Physical rating - Light
Next trip 14/12/2023
Daily breakfast - 2 Dinners
Riyadh - Jeddah - Dammam
Max 12 people
you can choose the bag that you prefer
Today we will be welcoming you at Jeddah airport as our guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with 88Destinations on it , we will be taking you to your hotel where you can rest for a bit and get ready for your adventure tomorrow as we have a full day planned for you.
Today we will start our tour in the morning starting with The Tayebat Museum for a fascinating look into Jeddah’s long and cosmopolitan past, take an informative tour indied the Tayebat Museum for a superbly curated representation of the city’s 2,500-year history. Located in the Al Faisaliyah district, the museum is housed in a multiroom complex that re-creates the traditional Hijazi architecture of the old city, with bay windows overlaid with intricate wooden lattice work and ornate coral masonry. With several floors of in-depth exhibits, the museum offers a living history lesson on the foundation of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the wider Arabian Peninsula. There is also an entire floor dedicated to the city’s rich Islamic heritage. Before we move to the next tour we will have lunch in one of the local nice restaurants here in Jeddah that serves the famous traditional dishes in Jeddah, after our lunch we will start cruising around the city and make short stops in the most famous monuments like the world tallest flag pole, the world tallest fountain and the open air museum, then we will go towards the beach to see the floating mosque and Jeddah waterfront to enjoy a walk on the beach, this is our last stop before we start our tour in Jeddah historical city Al Balad.Today we will explore and understand the country through its diverse and rich culture of food and people. Page 3 of 9 We will start our tour in Al Balad as local call it which means “ the town” as reference to the base of Jeddah. Al-Balad was founded in the 7th century and historically served as the centre of Jeddah. Al-Balad's defensive walls were torn down in the 1940s. In the 1970s and 1980s, when Jeddah began to become wealthier due to the oil boom, many Jeddawis moved north, away from Al-Balad Al Balad is registered as a world heritage UNISCO site and since then the old buildings with its unique window designs and doors are being preserved along with its unique buildings which some have been built using sea shells and stones !. The old buildings once housed the famous Jeddah families and hosted the founder the late King Abdulaziz when first entered Jeddah. Our tour will go through the history of these building including going inside one of the buildings to see the interior designs , furniture and life back then Will also explain the historical importance of some sites and locations while we wonder around the narrow streets to explain how merchants used to sell their goods and how pilgrims used to get their supplies of cloth and food before they head to Makkah through the Makkah Gate in Al Balad. The old Mosques is another tourist attraction where some were founded over 300 years ago and still functional as a mosque. The main attraction in this tour is the food and snacks of Al Balad where we will pass by some famous vendors known to offer the best local snacks such as the local drink made of bread “ Sobia” and the old bakery which its famous for its fresh bread. Another local snack that consist of Bean and pickles “ Balilah”. We will stop for rest in one of the local coffee open air places and try famous local tea mixed with milk and herbs We will move to visit the center of Al Balad to see the first hotel built in Jeddah influenced by Italian architecture then pass by the first school built in Saudi. We will also visit one of the art houses and museum offering its unique local art collection and antiques. During this tour you will pass by many shops where they offer different merchandise such as perfumes, cloth, jewelry , antiques and souvenirs where you can buy and bargain ! we will also introduce you to some local shops to see some crafts being made such as the local sandals , perfumes and gold jewelry crafts. You will pass by different local communities within Al Balad which each community gather for tea and chat , kids playing around and street cats strolling for food ! the Balad spirit Finally at the end we will visit one of the local restaurants for dinner and try the famous local dishes such as Kabab , fish or liver with bread !
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 in one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Jeddah.
After our arrival to the capital of Saudi Arabia we will go to our hotel to check in and then start our tour to the Edge of the world.Today we will be taking you in a 4X4 for an hour and a half road trip to reach the Edge of The World.
The Edge of the World (its real name is Jebel Fihrayn), one of Saudi’s most popular tourist destinations, got its nickname from the uninterrupted view of the horizon it offers atop its 300-meter-high cliffs, which overlook the surrounding plain. It’s part of the much longer Tuwaiq escarpment, and drops down roughly 305 meters into an ancient ocean bed. From the top of the cliffs, you’ll spot dried rivers weaving across the land and may even see camels moving far below — an ancient caravan route once passed through these grounds.The cliffs are the result of tectonic movement of the Arabian plate toward the northeast caused by the spread of the Red Sea rift 1,000 kilometers to the west of the Tuwaiq escarpment. The clear cut it carved reveals the layers of sediments that accumulated there when the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula was a shallow tropical sea during the Jurassic period (150 million years ago). As you walk along the path, keep an eye out for fossils, a vestige of when the region was part of an ocean bed. As you’re capturing the views around you, take pictures of any fossils you may come upon, as you will not be allowed to take these artifacts out of the area.
After our tour we will come back to our hotel to get some rest.
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.
In the same area and only in walking distance we will find our self in Souq Al-Zal which is one of the oldest traditional market. Then we will be heading to our lunch break in one of the famous traditional restaurants at 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.
After our lunch break we will go to check out the view of the sunset from the Kingdom Centre which is a 99-story, 302.3 m skyscraper. When completed in 2002, it overtook the 267-meter Faisaliyah Tower as the tallest tower in Saudi Arabia. It has since been surpassed and is now the fifth-tallest skyscraper in the country, It is the world's third-tallest building with a hole after the Shanghai World Financial Center and the 85 Sky Tower in Taiwan. The mixed-use tower was developed by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and designed by the team of Ellerbe Becket and Omrania, who were selected through an international design competition. It is situated on a 100,000–square-metre site and houses the 57,000-square-meter Al-Mamlaka shopping mall, offices, and luxury apartments. There is a 65m skybridge atop the skyscraper. The upper third of the tower features an inverted parabolic arch topped by a public sky bridge.
Today in the morning we will take a train from Riyadh to Dammam, we will go to our hotel for check-in and then will have a city tour to introduce the Eastern province, Dammam is the third largest city in Saudi and 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 · Workshops · 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 and recently one of the most famous Saudi Arabia tours for both locals and travelers around the world, 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. Page 7 of 9 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.
Today where we say goodbye to beautiful Dammam , we will be dropping you off to the airport according to your flight schedule .
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9 nights Riyadh - Buraidah - Hail - A l Ula - Madinah - Jeddah