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9 DAYS REVEALING THE AURA OF SAUDI ARABIA (06 – 14 Dec 2023)

RIYADH, ABHA, MEDINA, JEDDAH, ALULA

Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Off the Beaten, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Enjoy a dinner overlooking Jeddah’s King Fadh Fountain
  • Have a lunch overlooking the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina
  • Visit Maraya Concert Hall, the largest mirror-clad building in the world
  • 4WD Desert Safari in AlUla
  • Stay in Medina which is one of Islam’s two holiest cities for one night, and new luxury accommodations including Shangri-la, Jeddah and Habitas, AlUla
  • Most fully inclusive arrangements and top Travel Concierge in usual Intriq Finesse style

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 admire the “Enlightened City” of Medina, the second holiest city in Islam. End the trip in AlUla, explore Herga, a stunning archaeological site left behind Nabatean like Petra, along the ancient Frankincense trail except that it has only a small fraction of the tourists.

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: HK$ 99,600 per person
Single Supplement: HK$ 25,200 per person

HKD 99,600/- Per person
Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First 2 bookings with deposit (limit to 2 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary room upgrade to Celestial Villa in AlUla for 2 nights (worth HK$5650 per room)

Deposit Amount

HKD 24,900/- Per person

25% deposit at sign up

9 Days 8 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
7 Sep 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed

Before 7 Sep 2023: forfeit of deposit From 8 Sep 2023: 100% cancellation fees apply

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
06 DEC 2023 (WED) ARRIVAL IN RIYADH

06 DEC 2023 (WED) ARRIVAL IN RIYADH
Riyadh
Lunch and Dinner included

Upon arrival, be met by our local guide and transfer to downtown Riyadh. Visit the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Al Masmak Palace Museum (or Masmak Fortress), and Souk Al-Zal, the oldest and largest antique market in Saudi Arabia.

Later, proceed to the SkyBridge Observation Deck of the prominent 99-floor skyscraper Kingdom Centre Tower for the sunset and enjoy a panoramic view of Saudi capital.

Day 02
07 DEC 2023 (THU) RIYADH / ABHA

07 DEC 2023 (THU) RIYADH / ABHA
Abha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

After breakfast, step back in time and explore 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 museums.

This afternoon, we will take a domestic flight to Abha. Upon arrival, drive to the hotel and check-in.

Day 03
08 DEC 2023 (FRI) ABHA

08 DEC 2023 (FRI) ABHA
Abha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Set out on a 4WD vehicle 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.

Enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting Fatima Museum of Home Decoration and Women’s Clothes featuring unique and vibrant geometrical patterns. Continue to Oukas Heritage Village and view the old houses before returning to your hotel.

Day 04
09 DEC 2023 (SAT) ABHA / JEDDAH

09 DEC 2023 (SAT) ABHA / JEDDAH
Jeddah
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Embark on an hour drive to the 400-years-old “hanging village” of Habala, dramatically located 300 meters down a sheer cliff, we will peer down on Habala from the cliffs above.

In the afternoon, we will take a domestic flight from Abha to Jeddah, the “bride of the Red Sea”, is a historic city that for centuries has been a gateway of annual Hajj pilgrimage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel situated overlooking the Red Sea on Jeddah’s famous corniche.

Day 05
10 DEC 2023 (SUN) JEDDAH

10 DEC 2023 (SUN) JEDDAH
Jeddah
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Enjoy a stroll along Jeddah’s most beautiful manicured modern seafront Corniche and view the photo-worthy Al Rahma floating mosque. Proceed to 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. 

Appreciate 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, you will be immersed by the lively incense-scented souqs, multi-storey houses built of coral stone with their distinctive “roshan” wooden windows, art galleries and antique mosques that include the Shafi Masjid – the oldest in Jeddah. We will have opportunity to enjoy tea with the locals.

This evening, visit the southern corniche to view Jeddah’s iconic King Fadh Fountain – the tallest of its kind in the world. Subsequently, enjoy dinner overlooking Jeddah’s landmark fountain.

