6 days in Saudi Arabia & Maldives Itinerary

6 days in Saudi Arabia & Maldives Itinerary

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Fly
1
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 1 day
Fly
2
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
3
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Mecca
4
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Drive
5
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night

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Medina, Saudi Arabia

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Quba, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Masjid an Nabawi.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Medina holiday planner.

Jeddah to Medina is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. When traveling from Jeddah in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Medina: temperatures range from 51°C by day to 38°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Riyadh.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Riyadh trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Medina to Riyadh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 49°C in August, and nighttime lows around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Male.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites
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Male, Maldives

— 2 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Male trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Riyadh to Male by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Male. Traveling from Riyadh in August, you will find days in Male are cooler (36°C), and nights are a bit cooler (30°C). On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Male

Spas · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night

Mother of All Settlements

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Station of Ibrahim, then admire the striking features of Kaaba, and then admire the landmark architecture of Abraj Al-Bait Towers.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mecca trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Male to Mecca takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Maldives Time to Arabian Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Male in September, expect nights in Mecca to be somewhat warmer, around 35°C, while days are much warmer, around 51°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jeddah.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Jeddah Flagpole, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rahma Mosque, then make a trip to Jeddah Corniche, then ponder the design of King Fahd's Fountain, and finally wander the streets of Al-Balad.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jeddah trip planner.

Drive from Mecca to Jeddah in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mecca in September, plan for slightly colder days in Jeddah, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeddah

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Nature & Parks · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.