52 days in Saudi Arabia, Yemen & Oman Itinerary

52 days in Saudi Arabia, Yemen & Oman Itinerary

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 7 nights
Fly to Jazan, Drive to Sanaa
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Sanaa, Yemen
— 2 nights
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Taiz, Yemen
— 1 night
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Aden, Yemen
— 1 night
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Socotra Island, Yemen
— 4 nights
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Salalah, Oman
— 4 nights
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Nizwa, Oman
— 3 nights
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Sur, Oman
— 2 nights
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Muscat, Oman
— 7 nights
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Khasab, Oman
— 4 nights
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Drive to Ras al Khaimah, Bus to Dubai Diera Terminal, Train to Dubai, Fly to Riyadh
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 6 nights
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia — 3 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Kaaba and Jabal al-Nour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Station of Ibrahim, see the sky in a new way at Makkah Clock Tower Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, and steep yourself in history at Mount Arafat.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mecca journey maker site.

Los Angeles, USA to Mecca is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Mecca is 11 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Mecca reach 112°F and lows reach 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jeddah.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — 7 nights

The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Family-friendly places like King Fahd's Fountain and Jeddah Corniche will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Al-Balad, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rahma Mosque, browse the different shops at Al Salam Mall, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeddah route maker app.

Traveling by car from Mecca to Jeddah takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mecca in June: high temperatures in Jeddah hover around 99°F and lows are around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sanaa.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 12:

Sanaa, Yemen — 2 nights

One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Bab al-Yemen, step into the grandiose world of Dar al-Hajar, and then shop like a local with Souk Al-Milh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Al Saleh Mosque and then contemplate the long history of Old City.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sanaa trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Jeddah to Sanaa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Jeddah in June, you will find days in Sanaa are little chillier (86°F), and nights are much colder (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Taiz.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Taiz, Yemen — 1 night

A city in the Yemeni Highlands, Taiz has a long-held status as a cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Cairo Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taiz online itinerary planner.

Getting from Sanaa to Taiz by car takes about 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Taiz when traveling from Sanaa in June, with lows around 67°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aden.
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Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
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Aden, Yemen — 1 night

The port city of Aden has long been seen as one of the more cosmopolitan and liberal urban areas in the country.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aban Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Sira Fortress, and then contemplate the long history of Tawilah Tanks Crater.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aden trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Taiz to Aden in 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taiz in June: high temperatures in Aden hover around 97°F and lows are around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Socotra Island.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 16:

Socotra Island, Yemen — 4 nights

Off coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, Socotra Island has developed in almost total isolation, yielding a biodiversity that is unique in the world.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Qalansiyah Beach and Arher Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Shoab beach, get outside with Dihamri Marine Protected Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wadi Dirhur Canyon, and make a trip to Diksam.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Socotra Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aden to Socotra Island. Traveling from Aden in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 79°F in Socotra Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Salalah.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:

Salalah, Oman — 4 nights

The Sultanate's second city, Salalah has become known as a southerly counterpoint to the capital in the north.
Bring the kids along to Al Mughsail Beach and Wadi Darbat. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Marneef Cave, indulge in some personalized pampering at Anantara Spa at Al Baleed Resort Salalah, kick back and relax at Al Fizayah Beach, and try out the rides at Hawana Aqua Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Salalah online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Socotra Island to Salalah with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Socotra Island to Salalah due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Salalah can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Nizwa.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:

Nizwa, Oman — 3 nights

Once the capital of the sultanate, Nizwa stands as one of the longest-established urban areas in the country, and has retained its traditional core.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizwa: Al Hamra (Misfat al Abreyeen & Al Hoota Cave) and Snake Canyon (in Wadi Bani Awf). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nizwa Fort, hunt for treasures at Nizwa Souk, delve into the distant past at Bahla Fort, and contemplate the long history of Falaj Daris Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nizwa online travel route builder.

You can fly from Salalah to Nizwa in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Salalah in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Nizwa, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sur.
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Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:

Sur, Oman — 2 nights

Sur is a capital city of Ash Sharqiyah Region, northeastern Oman, on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Turtle Beach and then surround yourself with nature on Coastal Trip Tourism. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Wadi Shab and then explore the historical opulence of Bilad Sur Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sur trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Nizwa to Sur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Nizwa in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Sur: highs are around 105°F and lows about 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Muscat.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

Muscat, Oman — 7 nights

The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Attractions like Qurum Beach and Shark Diving make great kid-friendly stops. On the 1st (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mutrah Souq, tour the pleasant surroundings at Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Oman, and don't miss a visit to Mohammed Al Ameen mosque .

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Muscat vacation website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sur to Muscat. June in Muscat sees daily highs of 102°F and lows of 88°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Khasab.
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Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 6:

Khasab, Oman — 4 nights

A lively provincial capital, Khasab has been termed the "Norway of Arabia," because of its dramatic coastline, where dramatic inlets resemble the fjords of Scandinavia.
Bring the kids along to Musandam Sea Adventure Travel and Tourism and Bassa Public Beach. Step out of Khasab to go to Bukha and see Bukha Fort, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Festung Cacapo, explore the activities along Khawr Najd, and make a trip to Khasab Fort.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Khasab tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Muscat to Khasab takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Khasab, expect temperatures between 100°F during the day and 90°F at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Riyadh.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — 6 nights

As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kingdom Centre Tower and Masmak Fortress. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Museum, stroll around Salam Park, take some stellar pictures from Edge of The World, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riyadh Zoo.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Riyadh route app.

Do a combination of car, bus, train, and flight from Khasab to Riyadh in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Khasab in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Riyadh, with highs around 107°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 90°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Medina.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

Medina, Saudi Arabia — 6 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Al Masjid an Nabawi and Masjid Quba. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Qiblatayn, don't miss a visit to Masjid Al Ghamamah, steep yourself in history at Abu Bakar Masjed, and stroll the grounds of Jannatul Baqi.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Medina trip planner.

You can fly from Riyadh to Medina in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Medina can reach 109°F, while at night they dip to 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:

Saudi Arabia travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.
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Yemen travel guide

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Ruins · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Years of political instability and armed conflicts have kept Yemen off most travel itineraries, yet this country boasts an incredibly rich history and equally impressive landscapes. Home of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, which thrived for over a thousand years, Yemen entered the 20th century divided between the British and Ottoman empires. Independent since 1990, the country remains highly troubled, with tourism in Yemen virtually nonexistent. The few travelers who make it there discover an ancient land of sleepy mountain villages, marine life-rich coral reefs, and forests boasting some of the rarest tree species in the world.
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Oman travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Flea Markets
Underdeveloped and largely ignored by foreign visitors until the 1970s, Oman now represents one of the region's top vacation destinations, attracting tourists with its pretty beaches, impressive dunes, and friendly mountain villages. A tour of Oman allows travelers to discover a traditional Middle Eastern way of life, authentic cuisine, and thriving urban centers where centuries-old heritage meets every modern amenity under the sun. In a country of well-maintained roads, many visitors choose to drive from one city to the next, where a typical Oman itinerary will include World Heritage Sites, historic forts, modern beaches, and an eclectic dining scene.
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