Dates: December 2 - 9, 2023
12 spots available on a first come, first served basis!
Our 8-day, 7-night tour of Saudi Arabia is designed to be a great introduction to the Kingdom. You'll experience and learn about Saudi Arabia's history, culture, cuisine, people, and future.
You'll travel with Doug as well as highly experienced, professional Saudi tour guides.
The tour will include:
Riyadh, Tabuk, Bajdah Desert, Wadi Disah, Al Ula, Medina, Yanbu, and Jeddah.
Arrive to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, take a pre-arranged transfer to hotel, rest, and meet the group.
If time permits, explore the city or visit the impressive Riyadh Boulevard to see how Saudi Arabia is stepping into the future.
Meals included: None
Inclusions & Price
7 nights lodging (shared twin rooms)
Meals as indicated in itinerary
All tours, tour guides, & entry fees
Ground transportation throughout the tour
Domestic flight from Riyadh to Tabuk
Meals not indicated in itinerary
Visa (see more info)
Souvenirs, snacks, etc.
How to Join
There are limited spots available on the trip!
To apply to join, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A $700 deposit will be required to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable in lieu of extraordinary circumstances.
Saudi Arabia offers an eVisa for citizens of the US, UK, EU, and most other western countries. Citizens of these countries are also eligible for a Visa on Arrival, but we recommend applying for the eVisa in advance in order to avoid any delays at the airport.
To check the visa requirements for your country and apply for the eVisa, click here.
The eVisa costs 440 SAR (approximately $120 USD) and includes health insurance for the duration of your visit. The visa will typically be valid for 365 days with multiple entries.
If you are not eligible for an eVisa, please contact us to discuss the steps for obtaining a visa.
Who should come on this trip?
Anyone and everyone is welcome on this trip. Saudi Arabia is a beautiful and mostly unexplored country with so much to offer visitors. Those interested in joining us on this trip should come with an open mind and be ready to immerse themselves in a culture that may be very different from their own. There will be light physical activity involved throughout the trip (climbing stairs, rocks, monuments, etc.), but nothing overly strenuous. In December, weather in Saudi Arabia is temperate, with temperatures typically ranging from 68-86° F (20-30° C). We will send a detailed recommended packing list to confirmed participants before the trip.
Is it safe to visit Saudi Arabia?
Yes, Saudi Arabia is very safe, with a lower crime rate than the US and many European countries. Throughout the duration of the trip, you will be accompanied by experienced American and Saudi guides. If you have more specific questions about safety in Saudi Arabia, get in touch with us.
Is Saudi safe for women?
Absolutely. Despite what you may have heard, Saudi Arabia is open to everyone. The country is undergoing rapid social change, and women's rights have seen several major improvements in recent years. Women can travel independently in the Kingdom and are not required to cover their hair. While traditional attire is still the norm in Saudi, you will see local women in western clothing as well.
Are LGBT travelers allowed to visit Saudi Arabia?
Yes. As per Saudi Arabia's official tourism website, LGBT visitors are welcome to visit the country. You will not be asked about your sexual orientation when visiting Saudi Arabia. Generally speaking, all guests are simply asked to respect the country's culture and customs.
Who are the guides?
The trip will be led by American and local Saudi tour guides.
Doug Barnard is an American traveler and YouTuber. He has significant experience traveling throughout Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, and has led several group trips in the region. See his experience in Saudi on his YouTube channel.
This trip is organized in partnership with 88 Destinations, a licensed Saudi tour operator and DMC based in Jeddah. Operating since 2017, the 88 Destinations team has brought thousands of visitors to experience Saudi Arabia.
Are Saudis friendly to foreigners?
Saudis are very friendly and hospitable people. Hospitality is an important part of the Saudi culture, and the Saudi people are excited to be welcoming foreigners to their country after so many years without tourism.
Saudi Arabia is a conservative and religious society, and (as with any country) visitors should respect the local norms and culture. In general, modesty is encouraged in public. That being said, visitors have nothing to be apprehensive about. Saudis are normal people who like to socialize, meet new people, and have fun.
What are the hotels like?
We will be staying in upscale local hotels. The rooms are shared twin rooms, meaning that if you're traveling solo, you'll be paired up with a roommate. If you'd like your own room, this can be arranged for an additional cost.
What's the best way to get to Saudi Arabia?
Depending on your point of origin, you may transit through Istanbul, Doha, or Dubai, or even fly direct to Riyadh. We can help you find good flights and even link up with other trip participants before your flight to Riyadh, if possible.
The trip will begin in Riyadh and end in Jeddah. Participants should book arrival flights to Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport (RUH) and departure flights from Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED).