Saudi Arabia: Beyond the Veil

October 28 – November 9, 2023
Led by: Mr. Samir Komosani

Trip Price: $8,940 per person
Single Room Supplement: $1,680
Domestic Airfare: $550


Saudi Arabia is a country of barren sands masking great oil reserves, millennia-enduring archaeological sites sharing city blocks with modern engineering marvels, and conservative Islamic ideals juxtaposed by images of luxury symbols from the West. Through conversations and visits, our program sets out to explore this country and the significant changes taking place within its borders. We 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.


Day 1. Depart US
Day 2. Jeddah. Sheraton Jeddah Hotel
Day 3. Jeddah
Day 4. Abha. Abha Palace Hotel
Day 5. Abha
Day 6. Maidan/Al Ula. Shaden Resort by MGallery
Day 7. Maiden/Al Ula
Day 8. Riyadh. Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya
Day 9. Riyadh
Day 10. Riyadh
Day 11. Dammam/Dhahran. Le Meridien Al Khobar
Day 12. Dammam/Dhahran
Day 13. Return home from Dhahran


We love organizing private journeys as much as we love putting together our group programs. If you would prefer, a customized journey can be planned for one person or a larger group of families or friends, and we would be delighted to work with you on your dream tour that reflects your interests, your pace and your budget.