TOUR A PARTENZE GARANTITE MIN 2 PAX – IN LINGUA INGLESE
THE COMPLETE 09 days / 08 nights
DAY 1: RIYADH (ARRIVAL)
Arrival at Riyadh International airport, after visa and immigration formalities our representative will meet and escort the guests to their air-conditioned vehicle for their
transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Riyadh.
DAY 2: RIYADH ( 50 km ) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start our tour of mystic Riyadh by visiting the National museum which is the primary custodian of the Saudi national heritage and
culture. The Museum is a place of learning and discovery, it offers an overview to the history of Arabian civilization from Prehistory to our modern era. We continue
thereafter to the nearby Murabba Palace that is one of the historic buildings of the city. The palace was named after its square with the form of 400 by 400 meters.
We will stop then for lunch in a typical local Saudi restaurant. Afternoon we will continue our tour of mystic Riyadh by visiting the Masmak Fort and its museum that
depicts the history of the history of the conquest of Arabia by the Al-Saud family. The palace was built during the reign of Abdullah bin Rashid in the year 1895 A.D.
to serve as military garrison for the Abdullah bin Rashid army. His Majesty King Abdulaziz, the father of the nation today, captured the fort in 1902 making of this fort
the birthplace of the 3rd Saudi Kingdom, the modern one we live in. . Lunch in the city. And departure for the old city of Diriyah that used to be in the 19th century
CE the capital of the high plateau of central Arabia called the Najd. Diriyah, which is located today in the outskirts of Riyadh, was built in the 15th century CE on the
banks of Wadi Hanifa, a valley located in the eastern part of the Najd. It is one of the most important historical sites of Saudi Arabia as it is there that begins the
history of the conquest of the Arabian Peninsula by the Al Saud family whose ancestors, known as the Bani Hanifa, settled there some five centuries agoIn the
afternoon, At the end of the afternoon, back to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Riyadh.
DAY 3: RIYADH TO HA’IL by TRAIN ( 642 km ) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart for Riyadh’s railway station and board the fast-new train for Ha’il. The railway link was constructed very recently and
allows us to reach Ha’il in just under 5 hours. The city of Ha’il lies at the foot of the imposing Shammar mountain range whose is name also the one of a large
northern Arabian tribe. Renowned for its hospitable people, Ha’il is traditionally the home of Saudi Arabia’s poets and writers. An interesting fact about Ha’il is that
most of the early European explorers passed by this city during the 19th century (Charles Doughty, Lady Blunt, Charles Huber, Julius Euting…). Lunch will be served
on the train. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel. As it will be early in Ha’il in the early afternoon, we will visit the A’Arif Fort and the nearby heritage museum.
Then we will have a walk at the traditional market where we will find the local delicacies. We will pass also by the Ha’il Regional Museum, and if it is open, we will
drop there to admire its collections. Dinner and Overnight in Ha’il.
DAY 4: HA’IL – JUBBAH – AL ULA (585 km) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will start our journey to Jubbah that lies on an ancient lake. Several archaeological sites of human settlement from
the Middle Paleolithic period were found around the margin of the paleolake. Jubbah is surrounded by large sandstone outcrops that are filled with
ancient petroglyphs and inscriptions. Jubbah benefited from past humid phases that turned the arid Arabian Peninsula into a savannah similar to what is found
today in Africa. During the last humid period that took place from the 10th to the 6th millennium BCE the African monsoon rains filled rivers and lakes where wildlife
thrived. If the animals that used to live there became instinct because of the desertification that started during the 6th millennium BCE, some men fixed forever their
presence in Jubbah thanks to carvings of aurochs, cheetahs, lions…Those drawings are still visible today on several sandstone outcrops like the Jebel Umm
Sanman. Jubbah and Shuwaymis, the other major carving site of Hail Province, where listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 2015 for their numerous petroglyph
panels and rich inscriptions. The region between Ha’il and Al-Ula offers some of the best desert experience in the world …On our way , we will pass through the
famous desert of Nefud Al Kabir which literally means the “great extent of sand dunes”. It is 290 kilometers long and 225 kilometers wide, with an area of 103,600
square kilometer. Lunch will be served en route. After lunch we continue our route to the famous Al Ula area. Early evening we arrive and check-in at our beautifully
located permanent desert camp, our base for the night. Dinner and overnight in Al-Ula.
