Physical rating - Light
Next trip 10/02/2021
Jeddah - Riyadh - Eastern Province
Max 12 people
Today we will be welcoming you at the airport as our guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with 88Destinations on it , we will betaking you to your hotel where you can rest for a bit.
we will head to the hotel and take some rest and unpack your bags , At noon we will go to Al-Balad district, we are sure you all heard about this place, it’s a UNESCO world heritage site and of most visited historical areas in Jeddah.
Our tour will be a great mix of culture and food !! we will be combining the experience of trying traditional street food along away with visiting all important site seeings in the Balad area , this is a very typical day for locals to enjoy this area so enjoy being a local today ! we will be visiting Naseef’s house then the old market and all the famous shopping shops the Hijaz area.
Later that day, we will be passing by the world tallest flagpole heading to the world tallest fountain, what a genius record day in Jeddah !!! We will head back to the hotel as you will get some rest and prepare yourself for the next day.
Abdulraouf Khalil Museum is going to be our first destination to visit in Jeddah. Its the the most visited museum in Jeddah for its Islamic heritage that goes back up to 2500 years ago. After such a historical experience.
We are stopping for lunch at Alnakheel, which is one of the most famous Saudi cuisine restaurant in Jeddah. Moving on to Angawi house ( Mekkiyah ) which is built and designed in traditional Hejaz style, Al Makkiyah has more in common with the dilapidated coral houses of Jeddah’s old town than the affluent whitewashed suburbs. Angawi’s family home was designed and built around his al mizan philosophy, and uses a mixture of modern and traditional materials and techniques.
Its unusual form is immediately notable. The house is wider in the north than the south to catch the northerly wind in every room. The wind is drawn in through the roshan, wooden window boxes, which also act as screens to provide privacy.
Ending the first day with the modern side on the city and visit one of the youth famous coffee places. Ending the day with a lovey visit to Jeddah Waterfront with its long stretches of sandy beaches and cool walkways, Jeddah Corniche has always been one of the city’s main draws. Following a major revamp in 2017, which added three new swimming bays, a winding pier and lush parklands, the area is now a must-see destination, blending seamlessly with Jeddah’s cosmopolitan appeal.
Jeddah is known to have one of the best corals around the world. For the last day, we will be spending the day on a boat cruising around the beach. Doing all water activities like snorkeling, diving, swimming, tanning and having a light lunch on the boat. Moving on, our major lunch would be at Al-ANBARIYA. Which is one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Jeddah.
We will spend our day in Taif which is located in a valley on the eastern side of the Hejaz mountains. The millennia old city lays at the crossroads of two of the most important historical roads of the Arabian Peninsula: the frankincense road that originated in Yemen more than 3000 years ago, and the pilgrimage road to Makkah whose Ka'aba was already a place of worshiping before the advent of Islam and which hosts today the largest pilgrimage in the world.
Nowadays the smell of incense no longer perfumes the street of Taif but another scent has ensured the continued celebrity of the region.
Indeed, a unique specie of rose, the Rosa damascena trigintipetala that grows in the valley around Taif is the fame of the region. Its fragrance is used as ingredient for the finest perfumes by prestigious brands such as Ormonde Jayne Perfumery, Perris, Chanel, and Guerlain, so a visit to those farms is a must and if your lucky enough you get the chance to attend the Rose Festival of Taif !
Taif is also a favorite summer destination for Saudis looking for the pleasant weather offered by the altitude while most of the Arabian Peninsula endures suffocating heat. For its cooler climate and fertile land the region earned its title of "Garden of the Hejaz” whose beauty can be admired in the Al-Hada natural reserve and the village of Ash-Shafa perched at 2200 above sea level. Taif's highest point, the Jebel Daka is even the fifth highest peak of Saudi Arabia.High mountains around Taif have also become a favorite place for climbers who can practice their favorite sport.
let head now a little glimpse of the history and have a look at the ancient human presence in Taif is attested by rock art engraved in a site about 40 kilometers north of Taif close to the old Okaz souq which is a famous pre-Islamic gathering place was a scene for annual social, political and commercial gatherings, but also the location of competitive recitation of poetry and prose. The building’s remains include prominent outlines of walls of basaltic stones but the main attraction is the 10 700 square meters of iconic patterned membrane of the Souk Okaz Public Theatre where a festival revives since 2008 the local tradition of public art.
