12 days in Cape Town & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

12 days in Cape Town & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

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12 days in Cape Town & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
2
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 1 day
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cape Town is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Cape Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in July: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jeddah.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
day
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah ©
The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Biet Nassif, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Fakieh Aquarium, then admire the local landmark of King Fahd's Fountain, and finally partake in some friendly competition at The Secret Room.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jeddah trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Cape Town to Jeddah in 14.5 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Arabia Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in July; daily highs in Jeddah reach 45°C and lows reach 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mecca.

Things to do in Jeddah

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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The Secret Room ©
The Secret Room
King Fahd's Fountain ©
King Fahd's Fountain
Nassif House Museum ©
Nassif House Museum

2
nights
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca ©
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.
On the 8th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Mount Arafat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Station of Ibrahim, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kaaba. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, then make a trip to Jabal al-Nour, and then don't miss a visit to Jabal-e-Rehmat.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mecca vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Jeddah to Mecca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jeddah in July: highs in Mecca hover around 51°C, while lows dip to 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Medina.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kaaba ©
Kaaba
Jabal al-Nour ©
Jabal al-Nour
Station of Ibrahim ©
Station of Ibrahim

1
night
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Jannatul Baqi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Masjid an Nabawi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Quba, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Medina holiday tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mecca to Medina in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Medina can reach 50°C, while at night they dip to 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites
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Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Masjid Al Qiblatayn ©
Masjid Al Qiblatayn

2
nights
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
On the 11th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Al Masmak Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Naila Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally walk around King Abdullah Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Kingdom Centre Tower, admire the striking features of Al Faisaliyah Centre, then wander the streets of Underground Gallery, and finally walk around Salam Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Riyadh day trip planning tool .

Fly from Medina to Riyadh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Riyadh can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Riyadh

Parks Museums Shopping
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King Abdullah Park ©
King Abdullah Park
National Museum ©
National Museum
Masmak Fortress ©
Masmak Fortress

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