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Journey through Arabia - Saudi to Jordan

Jordan, Saudi Arabia - Trip code KSJD Discovery
Days 12
Deposit From US$382
Price from US$3820
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Journey through Lawrence's Arabia, from the Red Sea hub of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, through deserts and ancient cities into Jordan. Swim or snorkel among the coral reefs of the Red Sea, explore Petra in depth, and sleep like a Bedouin in Wadi Rum.

  • Ancient cities - Discover the magnificent ancient Nabatean cities of Hegra and Petra
  • Red Sea - Explore the scented souks of Jeddah's UNESCO-listed old town, and take a boat trip to the 100 islands off Umluj
  • Desert adventures - Sleep overnight in the desert at Wadi Rum, and drive through the towering cliffs of the Shuwaq Canyon
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 11

    Lunch: 3

    Dinner: 4

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader(s)

    Cameleers

    Camp Crew

    Driver(s)

    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

    4WD

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    Accommodation

    2 nights comfortable camping

    8 nights comfortable hotel

    1 nights simple tented camp

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    Trip pace:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    12 - 18

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Trip begins in Jeddah

Arrive in Jeddah, the largest commercial city in Saudi Arabia. A major port, a historical Red Sea trading point, and an important gateway for the thousands of yearly pilgrims heading to Mecca or Medina, Jeddah has a bustling atmosphere of opportunity and growth.

There are no planned activities today, so you can arrive into Jeddah at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary transfer today, you'll need to arrive into King Abdulasiz International Airport (JED), which is around a 20 minute drive.

If your flight arrives in the day, you may wish to take a stroll on the city's corniche (sea front), a 30 kilometre palm-lined stretch of coastal path that represents the modern face of the city.

It's worth noting that several flights from Europe arrive in the very early hours of the morning (between midnight and 3am). The Tour Leader will allow for that when planning the meeting time on Day 2. If you're taking one of these flights and you'd like to arrive in the early hours of Day 1 (instead of Day 2), we recommend that you book an additional night's accommodation in order to check-in upon arrival.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Walking tour of the UNESCO-listed old town; traditional evening meal

We will visit the UNESCO-listed old town of Al Balad this morning. Founded in the 7th Century, Al Balad was once the city centre of Jeddah. It's now a wonder of architecture, famous for colourful wooden doors and window coverings, all intricately carved and providing fascinating subjects for photographers. The area is a maze of narrow streets, with traditional souks and tiny mosques hidden between houses and shops. Buy some frankincense - one of the exports that historically made Saudi Arabia so important - or sample dates, Arabic coffee or breads at some of the local street vendors.

After spending much of the day exploring this captivating area, including the largest souk - Souk Al Alawi - and the museum of Al Naseef, we'll have a little free time this afternoon before dinner.

Our included meal this evening will give us the opportunity to sample Saudi Arabia's national dish, a Kabsa. Traditionally made with rice, vegetables and meat, it is the spice mix that makes the Kabsa special. Black pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaves and nutmeg are used to delicious effect! It's a fitting beginning to our Saudi Arabian journey.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 - Drive to Yanbu on the Red Sea

We set off north this morning, driving along Jeddah's corniche (coastal road), which is studded with sculptures all the way along. Before leaving the city, we'll stop at the open-air sculpture museum, which houses more than 20 of Jeddah's artworks right on the palm-tree lined coast.

From here it's around a 3.5 hour drive up the coast to Yanbu. Saudi Arabia's glorious Red Sea coast is still largely undeveloped, although this is set to change drastically in the coming years. Yanbu is one of the larger towns on route, a port town that is part industrial, part historic spice trading post. Some of the best snorkelling and diving in Saudi Arabia can be had just off the coast here, and the Yanbu waterfront is busy in the evening with locals fishing. The old town is a maze of souqs and wooden-fronted buildings, similar to Jeddah, including T. E. Lawrence's accommodation from 1915-1916.

