Saudi Arabia·December 20 2022 - January 1 2023
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Join us as we embark on our very first Umrah Retreat! We invite you on this journey where we'll learn about the inner and outer dimensions of Umrah with Mustafa Briggs. We've curated an experience that combines a spiritual and adventurous journey, and we hope that you benefit from it. We'll pray, explore historical Jeddah, Mecca and Madinah, hike, bike, shop and stargaze. You'll meet various locals and entrepreneurs who are doing wonderful things for the advancement of their communities. We've planned a few surprises along the way (as is in Burgundy culture) but we won't share them with you just yet.... Bismillah!
We'll perform our Umrah together and apart. It will be an opportunity to connect on profound levels with Allah, ourselves and fellow believers.
We'll begin in Mecca, make our way to Jeddah, explore the desert and canyons of Al Ula and finish off in Madinah, the city of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).
Most people visit Saudi Arabia to perform their Hajj and Umrah, not realizing the land is diverse, beautiful and full of surprises. We invite you to explore these surprises.
On arrival day, we'll keep it simple and low key. We'll begin with an orientation session at the hotel to prepare for our journey to Mecca. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and ice breaking games & activities to get to know each other better!
We'll depart for Mecca in the morning. (1 hour 15 min). Upon checking into our hotel, we will have an orientation session, complete our Umrah and give everyone the rest of the day to explore the mosque and blessed city.
We'll begin our day after Fajr, after our breakfast we'll visit the Holy sites around the city and the Kiswa factory. If time permits, we will try to make a stop at the Quran factory. The rest of the evening will be devoted to free time for worship and exploration.
We'll begin our day after praying Jumua in Mecca. We'll head to our hotel in Jeddah, check-in and give everyone a free evening to relax & unwind.
We'll begin our day at noon, giving you time to explore the corniche and waterfront or neighboring plazas and cafes. At noon, we will make our way to old Jeddah to meet with local artists and artisans for traditional workshops. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the timeless old city, a freshly prepared and catered lunch and some free time to shop and wander every alleyway.
Enjoy the day, shop and eat! Jeddah is a hub for coffee shops, you'll find all kinds of delicious foods. If you're looking for stylish Abayas, Hijabs, Thobes or contemporary gifts, this is your day!
Every retreat we host has an element of seclusion in nature, we've chosen Al Ula for its serene desert and breathtaking canyons. Be prepared for stargazing and bonfire sessions as we camp out in the desert and enjoy evening lectures with Mustafa Briggs.
Departure: 7:30 AM
Length of drive: 8/9 hours.
We'll begin our day with a tour of Hegra, afterwards we have a surprise lunch for you and we'll finish off with dinner under the stars.
Before heading out to Madinah, we want to finish off our stay in Al Ula with a short hike and a buggy ride in the desert! We'll make our way to Madinah after lunch inshallah!
Departure for Madinah: 2:00 PM
Duration of the driver: 4 hours
Once we arrive in Madinah, we'll visit the mosque and meet for an orientation session about the next day's itinerary.
We'll begin our day after Fajr and explore the blessed city of Madinah. After the tour, you will enjoy a few hours of free time to spend at the mosque and market place insh'Allah.
We'll begin our day after Fajr to explore the enlightened city of Madinah.
We'll begin our day after Fajr, explore the city, enjoy our last few hours there. We will wrap up our retreat in a secret location for our farewell dinner inshallah!
Departures day: Please note that departures should be done from Madinah city. We will have 3 airport shuttles to Madinah airport, anyone leaving after 2:00 pm will need to book their own taxi transportation to the airport.
If you are flying out of Jeddah, please note that there is a train from Medinah to Jeddah (1h45 mins) that goes straight to the Jeddah airport.
11 nights accommodation
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Umrah preparation class (Zoom)
Daily lectures with Mustafa Briggs
All sights and attractions mentioned in the itinerary
Local curators and tour guides
Personal professional photographer
Visa fees (if applicable)
When booking flights, make sure to land in Jeddah airport (King Abdulaziz International Airport) and depart from Madinah Airport (Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport). We offer pick-up for arrivals before 4 pm.
Yes, of course. We welcome everyone to travel with us: couples, singles and families (depending on the age of the children).
Our retreats are open to all, anyone from any part of the world, so you can expect to make plenty of new friends. From the first day you all meet at the airport as we pick you up, the journey of travel and building news friendships begins. We keep our groups intimate, with not more than 25-30 people.
We stay in locally-owned hotels. Our accommodations are clean and comfortable. The emphasis is not on luxury, but on a practical room for a good night’s rest and comfort.
We room 2 or 3 guests per room with an en suite bathroom in each room. Men will room with men and women with women. Unless, of course, you’re travelling with your spouse or partner.
Please make sure to check on Saudi Arabia's visa requirements for the passport you hold. If you require a visa, the cost is roughly USD $150 but may vary depending on the Saudi government's rules and regulations. You may contact us for advice if you're not sure what to do.