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Saudi Valleys and Vistas: Uncovering the Natural Splendour of KSA

Embark on a mesmerizing self-drive adventure through Saudi Arabia’s landscapes on our Valleys and Vistas tour. Discover hidden gems where valleys and vistas converge, showcasing breathtaking beauty. Traverse 2,100 kilometers in your 4×4 vehicle, led by expert guides. Immerse yourself in vibrant valleys, majestic mountains, and endless desert. Encounter diverse wildlife, including the majestic Steppe Eagles. Experience the thrill of 4 of the nights wild camping in scenic spots, sleeping under starry skies and waking up to awe-inspiring views.

Valleys and Vistas: Uncovering the Natural Splendor of Saudi Arabia is an unforgettable journey into nature’s embrace. Join us and let Saudi Arabia’s beauty captivate your soul.

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  • Approx 2100kms  plus daily offroad forays
  • 2 nights Hotel 
  • 1 night “glamping” at a farmhouse
  • 3 nights wild camping
  • No previous offroad driving experience is required
  • Maximum 6 guest cars
  • Reserve your place today with a deposit of only 10%!

Tour Dates
Saudi Valleys and Vistas is a new tour for season 2023-2024; you can also request this itinerary as a private tour, subject to availability, between October and April each year, with a minimum charge for 4 cars/6 adults.

 

 

Other dates may be added; if you fill in our enquiry form we will email you updates

Day 1: Al Kharj to Layla
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Our extraordinary journey starts in Al Kharj, 75km east of Riyadh. After a safety briefing, we’ll head south to Howtat Bani Tamim, an interesting old town on the Tropic of Cancer. Feel the exhilaration build within you as we leave the urban landscape behind, passing through small towns, verdant farms, and glimpsing the remnants of abandoned gas stations. This is where the true sense of remoteness takes hold, and the allure of the unknown beckons.

Our night will be spent wild camping amidst mesmerizing sand dunes. Enjoy Arabian hospitality, campfire stories and stargazing under an inky black sky.

Day 2: Layla to Wadi Ad Dawasir
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Embark on our captivating southwards journey, traversing desert landscapes and majestic escarpments. Tonight, a comfortable bed and a hot shower await us at our hotel in the charming farming town of Wadi Ad Dawasir, located on the outskirts of the legendary Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter). As we make our way there, we’ll explore remote tracks, in search of hidden treasures such as abandoned villages, breathtaking vistas perfect for Instagram, encounters with graceful camels, and glimpses of local wildlife.

Day 3: Wadi Ad Dawasir to Rub Al Khali
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Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Rub Al Khali, the world’s largest continuous sand dune desert. As we bid farewell to our hotel, our southwards journey unfolds, treating us to breathtaking vistas of majestic escarpments and undulating dunes. Our destination awaits—a stunning desert area where vast stretches of sand meet towering rock massifs adorned with captivating formations. Here, at the southernmost point of our tour, we find ourselves some 85 kilometers from the Yemen border. As the sun begins to set,we will make camp on the very western edge of the Rub Al Khali.   Prepare to be captivated by the serene beauty of the desert as you witness the sunset casting shadows on the beautiful rocks and dunes.

Day 4: Rub Al Kahli to Al Qirah
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Today’s drive takes us on a scenic journey as we venture north and west, traversing remote roads and tracks that wind through breathtaking mountains and sand-filled valleys. Our evening brings us to Al Qirah, a charming destination where we will  “glamp” (camping with kitchen/shower room)  on a rented farm. Relax in the inviting majlis, a traditional Saudi gathering space, while our knowledgeable guide prepares a delicious dish of authentic Saudi cuisine. Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality, savoring the flavors of the region, and take a moment to reflect on the day’s adventures and the memorable first half of our tour.

