25 days in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia & Jordan Itinerary

25 days in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia & Jordan Itinerary

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly
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Amman, Jordan
— 1 night
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
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Aqaba, Jordan
— 2 nights
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Fly
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AlUla, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Taif, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
You've now added Wild Wadi Waterpark to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Mer and Al Mamzar Beach Park. Relax by the water at Marina Beach and Kite Beach by Meraas. Spend the 3rd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, and browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dubai road trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiports are Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Al Ain.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The garden city

A trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert, offers a scenic break from the hum of Abu Dhabi.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Qasr al Muwaiji, step into the grandiose world of Al Jahili Fort, see the interesting displays at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, steep yourself in history at Al Murabba Fort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jebel Hafeet, and finally explore the historical opulence of Al Darmaki Fort. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Camel Souk, examine the collection at Al Ain National Museum, then walk around Al Ain Oasis, then get to know the resident critters at Al Ain Zoo, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Al Foah Mall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Al Ain trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Al Ain takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Al Ain

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Yas Mall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saadiyat Public Beach and Saadiyat Beach Club. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Corniche Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the world behind art at Louvre Abu Dhabi, and join the crowd at Yas Marina Circuit.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

1
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
You've now added King Abdulaziz Historical Center to your itinerary. On the 11th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Al-Turaif District, shop like a local with Kingdom Centre Tower, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at King Abdulaziz Historical Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Riyadh trip planner.

Getting from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, with highs in Riyadh at 23°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medina.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

1
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Medina, Saudi Arabia

Radiant City

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.
Dar Al Madinah Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Dar Al Madinah Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Quba, take a stroll through Masjid Jummah, then steep yourself in history at Abu Bakar Masjed, then don't miss a visit to Masjid Al Ghamamah, and finally see the interesting displays at Koran Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Medina online holiday planner.

Getting from Riyadh to Medina by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Riyadh, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Medina, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Amman.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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Amman, Jordan

White City

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stop by Nadia Dajani Jewellery, examine the collection at The Jordan Museum, explore the ancient world of Umayyad Open Cistern, take in the exciting artwork at Project Positive Soulful Creations, then delve into the distant past at The Citadel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hercules.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Amman attractions planning site.

You can fly from Medina to Amman in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Medina to Amman is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Medina in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Amman: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Petra.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa day trip planner.

You can drive from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Wadi Rum, Jordan

Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jabal Umm ad Dami and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wadi Rum travel planner.

You can drive from Petra - Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aqaba.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Aqaba, Jordan

Bride of the Red Sea

Jordan's only coastal and port city, Aqaba offers a wide range of water-related activities offshore to accompany its mix of historic buildings back on land.
On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, examine the collection at Aqaba Archaeological Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Peace Paradise For Spices, and finally view the masterpieces at Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aqaba travel website.

Traveling by car from Wadi Rum to Aqaba takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeddah.

Things to do in Aqaba

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Bride of the Red Sea

The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Scuba & Snorkeling has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaaba and Khadija Baghlaf Mosque. Visit Al-Balad and Bilal Masjid for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeddah: Mecca (Makkah Clock Tower Museum & Abraj Al-Bait Towers). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Red Sea Mall, see the interesting displays at Al Tayebat International City, kick back and relax at Jeddah Water Front Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hassan Enany Mosque.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jeddah day trip planning tool.

Getting from Aqaba to Jeddah by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Aqaba to Jeddah, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aqaba in December: high temperatures in Jeddah hover around 35°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to AlUla.

Things to do in Jeddah

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Historically based on a strategic location along the incense route, Al Ula has one of the largest archeological sites in Saudi Arabia.
Jabal AlFil (Elephant Rock) has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Old Town of AlUla and then explore the striking landscape at Jabal AlFil (Elephant Rock).

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our AlUla road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeddah to AlUla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jeddah in December, with highs in AlUla at 27°C and lows at 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for Taif.

Things to do in AlUla

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Taif, Saudi Arabia

Unofficially the country's summer capital, the city of Taif lies amid a richly fertile agricultural area and boasts a history reaching back to at least the 6th century CE.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Al Wahbah crater. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Al Wahbah crater and then examine the collection at Sharif Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Taif trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from AlUla to Taif in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from AlUla in December since evenings lows in Taif dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taif

Parks · Nature · Museums

United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.

Saudi Arabia travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Shopping Malls
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.

Jordan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.