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Al Madinah: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. Al Madinah: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore Al Madinah with this 24-hour hop-on hop-off tour ticket. Your tour will includes 2 routes with 11 stops in total, allowing tourists to discover the city’s biggest and best attractions. Hop-on to the Green Route at the Almasged Alnabwi where immediately and enjoy some of the city’s best architecture as you admire the stunning architecture of the Prophet's Mosque from the top of an iconic tour bus. Head to Al Baquee Cemetery which is a significant cemetery in Al Madinah as the Islamic Prophet Muhammed has many relatives and companions buried here. Another worthy attraction to visit along the route will be Quran Museum which displays many exhibits exploring Islamic history. Continue the adventure and hop-on at the Red Route, where tourists can explore more historic locations including the Uhod Battlefield and the Trench Battlefield – both well-known for hosting two of the Muslim Army’s largest wars. If you’d like to escape the history of Al Madinah for a while, then hop-off at the Al-Noor Mall and enjoy a spot of shopping before you hop back on and continue exploring. As you travel to the different sights in Al Madinah, enjoy recorded audio commentary available in 12 languages. Find below a list of the tour stops along the route:  Green Route: 1. Al Masjid an Nabawi 2. Al Baqi’ 3. Al Manakha Square 4. Al Salam Gate Red Route: 5. Uhud Battlefield 6. Al Noor Mall 7. Abu Bakr Al Saddiq Road 8. Al Qiblatain Mosque 9. The Trench Battlefield 10. Quba Mosque 11. Hejaz Railway Museum 12. Quba Square

Riyadh: Edge of the World, Heritage Village, & Camel Trail

2. Riyadh: Edge of the World, Heritage Village, & Camel Trail

From the moment your tour starts, your tour leader will give you full attention. Once in the car, your tour leader will talk to you about all the things on the way as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you. Before Driving to Edge of the world Riyadh, we will stop at Heritage Village called Qarina Heritage Village, will introduce you to the charming nature and ancient architecture of Saudi Arabia Then you will visit Edge of the world also known as Jabal Fihrayn is 120 Km from Riyadh. Standing atop the 1,000-foot high escarpment at Jabal Fihrayn, you find stretching before you an uninterrupted view of the horizon in all directions, leaving you with the impression that you are, indeed, standing at the very edge of the world. The effect on one’s body and mind and soul is exhilarating. These cliffs rise dramatically from the desert, stretching toward the sky like a great natural wall. When you stand atop them and look toward the horizon, you have a prime view of the sky as it seems to melt into the barren earth. (Optional) your tour leader can recommend for you lovely restaurant to have your Lunch. The Edge of the World Saudi Arabia (Jebel Fihrayn) is an unexpected and dramatic geological wonder in the rocky desert northwest of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The site earned its nickname because from atop the escarpment, you have an uninterrupted view of the horizon. It’s part of the much longer Tuwaiq Escarpment, and drops down 1,000 feet into an ancient ocean bed. While standing on the cliffs, you’ll spot dried rivers weaving across the land, and see camels moving far below. These camels and their herders are following a well-trodden path, as an ancient caravan route once passed within its shadow. In the end, You can enjoy walking on old camel tracks which are always very fascinating. Travel in comfort back to your hotel, Riyadh has so much to see, feel, eat and buy so if you have time and want to add more to your itinerary – just let us know what you are interested in and we will arrange it for you.

Riyadh: Full-Day Guided Bus Tour with Hotel Pickup and Lunch

3. Riyadh: Full-Day Guided Bus Tour with Hotel Pickup and Lunch

We start our tour of Riyadh by visiting the primary custodian of the Saudi national heritage and culture, the National Museum. Today it is a place of learning and discovery that hosts a unique collection of artifacts and covers the whole history of the Arabian Peninsula up to the modern era. After this, we continue to the nearby Murrabba Palace which used to be the royal residence where King Abdulaziz hosted his court. The palace was named after it's square 40 by 40 meters shape and is now one of the city’s major museums. Adjacent to the palace, a modern building hosts a collection of King Abdulaziz’s personal items that we will briefly tour. These places are at the heart of the birth of the Saudi nation. Lunch in the city. In the afternoon we delve further into old Riyadh by going to the downtown area, visiting the old “Souq” the Dirah Souq famous for buying antique carpets and other useful Saudi heritage antiques, while walking we will always smell sandalwood fragrance and the scents or orient. The Souq is known for men’s clothing and one of the entertainments is to watch the auction which takes place every Friday. Then we will visit the Masmak Fort which is just walking distance from the Old Souq and whose importance is linked to the creation of the 3rd Saudi Kingdom, the modern one we live in. The fortified palace was built during the reign of Abdullah bin Rashid in the year 1895 A.D. to serve as a military garrison for the Abdullah bin Rashid army. His Majesty King Abdulaziz, the father of today’s nation, captured the fort in 1902, marking the beginning of the reconquest of Arabia by the House of Saud. From there we will head to the famous Kingdom Tower and its Sky Bridge to see Riyadh from a panoramic viewpoint nearly 300 meters above the city.

