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Group size

Max 18

Holiday Length

7 nights

Price guide

From £7,355pp

The price shown is a guide – based on two people sharing and excluding international flights. Please reference the Departure dates & prices box below for more details and ask your travel specialist for more information.
Holiday type

Escorted tour

Highlights

Saudi Arabia: Desert Kingdoms Escorted Tour

Visit ancient monuments and heritage listed wonders, including Jeddah's 'Floating Mosque'.

Explore the mysterious mountain and desert landscapes of Al Ula, and the surrounding breathtaking sites including Madain Saleh, Al Ragasat and Elephant Rock.

Attend a special guest lecture on antiquities.

Be immersed in the local language with a Thamudic script demonstration.

Savour Saudi hospitality during lunch at a local farm.

Witness a captivating demonstration of traditional dance alongside a flavourful farewell dinner .

Typically features a small group size of 10-12 guests.

See full tour details.

Inclusions:

  • All accommodation as detailed with private facilities
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary, including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Internal flights as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking A&K resident tour director – Airport welcome
  • Porterage
  • Group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water during transfers and touring
  • All entrance fees
  • Planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • All tipping
Guaranteed departure dates (2022) Per person from Single supplement from
OCTOBER:
16
 
£7,355
 
£1,525
NOVEMBER:
20
 
£7,355
 
£1,525
Guaranteed departure dates (2023) Per person from Single supplement from
FEBRUARY:
19
 
£7,355
 
£1,525

Design your Day® 

On these days you have the freedom to pick an experience that is suited to you and your interests. See Day 7 for more details. 

Flights

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers, we don’t include international flights. Our specialists will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

Guaranteed departures

As long as we have at least two people booked on an A&K Escorted Tour, it will take place. So you don’t need to worry about a last-minute phone call saying your holiday has to be cancelled. If you’re committed to going, then so are we.

Arrive Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Land in Saudi Arabia’s buzzing capital Riyadh to a warm A&K welcome and transfer to your luxurious hotel. Freshen up before a tour briefing with your resident tour director and fellow travellers, followed by a delicious welcome dinner. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, is one of the wealthiest cities in the world. It’s hard to believe that this rapidly changing modern metropolis was once a walled, mud-brick way station along desert trading routes.

Riyadh

Start your day by visiting Diriyyah, a historic site, which is said to be the birthplace of the first Saudi state and is the current home of the royal family. Continue to the old quarter to visit 19th-century Musmak Fort. Explore the famed Dirah Souq before stopping for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour through the National Museum. Continue to Murabba Palace, built by King Abdul Aziz in 1937. Afterwards, enjoy some retail therapy at the Kingdom Tower shopping mall. This evening, meet a special guest from within the antiquities, finance or creative sectors.

Qassim Hail

This morning, board your flight to intriguing and historic Hail. Transfer by road to Jubbah, where magnificent rock carvings and petroglyphs adorn sandstone outcrops.  Learn about the importance of camels in Saudi culture as you sit down to a traditional lunch at a local farm. Return to Hail and pay a visit to Qeshla Palace before exploring the ancient A’arif Fort. Next, meet with Fraih Al Shummari, a local guide, and his family, who will treat you to a Thamudic script written demonstration. Afterwards, travel by road to your hotel for dinner with your group. 

Al Ula

This morning, visit the intriguing Hail Local Heritage Museum. Peruse the eclectic collection housed in a traditional Najd residence. After your explorations, drive to Al Ula (approximately five hours) and enjoy lunch with your fellow travellers. Nestled in a spectacular valley, Al Ula was an important trading hub for the ancient Lihyanites and is the gateway to Saudi Arabia's very own 'Petra', Madain Saleh ('Al-Hijr'). Spend your afternoon discovering the UNESCO-listed site, which includes the Nabatean Well, Qasr Al Bint, Diwan Tomb, and Al Farid Palace, as well as the preserved railway station. Return to your tented camp for dinner.

Al Ula

Start the day with a desert adventure to Al Ragasat and its rose-coloured sandstone mountains, known as ‘The Dancers’. After your mountain explorations, drive back to Al Ula for a traditional lunch. After refuelling, visit the iconic ‘Elephant Rock’ and a nearby mudbrick village. Drive onwards to Harrat Uairedh, the town’s highest point with stunning panoramic views. Drink in the sunset over a cup of Arabic coffee, or tea, with dates. This evening, you may like to undertake an exhilarating helicopter ride, taking in breathtaking aerial views of Al Ula (additional cost). Return to camp for dinner.

Jeddah

This morning, fly to Jeddah, the main gateway to the holy city of Mecca. Your first stop in this cosmopolitan city is the open-air museum on the Corniche, where you can admire an extraordinary array of modern sculpture. Afterwards, gaze upon the ‘floating mosque’ which appears to drift on the water’s surface. Next, discover King Fahd’s Fountain, also known as Jeddah Fountain, which is the tallest of its type anywhere in the world. Then, admire the city’s World Heritage Red Sea architecture, explore the bustling souk, the laid-back coastline that’s home to fantastic dive sites, and a diverse, world-class culinary scene. 

Jeddah

This morning, discover Ottoman architecture, constructed from coral and reinforced with wooden beams, including the famed Nasif House. This afternoon, select one of these Design Your Day activities:  Admire spectacular art and architecture Photograph geological wonders Private beach experience Return to the hotel for your farewell dinner, accompanied by a mesmerising traditional dance performance. 

Depart Jeddah

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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