Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 26, 2023
Trip Type
By Land

Group Size: 15 to 25 participants
Price: $13,395 per person double occupancy / $15,375 single occupancy

Activity Level
Trip Itinerary (530.86 KB)
Terms & Conditions (574.52 KB)

Trip Overview

Through conversations and visits, this program sets out to explore the significant changes taking place in Saudi Arabia. Begin in Jeddah, a commercial port-city whose old city is renowned for its traditional multi-storied dwellings made of coral. Enjoy the striking mountain scenery around Abha where tiny villages are nestled amidst green terraced fields. Follow an ancient trade route to Madain Saleh, a desert plateau strewn with monumental rock-hewn tombs from the ancient Nabataean kingdom. Nearby sits labyrinthian Al ‘Ula, once a wealthy trading hub along the “Incense Route” and characterized by its narrow, winding streets. Fly to Riyadh, the kingdom’s imposing capital that only sixty years ago was a remote walled village. Travel by train to Al Hofuf, home of the Al-Ahsa Oasis, the world’s largest oasis and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also visit the Qaisariah Souq, one of the most traditional markets in the country. In Dhahran to the east, become familiar with the immense Saudi oil industry, understanding its central role in dramatically shaping modern Saudi Arabia. Return home from Dhahran.


Schedule by Day

  • Oct 14: Depart home city
  • Oct 15: Arrive Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Oct 16: Jeddah
  • Oct 17: Jeddah / Abha
  • Oct 18: Abha / Asir National Park
  • Oct 19: Al Ula / Mada’in Salah
  • Oct 20:  Al Ula / Mada’in Salah
  • Oct 21: Riyadh
  • Oct 22: Riyadh
  • Oct 23: Riyadh
  • Oct 24: Dammam / Alkhobar
  • Oct 25: Alkhobar
  • Oct 26: Depart for flights home  



$13,395 per person double occupancy / $15,375 single occupancy


  • Two nights at the Jeddah Sheraton Hotel
  • Two nights at the Abha Palace
  • Two nights at the Al Ula permanent tented camp
  • Three nights at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya or Similar
  • Two nights at Le Meridien Al Khobar


What to Expect

Activity Level 3

Participants are expected to be in good health and ready for a full program. Each traveler should be able to walk unaided at least one mile a day on uneven terrain and be able to go up and down stairs with a handrail. There may be times when participants have to stand for up to 30 minutes. This trip includes four internal flights.

Study Leader(s)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired)

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.