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Riyadh: Dining Experience at The Globe Restaurant

1. Riyadh: Dining Experience at The Globe Restaurant

The Globe is one of the most unique and sought-after restaurants in Riyadh - also one of the most unique & premium restaurants in Riyadh. Modern European dining in a posh glass-enclosed venue with a cocktail lounge & panoramic city views. Located in the spectacular golden sphere that tops Al Faisaliah Tower, this dining destination offers panoramic views of the city. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and world-class service come together to create an unmatched, fine dining experience.

From Riyadh: Ushaiqer Village Highlights Tour with Transfer

2. 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.

Riyadh: Edge of the World Day Trip with Dinner

3. 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.

From Riyadh: Diriyah Sightseeing Tour with Transfer

4. 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.

Riyadh: Half-Day Guided Bus Tour with Hotel Pickup

5. Riyadh: Half-Day Guided Bus Tour with Hotel Pickup

We start our tour of mystic Riyadh by visiting the National Museum. The primary custodian of Saudi national heritage and culture, it is a place of learning and discovery that hosts a unique collection of artifacts and covers the whole history of the Arabian Peninsula right up to modern times. After that, we head to the nearby Murrabba Palace which was the royal residence where King Abdulaziz hosted his court. The palace was named after it's square 40 by 40-meter shape and is now one of the city’s main museums. Adjacent to the palace, a modern building hosts a collection of King Abdulaziz’s personal items which we will tour briefly. These places illustrate the heart of the birth of the Saudi nation.

Riyadh: All-Day Ancient Mysteries of Central Arabia Tour

6. 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.

From Riyadh: Desert Trail Hike with Dinner and Stargazing

7. From Riyadh: Desert Trail Hike with Dinner and Stargazing

After approximately one hour’s drive from the city of Riyadh, we arrive at an area with sandstone hills where we start our hike, exploring a trail that offers glimpses of the past, when people used to rely on groundwater and build fences with rocks to protect their livestock. Depending on the season we may meet and have the chance to speak to some Bedouin camel herders . Before sunset we enjoy dinner around a bonfire, which offers an opportunity to hear some of the Saudi stories, before we start our gazing into the sky to marvel at the constellations. We provide historical insights about the region and traditions of tribal society before we return to Riyadh.

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

8. 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: Old Town Highlights Tour with Transfer

9. 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.

From Riyadh: 4x4 Desert Safari with Snacks and Transfer

10. From Riyadh: 4x4 Desert Safari with Snacks and Transfer

This is a chance to explore the Saudi desert that surrounds the city of Riyadh. We meet you in Riyadh in our 4x4 vehicles and drive to “The Pyramid”, an impressive sand dune 60 kilometres away from the city. There we have the possibility of seeing different types of camels (Bactrian, Dromedary), followed by sand-board fun, and of course some dune bashing with our expert Bedouin drivers. Finally we relax on the dunes with a light meal, water, juices, and of course the traditional coffee & tea. We then return to Riyadh, a trip that takes approximately one hour.

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