Physical rating - Light
Next trip 08/02/2021
Jeddah - Taif -Albaha - Abha - Jazan
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, 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.
Today we need you to pack your bag early morning because we are going on a road trip that will start in Taif and end in Al Baha, so be ready and dont worry we even got you some snacks.
The trip from Jeddah to Taif is around 2 hours but going up the mountains we can guarantee you its going to be a fun ride.
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 we end our tour here in Taif we will now go on our way driving all the way to Al Baha which is around 2:30 hours, once we get there we will check in in our hotel and get some sleep to prepare ourselves for exploring Al Baha tomorrow .
Today we will be starting our day with breakfast in one of the oldest and most famous traditional restaurant which serves a traditional dish called “fool” which is made of beans ! after our breakfast we will go to visit Al Akhawain museum which means “the two brothers”.
This museum is located in Al Mald heritage village and it holds many traditional pieces that goes back to over 120 years.
Next we will be driving for less than an hour to Dhee Ayn, this village is built on a white marble outcrop in the epic Bidah Valley, south of Al Baha, Dhee Ayn looks like an Arabian citadel has arrived on a Tuscan hillside. Often called the Marble Village, the cuboid buildings were made of stone and slate more than 400 years ago, and abandoned sometime in the 1980s. Exploring its narrow pathways today is an eerily beautiful experience, especially during the golden hours, when the light reflects on the white marble and the colorful mountains in the background.
We will be having our lunch break here in this beautiful village.
We will be ending our day with a visit to the caves resort, as obvious as its name this is a resort that is literally build with in the caves and has a gorgeous int view over the mountains that you cant miss, we can promise you this visit as it depends on availability.
We will go back to our hotel to rest a little and be prepared for another road trip to discover Saudi like a local and with locals.
Here comes another worthy road trip all the way to Abha but this time we will stop in Al Namas city on the way which is a must see ! our drive to Al Namas will be 3 hours long.
Al Namas, often known as the city of fog, is surrounded by wild nature; from the striking views and forests of the Cloud Park to the wildlife-filled Jebel Mareer mountain to the north, where it’s sometimes possible to see all the way to the Red Sea.
We will stop to explore the Arabic artifacts and literature at the grandly ornate Al Maqar Museum, dubbed the Museum in the Clouds and one of the most striking buildings in the region. Al-Maqar palace in the Asir region is an architectural marvel. It looks like a fictional palace come to life from the pages of a fantasy book. It erupts tall and beautiful in an otherwise subtle city.
The palace is illuminated with lights that make it appear to glow. As Asir is a cold region, in the winter fog looms around the castle, adding to the dreamy view.
After marveling over the beauty of the exterior, visitors can enjoy the inside of the place. It took 35 years to build and used more than two million natural stones from the mountains of the Asir region in its construction.
A citizen inspired by Andalusian palaces built it and collected Islamic artifacts dating back to the Abbasid, Umayyad and Ottoman periods.
To some the interior may look more like a private collection than a museum, with 16 million Islamic decorations gathering dust on the shelves. The artifacts were collected by Mohammed Al-Maqar Al-Shehri, who traveled the world finding items to add to his collection.
Considering what it has to offer, the museum does not get as much recognition as it should.
There are 20 places to enter the palace, and the structure of the building has seven domes each representing the continents of the world. The museum itself stands on 365 columns, each dedicated to each day of the year.
The attention to detail in the museum is outstanding. Each floor is dedicated to the era from which the artifacts are from, making it a rare Saudi landmark in the 21st century.
The museum is home to many Islamic manuscripts on medicine, astronomy and mathematics. It also has the first record of the handwritten manuscript of the Qur’an. In addition, there are a few thousand manuscripts to view.
The museum opens a window on Islamic and Arabic history and takes the visitor on a journey back in time!
will end our visit in Al Namas with lunch in a local farm and have an absolutely yummy traditional dishes made by the owners of this farm which is always been our trade mark in 88destinations.
We have our stomach full now its time to continue our road trip to reach Abha, we will be driving for another 2 hours to get there.
after our journey and once we arrive to Abha we will go to our hotel for check in and get some sleep to be prepared for tomorrow .
