1. Cost, Packages & Details
  2. Airfare
  3. Documents
  4. Next Steps
  5. Hajj Preparation Workshops
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

As many of you know, for the last 15 years we have been organizing to go for Hajj with El Madina Travel of New York. Once again this year, we are making arrangements to go with them, and plan to take close to 350 people with us, insha Allah. Many people from the Bay Area have joined them, and last year there were over 200 people from the Bay Area. Due to high demand, we have begun making our arrangements and reservations. We anticipate to be sold out by the end of March 2016, insha Allah.

Regardless of your final choice, it is imperative that you investigate the group you plan to go with thoroughly and make your arrangements now, so that you can get the package and travel dates you need. I have written an article on what you need to look for in a Hajj tour operator, titled ‘Do you plan to go for Hajj?’ Please  click here to read it.

If you have any questions about El Madina Travel, or just in general about the Hajj, please do not hesitate to contact me

Please note that all packages are priced from JFK, and there will be add-on charges from the city of your departure. Please see below for additional options on purchasing your airfare.

Travel dates may vary by one day according to selected flights. Package prices are based on availability. Hotel rates are subject to change without prior notice.


Deluxe (Program #1)
Makkah First
Sold out

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Deluxe (Program #2)
Madinah Express
Sold out

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Dates August 27-28 to September 15-16

  • Arrival at Jeddah Airport on August 28 (after 6AM) or August 29. Arrival before August 28 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on August 28 after Salat al Maghrib.
  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 15 or 16. Departure after the 16th is not permitted.

September 1-2 to September 15-16

  • Arrival at Madinah Airport on September 2 or 3. Arrival before September 2 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 2 after Salat al Dhuhr. Arrival after September 3rd is not permitted. 

  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 15 or 16. Departure after the 16th is not permitted.

Flights

JFK Jeddah JFK (included in price)

Royal Jordanian or Turkish Airlines (included in price)
Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

JFK Madinah JFK (included in price)

Royal Jordanian or Turkish Airlines (included in price)
Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

Itinerary
8/28 or 8/29 to 9/2

Fairmont Makkah: Clock Tower
(5 Star)

Makkah Sightseeing Included
9/2 to 9/6

Al Nokhba Royal Inn (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton
One way flight or VIP bus from Makkah to Madinah.

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/6 to 9/9

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/9 to 9/14

VIP - Private tents in Mina with access to apartments


9/14 to 9/15-16

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

9/2 to 9/6

Al Nokhba Royal Inn (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/6 to 9/9

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/9 to 9/14

VIP - Private tents in Mina with access to apartments


9/14 to 9/15-16

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* Notes for During the Days for Hajj

  • Apartments are about a 10 minute walk from our tents in Mina, and our tents are right across from the Jamarat
  • Full access to your room during and after the Manasik
  • 5/6 people per apartment regardless of package or occupancy
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in Mina during the days of Hajj
  • Transportation between Mina/Arafat/ Muzdalifah/Mina will be by train
Meals
(Makkah / Madinah)
Breakfast and dinner buffet Breakfast and dinner buffet
People per Room 4 4
Total Cost, Including flight from JFK $9500
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $9930 Total
$8900
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $9330 Total
Cost, Land Package Only1 $7700
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $8130 Total
$7100
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $7530 Total
Double Occupancy 2 + $900 extra per person + $700 extra per person
Triple Occupancy 3 + $400 extra per person + $300 extra per person

1 This is for people who have purchased their own airfare | 2 If you want to be 2 per room, rather than 4 per room | 3 If you want to be 3 per room, rather than 4 per room

Economy (Program #3)
Makkah First
4 Seats Left - Double Occupancy Only

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Economy (Program #4)
Madinah Express
4 Seats Left - Double Occupancy Only

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Economy Packages are not ideal for elders and people who cannot walk long distances. During the 5 days of Hajj, you will be required to come to the Jamarat to pelt the Shaytan and it’s a 60 minute walk, in each direction.
Dates August 27/28 to September 15/16

  • Arrival at Jeddah Airport on August 28 (after 6AM) or August 29. Arrival before September 28 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on August 28 after Salat al Maghrib.
  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 15 or 16. Departure after the 16th is not permitted.