Riyadh: All-Day Ancient Mysteries of Central Arabia Tour

4. Riyadh: All-Day Ancient Mysteries of Central Arabia Tour

After a one-hour drive out of Riyadh, we will visit the most famous ancient carving site of Riyadh Province called Musayqirah (which is also known as Graffiti Rock 1). There, people carved texts and drawing of animals and humans which date back up to 8000 years. After another hour of driving, we will explore some wadis surprisingly full of trees and surrounded by mountains where we have found more fascinating carvings on the rocks that we will reveal to you. They tell us about the history of Central Arabia over a few millennia, from the ancient time of Green Arabia until the frankincense trade and the conquests by Arabian tribes. We will stop under an acacia tree to enjoy a meal in the shade. We will continue our tour to a unique site with long ancient texts carved by the Kings of Sheeba which we would decipher for you. After admiring that marvelous site, we head back to Riyadh.

Riyadh: Edge of the World Day Trip with Dinner

5. Riyadh: Edge of the World Day Trip with Dinner

An exciting drive to the amazing “Edge of the World”, located on the 1000 kilometer-long Tuwaiq escarpment where the viewpoints from the top of the 300-meter-high cliffs are particularly dramatic. On our way to the most famous natural wonder of Riyadh Province, we visit a restored traditional village, Sadous, whose architecture is typical of the Najd (central Arabia) before we start the off-road drive towards the Edge of the World. En route, stop by the Bats Cave, and once at Edge of the World we can hike along the majestic cliffs and enjoy the breathtaking viewpoints. Whilst enjoying traditional coffee, tea, and a light meal there is an explanation about Saudi culture while we watch the picturesque sunset.

Riyadh: Historical City Full-Day Guided Tour with Transport

6. Riyadh: Historical City Full-Day Guided Tour with Transport

From the moment your tour starts, your tour leader will give you full attention. Once in the car, your tour leader will talk to you about all the things on the way as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you. Start your tour visiting the National Museum of Saudi Arabia which has been established in 1419 as a significant part of the king Abdulaziz historical center in Riyadh. Very impressive and important museum about the entire Saudi history, Saudi royal family, the kingdom formation, and everything regarding the political context. you will be led to numerous antiques, manuscripts, and documents that are all chronologically organized. It includes eight main halls: Hall of Man and the Universe, Arab Kingdoms, Pre-Islamic Era, Prophet’s Mission, First Saudi State, Unification of the Kingdom Hall & Hall of Hajj and Two Holy Mosques. The museum includes interesting examples of Arabian and Islamic art as well as architecture. The masterpieces include Prehistoric Elephant Skeleton, huge meteor found in the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia desert, Rock Grafitti from Hejaz region backdate to pre Islamic era, Copy of rosetta stone, an example of Madaian Salah Rock-cut tombs. Then enjoy the National museum park walks through the outdoor gardens one of the best gardens you will visit in Saudi Arabia. King Abdulaziz’s historical park is an open area that you can enjoy with your family. Then proceed to the Hall of King Abdulaziz where there is a showroom of old cars that were used by the king. Then we will move to the next visit to Murraba palace is among the most important palace built by King Abdulaziz. This Palace was to accommodate his family. It was built on the local traditional Najid style by using local building material only. enjoy amazing photos here inside Murraba palace. Then you will visit the Dira Souq traditional Saudi market which is famous for its variety of old copper and brass objects including silver daggers, silver Beduin’s Jewelry and dresses. While entering from main access, one always smells sandalwood fragrance. Dira Souq is worth buying antique carpets and other useful Saudi heritage antiques. Then visit the Al Masmak, Enjoy and step back in time and explore Saudi Arabia’s roots. Fascinating exhibitions on display show maps and photographs of Saudi Arabia, alongside a range of historical artifacts, artworks and audiovisual attractions. A short documentary also re-enacts the capture of the fortress by King Abdul Aziz, whose spearhead you can still see embedded in its wooden gate. At the end photo stop at Al–Rajhi Mosque is one of the most famous and largest mosques in the city of Riyadh. Travel in comfort back to your hotel, Riyadh has so much to see, feel, eat and buy so if you have time and want to add more to your itinerary – just let us know what you are interested in and we will arrange it for you.

Riyadh: Old Town Highlights Tour with Transfer

7. Riyadh: Old Town Highlights Tour with Transfer

We proceed into old Riyadh, starting in the downtown area, visiting the traditional Dirah Souq (famous for buying antique carpets and other useful Saudi heritage antiques). The walk is infused with the aromas of sandalwood fragrance and other scents of the orient. The Souq is known for men’s clothing and it is entertaining to watch the auction which takes place every Friday. After this, we visit the Masmak Fort which is just walking distance from the Old Souq and whose importance is linked to the creation of the 3rd Saudi Kingdom, the modern one we live in. The fortified palace was built during the reign of Abdullah bin Rashid in the year 1895 A.D. to serve as a military garrison for the army of Abdullah bin Rashid. His Majesty King Abdulaziz, the father of today’s nation, captured the fort in 1902, marking the beginning of the reconquest of Arabia by the House of Saud. From there we will head to the famous Kingdom Tower and its Sky Bridge to see Riyadh from a panoramic viewpoint nearly 300 meters above the city.