On arrival we'll be free to explore the city - perhaps strolling around the landscaped gardens and fountains of of the Yanbu Lake Park, exploring the corniche or discovering Yanbu's rich heritage at the Radwa Museum. Of course, while on the Red Sea, we'll certainly be trying some fresh catch for dinner.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Boat trip to the 'Maldives of Saudi Arabia; drive to Al'Ula and our desert camp

We have an early start this morning, driving up the coast to Umluj. This small coastal area has gained the monika 'Maldives of Saudi Arabia' due to its cotton-candy sand, perfect turquoise waters and the 100 tiny atolls that lie just offshore. There are over 300 different types of coral here, providing sustenance and shelter for an abundance of marine life - including turtle and dugong (a cousin of the manatee). We'll take a small local boat out to explore some of the small islands and take a swim. Most of the local boats don't have their own snorkels at this point, so bring one along (and flippers if you like) if you would like to see the underworld in all its technicolour glory.

This afternoon we take the four hour drive to Al'Ula and our desert camp. The fixed 'tents' come complete with proper beds and a small adjoining ensuite bathroom. There is a restaurant building on site, atmospherically located in a sandy valley backed by dramatic rocky cliffs.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Camping

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Visit the Nabatean city of Hegra (Mada'in Saleh) and the Lion Tombs of Dedan

A short drive this morning brings us to Elephant Rock, an instantly-recognisable geological feature that takes its name from its elephantine shape. From here, we continue to the ancient Nabatean city of Hegra (also known as Mada'in Saleh). This set of ornately carved tombs was constructed in the 1st Century AD by the Nabatean people, an industrious Arab community who settled here more than 2,500 years ago, growing wealthy on tax proceeds from passing silk and spice trade. We'll see the jewel in the crown of this civilisation - Petra - when our journey continues into Jordan. These magnificent tombs are eerily quiet in contrast to Petra, but as tourism grows we can expect this to change dramatically within the next few years. For the moment, what was once a thriving city at the southern-most part of the spice trade, and a key part of the Nabatean Empire, is now a deserted outpost, with many buildings partially hidden under layers of sand.

On our return to Al'Ula, we'll stop to visit the Lion Tombs of Dedan. Pre-dating the Nabatean Empire, the kings of Dedan, and later named Lihyan, ruled from the 6th to the 2nd Century BC. At their capital, Dedan, the remains of ancient tombs have been found hewn into the rockface at different heights and of different sizes. The name 'Lions Tomb' comes from the carved lion sculptures found outside several of the necropolis entrances - denoting the importance of their owners.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Camping

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6 - 4WD drive to Al Shuwaq canyon and Wadi Disah; continue to Tabuk

Departing Al'Ula in a 4WD, we move northwards towards Tabuk, the principle town in an region of wide-open spaces and panoramic scenery. En route we'll discover the enormous canyon of Shuwaq, a great chasm that scythes through the province. The sheer scale of the canyon only really becomes apparent when we start driving into it in our off road vehicle.

After exiting the towering cliffs of Shuwaq, we drive into Wadi Disah, another simply mind-blowing canyon flanked by giant sandstone cliffs. In some places these walls are over hundreds of metres tall. The road through the canyon is reminiscent of the USA's wild west - all dry, dusty and bright in the sunshine, with pops of green plants surviving in the heat. We'll drive through the canyon to the town of the same name (Disah), and onwards to Tabuk.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7 - Drive to the Al Mudawara border and cross into Jordan; Explore Wadi Rum desert and camp in a Bedouin tent

It's a 1.5 hour drive to the Jordanian border at Al Mudawara, but we'll depart Tabuk early as the border crossing can be chaotic and busy. As we complete the border formalities, we'll say goodbye to our Saudi Arabian team, and meet our Jordanian driver and Tour Leader on the other side. This afternoon is all about embracing the Wadi Rum desert experience in its authenticity, as we have the opportunity to live the lifestyle of the nomadic Bedouin people. We'll drive from the border to Wadi Rum Visitor Centre, where we transfer into 4WD vehicles for an exhilarating two-hour jeep drive through the desert. This is a great chance to see the most spectacular and untouched parts of Wadi Rum.

