Mecca, the capital is Makkah Province, is the holiest city in Islam and the birthplace of Prophet Mohammad. Mecca has a rich history as it is one of the oldest cities and a holy city since the middle ages. Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca and it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and a compulsory journey that those with the financial and physical ability need to make. The traditional rituals begin by an anti-clockwise walk around the Ka’ba, which is a large black cube, the most sacred site.
As-salām ‘alaykum! (Hello in Arabic)
Medina or Medinah (as per Saudi Government) is a city in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia. Before the advent of Islam, the city was known as Yathrib but was personally renamed by Prophet Muhammad. Medina is known as the spiritual city for Islam and is considered as the second holiest city in the Islamic world after Mecca. Medina is home to the three oldest mosques in Islam which were built in the days of Prophet Muhammad, namely Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (The Prophet’s Mosque), Quba Masjid (the first mosque in Islam’s history) and Masjid al-Qiblatain (The Mosque of the Two Qiblahs). The city is also the place where Prophet Muhammad was buried. Islam followers plan their visit of this city along with Mecca city to pay homage to the holy prophet.
Saudi Arabia’s visa policy is one of the most complicated and restricted travel policies in the world. Hence, it would do good to apply for a Saudi visa well in advance for all tourists who desire to enter the country. All foreigners require valid passports that are valid for at least 6 months, along withadvance visas.Though Saudi Arabia mostly prefers not to grant visas to unaccompanied women, it offerswork permits in a few selected field, especially teachers, maids and nurses.
Citizens of other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, i.e. Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman,do not need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. Also exempted from visa requirements are foreigners transiting through airports for less than eighteen hours, but many other entry requirements, such as the dress code and restrictions on unaccompanied females, still apply.
Please note that Saudi Arabia does not recognise dual citizenship, so you must avoid carrying two passports at any time. Visa applications should be addressed to the nearest embassy of Saudi Arabia, or you can apply in your own country.
There are several kinds of visas available for those wishing to visit Saudi Arabia. Visas are granted to tourists and their family membersas Business Visa, Diplomatic and Official Visa, Family Visit Visa, Government Visit Visa, Residence Visa, Student Visa, Work Visit Visa, and also Hajj Visa and Umrah Visa for Muslim pilgrims. Check the Saudi Arabia government website for detailed information about the same.
- Return economy class air ticket on Etihad Airways, Ex Abu Dhabi with 1Piece baggage
- Meet and Assist at Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport
- 2 Nights accommodation in Elaf Ajyad Hotel at Makkah and 2 Nights accommodation in Al Mokhtara International Hotel at Medina
- Meals mentioned as per hotel Inclusions.
- Round-trip transfers from Hotel to Airport on Private basis
- On-tour support to the passengers in Makkah and Medina (From 9:00 AM UAE Time to 9:00 PM UAE Time)
- Standard Check in Time is 2 PM Local Time(This might vary for some destinations.)
- Visa fees and overseas travel insurance.
- Any meals not mentioned above
- Entrance fees at tour sites and other optional tours
- Surcharges for other language guides.
- City tax/ resort fees if any, needs to be paid locally at the hotel by the guest at the time of check-in
- Personal expenditure such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
- Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff etc.
- Early Check-in not included.
- Gala dinner on Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve, which may be mandatory for some Hotels.