Mecca: Full Day Tour with Lunch

8. Mecca: Full Day Tour with Lunch

Discover the holy city of Mecca on a guided day trip from Jeddah. Visit the Exhibition Of The Two Holy Mosques Architecture, see the Masjid e Aisha, a renowned destination for pilgrims performing the rituals of Umrah and Hajj, marvel at the Al Fateh Mosque, and much more. Begin your journey in the morning from Jeddah to Mecca. Mecca is in a desert valley in western Saudi Arabia, Islam’s holiest city; it’s the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad and the faith itself. Only Muslims are allowed in the city with millions arriving for the annual Hajj (pilgrimage). Dating from the 7th century, the central Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque) is surrounded by the Kaaba, the cloth-covered cubic structure that’s Islam’s most sacred shrine. We will drive first to the Two Holy Mosques Architecture Exhibition. Next, head to King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswah. Then visit the Masjid Aisha, also known as Masjid at-Tan’eem. Enjoy lunch in the city before continuing to Wadi Fatimah, also known as Mur Al Dhahran Vally. See the Al Fateh Mosque located In Al Jumum village. Our trip will end with the visit to the Grave of Maymuna bint al-Harith the wife of the prophet. After that, will drive back to Jeddah.

From Riyadh: Diriyah Sightseeing Tour with Transfer

9. From Riyadh: Diriyah Sightseeing Tour with Transfer

We drive for 30 minutes to Ad-Diriyah, located on the western bank of the Wadi Hanifah, a dry riverbed where water flows only after big rains. Ad-Diriyah used to be the capital of the Najd (the central plateau of the Arabian Peninsula) from the 15th century until the beginning of the 18th century. It is the birthplace of the first Saudi Kingdom and its importance in the history of the Arabian Peninsula was highlighted when it was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2010, as the most brilliant example of Najdi architecture. The history of Ad-Diriyah goes back thousands of years as it was on an ancient trade and pilgrimage route, acting as a meeting point for those traveling to or from Asia, Africa, and Europe. Our visit to the site allows us to admire its incredible architecture before returning to downtown Riyadh. As we drive towards the city, we have the opportunity to admire the rapid development of this cosmopolitan capital, planned by the Saudi government to become the biggest metropole in the Middle East in the next 10 years.

From Riyadh: Ushaiqer Village Highlights Tour with Transfer

10. From Riyadh: Ushaiqer Village Highlights Tour with Transfer

We reach the traditional village of Ushaiqer after a two-hour drive. One of the most vibrant examples of Najdi architecture, Ushaiqer is typical of the central plateau of Saudi Arabia. Ushaiqer is one of the oldest towns, existing for “over a millennium” and it was a major stopping point for pilgrims coming from territories that are now Kuwait and Iraq to perform Hajj or Umrah in Makkah. We get the opportunity to roam its narrow alleyways that run between elegant traditional houses, palaces, and old mosques. We also visit a private collection of old antiques at a museum in one of the most beautiful old houses in the village. We conclude our visit from an impressive view overlooking the area. After that, we will have an authentic Arabian picnic experience in the dunes (subject to weather conditions) or at a traditional restaurant before returning to Riyadh.

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What people are saying about Saudi Arabia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

I booked my tour online via GetYourGuide, the day before the trip. Shortly after, Rokaia from Saudi tours, WhatsApp me regarding the logistics and provided my guide’s contact information. Rokaia contacted me after the tour to check on the overall experience. My tour guide, Ahmed, was very prompt in his follow-up before the tour. He called a day before to confirm the details and was punctual for the pick up. During the tour, he was attentive, informative and helpful. Thank you Ahmed for making the tour an enjoyable and unforgettable experience! Overall, I will recommend Rokaia from Saudi Tour and definitely Ahmed as your tour guide! Well done!

Saudi Arabia Tours is a highly professional company! Our tour guide - Brother Ahmed was very professional and caring, he knew the Edge Of The World route very well and brought snacks and refreshments for us along the way. He picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel in a timely manner. All terms and conditions of the tour were rendered. Highly recommend this tour group, and will use them again! A+++++

I thoroughly enjoyed everything and Saad was an excellent tour guide: very friendly, knowledgeable and he ensured that the time available was put to the best use. It has given me some fantastic memories and I would thoroughly recommend Saudia Arabia Tours to anyone looking to explore this part of the world. A big thank you for your organisation of this trip!

Went with a friend and tour guide to Abha. It was a wonderful experience. The driver was waiting in the front hotel and gave us complete information about this magical place. Miss Fatima was our contact during the whole trip. Hopefully, we will have time to repeat our visit in the winter.

What an Absolutely awesome Desert experience ! It was great from start to finish we were picked up on time from our hotel then made our way to the desert to start with quad biking, would recommend this & the team was very good