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Maidain saleh archaeological site

Kingdom of the Nabateans

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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03/12/20 14/12/2012days £6,395 ex. flights £635Roger Harrison15 AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

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Pioneering

There are few places left that can be said to represent the last frontier of tourism.

Diriyah Old City, Near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2

Diriyah

Explore the historical sites around Riyadh including the UNESCO site of Diriyah.

Maidain saleh archaeological site 3

Madain Saleh

Visit the spectacular Nabatean site of Madain Saleh.

Arabian house, old Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 4

Jeddah

Take guided walks around the historic part of Jeddah.

Explore the itinerary

  • Day 1
    Riyadh
  • Day 2
    Diriyah
  • Day 3
    Riyadh
  • Day 4
    Riyadh to Buraidah
  • Day 5
    Buraidah camel market
  • Day 6
    Hail to Al Ula
  • Day 7
    Madain Saleh
  • Day 8
    Lion Tomb and Elephant Rock
  • Day 9
    Hesma Valley
  • Day 10
    Tabuk to Jeddah
  • Day 11
    Jeddah
  • Day 12
    Jeddah

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Active
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Tour expert throughout
  • Accompanied by English speaking local guide throughout
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels
  • Transport throughout in air conditioned vehicles
  • Internal flights
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks with meals
local man in saudi arabia
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Expectations

Saudi Arabia is new to tourism, only allowing tourists to visit the Kingdom from at the end of 2019. As such, it is important to set expectations. Things may not run as smoothly as in other destinations.

Please be aware that when travelling in Saudi Arabia, plans may change at the last minute, journeys may take longer than expected, sites may not always be open when they say, guides, whilst good, are not used to groups of foreign nationals. Meal times may be ad hoc, depending on the location, days of the week and prayer times. However, for those with a thirst to discover the unknown, the jewels The Kingdom has to offer are well worth it. 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. 

As part of our tour, we have secured a wonderful tour expert, Roger Harrison, who has experience of travelling in Saudi Arabia and will accompany the group adding insight into this country from his perspective. In addition, a local guide will travel with this group and will be in charge of all the group logistics.

Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia, Justin Wateridge
Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia

Madain Saleh

No trip to Saudi would be complete without a visit to Madain Saleh. Accessed from the oasis town of Al-Ula, Madain Saleh, Petra’s twin, was Saudi’s first World Heritage site. With its well preserved, ancient, rock hewn tombs set amongst a dramatic desert back drop, it is easy to see why Madain Saleh was chosen as a World Heritage site. The settlement of the site took place during the 1st century AD, when the Nabateans made Madain Saleh the kingdom’s second capital, after Petra in the north. The sense of history at Madain Saleh is palpable in the rock art and sculpture that can be seen all over the site, giving fascinating insight into the lives of the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago.

Riyadh Skyline, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Al Rahma Mosque - Jeddah Coast - Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh and Jeddah

Saudi cities are full of fascinating sites with major historic significance, often juxtaposed with very modern, high-tech architecture and infrastructure. This is most noticeable in Riyadh, the starting point for our group trip – a city that forty years ago had a population of 100,000 people but is now home to over 7,000,000. Finish in Jeddah – a city with a history that can be traced back to more than 2,000 years ago. There will be time spent in the old town and the Abdul Rauf Khalil Museum, which not only represents the rich Islamic heritage of Jeddah but also the city’s pre-Islamic past, with artefacts on show that can be traced back to the fishermen tribes who first inhabited this region.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Saudi Arabia?

There are few places left that can be said to represent the last frontier of tourism. Follow your curiosity and put experience before prejudgment.

What are the highlights of this Group Tour?

No trip to Saudi would be complete without a visit to Madain Saleh. Accessed from the oasis town of Al-Ula, Madain Saleh, Petra’s twin, was Saudi’s first World Heritage site. With its well preserved, ancient, rock-hewn tombs set amongst a dramatic desert backdrop, it is easy to see why Madain Saleh was chosen as a World Heritage site. The settlement of the site took place during the 1st century AD, when the Nabateans made Madain Saleh the kingdom’s second capital, after Petra in the north. The sense of history at Madain Saleh is palpable in the rock art and sculpture that can be seen all over the site, giving a fascinating insight into the lives of the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago.

Is it safe to travel to Saudi Arabia?

When it comes to the safety of tourists, the Saudi Arabian people are extremely friendly and will do their best to make foreigners feel safe and welcome. However, we advise leaving valuables at home, keeping an eye on personal belongings in crowded areas and avoiding unknown areas without your guide.

Do I need a visa to visit Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to the world through its new tourist visa. The fast and easy-to-use online portal allows international visitors from eligible countries (including UK and USA) the ability to apply for an eVisa. The eVisa is a one-year, multiple-entry visa, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the country.

What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?

Accommodation is varied in this region, where possible, we have carefully selected a range of small comfortable hotels and three to four-star guest houses for this group tour.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

What is the best time to visit Saudi Arabia?

Nov–Mar Cooler temperatures make daytime weather bearable and nights surprisingly chilly, especially down south.

Apr-Oct Daily temperatures above 40°C, high humidity along the coast; watch for April sandstorms.

Is there a dress code in Saudi Arabia?

It is important that both men and women dress conservatively when travelling in Saudi Arabia. In non-business situations, women do not need  to wear an Abaya,  a long robe-like dress. However, they should always  carry a headscarf.  If visiting a mosque, the head, hands and legs should be covered and shoes removed. Men should make sure that their arms and shoulders are covered up, and opt for long trousers in place of shorts.

What is the food like?

Saudi Arabian cuisine today has many outside influences including Lebanese traditions such as hummus, tabbouleh, and spices that are now common in Saudi Arabia and throughout much of the Middle East. Other influences are Persian, Indian, and European.

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

General overall fitness is required. There will be a number of walks to monasteries, and sites with a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces, as well as some hill climbs, however, this is done at a leisurely pace. We would suggest that you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Can I extend my time in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end or the beginning of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing. Speak to one of our experts for possible suggestions on what extensions would complement this tour.

There are also options to go further afield in Russia, such as exploring the Golden ring. For more information, speak to one of our Russia specialists.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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