Saudi Arabia Tours | Trips to Saudi Arabia | Visit Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia


Kingdom at a Crossroads

Request Itinerary

Saudi Arabia


Luxury Group Travel | 13 Days
  • Experience the combination of Saudi Arabian ancient sites, modern cities, mud-brick forts, forests, and red-sand dunes
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Mada’in Saleh (Hegra), known as the Petra of Saudi Arabia
  • Opportunities to dialog with Saudi women, a local family, and up-and-coming artisans
  • Access to private Saudi homes, museum collections, art galleries, and art collectives
  • Explore stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites across Saudi Arabia

In the last 40 years Saudi Arabia has shifted from a tribal nomadic desert nation to an ultra-modern land of gleaming towns and cities, all the while guarding its conservative way of life founded on strict Islamic principles. This GeoEx journey focuses on this beguiling country at a crossroads and offers a fascinating look at change in this ancient land. From the busy streets and bustling markets of Riyadh and Jeddah to the agricultural riches of rose farms and apricot orchards and ancient past of rock art and Nabataean tombs at Hegra, explore monumental shifts over time.

Trip Overview


It was wonderful. I mean, a different planet. Just wow.

Laurie H.
Day
1 – 3

Arrive in Riyadh, capital city and modern metropolis Visit UNESCO-acclaimed Diriyah, family seat of the Al Saud family and former capital of the Emirate Explore the city, from ancient forts to modern streets.

Day
4 – 6

Discover Hail, a major stop on the trade routes that crisscrossed the Arabian Peninsula, exploring the 18th-century mud-brick A’Arif Fort in the center of town Exceptional rock art reveals itself at the UNESCO-listed Jubbah cliffs.

Day
7 – 8

Explore the Nabatean tombs at renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site Mada’in Saleh (Hegra) See Ekma Rock with its Thamudic script and rock carvings and visit the town of Al Ula Fly to Jeddah.

Day
9 – 10

Drive into the lush valleys of Taif, famed for its roses Travel into the mountain forests of Al Baha where stone towers and abandoned villages are nestled into striking scenery.

Day
11 – 13

Return to Jeddah and explore, visiting the old port of Al Balad, modern sculpture, and the thriving fish market and depart.

Day
13 – 15

Optional Abu Dhabi Extension:
Fly to Abu Dhabi, where you get to know the capital of the United Arab Emirates, home to stunning modern architecture, the sensational Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and the masterpiece-filled Louvre Abu Dhabi.

VIEW FULL ITINERARY

MEET YOUR TRIP LEADER

Bill Jones

A British-born, Paris-based explorer, raconteur, and widely respected guide, Bill Jones has led countless tours across the globe over the past four decades. He is deeply knowledgeable, experienced, caring, informative, and fun.

MEET YOUR TRIP LEADER

Tese Wintz Neighbor

Tese began guiding in the early 1980s and has since led more than 50 trips in Eurasia. As part of the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom Program, she visited Saudi Arabia with a small study group of teachers. She looks forward to returning to this fascinating new country, heir to a rich old history.

GeoEx Trip Leader Tese Wintz Neighbor at a traditional dance performance in Saudi Arabia

Dates & Prices


Dates

11/05/22 – 11/17/22   Led by Bill Jones

03/04/23 – 03/16/23   Led by Tese Wintz Neighbor

12/02/23 – 12/14/23   Led by Bill Jones

Pricing

Group Trip: From $13,875 per person

Optional Abu Dhabi Extension (3 days): From $2,775 per person

based on double occupancy

Inclusions

  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • Accommodations and meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • All sightseeing, events, and visits as noted in the itinerary
  • All porterage, entrance fees, service charges, and standard taxes
  • Services of GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Bottled water and soft drinks at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

Start The Conversation

Blogs


Monks walking in a field near Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Where to Go in 2022: Our Expert Picks

Read More
Tombs in the ancient Nabatean town of Hegra, also known as Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia

Where GeoEx Travel Experts Are Dreaming of Going in 2021

Read More
Open road in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Where GeoEx Travel Experts are Going in 2020

Read More
Sunset at the teak U Bein Bridge, Myanmar

Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2020

Read More

What is Saudi Arabia Like? Our Tour Group Finds Out Firsthand

Read More

Where We’re Going in 2019: Great Travel Destinations & More

Read More

Similar Trips


Beautiful tile work inside the Mosque Of Sheikh Lotfollah in Esfahan, Iran

Treasures of Persia

Learn More
The Monastery (Al-Deir) at Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jordan

Jordan

Learn More
A farmer working the fields with his cattle in Eritrea

Eritrea, Somaliland & Djibouti

Learn More
Travel is different now.
JOIN OUR LIST
Get the latest intel, insight, and inspiration from GeoEx delivered to your inbox.

close-link