Our drive is a fitting comparison to our experience at the towering Wadi Disah yesterday. Here, Monolithic outcrops of granite rock and sandstone rise out of the desert with a drifting blanket of sand between them. It is at its most impressive at the beginning and end of the day when the soft light and blue sky create a coppery effect on the sand.

After sunset, we enjoy the Bedouin hospitality around the campfire under a blanket of stars; a great setting to share stories while sipping mint and sage tea. A traditional zarb, consisting of a chicken or a goat meat (vegetarian options available) cooked under the desert sand, is served as well as a delicious selection of mezze.

The campsite we use presents the opportunity to experience traditional Bedouin living arrangements in a large communal style goat hair tent, which provides the best protection against typical desert extremes of hot and cold weather. The tent is laid out with rugs, mattresses, pillows and blankets and is where each tribe would commune to eat, sleep and socialise, as well as a fire pit to sit around and enjoy some local sweet tea. Far away from the tourist centre, roads and within the Wadi Rum protected area, the camp is intimate and provides great views over the desert. A toilet and wash block with limited washing facilities is also available during our stay. Private tents can be paid for locally should you wish, subject to availability.

Accommodation:

Grade: Simple Tented Camp

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8 - Chance for a camel trek this morning before travelling to the 'rose city' of Petra

The Bedouins learnt to live with the hostile desert environment 3000 years ago, choosing the partnership with the camel for their survival. They understood the importance of keeping on the move and interpreting the elements, in order to find food and water. This morning before our departure we have the chance to experience a camel ride and learn about this precious alliance between the dromedary and the nomads.

We'll then drive by 4WD to the visitor centre, where we again rejoin our vehicle and drive to Petra - without doubt Jordan's most valuable treasure. We can look forward to a couple of days spent here to really get under the skin of this awe-inspiring site. We arrive in time to take an optional candlelight tour of the ancient city. Abandoned centuries ago, this other-worldly place is enhanced by the play of light and shadow to create an altogether magical experience.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - A full day to discover the magnificent archaeological site of Petra

Over the next two days we get the opportunity to discover Petra and to soak up this mysterious city. Our entrance fee for both days is included, giving us the chance to truly do justice to this jewel with an in-depth visit. Defined by John Burgon with the illustrious words 'A Rose Red City half as old as time', Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the new wonders of the world. This ancient city carved in the rocks has retained its grandeur throughout the centuries and although much has been written about it, nothing really prepares you for the impact of this unique site.

After a guided orientation tour which will take us to some of the key areas, we have the rest of the day to explore in our own time. Petra's spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge adds to its majesty. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre-long chasm (known as the Siq), the walls of which soar to a height of 200m. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq, carved out of the sheer, dusky-pink rock face.

While you wander through literally hundreds of tombs, temples and colonnaded streets, your mind finds it easy to picture caravans loaded with frankincense, spices and textiles travelling through the Siq. The site is excellent for photography and the best time to take pictures is either early to mid-morning or late afternoon, as this is when the angled sun highlights and enhances the natural red, pink and orange colours of the rocks.

Please note: Depending on your chosen departure date, the hotel location in the Petra area may vary; all hotels we use are three star and are either located a 5 - 10 minute walk away from the visitor centre, or a 25 minute walk away from the visitor centre in the town of Wadi Musa. For groups based in Wadi Musa transport will be provided to and from Petra Visitor Centre on day 4 and on day 5 options are a 25 minute walk or a taxi for around £2-£4 each way. Please ask your Sales Consultant or refer to your final documentation for a final hotel list.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 10 - Full free day to explore Petra with the chance to trek up the Royal Tombs; evening Bedouin cookery demonstration

Today is free for you to discover more of Petra's beautiful and awe-inspiring buildings and scenery. You may choose to climb the steep path to the 'High Place of Sacrifice' for a stunning view over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert, or trek up to the impressive 'Monastery' - Petra's largest monument.

