a historic city that for centuries has been a gateway of annual Hajj pilgrimage.  This buzzing hub of commerce and melting pot of peoples where, according to local lore, Eve is buried, is one of the most liberal cities in Saudi Arabia and has a notably different tempo from the rest of the country.

After lunch, enjoy our curated walking tour to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town of Al Balad, founded in the 7th century.  On passing through the Mecca Gate into Al Balad, be impressed by the lively incense-scented souqs, multi-story houses built of coral stone with their distinctive “roshan” wooden windows, art galleries and anqiue mosques that include the Shafi Masjid – the oldest in Jeddah. Will have opportunity to enjoy tea with the locals.

This evening, we will visit the southern corniche to view of Jeddah’s iconic King Fadh Fountain  – the tallest of its kind in the world, then enjoy an Arabian dinner on the outside terrace of Naufora restaurant overlooking Jeddah’s landmark fountain.

Day 06
17 NOV (THU) Jeddah

17 NOV (THU)		Jeddah
Jeddah
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Your sightseeing will star at the Tayebat Museum, a landmark building built in the traditional Hijazi (western Saudi Arabia) architectural style that houses a vast eclectic collection of ethnographic items.  Then, enjoy a stroll along Jeddah’s most beautiful manicured modern seafront Corniche before arriving Al Rahma floating mosque (from outside).

After lunch, visit to the Jameel Gallery only opened its doors in Dec 2021, white building was designed by award-winning Wai Wai architectural studio, with a  facade that is decorated with a lively colourful artwork commissioned to Saudi artist Nasser Melhem. Explore the Jeddah Sculpture Museum brings together more than twenty of Jeddah’s world famous sculptures. 

 

Enjoy dinner at the Shang Palace for Chinese food at your hotel.

Day 07
18 NOV (FRI) Jeddah / Medina / Al Ula

18 NOV (FRI)		Jeddah / Medina / Al Ula
Al Ula
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

This morning, transfer to Jeddah’s Central Railway Station from where you will travel to Medina (1hr 48m)

Train     Jeddha / Medina           0900/1048           1h 48m

 Upon arrival, be greetings and started our sightseeing.  Visit the early battlefield site of Jabal Uhud, viewing the Qiblatain Mosque, seeing the location of the “Battle of the Trench” and visit to Medina’s attractive Ottoman Railway Station (currently closed) to see the Hijaz Rwailway memorabilia and early 20th century locomotives.

A highlight of your Medina experience will be lunch at a hotel with a view of the exterior of the vast Masjid al-Nawabi (The Prophet’s Mosque) where the tombs of the prophet, as well as his daughter Fatima, and the first caliph Abu Bakr are to be found.

Drive 3.5 hours from Medina to Al Ula. 

The oasis of Al Ula has been called one of the world’s great natural masterpieces.  This historical rich valley at the crossroads of the Silk Road and the Incense Route is one of the world’s largest living museums and is a place of extraordinary beauty.

Check in your hotel and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 08
19 NOV (SAT) Al Ula

19 NOV (SAT)		Al Ula
Al Ula
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

This morning, we will visit the giant mirrored cube that is the Miraya Concert Hall.  We will view this spectacular 500-seat venue that reflects the surrounding desertscape and is the largest mirror-clad building in the world.

Continue to the archaeological site of Dadan where we join an excursion to see the famous Lion Tombs that are chiselled into the cliff-face.  Across the valley at Jabal Ikmah to see the rock-art that tells the stories of travellers we have passed by the spot for millennia.

After lunch at Suhai in Al Ula Old Town, drive to Herga (formerly known as Madain Saleh) for a two-hour tour. Start from the Railway Station on the Ottoman built Hijaz Railway where you will see a German-built steam locomotive and numerous buildings that date to the early 20th century. 

