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In this Grand Tour you will be exposed to three different cultures in Saudi Arabia where you get to explore Riyadh ,Abha and Jeddah in one trip , Riyadh Province is the capital of Saudi Arabia and it is central to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for several reasons: geographical, historical, political, and economical. it is the second largest province in terms of both the area and the population. 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 colourful souks.
Abha is the capital 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.despite climate changes, and located to the north of the ancient Kingdoms of Sheeba and Himyar, within the territory named by the Romans 'Arabia Felix', which was crossed by caravans for more than a millennium, Abha and the Province of Aseer have a long history. Although there are no remains dating back to those times in Abha itself, some ancient carvings close to Habalah and the archeological site of Jerash just 30 kilometers away are testimonies of this rich past.
while Jeddah is the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia, modern Jeddah is more than a thousand times the size of the ancient city where it is believed the mother of humanity, 'Eve', was laid to rest. These days Jeddah is fast-paced and a bit rough around the edges, with high-rises and a waterfront culture that are symbols of the Kingdom's modernisation. This blend of old and new is what makes the 'bride of the Red Sea' such an appealing destination, and often the first Saudi city foreigners like to visit.
- visit Al Masmak fortress and Ad Diriyah
- stand on the Edge of the world
- visit the village of Rijal Alma
- visit Al-Balad area (the old town)
- exploring the old Hejazi homes all around Jeddah
- Dive or snorkel to see the world famous red sea corals on a boat trip
- visit the King Abdullah Economic City to see the modern side of Saudi
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 colourful souks.
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 and start fresh the next day .
starting with 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.
the we will be heading to Ad Diriyah , northwest of the city and the original capital of the first Saudi state is a must-see. Its Al Turaif quarter, a carefully restored mud-brick district that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, offers a glimpse into the country’s extraordinary heritage, while the Al Bujairy district is perfect for families, with its twisting lanes, restaurants and cafés.
today is for those in search of tranquillity we are heading north of the city to the Edge of the World, where the sprawling Tuwaiq escarpment offers heart-stopping views over the arid plains below. we will be taking our 4x4 and enjoy our ride to this amazing place where we are going to set up our tents and enjoy our traditional saudi lunch on the edge of the world , The Edge of the World (whose real name is Jebel Fihrayn) has become within a few years one of the most popular destinations around Riyadh the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This “nickname” was given because of its main attraction that are the stunning viewpoints from the top of the 300-meter-high cliffs overlooking the surrounding plain. This escarpment is part of the much longer Jibal Tuwaiq which is one of the most prominent natural features of Saudi Arabia as it spreads over 1 000 kilometers from the province of Najran on the south up to Qassim in the north. It even played an important role in Arabia’s History as along its foot was one of the ancient caravan trade routes that used to cross the Arabian Peninsula from Yemen into the Levant and Persia.
if you're a fan of hiking then this is you're lucky day as nowadays some travelers built several trails along the cliffs allowing access up and down the impressive escarpment. Some of those stone-made trails are still visible today like at the Khashm Zubaydah, 50 kilometers southeast of Edge of the World. so you can pick one of these trails and have your fun !
Today is a free day to enjoy it the way you want , you can go shopping in the local traditional markets or you can go to the modern side of Riyadh and check out the big malls and boulevards , you can also find the fine dining restaurants that are world wide famous . For transportation you can use Uber or Careem (our local Uber) or you can just ask for a taxi .
Our guide will stay in touch with you in case you needed any assistance and make sure you got everything you need.
Today we will take you to the airport to catch out flight to explore another Saudi beauty ,Abha . 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 with day temperatures ranging from 15°C to 35°C. What is more unexpected is that while the rest of the country has one rainy season in March and May, Aseer enjoys a second one in July and August thanks to the Indian monsoon that reaches the southwest of Saudi Arabia.
after arriving to our hotel where you leave your bags at the room and head straight away to start our tour here ! we will start our tour by visiting 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. after taking our lunch break in a traditional restaurant we will continue 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 tour with Shamasan fort an ottomans occupied the western part of the Arabian Peninsula, as far as, Yemen from the beginning of the 16th century CE, including Abha.