DAY 5: AL ULA (4×4) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Al-Ula is an ancient oasis that is inhabited for the last 7000 years as testify ancient carvings in and around the oasis. During the 1st millennium
BCE the city of Dedan develops thanks to its strategic location on the frankincense trade road to become one of the oldest Arabian kingdoms that ruled over most
of what is today Tabuk and Madinah provinces. During the 1st century BCE the Nabatean people coming from Petra settled 30 kilometers north of Dedan in Al-Hijr
where they built 94 monumental tombs similar to the ones they dug in Petra. We will start our exciting day with the visit of two ancient carving sites in Al-Ula, then will
pass by the ancient city of Dedan that was an important oasis on the frankincense trade route between Southern Arabia and the Mediterranean World. We
continue then to the Old city of Al-Ula that became at the beginning of the Islamic era an important staging post along the pilgrimage route to Mecca. We will lunch
en route then visit the ancient sites of Ekma and Abu ‘Aoud where the people of the oasis wrote texts in ancient scripts that we will decipher for you. We will finish
this special day on top of the Harrat Al-Uwayrid for an amazing viewpoint of the oasis of Al-Ula. At the end of the afternoon, drive to the hotel, dinner &
accommodation in Al-Ula.
DAY 6: AL ULA – MADA’IN SALEH – AL ULA (4×4) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will start our journey with the visit of the famous Hegra (Madain Saleh) which is the first site of Saudi Arabia that was listed as
UNESCO World Heritage site. Madain Saleh, whose original name was Al-Hijr or Hegra in Greek, is the southernmost important city of the Nabatean Kingdom that
flourished thanks to the caravan trade between the 2nd century BCE until the Roman conquest in 106 CE. It is the second richest Nabatean city in terms of
monumental tombs with 94 decorated funeral monuments including some of the most vibrant and well conserved architectural prowess of the Nabateans builders.
We will lead you through this fascinating site and reveal to you the secrets of its tombs, ancient inscriptions, stone structures, and many others.
Our visit will be followed by a lunch before we head towards Jibal Al-Rukkab & Leopard trail. We will then visit Jebel Al-Fil for a relaxing time next to the “Elephant
rock”. At the end of the day, we go back to our camp and enjoy dinner. Overnight in Al-Ula.
DAY 7: AL ULA – TABUK (360km) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We start this morning with a drive through the rugged landscapes of the lava field called Harrat Al-‘Uwayrid to head towards the Wadi Qaraqir
and the ancient city of Dissah which are definitely within the top experiences of Saudi Arabia. Wadi Qaraqir is undoubtedly the most beautiful valley of Saudi Arabia
with its 500 meters high sandstone cliffs on both sides of the canyon and the small rivers that runs through all year long. Every inch through this canyon is an
amazement unique in the world. On the other side of the valley is the oasis of Dissah where we will see remains attesting of the long occupation of this wonderful
place. We will have lunch en route. Then we will drive north to our hotel in the town of Tabuk which is the capital of the province that is called after its name.
Dinner & Overnight in Tabuk.
DAY 8: TABUK – HISMA – NEOM (4×4) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will visit a place called Hisma, which is also known as the Wadi Rum of Saudi Arabia because of its majestic grandiose formations
similar to the ones found on the other side of the border with Jordan. Hisma is home to hundreds of ancient rock art and ancient inscriptions, some in pre-Islamic
scripts dating back to the caravan trade, and some in old Arabic dating back to the first decades of Islam. We will have a picnic during the excursion in the middle of
the magic sceneries of Hisma. In the afternoon we will drive up one of the highest mountains in Saudi Arabia, the Jebel Al Lawz, the mountain of almonds. People
believe that this is the true site of the biblical Mount Sinai where Moses received the Tablets of Law. We will visit some sites that have features reminding the story
of Moses. At the end of the day we will head back to our hotel . Dinner & Overnight in Sharma. 12
DAY 09: NEOM – TABUK (4×4) – DEPARTURE (B,L,D)
On this second day we will be in the ancient land of Madyan where Moses sought refuge after fleeing Egypt. Nowadays it is the area where is developed the gigantic
Neom Project. Our visit will start with the archeological site of Al-Bada’ that was an ancient Nabatean city as attested by the monumental tombs that overlook the
ruins of the ancient oasis city. Then we will drive to the coastal city of Maqna where are found the wells of Moses. Few kilometers north along the shore we will
explore the majestic Wadi Tayeb Ism also called the valley of Moses. After this fascinating exploration of the ancient land of Madyan , transfer to the airport for your
departure flight .
VISITS & ACTIVITIES INCLUDED
08 nights’ Accommodation, meal plan as per description
Full time guide Assistance
Airport arrival and departure transfer
Riyadh full day tour
Visit traditional village “Sadous of the Najd”
Train from Riyadh to Hail
4×4 desert experience at Al Ula
Visit famous Hegra (Madain Saleh – Southern Petra) –
Visit Jebel Al-Fil (Elephant mountain)
Experience Wadi Qaraqir & Dissah
Visit Jebel Al Lawz (Mountain of Almonds)
Visit old Market in Jeddah