The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh • Hegra • The Cliffs at Jubbah • Aja Rosy Mountains • Jeddah

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh • Hegra • The Cliffs at Jubbah • Aja Rosy Mountains • Jeddah

Saudi Arabia has been closed to the average tourist during our entire lifetime. Very few Westerners have had the opportunity to explore this ultra-conservative society. It has now opened to tourism and will continue to evolve from its nomadic tribal roots. Coda Tours will have its critics for merely offering this trip, but we feel one must visit even the most controversial destinations to properly form a personal, educated opinion that is not solely mass media driven. Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, remains the world’s most enigmatic countries. We will take you to the kingdom’s highlights from the capital city of Riyadh to the port-city of Jeddah on the Red Sea. A highlight will be the ancient Nabatean kingdom at Al ‘Ula, once a wealthy trading hub along the “Incense Route” and characterized by its narrow, winding streets.

This journey offers a glimpse into one of the world’s least known countries. It will certainly appeal to those drawn to something out-of-the ordinary.

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Trip Overview

Countries Visited: Saudi Arabia
Starts In: Riyadh (RUH)
Ends In: Jeddah (JED)
Duration: 13 Days / 11 Nights
Int'l Air Route: USA - Riyadh (RUH)...Jeddah (JED) - USA
Group Size: Min 4; Max 12
Accommodations: Deluxe 5★ and First Class Deluxe 4★
Activity Level: Easy
Experiences: Culture, History, Food

Highlights

  • The bustling capital of Riyadh
  • The camel market at Buraydah
  • The historic city of Hail
  • The cliffs at Jubbah – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ancient ruins of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilizations
  • Hegra – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carved by the same Nabateans who created Petra.
  • Medina, birthplace of Islam
  • Jeddah City – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dates & Prices

Your TripDepart USAReturn USADouble Occupancy PriceSingle Occupancy PriceIntra Tour Air
The Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaNovember 24, 2023December 6, 2023$8995$12995None
A deposit of $750 is required to hold a reservation. This may be charged to a credit card. Final payment is due 60 days prior to Start Date of the tour. Final payment may be made by personal check or wire transfer. Credit card payments are assessed a 4% fee. Note: Single occupancy rates can be avoided if matched with another single traveler. If no share is available, the single rate will apply. Rates are based on current rates of exchange at the time of publishing and is subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are also based on a minimum participation which, if minimum participation is not met, may need to be revised.
Special Notes:
  • Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
  • Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
  • Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.

 

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Tour Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Depart USA

    Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Riyadh, King Khalid International Airport.

  • Day 2 – Arrive in Riyadh

    Upon arrival, transfer by private car to the hotel for check-in and a first day at leisure.

     Accommodations: Shaza Riyadh ★★★★★
    Room: Deluxe

  • Day 3 – Discover Riyadh

    Explore the dynamic city of Riyadh by first visiting the Masmak Fortress, a mud-brick building pivotal in history. Wander the old part of the city in search of treasures at the Deerah souq and Al Zal markets. Then, learn about the Arabian Peninsula at the National Museum. Finally, climb Kingdom Tower, the tallest building in Riyadh and enjoy the view from the top.

     Accommodations: Shaza Riyadh ★★★★★
    Room: Deluxe
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 – Ushayger Village | Al Qasim

    This morning, journey to Ushayger Village for a walking tour and lunch. Along the way, stop to learn about salt excavation at the Salt Marsh. Journey on to the city of Unyzah in the Al Qasim Province. Explore the Almsukaf souq and the plantations of the region.

    Accommodations: Ramada by Wyndham | Al Quasim ★★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 – Camel Market | Hail City

    Make way to the entertaining camel market at Buraydah before traveling towards Hail City, the capital of the province. The first stop along, the way to Hail, is Fayd, one of Saudi Arabia's most ancient archaeological and historical cities. Next stop, explore the ancient city of Tabah, resting atop a volcano crater. Finally, arrive in Hail for lunch before visiting Aerif Castle and Qushlah Palace. End the day exploring the local market before dinner.

    Accommodations: Millennium Hail ★★★★★
    Room: Superior
    Meals: Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 – The Cliffs at Jubbah

    The cliffs at Jubbah is one of the most fascinating sites on this tour and the most recent of Saudi Arabia’s UNESCO Heritage sites. Carved out of stone, marvel at the ancient rock art and the oldest known script on the Arabian Peninsula. Next, tour the Iyada Museum and enjoy a refreshing lunch before venturing on a dune cruising safari excursion in Alnfood Alkabeer. Break for an Arabic coffee before heading back to Hail for dinner.

