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Regent Holidays offers its first Saudi Arabia tour

Specialist operator Regent Holidays has launched its first small group tour to Saudi Arabia, featuring many of the kingdom’s cultural, historic and geological highlights.

The destination only opened to non-religious tourists in 2019 and the operator expects the chance to explore one of the Middle East’s least known destinations to be popular.

A recce tour last autumn sold out in days, said Regent Holidays, “reflecting demand for adventures to new and interesting destinations post-pandemic”.

The two-week Inside Saudi Arabia tour will be led by Regent’s regional specialist, Marianne Grimshaw, alongside a local tour leader with in-depth knowledge of the region.

It will visit the cities of Jeddah and capital Riyadh, and feature a 4×4 journey through the desert to Tabuk, near the Jordanian border.

The itinerary will also include the archaeological site of Hegra; the mud-brick ruins of the old city at AlUla; the Unesco site at the rock art gallery of Jubbah; and Medina, home to the first mosque and the second holiest site in Islam.

Clients will stay in three and four-star hotels popular with Saudi and Middle Eastern travellers.

In Riyadh, they can spend time with a local resident who will talk about the changes taking place in the kingdom.

The tour costs from £5,670, based on two sharing and departing on March 11. It includes return flights and transfers.

Picture of AlUla by Visit Saudi

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