This evening we'll visit a small, family run restaurant for a Bedouin cookery demonstration. The the chef will show us how to cool a traditional main meal and Jordanian sweet before we sit down for our dinner.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11 - Visit the Dead Sea, the lowest point of Earth before travelling to Amman

This morning we depart Petra and travel for around three hours to the the Dead Sea. Officially the lowest point on the earth's surface, this unique water body has an amazingly high salt content (33%) which means that no animal life survives and it is almost impossible to sink. The experience of floating naturally is unique and relaxing on the calm sea. We'll spend a couple of hours this afternoon at a tourist beach, where food and drink can be purchased and we use of showers facilities.

Finally, we drive on to Amman and spend our last night in the bustling capital with free time to do some last-minute shopping and sightseeing. To mark the end of your trip, you may choose to enjoy a traditional or cosmopolitan meal, washed down with some excellent Jordanian wine, in one of the capital's many restaurants.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 12 - Trip ends in Amman

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Amman.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Amman at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), which a 30 minutes' drive.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

Jordan

Climate

During April to November days are generally sunny and hot without rain with temperatures around 32°C. In spring and autumn evenings can be cool and night temperatures can drop suddenly especially in the desert. Expect cold nights in winter (December to February) when temperatures can drop to around 0 degrees. Some rain should also be expected at this time of year.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Islam

Language

Arabic

Saudi Arabia

Climate

Saudi Arabia has a predominantly desert climate, meaning that the summers are very hot and dry, and the winters are more temperate. The majority of the country's annual rainfall occurs between November and April, but aside from in the mountainous areas this is very minimal. However, there are certain regional differences that should be taken into consideration. Along the coast near Jeddah, winter and shoulder season temperatures range from approximately 22-32 degrees celsius. The desert plateau, which encompasses Riyadh, Buraidah and Medina, can range from 15-30 degrees celsius (again, in winter and the shoulder months) depending on the time of day. Ha'Il and Al Ula are also on this desert plateau but at a slightly higher elevation, so night time temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees celsius. In the mountains around Asir, and to a lesser extent in the lowlands of Al Bahah, the climate is temperate year around. However, rainfall is at its highest particularly from January to May.

Time difference to GMT

+3

Plugs

3 Square Pin (as in the UK)

Religion

Islam

Language

Arabic

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Petra - Petra by night JD17.00 pp; Ottoman bath JD25.00 pp;
Little Petra JD17.50 pp for return transportation from Petra.
Wadi Rum - Camel trek JD20.00 pp.

Clothing

Although Saudi Arabia is going through a period of great change at the moment, it remains a deeply conservative country. Visitors are asked to dress modestly - both men and women alike - avoiding tight-fitting clothes and items with profane language or images.

Women no longer need to wear an abaya (the long black robe that is worn over the top of clothes). You may like to bring one with you if you want to blend in; It can sometimes be useful to avoid worrying about what to wear. We do recommend that you bring a shawl or scarf to cover your hair when entering mosques. Headscarves are not compulsory in the rest of the Kingdom.

Covering the knees and shoulders is expected, for both sexes. We therefore recommend that men wear long trousers or long shorts, and that women wear trousers or long skirts to cover the knees, as well as blouses with long sleeves or a light shawl to cover the arms.

In terms of swimming, hotels in both Jordan and Saudi Arabia may operate separate times for both men and women. In Saudi Arabia some swimming pools are men-only. Within hotels and other private pools, a swimming costume is fine for women to wear. At Umluj and Yanbu, where there are public beaches, bring a t-shirt and shorts to wear on top of your costume.

On a practical note, the weather will vary greatly between day and night, and between the coast and the desert. It will also be colder in the winter months from mid-December to February. You may experience highs of over 30 degrees celsius along the coast, while desert evenings may be around the 10 degree mark. Layers are essential, including warm clothing, hat and gloves for camping in the desert and a rain jacket for any time of year. Bring along a sun hat too.

Footwear

Comfortable walking shoes or boots, trainers and sandals (good grip is vital for Petra).

Luggage

20Kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a day sack. Hotel porters are not always available, so don't overload yourself. Please note you will only carry what you need to the camp in Wadi Rum and main luggage will be transported directly to Petra.

