Saudi Arabia in Summer? Yes, you Can! (10 days from £4895 per person)
By: Corinthian Travel
Corinthian Travel has created a new range of private, chauffeured, luxury trips to Saudi Arabia, including the 10-day Arabia Felix: Asir & Al Bahah (https://www.corinthiantravel.co.uk/
Mountainous Asir & Al Bahah in southwestern Saudi Arabia could not be more different from the rest of the Kingdom. The region is known as Arabia Felix (Happy Arabia) by the ancient geographers, on account of its green meadows, towering mist-clad peaks, and juniper forests.
This unique corner of the country stands out on account of geography as well as its traditional markets and strong historical and cultural ties with Yemen. On this privately guided tour, you'll travel the length of southwestern Saudi Arabia along the scenic spine of the Sarawat mountains between Abha and Jeddah.
In doing so, the Arabia Felix tour reveals one of the least developed and most authentic regions of the Kingdom; this truly is Saudi Arabia off the beaten track.
Unforgettable highlights will range from exploring Rijal Almaa, one of the finest historic villages in Arabia, to discovering the little-known troglodyte settlements on remote Shada mountain.
There will also be a visit to the traditional market at Moyhal, which will rewind the clock at least 50 years and provide an opportunity to see some of Asir's 'flower men' who wear garlands of herbs in their hair.
There will also be a chance to explore the magically located village of Zee Ain and drive through the forests of Al Raghadan before the mountains disappear as you enter the vast volcanic Harrat Kishb plain.
The holiday concludes with a hike down into the stunning Al Wahbah Crater and a walk-through Jeddah's magnificent World Heritage old quarter of Al Balad.
The holiday can start on any day (subject to flight schedules) and costs from £4895 per person (two sharing). This includes private transport throughout, nine nights' B&B (plus three lunches), activities/sightseeing and a guide. Flights not included (bookable through Corinthian Travel).
Corinthian Travel (020 3583 6089, corinthiantravel.co.uk)
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR