What to See in Saudi Arabia for First Time Travelers?
Saudi Arabia is full of historical sites and human landscapes. For first time travelers, you can visit the capital Riyadh for city tours, Edge of the World and Desert Safari in Jeddah for 5 to 7 days; you can tour to more cities, such as Abha and Al Ula to see some world culture heritage sites for 8 to 13 days; or you can explore more scenic scenery with the Al-Ahsa Oasis in Al Hafuf and the Mount Souda in Abha if you have over 14 days.
Al Masmak Museum, Riyadh
Rock Art, Hail
When is the Best Time to Visit Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia is known as one of the hottest countries in the world. So, the best time to appreciate the scenic spots in Saudi Arabia is in winter ranging from mid-November to mid-March of the next year. It will be pleasant and comfortable since the weather is neither too hot nor too cold during that period. In the meantime, try to avoid traveling in summer time from June to August if your time is flexible as the weather is too hot and dry, and the highest temperature may be up to 50°C (122°F). Moreover, please do not plan your Saudi Arabia holiday packages during Ramadan, September in the Islamic calendar, because all the shops and restaurants will be closed during daytime of the period.
Do I Need a Visa for My Saudi Arabia Tour?
Yes. Most of the foreign nationals need a visa to visit Saudi Arabia. The e-visa is frequently used and it is available to 48 countries all over the world, such as USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Spain and so on. Before your tour, you need to double check if you are eligible to apply for an e-visa. For the application of e-visa, firstly you need to register an account in their e-visa webpage and then handle it in accordance with procedures. Then, you need to offer the valid passport number and fill the relevant Saudi Arabia address you will stay in the application form. After you pay for the visa fee, your application will be approved within 10 to 30 minutes, and finally a confirmation email will be sent to you. If you cannot apply for an e-visa, you are advised to consult with local Saudi Arabia embassy for a consulate visa.
How to Get to and Travel Around Saudi Arabia?
The RUH-King Khaled International airport in Riyadh, and JED-King Abdulaziz International airport in Jeddah are the two main airports in Saudi Arabia for international arrivals, where operates airlines from USA, UK, Australia, etc.
The airlines in Saudi Arabia are matured and relatively cheap, so the majority way to travel around this country is by flight. It is not suggested to experience the train trip since the train line is not well developed. The intercity buses are also popular and can be the choice for budget travelers.
Are There Any Special Customs I Should Observe in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia is one of the religious countries in the world. When visiting, you need to be mindful of this and act appropriately. We suggest you dress modestly regardless of men or ladies. Try not as much as you can to show your shoulders and knees in public but it is unnecessary to cover your head as a traveler. Do not take photos of people in public area without their permissions, especially for Saudi women. Alcohol and drug are seriously banned to bring along with you during your Saudi Arabia tours otherwise it may cause troubles. However, please take it easy, your private guide will accompany and ensure you a wonderful trip.