Join our tour group to the once notoriously hard to access Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which has only recently opened up to tourism and offers a new tourist visa programme for 51 nationalities.
Our tour begins in the capital city, Riyadh, where you’ll explore the modern centre of Saudi Arabia as well as its ancient history in and around, from the ancient capital quarter of Al Turaif where the Saudi Royal family are from, to the very top of Kingdom Tower towering 300 metres (984 feet) over the city.
From Riyadh we’ll take our private transport to Buraidah – the capital of Al-Qassim region located in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula. Known to the locals as the “alimental basket” of the country, for its agricultural assets, this area is most renowned to the outside world as the most conservative part of the entire Kingdom. On the way stopping to explore the hidden oasis of Ushaiger.
Saudi Arabia does not lack camels, and whilst in Qassim you’ll have the opportunity to visit the largest camel market in the world. This is also one of the most chaotic scenes we’ve experienced in the country and giving you a truly unique Saudi experience.
We’ll continue your adventure to ancient city of Haʼil where the the landscapes of a thousand and one night were inspired, making our way to Jubbah to view one of the world’s best and oldest examples of Neolithic rock art dating back to 5500BCE.
We’ll then arrive at the highlight of this entire tour, Al Ula, which is home to Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site deep within the desert. We’ll drink tea and soak in the atmosphere that surrounds Elephant Rock, a giant monolithic red sandstone carved by natural forces after millions of years. You’ll also explore the ancient tombs that remain as the legacy of 7,000 years of human civilisation. This area remains largely off the global tourism radar, having this all to ourselves.
Next you’ll visit the second holiest city in Islam, Medina, walking the most famous street connecting the Holy Mosque to Qiba Mosque. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore our most favourite pedestrian street on the Arabian peninsula lined with incredible Arabic street food.
We’ll then board Saudi’s fast railway to Jeddah. Here we’ll visit the stunning labyrinthine of Al Balad old town and its majestic coral houses, old souqs and walk along the famous corniche. The trip concludes in Jeddah with the option of going snorkelling in the Red Sea!
Saturday 11th February – Riyadh
Sunday 12th February – Riyadh
Monday 13th February – Riyadh – Ushaiger – Shaqrah – Buraidah
Tuesday 14th February – Buraidah – Hail – Jubbah
Wednesday 15th February – Hail – Al Ula (Dedan – Ikma Mountain & Elephant Rock)
Thursday 16th February – Al Ula – Madain Saleh (Hegra) – Medina
Friday 17th February – Medina
Saturday 18th February – Jeddah
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Visa support (YPT provide full visa support)
• Hotel accommodation
• All transportation including airport pick up and drop off
• Fast train ticket
• All entrances fees
• Local English speaking guides and YPT guide
• Visa fee and travel insurance
• International flights to and from Saudi Arabia
• Single supplement ($400)
• Lunches, dinners, drinks and personal spending
• Scuba or snorkelling
• Tips to the drivers & local guide
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.