Built by the Nabatean Arabs as their southern capital, Herga is set in a spectacular desert landscape studded with sandstone monoliths.  The city was constructed around the 1st century to protect the Nabataean’s lucrative long distance camel caravans brining precious trade goods from south Arabia to their principal settlement of Petra.  This magical UNESCO World Heritage site has a total of 111 monumental tombs (94 of which are decorated) carved into its perpendicular cliffs. 

At the sun nears the horizon, the day’s sightseeing will conclude at Elephant Rock,  where you will sit back to enjoy the sight of Al Ula’s most famous geological rock formations.

Farewell dinner this evening will be at Maraya Social by Jason Atherton on the top floor of the Maraya Concert Hall.

Day 09
20 NOV (SUN) Departure From Al Ula

20 NOV (SUN)		Departure From Al Ula
N.A
Breakfast & lunch included

Enjoy a leisure morning.

Check out from your hotel and have lunch.

After lunch, we will explore the magnificent Madakhil Desert for the off-road desert safari.  Wonderful scenery will present panoramic vistas at every turn and includes the great span of the Madakhil Rock Arch (also known as Rainbow Arch).

Thereafter, we transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Suggested flight to depart Al Ula (back to Singapore)

Fly          Al Ula / Dubai           FZ 8032       1835/2210     2h 35m
21 Nov   Dubai / Singapore    EK 354          0315/1440    7h 25m

Hotels & Tour Price

Intriq Finesse's Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person

Twin Share S$15,280
Single Supplement S$ 3,900

Four Seasons • Bayat Hotel •  Shangri-la  • Habitats Al Ula

Riyadh

Riyadh

Four Seasons (Superior)

Set at the iconic most prestigious address in Riyadh, apart from the usual personalized service you expect from Four Season, this hotel also offers unparalleled view of the city and the most convenient access to top sights. (Refurbished 2020; Rooms: 274)

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Abha

Abha

Bayat Hotel (Deluxe)

This five-star property located 35 minutes’ drive from Abha airport, is the best standard of accommodation in southern Saudi Arabia. All rooms are equipped with the latest technology and have ensuite bathrooms. Hotel also has a fully equipped 24-hour gym with a glass floor looking down on to the Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 120)

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Jeddah

Jeddah

Shangri-la (Superior)

Located on the new Jeddah waterfront within a striking tower overlooking the shores of the Red Sea. 220 light-filled guest rooms are inspired by the hotel’s seaside setting and private balcony. Guests can enjoy the legendary Shang Palace providing famous for the modern Chinese cuisine. (Opened: 2022; Rooms: 203 )

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Al Ula

Al Ula

Habitats Hotel (Canyon Villa)

This oasis of desert luxury resort is located within easy striking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Herga (Madain Saleh) and blends seamlessly into Al Ula’s amazing desert landscape. The resort’s 100 eco-friendly cabins – all of which have private terrace. While not exploring Al Ula, guests can pamper themselves at the wellness center or enjoy the magnificent outdoor swimming pool. (Opened: 2021; Rooms: 100)

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Estimated Price per Person

Economy class S$ 1,750
Business class S$ 6,790

Emirates + Fly Dubai Airlines

12 Nov 2022
EK 353, SIN – DXB: 00:30 – 04:10
EK 819, DXB – RUH: 07:00 – 08:00

20 & 21 Nov 2022
FZ 8032, ULH – DXB: 18:35 – 22:10
EK 354, DXB – SIN: 03:15 – 14:40  (+1D)

DEPOSIT
SGD 3,820/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First 2 bookings (up to 2 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary room upgrade to Deluxe Sea View Room in Shangri-la Jeddah for 2 nights

Registration Closing Date: 12 Sep 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Service of Intriq Journey’s Travel Concierge
  • National airfare in economy class with taxes
  • High speed train in business class
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • All transportations and transfers on an air-conditioned vehicle, Abha by 4WD drive;
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • All entrance fees in sights as stated
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance (covers COVID-19)

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes (as separately quoted)
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • COVID-19 tests and vaccines

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