Equipment

Blankets and mattresses are provided at Wadi Rum, but we suggest you bring your own sleeping sheet. A personal water bottle, small torch and towel are useful too.
Camping at Wadi Rum is wild in a communal tent. Privacy and facilities are thus limited but more than compensated for by the location.

For the boat trip at Umluj we recommend that you bring your own snorkelling equipment.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend US$3.00 per person per day (US$21 per person per week) as a guideline. You'll have two Tour Leaders during this trip - one from Saudi Arabia and one from Jordan.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

Accordingly, you should allow US$ 20.00 per person in Saudi Arabia and JD10.00 (Jordanian Dinar) for group tipping.
For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.
International Departure Taxes
The Jordanian government levies on all travellers a departure tax of JD10.00 per person. For travellers departing by air this is usually included in the taxes on the airline ticket and thus nothing will be collected from you at the point of departure. For those travellers departing by land, this will be collected by the immigration authorities at the port of departure from Jordan.

Jordan

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£10
Dinner price
£15
Beer price
£4
Water price
£1.5
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Jordanian Dinar
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Sterling and US$ are widely exchangeable though exchange rates tend to favour the US$. It is worth taking some money in cash. You may be able to order Dinars from your bank although the rate will usually be lower than purchasing currency in country.
Where To Exchange
Banks or 'Forex' offices in main towns/cities.
ATM Availability
ATMs are widely available, but do not always work.
Credit Card Acceptance
In hotels and some larger shops/restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers Cheques, although still the safest way of carrying money, are difficult to cash in Jordan. There are high commission charges on Travellers Cheques on a per cheque basis so if using them we suggest you take high denomination cheques. Proof of purchase may be necessary for encashment of Travellers Cheques.

Saudi Arabia

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£3-10
Dinner price
£10-20
Beer price
£n/a
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Saudi Riyal (SAR)
Recommended Currency For Exchange
You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at the airport. Here you will find both ATMs and a Bureau de Change. The exchange rate with the SAR is approximately SAR 5.25 to the British Pound. Please check on line for up to date information.
Where To Exchange
Your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
ATMs can also be found in the major towns and cities for cash withdrawals in SAR.
Credit Card Acceptance
Credit cards are widely accepted in the bigger cities, but we recommend having cash available for the smaller towns.
Travellers Cheques
We do not recommend Travellers Cheques.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, 4WD

Accommodation notes


Accommodation in Saudi Arabia is regrettably bland. After years of welcoming mainly business tourists or pilgrims bound for Mecca and Medina, accommodation is often tall, blocky and business-like. On the other hand, they are clean, comfortable, excellently located for exploring the country, and provide exactly what you'd expect of a 3* hotel. As well as using a range of these hotels, we also stay at a desert camp in Al'Ula - a set of fixed 'tents', each with a small ensuite toilet and shower room, in a fantastic location. Proper beds and bedding are all provided.

Jordan's tourism infrastructure is well developed and standards are generally good. However, due to the recent considerable rise in tourism in Jordan, hotels are experiencing very high demand for rooms, particularly in and around Petra. This high demand can lead to lower levels of service and quality, as well as occurrences of overbookings, which are often notified to us at a late stage. For this reason, we would like to emphasise that hotel accommodation, including the standard of, is subject to change.

Depending on your chosen departure date, your hotel location in the Petra area may vary. All the hotels we use are three star and are either located on the main road very close to the main Petra gates, or are a 25 minute walk away in the small town of Wadi Musa. For groups based in Wadi Musa transport will be provided to and from the site on day four, and on day five you can either walk or take a local taxi for around £2-£4 each way. From the hotel in Wadi Musa you can enjoy excellent views of the sprawling town and archaeological site below.

Our chosen desert camp in Wadi Rum boasts a stunning location in a little visited part of the Wadi. We camp in a communal Bedouin tent and all bedding is provided. There is even a proper toilet! This campsite also has a handful of separate tents, and if availability allows there may be the option to upgrade to your own single tent if you wish. The cost for this should be paid in cash to your Tour Leader and is $40 per twin tent and $30 for a single.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.

