5 days in Saudi Arabia & Maldives Itinerary

5 days in Saudi Arabia & Maldives Itinerary

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 1 day
Fly
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Fly to Male, Bus to Hulhumale
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Hulhumale, Maldives
— 1 night
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 night
Fly

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 1 day
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then walk around King Abdullah Park, and finally admire the striking features of Kingdom Centre Tower.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Riyadh trip builder tool.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiport is King Khaled International Airport. October in Riyadh sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Medina.

Things to do in Riyadh

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
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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 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Qiblatayn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Quba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Masjid an Nabawi, and finally see the interesting displays at Koran Museum.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Medina travel route builder site.

Fly from Riyadh to Medina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Medina are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Hulhumale.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Museums
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Hulhumale, Maldives

— 1 night
Hulhumale, a reclaimed island, recently developed to meet additional industrial, commercial, and housing demands.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for gifts at Island Bazaar, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, and finally walk around Sultan Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hulhumale day trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medina to Hulhumale in 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is 2 hours. When traveling from Medina in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hulhumale: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Hulhumale

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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Maafushi Island, Maldives

— 1 night
With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at Oak Spa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Maafushi Island road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hulhumale to Maafushi Island. In October, daytime highs in Maafushi Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
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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.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · 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.