Abha is the capital of Aseer Province and has the 6th largest population in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is famous for being the highest large city of Saudi Arabia at over 2 200 meters, some parts of the city being even around 2 400 meters. With such an altitude it is not surprising that Abha benefits from milder climatic conditions that most the rest of the country.
We will start our day with an introduction to the most popular and historical site here in Abha, we will begin with Aseer Regional Museum that tells the long history of Abha and Aseer Province and exhibits some of the province’s traditional handicrafts, along with antiquities of Aseer Province, A few hundred meters from the Regional Museum is Al-Muftaha Village, a cultural center built according to the standards of Aseer traditional architecture. It hosts a hall of plastic arts and shops where the handcrafts are sold.
After our lunch break we will go to Shada Palace was built in 1927 and was originally the headquarters of the Emira of Aseer Province. It is a brilliant example of the traditional architecture of south Arabia that is celebrated in the design of the new Emira Palace built just few meters away.
Renovation works started in 2017 to turn the Sheda Palace into a museum where old planting and household tools, coins, several manuscripts and photographs of life in Abha in the second half of last century will be displayed.
Afterwords we will head to Al-Basta district is one of the old villages that used to form what is today the large city of Abha. If some old parts of the city were replaced by the modern one, Al-Basta is still in good condition with its elegant and colorful traditional architecture and its small charming streets that lay along the Abha valley.
Next to Al-Basta district is the Ottoman bridge that connects the old village with a green park.
We will finish our day with Jebel Akhdar is a green hill that is around 2340 meters high. It offers one of the best viewpoints over the whole city and its surrounding mountains, as far as the edge of the majestic Sarawat mountains.
Here is the place that everyone who comes to Abha waits for Rejal Alma’a !! For its exceptional features Rijal Alma’ is today on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is famous for its typical Arabian traditional architecture that can be found throughout the whole country, each region having its own specificities. But when it comes to Saudi traditional architecture the first image that comes to mind is the charming and colorful houses of Rijal Alma’. The fame of this village isn’t only due to the stunning sceneries it offers but also to the important role it played in the history of the region.
The dressed stone square towers, patterned with gleaming lumps of sugar-white quartz, that comprise the original village are typical of the culture of the area. They tell the story of a culture with ingenuity and skills that allowed them to capitalize of the materials to hand and were surprisingly sophisticated in their use of dressed stone to make complex structures.
The solidly built houses double as mini-fortresses and comfortable habitation. They speak of items of great value passing through, a culture immersed in trade, one that picked up trade goods and elements of foreign culture from travelers as they passed through.
But the most striking surprise of Rijal is hidden inside its walls. After penetrating through the sculpted doors, each dark stone building turns out to be the jewelry box containing of a treasure of painted by skilled and patient artesans. Today the vibrant colors of these fascinating patchworks still decorates the walls of Rijal Alma’a.
we will head back after our visit to have some rest and prepare for tomorrow to our last road trip to Jazan.
Today early morning we will be packing out bags and getting ready for our last road trip to go to Jazan.
Jizan Province is like no other in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is indeed exceptional as much as it is an exception in several regards.
In a country where the stereotype landscape is an endless extent of sand dunes, Jazan is all about tall green mountains, deep blue sea, virgin islands, and pristine beaches.
Jazan It is also famous for its high-quality production of tropical fruits like mango, figs, and papaya but its mostly famous for its great coffee farms. We will be hosted in one of the local farms and spend a full day there. The family we are visiting will be telling us all about these coffee farms and its history, we will have a warm home-made meal inside the farm under those gorgeous trees, this farm is considered a family owned business where the whole family work together here from the men to the women and even the kids, they all participate and take a role in the farm to help with their coffee business and recently they started hosting tourist.
Not to forget that you will be welcomed by the famous "flower men" in their traditional dresses holding the typical dagger called jambiyah and wearing garlands of flowers on their heads.
Today where we say goodbye to beautiful Jazan , we will be dropping you off to the airport according to your flight schedule to take your flight back to Jeddah.
If you wish to extend your stay after finishing this tour to visit Wadi Lajab or Farasan Island kindly let us know in advance so we can arrange that for you.