15 days in Marrakech & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

15 days in Marrakech & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 7 nights
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights

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Marrakech, Morocco

— 7 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna, and deepen your understanding at Medersa Ben Youssef.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech road trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Marrakech is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Marrakech, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Riyadh in December since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Mecca.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia

— 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Station of Ibrahim and then admire the striking features of Kaaba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jabal al-Nour, admire the striking features of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, and then contemplate the long history of Mount Arafat.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mecca online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Mecca takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In December, Mecca is much hotter than Marrakech - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Jeddah.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Fakieh Aquarium, explore the world behind art at Hafez Gallery, then ponder the design of King Fahd's Fountain, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hassan Enany Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Nassif House Museum.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Jeddah vacation maker.

Getting from Mecca to Jeddah by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Mecca in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Jeddah, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Medina.

Things to do in Jeddah

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Medina, Saudi Arabia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Koran Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Masjid an Nabawi, then steep yourself in history at Jannatul Baqi, and finally don't miss a visit to The Seven Mosques. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Quba, then make a trip to Masjid Al Ghamamah, and finally have fun and explore at Dar Al Madinah Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Medina tour planner.

Getting from Jeddah to Medina by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jeddah in December, with highs in Medina at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Riyadh.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 2 nights
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Al Faisaliyah Centre, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Al Masmak Palace Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Naila Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, then stroll around King Abdullah Park, and finally walk around Salam Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Riyadh trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Medina to Riyadh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Medina, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Riyadh, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Riyadh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Saudi Arabia travel guide

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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.