Southern Saudi


Southern Saudi

Saudi has reopened for tourism after being open for only a year before the pandemic hit. The biggest country in the Middle East is also one of the most secluded ones, after decades of not receiving any tourists. Now that it’s opening up again, are you going to miss it? Join us in exploring one of the World’s best kept secrets before it changes forever.

COVID-19 Update

Saudi Arabia is open for tourism for passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing they are fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer at least 14 days before departure. They must not have transited through or been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, UAE or Vietnam in the last 14 days.


Day 1: Jeddah

  • On every Wander Expedition we want to maximize our time exploring. Therefore, you should arrive at least a day early, on December 12th, to Jeddah, so we can fully explore the city on our first day, December 13th.
  • Overnight in Jeddah.

Day 2:  Road to Jizan

  • We will do our longest drive of the trip, and our schedule remains completely flexible: we are free to stop were we choose!
  • On our plan, driving South along the Red Sea coast to Jizan.
  • Overnight in Jizan.

Day 3: Farasan Islands

  • Full day exploring the Farasan Islands. Despite being close to the coast, this archipelago seems very off the beaten path. We’ll enjoy its photogenic pristine beaches and snorkel in the Red Sea.
  • Overnight in Farasan.

Day 4: Jizan

  • We’ll visit ferry back to the mainland and spend the day exploring the city of Jizan, the main hub in the South of Saudi.
  • Overnight in Jizan.

Day 5: Abha

  • Full day exploring the mountain region of Abha and it’s iconic buildings, heavily influenced by Yemeni architecture.
  • We’ll wander the streets of Rijal Almaa, the Unesco WHS village.
  • Overnight in Abha.

Day 6: Zee Ain Village

  • Our roadtrip continues north as we head to Zee Ain, another underrated gem of this stunning country. The old village is perched atop a hill surrounded by a lush oasis.
  • Overnight in Bisha.

Day 7: Road to Riyadh

  • We make our way back to the capital, just in time for some exploring after sundown, when the city comes to life.
  • We’ll try the local delicacies and wander the markets in search of the best souvenirs in Saudi.
  • Overnight in Riyadh.

Day 8: Goodbye & Fly out

  • After breakfast, the saddest moment of any Expedition: saying goodbye!
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Shared rooms in 4star hotels (when available).


Private van and driver.

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to sites on your itinerary.
December 13rd – 20th

Our Selection Process takes only 10 minutes and it helps us create the best travel family!


Most nationalities can apply for an evisa online. We will support you throughout the process.
Wander Expedition doesn’t book flights for you and is ultimately not responsible for your flight connection, but we can offer guidance and support when you research the best options for you. You will be flying to Riyadh and out of Jeddah, or alternatively to and from the same city but connecting before or after the Expedition between them.
Saudi is one of the safest destinations we’ve traveled to in Wander Expedition! It’s a fantastic first experience in the Middle East for those of you that want to explore the most secluded side of this region.
This Expedition is for everyone looking to have a fun time, explore an off the beaten path destination, make new travel friends and memorable travel stories. Saudi is the perfect first step into the Middle East, offering great cultural depth, amazing food, hospitable locals and a diversity in the outdoors. It’s also one of our most affordable Expeditions and a great way to visit Saudi, since most sights are hard to reach. A fun roadtrip is the perfect style of trip to explore this huge country!
Wander Expeditions is not a traditional travel agency where the first to pay is the first to go. We take you to stunning destinations, but we know the people you share it with is even more important when you travel. That’s why we have a refined selection process where we filter and vet candidates to ensure that groups are fun, balanced, diverse and interesting! We make sure candidates are on the same page and share our values of being fun, flexible and fearless, so we can guarantee everyone will have an amazing experience. We create travel families, so #trusttheprocess. Halfway through our process, we share the price with all pre-selected applicants. It only takes 15 min to apply, so you literally have nothing to lose! What are you waiting for to join the Wander Fam?
It’s the smallest group we’ll have on a Wander Expedition: 7 & Álvaro. If you are looking for a smaller sized group, this is your chance! Smaller groups also means harder selection process, so apply fast!
Since we’ll have one small group per week, we will try to have as many new faces as possible, to give more people a chance to visit Saudi. However, if you are keen to join on both weeks, you can apply for both Expeditions.


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