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HERO Saudi Arabia Expedition Mountains And Desert

Experiences

Unearth the Secrets of Saudi Arabia’s Desert Riches

One for the intrepid traveller, unearth a country that has seldom been explored. Whet your appetite for adventure and discovery as you venture through the origin and spiritual home of Islam, Saudi Arabia. Bewildering riches pepper a landscape where forbidding cliffs, empty expanses, lush oases, and ancient cities await.

When to go:
November – March

Commence your journey in Riyadh, a rich city of immense towers that showcase modern Saudi Arabia. Settle in to the Four Seasons Hotel before ascending to its iconic sky bridge on the 99th floor. At 300m high, embark on a heart-pumping experience when crossing the walkway for rewarding views over sparkling lights and the vast desert beyond. Accompanied by an expert guide, venture to Riyadh’s famed date market to taste and learn of their significance before exploring Dir’ayah, where the state of Saudi Arabia first began. Once home to the royal family, now a UNESCO protected site, uncover its riveting origins in this historical experience. A traditional lunch awaits in the village of Najdiyah before driving to the mesmerising Edge of the World. Amidst infinite sand dunes, hike up the impressive escarpment and marvel as the cliffs drop away to present uninterrupted panoramas stretching for miles. Descend into a subterranean cave and watch as the sun dips below the horizon casting orange hues against looming rock formations.

A centuries-old hidden secret, your journey continues to the otherworldly desert region of AlUla. Expect sculpted sandstone, monumental rocks and wonderfully empty landscapes throughout this UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your personal historian, wander through Old AlUla, the intriguing abandoned ruins of a town founded in the 6th century where preserved tombs and historic dwellings remain. Travel through Ragasat mountains in an exclusive 4×4 safari, appreciating the stunning scenery rush past. For more adrenaline, swap your vehicle for quad bikes and dune buggies to race through a narrow labyrinth of canyons. Stopping in this magical setting, delight in a specially prepared lunch arranged by Pelorus and soak up the awe-inspiring backdrop. Reconnect and indulge in a tranquil environment as you hike to the impressive Elephant Rock, an immense red formation resembling the creature’s trunk and body. For an educational experience, visit the Arabian Leopard Initiative and gain an understanding of these rare majestic wild cats. Saudi Arabia has committed to invest in the conservation of this endangered species with future plans to breed and reintroduce the leopard into Sharaan Nature Reserve.

Feed your cultural desires at Madain Saleh, the country’s first heritage site renowned for its preserved ancient carvings and extraordinary remnants. Explore this stark desert location before watching the sun set over the Lonely Castle of the Nabataeans – those who once ruled over this surreal area. Surrounded by sandy wilderness, indulge in a private BBQ, and savour the isolated luxury of this experience. End your adventure at Wadi Dissah, a tremendous natural wonder, and a Saudi Arabian ‘must-see.’ In a 4×4 vehicle, traverse the 15km long canyon where fresh water runs beneath soaring cliffs and swaying palm trees flourish throughout.