For a long time, such an exciting trip was logistically impossible. Now, with the new e-visa scheme of Saudi Arabia, doing a thorough tour of the Arabian world becomes possible! This combo allows you to visit most of the Arabic countries in one go, study their contrasts and explore their variations in culture.
The tour starts in Bahrain, where we’ll ease our way into the Arabian world by visiting its most liberal part. We will see the best of Manama, including its mosques, forts, and souqs before heading out on a road trip to see outside the capital, from its oil fields and deserts to ancient burial grounds and go-karting on the Formula 1 track.
We then head to Saudi Arabia, the neighbouring country, starting by the capital city, Riyadh, and you explore the modern centre of the KSA as well as its ancient history in and around, from the Al Masmak fort to the Edge of the World. From Riyadh you catch the train to Qassim. Saudi Arabia does not lack sand, and you will watch the sun set over the huge dunes around Qassim. Another train ride later and you will reach the ancient city of Ha’il where you will visit Jubbah town and explore the forts and mosques of this famous city. Then we’ll fly to Jeddah, and explore the stunningly beautiful, labyrinthine al Balad old town and its coral houses and souqs as well walking the famous corniche, and spend a night in the mountains around Ta’if, famous for its rose farm and its funfair. This part will end with the chance to go snorkeling in the Red Sea before we head to Kuwait!
We spend a day looking around Kuwait City, from its Andalucian influenced Grand Mosque to the very macabre War Museum – the Iraqi invasion of 1990 is very much still fresh in people’s memories. Then we grab our cars and go on a road trip outside of the city, stopping at oil refineries and desert vistas but also driving along the ‘Highway of Death’ – the road the Iraqi army used to enter Kuwait.
From Kuwait, it’ll be time to fly to Iran, the black sheep of the Middle East, which has strenuous relationships with most of its neighbours. This part takes us to all of the major sites in Tehran as well as the ancient capitals of Shiraz and Esfahan. As well as the history, this tour also offers lots of opportunities to interact with locals, and witness the visual reality of what is the Iranian Revolution. On the trip itself and through our local guides, we will be doing lots of hidden extras, not published on the itinerary, for obvious reasons, where possible we will show you every side of this unique and majestic country.
Please know that the Iran visa, for those who cannot get it on arrival (UK, Canadians, USA, Colombia and a few others countries) might create a considerable logistical challenge if you book this tour, as you will be on the road for a good while, meaning it could be hard to get your visa if the visa codes are delivered late. Get in touch with us for more information if this is your situation! We offer visa support for people of all nationalities (except for Israel) under the following deadlines: August 25th (US/British and Canadians Nationals) and September 10th (All other passports). Book early!
Friday 15th October – Manama
Saturday 16th October – Manama
Sunday 17th October – Riyadh
Monday 18th October – Riyadh
Tuesday 19th October – Riyadh and around
Wednesday 20th October – Qassim
Thursday 21st October – Ha’il
Friday 22nd October – Jeddah
Saturday 23rd October – Ta’if
Sunday 24th October – Jeddah/Kuwait City
Monday 25th October – Kuwait City
Tuesday 26th October – Road Trip
Wednesday 27th October – Tehran
Thursday 28th October – Tehran
Friday 29th October – Tehran-Esfahan
Saturday 30th October – Esfahan
Sunday 31st October – Esfahan-Yazd
Monday 1st November – Yazd-Shiraz
Tuesday 2nd November – Persepolis-Shiraz
Wednesday 3rd November – Shiraz
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Accommodation in twin share rooms
• Breakfasts and lunches
• All entrance fees
• Land transport to complete the tour
• Guide fees
• Visa fees
• Travel insurance
• International air transfers
• Single supplement (€760)
• Dinners, drinks and personal spending
• Optional extras as stated in the itinerary
• Tips to the drivers & local guide
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.