Rijal alma is an ancient Aseeri village located just 20 kilometers flying distance west of Abha, the capital of Aseer Province. It is set in the bend of an extensive valley on the ancient trade route between Yemen and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea. If the name Aseer translates as “difficult” to describe the geography of the area, it doesn’t apply to the climate which much more pleasant than in the rest of the country with cooler temperature and more humid climate.
The scenery around Rijal Alma’ is made steep hills overlooking a sinuous road that once brought the fruits of the spice and incense trade into the interior of the Arabian Peninsula and a valley running towards the Tihama plain. The hillsides appear to be dotted with defensive watchtowers at points that maximize fields of view and arcs of fire, revealing the well thought out plans of the builders. 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.
Today we will be heading to the airport based on the flight that was scheduled for you and head to Jeddah where you will see a different culture in the Hejaz area ,The historic crossroads of pilgrims and traders, and the traditional gateway to Mecca, Jeddah is the most fascinating of Saudi Arabia's major cities.
After arriving to Jeddah we will head to the hotel and take some rest and unpack your bags , At noon we will go to Al-Balad, I’m sure you all heard about this place, it’s a UNICCO 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 will be visiting Darwich House. It is another house that is especially unique because the entire exterior is surrounded by miniature structures of the different architecture buildings in Saudi.
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 Cup & Couch. Ending the day with a lovey visit to Jeddah Waterfront where you can take great pictures and enjoy a walk on the beach.
Jeddah is known to have one of the best corals around the world , Jeddah always gets lots of tourists and local tourist coming just for a gorgeous drive in the weekend .
For the last day, we will be spending the day on a boat cruising around the beach. Doing all beach 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.
Today we are exploring the other side of Saudi , we will see the modern side now . a little about this city , King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is the largest privately-funded new city in the world. Situated on the west coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KAEC covers an area of 181 million square meters of land, approximately the size of Washington DC. The city is under development by Emaar, The Economic City (EEC), a publicly listed Saudi joint-stock company. EEC was established in 2006 by a consortium of global real estate players, including Emaar PJSC, a number of high-profile Saudi investors, and government bodies to develop King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). The vision for KAEC is to develop a world-class, integrated lifestyle city that adds to the socio-economic prosperity and sustainability of Saudi Arabia.
When completed KAEC is estimated to be home to approximately 2 million residents, and aid the Saudi Arabian economy in creating employment and expanding beyond oil into the shipping, light industries, tourism, retail and commercial sectors. KAEC is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Jeddah— a location at the crossroads between East and West, on the coast of the Red Sea.
Today is a free day for you to enjoy it the way you want , you can go shopping in the old markets or the famous big malls here in Jeddah like Red Sea Mall and Mall of Arabia and many other big malls , you can use Uber or Careem ( our local Uber ) for transportation or just call out for a taxi , our guide will be staying in touch with you in case you needed assistance .
one final tip : you dont want to miss out on Albaik restaurant as it well known for its irresistible fried chicken and thats a guarantee !
Today where we say goodbye to beautiful jeddah , we will be dropping you off to the airport according to your flight schedule .
if you wish to extend your stay after finishing this tour to go on a camping experience in an unforgettable place , we can arrange a camping trip to Al Wahbah crater is located in middle of an otherwise flat, barren desert, the Al Wahbah Crater is a natural anomaly that would be wondrous enough on its own, but it hides its own salt field in its bowl.The giant crater was long thought to have been created by an ancient meteor strike, but has been found to have appeared thanks to volcanic activity. It is thought that the crater appeared after a massive underground steam explosion that was caused when a magma flow ran into a subterranean source of water. The resulting eruption would have launched a colossal amount of earth into the air, leaving behind the crater that exists today. At 1.2 miles across and over 800 feet deep, it is an impressive pock mark on the planet.