Discover Saudi Arabia: The Trailblazers Edition

After spending centuries shrouded behind a veil of mystery, Saudi Arabia has revealed itself to be a destination eager to welcome visitors. What awaits within the kingdom’s sun-drenched deserts, glimmering oases and busy urban centers defies all expectations. In just one day, explorers can gaze upon ancient tombs that stand unmarred by crowds, offering a portal into another era; they can dine among expats and expensively draped princesses, upon plates by a Michelin-starred chef—then join a passing group of Bedouin for coffee; and they can walk in the footsteps of Moses and Muhammad, along trails that will soon become the streets of clean-energy cities, now calling the world’s best and brightest to build our future. Saudi Arabia at this moment presents the ultimate traveler’s secret and a trailblazer’s fantasy—the chance to go back in time to a world where places remain undiscovered, and to look forward at realities being born from dreams. Will you see it for yourself ?

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What to Expect

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Be among the first foreign travelers to explore Saudi Arabia—on one of the very first Indagare Insider Journeys to Saudi Arabia—at a moment when the nation is poised on the precipice of transformation. In the company of expert host and Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley, you will be introduced to the visionaries, creatives and philanthropists who are establishing a new destination for adventurers and intellectuals, while celebrating the deep traditions, wild landscapes and historic sites that make Saudi Arabia such a time-bending, complex place.
  • Begin in seaside Jeddah, a vibrant port city lauded for its multicultural atmosphere and exquisite, well-preserved architecture and contemporary art.
  • Spend three nights in AlUla, Saudi’s undisputed—and rapidly growing—culture hub, with accommodations at the desert-chic tented camp Habitas. In addition to sampling the crafts and internationally competitive cuisine of the charming Old Town, you will also get to tour some of Middle East’s most impressive archaeological sites, which rival Petra, the Parthenon or Machu Picchu—but have none of the crowds.
  • Visit Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, and get a behind-the-scenes preview of the tourism development boom that is underway in the city—and beyond—as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030, an ambitious plan to transition the kingdom into a top travel destination.
  • Meet with local insiders for a deeper, cross-cultural perspective, with a special focus on the stories of women who are shaping the future of Saudi Arabia.
  • Immerse yourself in Saudi’s Bedouin heritage with such activities as a camel trek and festive group meals.
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions within the Middle East. Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue, while on the ground.

While the country is quickly modernizing and moving towards relaxing some of its most conservative rules as it opens up to Western travelers, Saudi Arabia is still a kingdom governed by Islamic law, and certain cultural norms and policies may conflict with Western perspectives. These are a few key points to consider before deciding to travel.

Plus: Click here to read Melissa’s recent article about travel to Saudi Arabia in our Spring/Summer 2022 Magazine!

Current
  • When
    September 29 – October 6, 2022
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Trailblazers , Adventurers

This Journey's Host

MELISSA BIGGS BRADLEY, FOUNDER AND CEO OF INDAGARE

After a successful career as an editor at Town & Country, Melissa founded Indagare in 2007 because she believed that creating a platform for exchange between passionate travelers would allow for more transformative journeys and meaningful global connections. Since then, she has been recognized as a pioneering entrepreneur in the luxury travel space, as well as one of the foremost experts on travel to Africa. She has visited more than 100 countries over the course of her travels and has scouted in Saudi Arabia three times between 2018 and 2022. Melissa’s first book, Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges, was released in the fall of 2021.

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Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    September 29 – October 6, 2022
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 20 travelers
  • Host
    Melissa Biggs Bradley
  • From
    $16,500

Includes

  • Accommodations at The House Hotel (Deluxe Room), Habitas AlUla (Canyon Villa) and Four Seasons Riyadh (Premium Room)
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Domestic flights throughout Saudi Arabia
  • A donation in support of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation
  • Scheduled group airport arrival and departure transfers, as well as group car transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • Expert guides and drivers, including your host and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details, international flights and trip extensions (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip

Excludes

  • International air transportation to/from Saudi Arabia and visa fees
  • Airport transfers outside of scheduled group arrivals and departures
  • Meals not specified and premium beverages
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • All gratuities
  • Any Covid testing fees
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
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What To Read

Indagare has selected articles from our website and magazine to prepare you for your journey. Peruse inspiring slideshows, insider tips, reading lists and more.

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