NEW DISCOVERIES AHEAD
Saudi Arabia means different things to different people. Only from seeing the country first-hand, do travelers truly understand the wonders of this fascinating part of the world.
Few destinations capture the imagination — and stir up a range of feelings — more than Saudi Arabia. Now that “the Kingdom” is welcoming tourists and opening itself to the outside, U.S. travelers will find a new world of possibilities. And many will discover something they might not be expecting, the warmth and friendliness of the Saudi people.
Our group of 16 travel advisors — with diverse backgrounds and a wide array of clientele — came back from Saudi Arabia in agreement on one thing: The country beat all their expectations.
From the moment they landed, these advisors said they felt safe and welcome. Locals would greet them with an affection and generosity that few had ever experienced on their previous travels. What the group discovered was a modern society familiar with the customs of the western world, and proud of all the treasures they are now able to share with visitors.
With its historic sites, stunning natural landscapes and modern cities, Saudi Arabia truly is a gem ready to be discovered.
A GATEWAY TO
With a range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a fascinating history, Saudi Arabia sheds light on ancient mysteries. Suggested UNESCO World Heritage Sites include:
Al-Hijr Archaeological Site
At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah
Hima Cultural Area
Rock Art in the Hail Region
The dramatic and unforgettable Saudi landscapes make a deep impression on visitors.
Saudi Arabia’s striking natural landscapes are truly unique. Our group of travel advisors were especially impressed with the dramatic rocky cliffs of AlUla.
Similar to Arches National Park in the U.S., AlUla offers breathtaking scenery around every turn. In addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra, visitors should be sure to visit the appropriately named Elephant Rock and relax with a cup of coffee in one of the elaborate firepits built directly into the sand.
Another must-see in AlUla is the Maraya concert venue. This all-glass mirrored building reflects the surrounding desert landscape and it has become the source for scores of iconic photos on social media. Finally, at Harat Viewpoint, our group was able to view a stunning sunset over AlUla’s dramatic valley.