 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information


Saudi Arabia: British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and America passport holders can apply for an e-visa on line at the following portal - https://visa.visitsaudi.com/
Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate.

Saudi Visa types:
The fee for the visa is SAR 440 (approx £85). This includes the base fee (SAR 300) and health insurance (SAR 140). However, additional charges apply for VAT and payment processing.
The validity of the visa depends on its type. A single entry visa allows you to stay for a total length of one month, while the multiple entry visa allows you to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to three months.
A multiple entry visa is valid for a maximum of three months, regardless of whether you leave and re-enter the country during that period of time.

Jordan: Tourists of British, American, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian nationalities are eligible for a free visa on arrival at a Jordanian airport or land border crossing. However, there are certain conditions that each tourist of these nationalities must meet in order to gain the free visa.

The most important condition for the above nationalities is that you must advise Explore of your passport details at least 14 days prior to your departure date. You must also be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. This is already arranged by Explore as you will meet your Jordanian Tour Leader at the land border crossing.

Please Note: For all tourists of the above nationalities that do not advise their passport details at least 14 days prior to departure, the Jordanian visa fee of JD40.00 (approximately £45) will be applicable. This will be paid on arrival, in cash, at the Jordanian border. In this circumstance, you should have Jordanian Dinar in cash with you.

All other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate to determine if they are applicable for the above free visa on arrival or must gain a visa prior to departure.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

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Transfers

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Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

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Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Ability to swim

An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

Jordan

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus infectious hepatitis and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Saudi Arabia

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Additional Information

Travelling in Saudi Arabia

The recent opening up of Saudi Arabia to foreign tourists has brought with it a relaxation and modernisation of some of the country's cultural and legal system. Women are able to drive, and travel solo throughout the country. It's no longer necessary for women to wear the abaya (the long black robe worn over clothes). Neither is it required for women to wear headscarves, although we recommend having a scarf or shawl in your bag for certain locations (for example the city of Medina as a whole is considered a religious place).

Despite these significant changes, and the period of change that Saudi Arabia is going through at the moment, the country remains deeply conservative.

Alcohol is illegal and shouldn't be brought into the country under any circumstances.

Public displays of affection are also unusual, and prayer times are respected throughout the country - shops may close briefly up to five times a day to observe prayer.

It goes without saying that Saudi Arabia is a country just beginning to discover tourism. Service levels in hotels may not be the same as you've experienced elsewhere, and sites occasionally close without any warning or notice given. It's not a destination that we expect to run 100% smoothly, at least in the first couple of years, but that will all be part of the experience! Travelling with an adventurous spirit and a certain level of patience is essential.

Dates, prices and booking

All trips are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
Sat 19 Feb 2022 - Wed 2 Mar 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 26 Feb 2022 - Wed 9 Mar 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 19 Mar 2022 - Wed 30 Mar 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 7 May 2022 - Wed 18 May 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 10 Sep 2022 - Wed 21 Sep 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 8 Oct 2022 - Wed 19 Oct 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 15 Oct 2022 - Wed 26 Oct 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 29 Oct 2022 - Wed 9 Nov 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 19 Nov 2022 - Wed 30 Nov 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Fri 23 Dec 2022 - Tue 3 Jan 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 14 Jan 2023 - Wed 25 Jan 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 28 Jan 2023 - Wed 8 Feb 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 18 Feb 2023 - Wed 1 Mar 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 25 Feb 2023 - Wed 8 Mar 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 18 Mar 2023 - Wed 29 Mar 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 6 May 2023 - Wed 17 May 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 9 Sep 2023 - Wed 20 Sep 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 7 Oct 2023 - Wed 18 Oct 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 14 Oct 2023 - Wed 25 Oct 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 28 Oct 2023 - Wed 8 Nov 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 18 Nov 2023 - Wed 29 Nov 2023
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Fri 22 Dec 2023 - Tue 2 Jan 2024
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 

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