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

Behind the curtain of the spiritual Islam: A glance of Saudi Arabia 1950 , 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. 

Highlights:
• A chance to visit the spiritual birthplace of Islam
• Visit the World Heritage sites of Historic Jeddah and Madain Saleh 
• Explore the abandoned ghost town of Al Ula
• Enjoy the cultural highlights of Jeddah and Riyadh


Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Jeddah
Arrive in Jeddah, meet, assist and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.

Day 2: Jeddah
A morning visit to Jeddahs New Corniche, a coastal road with recreation areas, pavilions and large-scale civic sculptures — as well as King Fahd's Fountain, the highest fountain in the world and the Al-Rahmah Mosque (floating mosque). .
After lunch we contiune our sightseeing with Historic Jeddah (World Heritage Site) containing 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. Visit Altaybat Museum ( Abdul Rauf Khalil Art Museum ) which houses endless collections of arts, ethnography and archaeology artifacts. Hotel in Jeddah.

Day 3: Jeddah - Riyadh
Free time in Jeddah before we drive to the airport to catch our flight to Ryadh. Arrive Riyadh and optional visit to the 99th-floor Sky Bridge Kingdom Centre. Hotel in Riyadh.

Day 4: Riyadh
Morning visit Masmak 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. Visit the National Museum, composed of eight galleries telling the complete story of Arabian History from the creation of the universe to our modern era. Continue to Murabba Palace (next door to the museum) which was 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. Hotel in Riyadh.

Day 5: Riyadh - Al Ula.
Free time. Transfer to airport and flight to Al Ula. Arrive Al Ula, visit Elephant Rock and then drive to our guest house for overnight.


Day 6: Al Ula - Madain Saleh, Jabal Ikmah, Dadan. Tabuk.
The Archaeological Site of Al-Hijr (Madain Saleh) is the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. It features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The site constitutes the kingdom's southernmost and largest settlement after Petra (modern-day Jordan),
Today we can choose to visit either Hegra/Madain Saleh (1,5 hours) og buy a visitors pass including also Jabal Ikmah, one of Saudi Arabia’s most significant epigraphic sites, containing hundreds of etched and relief inscriptions and Dadan (allow 4 hours).
Drive to Tabuk in the afternoon - 280 km / 3,5 hours. Hotel in Tabuk.


Day 7: Tabuk
After breakfast we visit the Tabuk Castle, dating from 1559. The fort was constructed to protect the water station as well as for security and surveillance purposes and was one of the stations on the Levant-Medina Haj road to welcome the pilgrims.
Visit Tabuk Museum and free time to explore the city. Hotel in Tabuk.

Day 8: End of services, departure.

 

Bahrain Extension:
Day 8: Tabuk - Dammam - Manama (Bahrain) 
Flight via Ryadh to Dammam, Bus transfer 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:
6 nights at 4**** hotels incl. breakfast
one night guest house im Al Ula
no meals
domestic flights Jeddah-Riyadh-AlUla
all airport transfers
all transport and entrance fees except in AlUla
tour leader from Penguin Travel at 8 participants
English speaking local guides
local photo and tour permissions

Not Included:
international flights
insurance
tips and personal expenses
visa fee
Madain Saleh pass incl. Jabal Ikmah and Danan 95USD/365SAR
Madain Saleh only - 255SAR/70USD
Sky Bridge in Riyadh - 17USD/63SAR
oneway ticket Tabuk-Riyadh 80EUR
oneway ticket Tabuk-Jeddah 70EUR

Additional Services:
Bahrain Extension 3 days: 320 EUR; single room supplement 80 EUR
Price includes flight Tabuk-Dammam / privat transfer Dammam-Manama / two nights at 4**** 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 292 Reviews.)
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1950 EUR
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8 Days
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450 EUR
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Price
1950 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
450 EUR
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Price
1950 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
450 EUR
Status
Open for booking

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Group Size
6-12
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