RIYADH, ABHA, MEDINA, JEDDAH, ALULA
Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Off the Beaten, Nature & Wildlife
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.
Twin Sharing: HK$ 99,600 per person
Single Supplement: HK$ 25,200 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)
25% deposit at sign up
*Registration Closing Date
7 Sep 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four Seasons Kingdom Tower • Bayat Hotel, Khamis Mushait • Shangri-la Hotel Jeddah • Le Meridien Medina • Habitas Hotel
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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)View More
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)View More
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)View More
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)View More
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
Registration Closing Date: 7 Sep 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed
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