9 days in Nizwa, Mecca & Al Madinah Province Itinerary

9 days in Nizwa, Mecca & Al Madinah Province Itinerary

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Nizwa, Oman
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 4 nights
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
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Nizwa, Oman — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Fri), Head underground at Al Hoota Cave, then delve into the distant past at Bahla Fort, and then explore the historical opulence of Jibreen Castle. On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nizwa Souk and then get to know the fascinating history of Nizwa Fort.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nizwa day trip tool.

Muscat to Nizwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Muscat in August; daily highs in Nizwa reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mecca.
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia — 4 nights

Mother of All Settlements

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 appreciate attractions like Kaaba and Station of Ibrahim. Venture out of the city with trips to Jeddah (Nassif House Museum, Al-Balad, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Jabal al-Nour, admire the landmark architecture of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, and steep yourself in history at Mount Arafat.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mecca holiday planner.

You can fly from Nizwa to Mecca in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Arabian Standard Time (AST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Nizwa in August: highs in Mecca hover around 50°C, while lows dip to 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Medina.
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Medina, Saudi Arabia — 3 nights

Radiant City

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.
Bring the kids along to Masjid Quba and Al Masjid an Nabawi. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Qiblatayn, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Uhud, stroll the grounds of Jannatul Baqi, and steep yourself in history at Amberiye Mosque.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Medina road trip app.

You can fly from Mecca to Medina in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 51°C in August, and nighttime lows around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Al Madinah Province travel guide

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