After our trip in Taif we will come back to Jeddah and pack our bags to be prepared for our flight tomorrow to start exploring the Eastern Province.
After our arrival in Dammam we will go to our hotel for check-in and then will have a city tour to introduce the Eastern province four, Dammam the third largest city in Saudi famous for large complex industrial cities mostly in oil and petrochemicals. Our first day here will be focused in understanding oil and its impact to this country but most importantly its influence on its community and the social responsibilities.
We will visit ITHRAA center , this modern impressive architecture is the educational and culture center of the famous largest company in the world “ARAMCO” in this visit we will understand and learn about the following
The Center’s Energy Exhibit showcases the knowledge and methods behind the successful extraction of oil and related energy resources. The Exhibit offers an exciting and engaging educational journey for visitors as they learn how natural resources and alternative forms of energy are safely and efficiently harnessed.
The Exhibit features three main attractions:
· Interactive displays
· 3D theater
Next we will visit one of the largest public libraries in the region, with a collection of over 270,000 titles in Arabic and English intuitively arranged across four floors and covering an extraordinary range of themes, topics and genres. We have something for everyone, whatever your age and interests. You will have the opportunity to navigate through the books and floors to enjoy the interior designs
The Ithra Museum is home to four galleries, respectively dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern Art, Saudi culture, Islamic art, and the natural history of the Arabian Peninsula.
With each gallery focusing on a specific theme, the Museum invites conversation igniting new ideas and new forms of cultural expression. With a focus on knowledge and innovation, the galleries aim to enrich the visitor experience by offering interactive technology alongside historical and cultural learning, to bridge the past and present.
Al-Ahsa is one of the world’s largest natural agricultural oases, with over 3 million palm trees and many hot and cold springs. The oasis, which was recently named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also one of the greenest regions amid the otherwise arid deserts that make up most of Saudi Arabia, so we picked of the best experiences around.
Will start our day at Qaisariya Souk which is the oldest mentions of Qaisariya Souk (open-air market) have been found in the diaries of travellers dating back to 1822, making it at least nearly 200 years old and one of the oldest markets in Saudi Arabia.
The souk, that spans over 7,000 sq meters (75,347 sq feet) and houses 420 shops, hasn’t changed much in two centuries. Its buildings are made of clay bricks that keep it cool throughout the year and resonate with the architectural styles from years ago.
Expect to find everything from clothes, perfumes, oils, spices, vintage crockery, carpets and jewellery. It is advisable, however, not to shop for things that you can probably find in a mall in the city nearby, because everything is a lot more expensive at this tourist attraction.
After our shopping experience we will be heading to visit Ibrahim Palace.
Ibrahim Palace was built during the early days of the Ottoman rule and remained an important government building throughout the era. Parts of it have been converted to a museum now and the mosque is still being used today.
The old stables, the guards’ dormitories, and a number of rooms are preserved as they were, and the museum inside the palace has plenty of historic relics, paintings, and photographs.
Tour the Al Qarah Mountains
The mountains – and the caves – of Al Qarah are surrounded by palm tree farms and small villages, and have become a tourist favourite as well a popular place for nearby locals to spend their evenings.
Al Qarah is a 25-minute drive from the main city of Al-Ahsa (also known as Hofuf) . The caves are known for their distinct shape and span about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) through the mountain. Local legends say that the cave has sheltered many figures from history including Abraham (known as Prophet Ibrahim in Arabic), the Chaldeans (of Babylon) and kings of the Dilmun civilisation.
There is also a small museum, cafes, a mosque and a couple of gift shops in close proximity to the mountain. The cave is well-lit and parts of it are now wheelchair accessible. we will be having our lunch break here before we head to our next location.
Our next stop will be to visit the Yellow Lake, The Yellow Lake is one of the few natural bodies of water in Saudi Arabia and spans about 12 km (7.5 miles) across the sand dunes on the outskirts of Al-Ahsa city. The lake, amid miles of sand, is a local favourite and families living in Al-Ahsa and around often go there on the weekends.
After the Yellow Lake and not so far from it we will go to check out the springs , palms and the farms, Al-Ahsa has over 150 naturally occurring springs of hot, warm, and cold water. Because of this ample supply of fresh water, Al-Ahsa was one of the first populated areas of the region.
