40 days in Saudi Arabia Itinerary

40 days in Saudi Arabia Itinerary

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40 days in Saudi Arabia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Medina
— 13 nights
2
Mecca
— 19 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Taif
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Al Bahah
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
5
Yanbu
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Al Ula
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Medina
— Few hours
End: Cairo

13
nights
Medina

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Explore hidden gems such as The Seven Mosques and Abu Bakar Masjed. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Koran Museum, browse the different shops at Rashed Mall, make a trip to King Fahd Glorious Quran Printing Complex, and see the interesting displays at The Beautiful Names of Allah Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Medina vacation app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Medina is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In April, Medina is much hotter than Istanbul - with highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C. On the 4th (Mon), you're off toMecca.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Abu Bakar Masjed ©
Abu Bakar Masjed
The Seven Mosques ©
The Seven Mosques
The Beautiful Names of Allah Gallery ©

19
nights
Mecca

Mecca ©
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jeddah Water Front Park and Mount Arafat. Venture out of the city with trips to Bayuda Desert (in Al Kamil), Kaec (in Rabigh) and Jeddah (Khadija Baghlaf Mosque, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bilal Masjid, don't miss a visit to Jabal al-Nour, admire the landmark architecture of Kaaba, and browse the different shops at Makkah Mall.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mecca day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Medina to Mecca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Medina in May: highs in Mecca hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Taif.

Things to do in Mecca

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jeddah, Bayuda Desert, Kaec
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Station of Ibrahim ©
Station of Ibrahim
Biet Nassif ©
Biet Nassif
Khadija Baghlaf Mosque ©
Khadija Baghlaf Mosque

1
night
Taif

Taif ©
Unofficially the country's summer capital, the city of Taif lies amid a richly fertile agricultural area and boasts a history reaching back to at least the 6th century CE.
On the 23rd (Sat), look for gifts at Taif's Heart Mall, get engrossed in the history at Sharif Museum, then walk around Al-Anoud Park, and finally walk around Al Faisaliah garden.

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Traveling by car from Mecca to Taif takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mecca in May, expect Taif to be slightly colder, temps between 39°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Al Bahah.

Things to do in Taif

Museums Parks Shopping
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Sharif Museum ©
Sharif Museum
Al Faisaliah garden ©
Al Faisaliah garden
Al-Anoud Park ©
Al-Anoud Park

1
night
Al Bahah

Al Bahah ©
Al Bahah is a city in the south west of Saudi Arabia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Dhee Ayn and then walk around Raghadan Forest Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Al Bahah online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Taif to Al Bahah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Yanbu.

Things to do in Al Bahah

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
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Raghadan Forest Park ©
Raghadan Forest Park

2
nights
Yanbu

Yanbu ©
Particularly known for its large expatriate community--resident here because of the oil and petrochemical industry--the port city of Yanbu has a pronounced international feel.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Yanbu Al-Bahr Beach, walk around Yanbu Lakes, and then stroll around Al Fairouz Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yanbu sightseeing tool .

You can fly from Al Bahah to Yanbu in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daytime highs in Yanbu are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 27th (Wed), you're off toAl Ula.

Things to do in Yanbu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Al Fairouz Park ©
Al Fairouz Park
Yanbu Lakes ©
Yanbu Lakes

2
nights
Al Ula

Al Ula ©
Historically based on a strategic location along the incense route, Al Ula has one of the largest archeological sites in Saudi Arabia.
On the 28th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Al Deerah, Heritage Village, Al-Ula and then steep yourself in history at Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Salih).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Al Ula trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Yanbu to Al Ula takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yanbu in May since evenings lows in Al Ula dip to 34°C. You will leave for Medina on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Al Ula

Historic Sites
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Al Deerah, Heritage Village, Al-Ula ©

few
hours
Medina

Medina
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazaar.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Medina travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Al Ula to Medina in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Medina

Shopping
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