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Elephant rock in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Holidays

The proposition that Saudi Arabia has opened up is irresistible.

The birthplace and spiritual home of Islam, Saudi Arabia is as rich in attractions as it is in stirring symbolism.

The Nabatean rock city of Madain Saleh – world-famous Petra’s little-known twin sister – heads a long list of ancient and natural attractions. For a fuller list, take a look at some of our ideas below or see our new group tour to Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom has confirmed it is opening its doors to tourists through a new online e-visa portal. Eligible passport holders can now apply for an e-visa via a swift and easy process. Once obtained visas are valid for multiple entries for up to one year, and allow visitors to spend up to 90 days in the country.

Elderly man praying, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

Why we Love Saudi Arabia

Long closed to the wider world, Saudi Arabia is slowly starting to allow visitors to explore its wild reaches and cosmopolitan city centres. Travel in Saudi Arabia is still in its infancy though and visiting can be daunting given the cultural rules to adhere to, but there are rich rewards for the intrepid traveller.

Edge of the World, outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Edge of the World, outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

What to expect on a holiday to Saudi Arabia

There can be few countries that are so misunderstood as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and perhaps no other country is as worthy of a first visit. Although dominated by the rolling sands of the Empty Quarter, in addition, you will find beautiful oases and dramatic mountain-tops, ancient cities, beaches and rivers. New hotels are springing up in all the main cities with ever more famous chefs, while excellent restaurants and chic cafes are everywhere.

Maidain saleh archaeological site
Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of the Nabateans

Steppes have had Saudi Arabia in its sights for some time now. The prospect of travelling in the footsteps of Richard Burton, T. E. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger is a tantalising one.

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Al Ula Historical City of Madinah, Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia
Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

Breaking free from the stereotypes

“Khalid has just created a Twitter storm,” was not something that I expected to hear in Saudi Arabia. But then again there was much that I did not expect, there were many images contrary to my expectations of Saudi Arabia. From the lack of investment and shabbiness in the extremities to the colour of some of the houses, from fabulous funerary façades to one of the most topographically stunning regions that I have seen anywhere in the world. There was much that I was to learn and discover.

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Explore Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh
  • Jeddah
  • Madain Saleh

Experiences

A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your Saudi Arabia holiday.

Diriyah

Explore the historical UNESCO town of Diriyah, original home of the Saudi royal family.

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Old Jeddah

Explore the old city of Jeddah, a waterfront city full of historic houses and traditional markets.

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Jubbah Rock Art

View some fabulous examples of Neolithic rock art.

The Asir Mountains

Explore the coastal mountain range which supports a variety of wildlife including baboon, gazelle and leopard.

Madain Saleh

Explore the carved remains at Madain Saleh which mark the southern end of the Nabatean Empire.

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Buraidah Camel Market

Visit the largest camel market in the world and a special place in Bedouin culture.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Very satisfied with all aspects of our trip. Steppes kept us fully informed of the progress of the arrangements and gave us various choices of hotels.

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Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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