Some of the most visited springs include Al-Jawhariah, Um Sab’ah, Al-Khodoud, and Al-Harah. The springs are considered to have ‘healing’ properties because of the high concentration of minerals in the water, and it’s common to find locals and tourists alike taking a sip or taking a quick splash through it. Some even bring plastic bottles to take water back with them!
This is a UNISCO site , a well preserved farms that house over 2 million palms ! producing the famous dates. We will walk around the palms and enjoy the authentic Saudi farm life
We will finish our day here and head back to our hotel and be prepared for our flight tomorrow to Riyadh the capital city of Saudi Arabia.
After our arrival to the capital of Saudi Arabia we will go to our hotel to check in and then start our tour.
Welcome to Riyadh, the birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia, where old-world charm meets 21st-century vision. Riyadh Province – also known as Al-Wosta – is home to the country’s capital: a modern metropolis with a thriving financial and business centre, and a growing cultural scene. It’s a city rich in history, boasting myriad forts, palaces and museums, and some of the country’s most colorful souks.
Will start our day with a historical brief about the capital of Saudi, In the National museum you will be discovering Saudi Arabia's rich past is an amazing journey that would bring you along thousands of kilometers around the whole Kingdom. An easier way to have an insight of Saudi Arabia's rich History is to visit the King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh where artifacts from all periods are exhibited and with explanations about their historical significance.
After our historical brief we will go see some by ourselves checking out Al Masmak Fortress ,Surrounded by sand, this squat fortification was built around 1865 and is like a scene out of the movies: a big fortress representing an empire. It was the site of a daring 1902 raid by Ibn Saud, during which a spear was hurled at the main entrance door with such force that the head is still lodged in the doorway. Highlights among the exhibits include maps and fascinating photographs of Saudi Arabia dating from 1912 to 1937, in galleries converted from diwans (living rooms). The roofs are covered with painted palm-tree, taramic and ethel wood and exude an old-world charm that evokes an Arabian painting. Inside, the information panels and short, chest-thumping films on the storming of the fortress and the ‘reunification’ of Saudi Arabia are reverential towards the Al Sauds but worth watching nonetheless.
We think this is enough for today so you can get some rest and start fresh again tomorrow to dive a bit further into the culture of Saudi.
Ushaiger is a heritage village located 200 kilometers northwest of Riyadh in the heart of the Najd, the central plateau of the Arabian Peninsula. The village lays on the Al-Washim plain few kilometers west of a narrow range of red sand dunes called ‘Urayq Al-Bildan that extend towards the north that, 100 kilometers further on, become the massive dunes of Zulfi that ultimately connect to the immense Nefoud Al-Kebir.
Ushaiger that means the “Small Blonde” was named after the color of a small hill that lays at the north of the Village. Although it is made of red rock, locals say the Arabic word for red could be used also for blonde in the old days.
Ushaiger is surrounded by a thick wall with massive towers and wide doors made of ithal (tamarisk) wood that visitors have to go through to enter the heart of the historical village.
The village is organized into seven districts and has many palm groves and orchards that are beautifully integrated to the maze of pathways.
Today the historical village of Ushaiger belongs to the Tamim tribe and one of the Tamim governor’s houses can be visited.
After our lunch in Ushayger we will take off to Al Diriyah, birthplace of the first Saudi state, historical crossroads of pilgrims and traders, and home to one of the kingdom’s most ambitious heritage developments.
Curved along the outskirts of Riyadh, and formed on the oasis that spilt from the banks of Wadi Hanifa, Al Diriyah’s mud-brick walls once housed a thriving desert city that was a powerhouse of culture and commerce. Its Al Turaif district, the area’s citadel-marked primary quarter, was the original seat of power for the kingdom’s Al Saud family. In 1745, the city was named the country’s capital, laying the foundations for what would later become a unified Saudi Arabia.
Al Diriyah fell in late 1818 at the end of the Wahhabi war and was succeeded as the nation’s capital by the nearby settlement of Riyadh. The ruins of Al Turaif were designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2010 and the area has since been the subject of a painstaking restoration plan aimed at bringing its historical legacy back to life. While work at Al Diriyah is still under way, there are ample heritage-rich sites that are open to the public.
Al Diriyah is located in the same district as Al Bujairy which is a perfect for Dinner, this place is great for families, with its twisting lanes, restaurants and cafés.
Today where we say goodbye to beautiful Riyadh , we will be dropping you off to the airport according to your flight schedule .
If you wish to extend your stay kindly let us know and we will gladly help you and arrange everything for you.