September 1/2 to 15/16

  • Arrival at Madinah Airport on September 2 or 3. Arrival before September 2 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 2nd after Salat al Dhuhr. Arrival after September 3 is not permitted. 

  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 15 or 16. Departure after the 16th is not permitted.

Flights

JFK Jeddah JFK (included in price)

Royal Jordanian or Turkish Airlines (included in price)
Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

JFK Madinah JFK (included in price)

Royal Jordanian or Turkish Airlines (included in price)
Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

Itinerary
8/28 or 8/29 to 9/2

Fairmont Makkah: Clock Tower (5 Star)

Makkah Sightseeing Included
9/2 to 9/6

Al Nokhba Royal Inn (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included One way flight or VIP bus from Makkah to Madinah.
9/6 to 9/9

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/9 to 9/14

Tents in North American Camp in Mina with access to apartments


9/14 to 9/15-16

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

9/2 to 9/6

Al Nokhba Royal Inn (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/6 to 9/9

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/9 to 9/14

Tents in North American Camp in Mina with access to apartments


9/14 to 9/15-16

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* Notes for During the Days for Hajj

  • Full access to your room during and after the Manasik
  • Apartments are about a 10 minute walk from Jamarat and 60 minutes from our tents in Mina
  • 5/6 people per apartment regardless of package or occupancy
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in Mina during the days of Hajj
  • Transportation between Mina/Arafat/ Muzdalifah/Mina will be by buses
Meals
(Makkah / Madinah)

Breakfast and dinner buffet

Breakfast and dinner buffet

People per Room Four Only Double or Triple Rooms Remain (See below for prices) Four Only Double or Triple Rooms Remain (See below for prices)
Cost, Including flight from JFK $7600
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $8030 Total
$7300
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $7730 Total
Cost, Land Package Only4 $5800
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $6230 Total
$5500
+ $130 Dhabiha Fee
+ $300 Hajj Fee
= $5930 Total
Double Occupancy 5 + $800 extra per person + $700 extra per person
Triple Occupancy 6 + $300 extra per person + $300 extra per person

4 This is for people who have purchased their own airfare | 5 If you want to be 2 per room, rather than 4 per room | 6 If you want to be 3 per room, rather than 4 per room

There are 3 methods of purchasing your airfare. If you wish, you can purchase your own airline ticket online, as many clients to do so, or use your miles, etc; and as long as you are arriving and departing on the exact dates of the packages you’ve chosen, you can simply purchase the land package from us.

1. From JFK

Royal Jordanian or Turkish Airlines from JFK: This airfare is included in the package price & we will book this for you. Let us know.

2. Any Airport to Jeddah or Madinah

You purchase your ticket from any airport to Jeddah or Madinah based on the dates of the package you’ve chosen and send us the itinerary.

If you are on Package 1 or 3, you must fly directly into Jeddah and fly directly out of Jeddah. You cannot fly through/have a stopover in Riyadh (RUH) or Madinah (MED) on your way in or out. Your first point of entry in Saudi Arabia must be Jeddah.

If you are on Package 2 or 4. you must fly directly into Madinah (MED) and fly directly out of Jeddah. You cannot fly through/have a stopover in Riyadh (RUH) on your way in or out. Your first point of entry in Saudi Arabia must be Madinah.

ALL itineraries purchased by the client must be approved by Emad Gabr or Imam Tahir prior to purchase. In this case, you will only pay for the land to the company.

3. SFO/LAX to Jeddah or Madinah on Emirates

For this option, you will pay El Madina Travel for the land package, and purchase your ticket from Tri City Travel in Fremont. Call or e-mail Br. Zaki at TriCity Travel in Fremont. 510.494.9444, or travel@tricitytravel.com – Give him the reference for El Madina Travel, and he will book your tickets for you.

ALL itineraries purchased by the client must be approved by Emad Gabr or Imam Tahir prior to purchase. In this case, you will only pay for the land to the company.

