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Maidain saleh archaeological site

Kingdom of the Nabateans

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30/01/2012 Days £6,395 ex. flightsRoger Harrison15 LIMITED Reserve your place
08/10/2012 Days £6,395 ex. flightsRoger Harrison15 LIMITED Reserve your place
03/12/2012 Days £6,395 ex. flightsRoger Harrison15 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Roger Harrison 1

Tour Expert

A rare opportunity to visit Saudi Arabia in the company of author and Saudi expert, Roger Harrison.

Diriyah Old City, Near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2


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


Take guided walks around the historic part of Jeddah.

Why we like it

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

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • 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
  • Day 12
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.

Diriyah UNESCO, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Diriyyah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


One of the most important archaeological sites in the whole of Saudi is Diriyyah. A UNESCO World Heritage site located just outside Riyadh, Diriyyah has a history that goes as far back as 627 AD, during the era of the Prophet Muhammad and served as the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty from 1744 to 1818. Our Tour Lecturer, Peter Harrigan serves as an advisor to the Arriyadh and Diriyyah Development Authority providing counsel on a restoration project, which includes five major museums on the site of the capital of the First Saudi State.

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.

local man in saudi arabia
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Expectations

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. 

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
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.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. 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

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.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
30/01/2012 Days £6,395 ex. flightsRoger Harrison15 LIMITED Reserve your place
08/10/2012 Days £6,395 ex. flightsRoger Harrison15 LIMITED Reserve your place
03/12/2012 Days £6,395 ex. flightsRoger Harrison15 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

01285 601 784

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With an average group size of just eight to ten people our group tour itineraries enable you to travel to some of the most intriguing regions of the world in the company of experts guides in the field and, of course, with likeminded people.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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