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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

Mecca: Full Day Tour with Lunch

2. Mecca: Full Day Tour with Lunch

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.

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.

From Riyadh: Desert Trail Hike with Dinner and Stargazing

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

Riyadh: Dining Experience with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

10. Riyadh: Dining Experience with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

Authentic traditional Saudi cuisine in a traditional setting makes your dining experience very special and unique. Intimate and distinguished atmosphere Enjoy the most delicious Najd cuisine in a special atmosphere that reflects the heritage and life of the beautiful past, with sessions inspired by the ancient past of Najd At Najd Village restaurants.

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What people are saying about Saudi Arabia

The bus is a great way to see all of the sights around Medina. The details don't detail this clearly but the 1st meeting point is at the clocktower by the mosque. The only negative was having to wait for up to an hour at one stop even though it states they run every 30 minutes from every stop.

I recommend surtt if you come alone easy to access to find right in front of an nabawi a big one because you can't miss it lol the people are nice and there are some half hours and on time Al Hamdoulilah …. .

It was excellent. The stops were near the madina mosque outside the the gates.very close.a taxi drivers era dropped us off on one of our stops. It was amazing.my children all loved it

The only issue I had was that the bus was never on time. At times I had to wait close to an hour. However, the locations on the route were phenomenal.

Clean frequent busses, friendly drivers, audio guide is interesting