Day 06
11 DEC 2023 (MON) JEDDAH / MEDINA

11 DEC 2023 (MON) JEDDAH / MEDINA
Medina
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Transfer to Jeddah’s Central Railway Station from where you will travel by High-Speed Train to Medina (1h 48m), one of Islam’s two holiest cities, making it a key destination for millions of pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah.

Visit the early battlefield site of Jabal Uhud, viewing the Qiblatain Mosque, seeing the location of the “Battle of the Trench” and view Medina’s charming Ottoman Railway Station.

In the evening, enjoy dinner 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.

Day 07
12 DEC 2023 (TUE) MEDINA / ALULA

12 DEC 2023 (TUE) MEDINA / ALULA
AlUla
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Today, we will drive about 4 hours to AlUla. 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 to your luxurious boutique hotel, Habitas that is situated in a box canyon in the Ashar Valley.

We will head to AlUla Old Town, located in the narrowest part of the Al Ula valley. The oasis of Al Ula has been called one of the world’s great natural masterpieces.

Day 08
13 DEC 2023 (WED) ALULA

13 DEC 2023 (WED) ALULA
AlUla
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Set off 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.

Explore the magnificent Madakhil Desert by 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).

After enjoying lunch in a date farm, drive to Herga (formerly known as Madain Saleh) for a two-hour tour by Vintage Land Rover. 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. This magical UNESCO World Heritage site has a total of 111 monumental tombs (94 of which are decorated) carved into its perpendicular cliffs. 

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

Day 09
14 DEC 2023 (THU) ALULA

14 DEC 2023 (THU) ALULA
AlUla
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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

Later, transfer to the airport for your flight out.

Intriq Journey's Curated Hotels

Tour Cost Per Person

Twin Share HK$ 99,600
Single Supplement HK$ 25,200

Four Seasons Kingdom Tower • Bayat Hotel, Khamis Mushait • Shangri-la Hotel Jeddah • Le Meridien Medina • Habitas Hotel

RIYADH

RIYADH

Four Seasons Kingdom Tower

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, Khamis Mushait

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 Hotel Jeddah

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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MEDINA

MEDINA

Le Meridien Medina

Located in the heart of Medina, this contemporary first-class hotel provides easy access to Mosque of Al-Ghamama, about 15 minutes' drive away. This modern hotel is within a short driving distance to Palms Park. Le Meridien Medina is located within a 13 miles distance of Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International airport. (Last Renovated: 1995; Rooms: 190)

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AL ULA

AL ULA

Habitas Hotel

This oasis of desert luxury resort is located within easy striking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra (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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Recommended Flights

Estimated Price per Person

Economy Class HK$ 15,480
Business Class HK$ 47,620

Emirates + FlyDubai

06 Dec, Hong Kong – Dubai (EK 381), 00:35 – 05:35

06 Dec, Dubai – Riyadh (EK 819), 07:00 – 08:00

 

14 Dec, AlUla – Dubai (FZ:EK2411), 18:45 – 22:15

15 Dec, Dubai – Hong Kong (EK 384), 03:05 – 17:40

DEPOSIT
HKD 24,900/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First 2 bookings with deposit (limit to 2 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary room upgrade to Celestial Villa in AlUla for 2 nights (worth HK$5650 per room)

Registration Closing Date: 7 Sep 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Two Domestic flights within Saudi Arabia on Economy class: Riyadh/Abha, Abha/Jeddah
  • High-Speed Train on Business Class from Jeddah to Medina
  • Accommodation on double basis, unless on single supplement, on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportations and transfers on an air-conditioned vehicle and by 4WD vehicle in Abha
  • Service of local English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees in sights as stated
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants
  • Non-alcoholic beverages per person per meal
  • All tipping to local guides, porters and other local service staffs
  • Service of Intriq’s Tour Concierge throughout the trip

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry

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