33 days in Saudi Arabia, Ahmedabad & Baghdad Itinerary

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Ahmedabad, India
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Baghdad, Iraq
— 11 nights
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 10 nights
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmedabad, India — 1 day

Manchester of India

The state's commercial, if not political hub, Ahmedabad stands as a sprawling metropolis with some important historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Adalaj Step-well, then contemplate the long history of Gandhi Ashram, and then take in the views from Dandi Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ahmedabad trip maker.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Ahmedabad can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Baghdad.
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Baghdad, Iraq — 11 nights

It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
Get out of town with these interesting Baghdad side-trips: Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel (in Karbala). Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umm Al-Qura Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Abu Hanifa Mosque.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Baghdad route planner.

Fly from Ahmedabad to Baghdad in 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ahmedabad to Baghdad is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ahmedabad in October, things will get a bit cooler in Baghdad: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Medina.
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Medina, Saudi Arabia — 10 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.
Medina is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, get engrossed in the history at Koran Museum, contemplate the long history of Abu Bakar Masjed, and don't miss a visit to The Seven Mosques.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Medina road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Medina takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Baghdad in October, expect Medina to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 28°C. You'll set off for Mecca on the 8th (Wed).
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia — 10 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.
Explore Mecca's surroundings by going to Jeddah (Bicycle Square, King Fahd's Fountain, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kaaba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Station of Ibrahim, don't miss a visit to Jabal-e-Rehmat, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jabal al-Nour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mecca online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Medina to Mecca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Mecca is somewhat warmer than Medina - with highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Saudi Arabia travel guide

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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.
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