Day 5: Al Qirah to Al Braiki
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After three nights on the edge of the Rub Al Khali, we bid it goodbye and venture into the picturesque foothills of the Asir mountains. Tonight, we will embrace the tranquility of the wilderness as we set up a wild camp in a stunning wadi. Before settling in, we’ll embark on a meandering drive, allowing us to discover the awe-inspiring rock formations that adorn the landscape. As the sun begins its descent, casting a warm glow, we’ll find ourselves surrounded by acacia trees and distant mountains, creating a breathtaking backdrop for an unforgettable sunset. Gather around the campfire, savor a delicious camp supper, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Day 6: Al Braiki to Ar Rayn
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Our journey northwards continues as we head to Ar Rayn, a captivating wadi nestled amidst enchanting landscapes. As we venture away from the beaten path, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush trees and unique rock formations that set this destination apart. Enroute, prepare for an exploration of the extraordinary as we leave the main road behind, venturing off the beaten path multiple times to uncover hidden treasures and witness the marvels of nature. As night falls, we’ll gather around a cozy campfire, savoring a delectable camp supper before wild camping for the night.

Day 7: Ar Rayn to Al Kharj
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On this, our final day of driving, we set our course eastward, embarking on a remarkable journey through a wadi adorned with awe-inspiring rock formations reminiscent of Al Ula. Along the way, we pass by goat and camel farms, immersing ourselves in the rural charm of the region. Our adventure takes a cultural turn as we stop at an old village, marveling at its architecture that tells tales of a bygone era. Ascending an escarpment, we are rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of expansive farmlands and endless desert stretching for miles around.

As the day draws to a close, we settle into a comfortable local hotel in Al Kharj, ready to enjoy the comforts it offers. We venture just across the street to a lovely Arabic restaurant for our farewell dinner, a time to reflect on the incredible experiences we’ve had throughout the past week.

 

Day 8: Breakfast and Farewells
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No more scheduled times to meet; enjoy breakfast at your leisure.

However, if you are heading back to the UAE and leave early, you should make it to Abu Dhabi before nightfall.

Saudi Valleys and Vistas: What's Included

DetailsIncluded
Guide Services by The Desert Diva (Scottish Guide)yes
Guide Services by Saudi Guideyes
Breakfasts, lunch, dinneryes
2 nights hotelyes
four nights wild campingyes
one night hotel apartmentsyes
one night camping at isbah (farmhouse)yes
Campfiresyes
Saudi VisaNo
Flights and transfersNo
SouvenirsNo
PetrolNo
Car HireNo
Snacks outwith mealsNo

Saudi Valleys and Vistas Accommodation and Catering

Season 2023-2024: Saudi Valleys and Vistas in USD (Payment also possible in GBP, EUR, AED)

10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IF BOOKED NO LATER THAN 90 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE DATE
DetailsPrice
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS! Reserve your place 90 days before departure for 10% discount, or 60 days before departure for 5% discount
Two Adults in Own 4x4 (sharing a room)3999 USD (equivalent to 1999 USD per person)
3rd adult*999 USD (own room in hotels)
4th adult* 999 USD (sharing twin/double room with adult 4)
*Adults 3 and 4 in a car do not count towards the minimum number of 8 principal adults required for the trip to be confirmed
1 adult in own car (own room in hotels)2999 USD
Payment OptionsVisa/Mastercard in GBP/EUR/USD/AED. Bank transfer in GBP

Season 2023-2024: Saudi Valleys and Vistas AED (Payment also possible in GBP, EUR, USD)

10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IF BOOKED NO LATER THAN 90 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE DATE
DetailsPrice
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS! Reserve your place 90 days before departure for 10% discount, or 60 days before departure for 5% discount
Two Adults in Own 4x4 (sharing a room)14676 AED (equivalent to 7338 AED per person)
3rd adult*3666 AED (own room in hotels)
4th adult*3666 AED (sharing twin/double room with adult 4)
*Adults 3 and 4 in a car do not count towards the minimum number of 8 principal adults required for the trip to be confirmed
1 adult in own car (own room in hotels)11006 AED
Payment OptionsVisa/Mastercard in GBP/EUR/USD/AED. Bank transfer in GBP

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