Behind the curtain of the spiritual Islam: A glance of Saudi Arabia

Behind the curtain of the spiritual Islam: A glance of Saudi Arabia 2380 , 8 Days
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Saudi Arabia is one of the most enigmatic and difficult places to visit and that is why this tour is not to miss! Discover some of the greatest treasures, still hidden for the travelers outside the Arab world. Saudi Arabia is a desert country, stretching through the Arabian Peninsula till the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. It is the birthplace of the Islam. The country’s citizens are required by law to be Muslims and there is ‘religious’ police force to look upon this. Saudi Arabia is to the Islam’s two most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram in Mecca - destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad. Same time Riyadh, the capital of the state, has absolutely modern look – skyscraper-filled metropolis and luxury cars on the streets. Jeddah is mix of ancient and modern style and hides within an old city, made of coral, while the Red Sea coast offers world-class diving. Don’t miss the chance to see the abounded mud ghost city Al Ula , mud-brick ruins of Dir'aiyah and all the remarkable cultural heritage that this strictly religious society hides.

Highlights:
• A chance to visit the spiritual birthplace of Islam
• Visit the World Heritage sites of Diriyah and Madain Saleh (closed in 2019 for maintenance)
• Discover the mountain heritage of Abha
• Explore the abandoned ghost town of Al Ula
• Enjoy the cultural highlights of Jeddah and Riyadh


Itinerary:
Day 01: Jeddah
Arrive in Jeddah, meet, assist and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.

Day 02: Jeddah
A morning visit to some of the old Ottoman houses, mostly constructed from coral and reinforced with wood so that beams criss-cross the interior walls. The most beautiful & well known is Nasif House, or Baashen House from outside its closed for maintenance if possible will visit from inside which was built during the 1850s by the well-known Nasif Family, one of the most influential trading families in the history of Jeddah. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the house was one of the most important buildings in Jeddah. It was here that King Abdul Aziz spent his first night in Jeddah, as the guest of Mohammed Nasif, after he led his victorious army into the capital of the Western Province. Lunch at local restaurant Then visit Altaybat Int’l City for Sciences and Knowledge ( Abdul Rauf Khalil Art Museum ) which is a very beautiful museum that houses endless collections of arts, ethnography and archaeology artifacts which displays significant as well as unusual collections.. (B,L,D)

Day 03: Jeddah - Ula
Breakfast at Hotel then drive at the corniche of Jeddah (sea-side promenade), a major attraction that acts as an open air museum displaying an array of modern sculptures gathering social place for locals visit the open museum early Lunch at Local restaurant or at airport then take flight to Al Ula , arrive Al Ula visit Elephant Rock and transfer to your Camp Sahary or similar (B,L,D)

Day 04: Al Ula - Dheba - Al Wajh
This morning you will visit the old city of al Ula Mud Village and Mosa Bin Nusair Fort and al Khuraiba or Lion Tombs from Outside then drive to Sharma via Al Wajh stop to see the old city of al Wajh and have lunch at Local restaurant arrive Dhebah overnight (B,L,D)

Day 05: Dheba - Tabuk
This morning you will drive to Madain Shuaib wher you can see the second Napatian site at Arabian peninsula and visit Megna sea food Frish lunch at local restaurant then drive to Tabuk overnight at your Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 06: Tabuk - Riyadh
This morning visit railway station and Islamic fort then then drive to airport for your flight to Riyadh Arrive and visit Diriyyah one of the most important sites, from where the history of Al Saud Dynasty began. It is situated in the eastern part of the so-called Najd area in the valley known as Wadi Hanifa (B,L,D)

Day 07: In Riyadh
Morning visit Musmak Fort one of the most important monuments in important historic landmark in the city of Riyadh. This palace was built during the reign of Abdullah bin Rashid in the year 1895 A.D. The reason for building this historic palace was to serve as military garrison for his army, which operated under a Governor in Riyadh from Hail. AbdulAziz Bin Abdulrahman AAL Saud on the 15th January 1902 captured the fort and start the unification of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia some walk at Dira Souq. Lunch at Assaraya Turkish Restaurant some rest and refreshing up at Hotel then National Museum, a place of learning and discovery, meant to kindle pride in the Arab heritage and reverence for Islam. This national Landmark is composed of eight galleries telling the complete story of Arabian History from the creation of the universe to our modern era, Murabba Palace is among the most important palace built by King Abdulaziz in the year 1937 A.D. Built to accommodate his family, the palace was composed of a number of a presidential palaces, service buildings and King Abdulaziz Divan. That same year the King and his family moved in this palace. This palace was built on the local traditional Najid style by using local building material only and (B,L,D)

Day 8 Departure.
Transfer to airport for departure.

Bahrain Extension:
Day 8: Riyadh - Manama (Bahrain) 
Flight Ryadh - Dammam, one hour. Bus from Damman to Manama along the bridge King Fahd Causeway (25 km)
The bus jurney takes about  two hours. Hotel in Manama.
Day 8-9: In Manama.
Free time for sightseeing and exploring Bahrain captal.
Day 10:  Departure

 

 


Price Includes:
Accommodation 7 nights double occupancy at 3-4*** hotels incl. all meals
domestic flight tickets
all airport transfers
all transport and entrance fees
tour leader from Penguin Travel
English speaking local guide
local photo and tour permissions

Not Included:
LOI (Letter of Invitation)
international flight tickets
insurance
tips and personal expenses
visa fee

Additional Services:
Bahrain Extension 3 days: 180 EUR; single room supplement 60 EUR Price includes flight Ryadh-Dammam
bus tickets Dammam-Manama
two nights at 3*** hotel in Manama incl. breakfast


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Behind the curtain of the spiritual Islam: A glance of Saudi Arabia (Rated 4.82 / 5 Based on 274 Reviews.)
Price
2380 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
450 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
6-12
Reservation System Code
SARUND
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