    Accommodations: Millennium Hail ★★★★★
    Room: Superior
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, Dinner

  • Day 7 – Aja Rosy Mountains | AlUla

    Today we take in the natural wonders of the area with a hike in the Aja Rosy Mountains. Picnic accompanied by traditional Arabic music before heading to Al Ula for check-in at the hotel and dinner.

    Accommodations: Habitas Resort ★★★★★
    Room: Villa
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 – Dadan | Jabal Ikmah

    This morning, the journey begins in Winter park for transfer to Dadan to explore the heritage sites and ancient ruins of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilizations. Next, Jabal Ikmah resembles an open-air museum of inscriptions, rock art, and petroglyphs amidst the stunning landscape of a desert canyon. Visit Elephant Rock after lunch and drive to Harrat Uwayrid for an incredible view and a unique stargazing experience during dinner.

    Accommodations: Habitas Resort ★★★★★
    Room: Villa
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 – Hegra | UTV Tour

    Tour the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and what has been called the Petra of Saudi Arabia, Hegra. Carved by the same Nabateans who created Petra, these carved monuments are an open-air tomb museum. Afterwards, break for lunch before a visit to the Old Town and an AlUla UTV Guided Tour on buggies.
     
    Accommodations: Habitas Resort ★★★★★
    Room: Villa
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 - Medina City | Jeddah City

    Take a tour of Medina City and visit Jabal Uhud mountain. Visit the iconic building of Hijaz Rail Station before lunch. Then, visit Dar Al Medina Museum, the largest and first museum specializing in the deep heritage and history of Medina. A train awaits at Harmain station to take us to Jeddah City for check-in at the hotel and dinner.

    Accommodations: Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina Club and Spa ★★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 – Discover Jeddah City

    This morning, drive to Taif to visit the city’s famous flower factory and a walking tour at a local strawberry plantation farm. In the afternoon, we ride the cable cars to descend from Alhada Mountain to the traditional market situated at the bottom. Next, explore the Shapra Palace and the Alshreef Cultural Museum, representing the traditional lifestyle in Taif. Return to Jeddah City for dinner.

    Accommodations: Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina Club and Spa ★★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12 - Taif

    This morning, drive to Taif to visit the city’s famous flower factory and a walking tour at a local strawberry plantation farm. In the afternoon, we ride the cable cars to descend from Alhada Mountain to the traditional market situated at the bottom. Next, explore the Shapra Palace and the Alshreef Cultural Museum, representing the traditional lifestyle in Taif. Return to Jeddah City for dinner.

    Accommodations: Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina Club and Spa ★★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13 – Depart to the USA

    Transfer to the airport for departure flights to the USA.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

What's Included

What's Included

  • 11 nights’ accommodation at 4★ and 5★ hotels
  • 31 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner each full day on tour, breakfast on departure day
  • Private transportation and English-speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing excursions and entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
  • Coda Tour Representative, with minimum participation
  • Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours
  • Taxes and service charges

What's Not Included

  • International airfare and baggage fees
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (highly recommended)
  • Passport and visa fees; a visa is required for this tour
  • Early or late arrival/departure surcharge or early check-in / late check-out
  • Individual arrival or departure transfers
  • Personal accommodations, meals, transfers, drinks, gifts, and expenses not outlined in the itinerary
  • Any optional sightseeing excursions or additional visits not outlined in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for local guides, drivers, staff, and Coda Tour Manager

Travel Prep

Flights to King Khaled Airport (RUH) from New York (EWR and JFK) are hosted by a variety of airlines including Lufthansa, Air Canada, and Royal Jordanian. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles. Please request a quote if you would like Coda Tours to assist with international airfare bookings. We often can offer favorable rates for Business or Economy class at a standard fee of $35 per ticket.

No internal flights on this program.

  • A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel and have two blank pages available per country visited. American passport holders must obtain a Tourist Visa in advance of entering Saudi Arabia. An e-visa can be obtained by following the direction on the Saudi Embassy website: www.saudiembassy.net/tourist-visa
  • All travelers must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and have proof of vaccination that is verified by a medical professional. No other immunizations are required for travel on this tour; however, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccines, including Varicella (Chickenpox), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP), Influenza (Flu), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Polio, and Shingles. It is particularly important to be up to date on your Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

BEST TIMES: The winter months of October-April offer cooler temperatures and clearer skies. In November, the weather will be warm (73-91°), during the day, but the temperature will drop at night (50°-71°). It is advisable to pack layered clothing, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a mask. Warm clothing will be needed for the desert.

Average Temperature Low High
Riyadh 59° 82°
Hail City 50° 73°
AlUla 54° 81°
Jeddah City 71° 91°

All departures and rates are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour or customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.

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