Important Notes Regarding Passports & Greencards:
What You Need To Do Now

If you are interested in joining us for Hajj, below is a list of immediate steps you need to take.

What You Need In the Meantime

If you are interested in joining us for Hajj, below is a list of steps you can take in the meantime.

There will be 2 workshops held by Imam Tahir Anwar before the Hajj in Bay Area. They are each a complete workshop and only one needs to be attended. Registrations will open after Ramadan, so please register yourself to receive notification e-mails at the bottom of the page. The workshops are open to all.

Northern California
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 (10AM to 3PM) (tentative)
  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 (10AM to 3PM) (tentative)

What is the difference between the Deluxe Package and Economy Package?

The tents in the Deluxe Package are 10 minutes from the Jamarat (Bridge of Stoning, where we will go for 3 days) and 10 minutes from the Resident Building. The tents in the Economy Package are 60 minutes walk (each way) from the Jamarat and 70 minutes from the Resident Building. Also, in Makkah, the hotel in the Deluxe Package is 3-4 minutes away and Economy Package is about 10 minutes away.

What is the Resident Building?

All Hajjis must leave Madinah 2 days before Hajj to come to Makkah. At that time, hotels in Makkah (withing walking distance of the Haram) are very expensive, so we choose to keep our Hajjis in a building, all of which is leased by us. Our building is in an area called Shisha, which is 10 minutes walking distance from our Deluxe tents, and you will have access to these during Hajj. (Showers, bathrooms, etc.) - And it is a 10-30 minute car ride from the Haram, depending on the traffic. Other tour operators must do the same, but most of them keep you in an area called Aziziyah, which is 30-40 minutes walk from the tents and the same from the Haram. Although ALL tour operators MUST provide residence to everyone, El Madina chooses to pay more and have a building within 10 minutes from our tents. Talk to other Hajjis, so you understand what a great convenience this is! In our case, we get into a taxi from the Ka'bah to our Resident Building, use the bathroom, freshen up and in 10 minutes, make it to our tents.

Where is the hotel in Makkah?

It is the first one as you walk out of the Masjid al Haraam (Baab Malik Abdul Aziz), the newly constructed Zamzam Towers.

Where is the hotel in Madinah?

The Royal Dyar is one street behind the Madinah Hilton, 5 minutes walk from the Haram. This hotel is showing up very far on Google Maps! I can assure you, the Royal Dyar we are staying at is less than 5 minutes walk from the Prophets Mosque in Madinah, adjacent to Madinah Hilton.

Will you give us the exact hotels as your promise, or will you change your hotels on us?

We have already signed contracts with them and given them deposits. We have not changed our hotels on our customers in the 13 years we’ve been in business.

Are the meals included?

Open buffet breakfast and dinner are included at the hotels in Makkah and Madinah. During the days of Hajj, all 3 meals will be provided in Mina and Arafat.

Do we have to purchase the entire package from you?

No, you can purchase your own airfare based on the dates we've provided and we will arrange to pick you up/drop you off at Jeddah airport. It is imperative that you confirm the itinerary with us before you make any airline booking.

How many years have you been operating?

We have been operating under our name, El Madina & El Safa Travel for over 13 years with Emad Gabr as President and Ismail ElChaieb as Vice President.

What is the Hajj Fee?

This is a fee that the Hajj Ministry charges for their costs, and must be paid with cashier’s checks of certain specific banks. All we ask you to do is give us the money, and we will have them prepared for you.

Once we pay you the money, will there be any other costs?

Our 13 years of experience has proven that we have never asked for more money than that which is advertised, unless you specifically ask for an extra service, for which we will tell you up front if there will be a cost or not.

How many years has Imam Tahir joined El Madina Travel?

Imam Tahir has joined El Madina Travel since 2002 for Hajj. He used to go every other year, but has been going every year since 2010.

Who are the Imams that are joining this year?

1) Imam Tahir Anwar, San Jose, CA 2) Mufti Muddassir Owais, Fremont, CA 3) Imam Kashif Ahmed, Sacramento, CA 4) Shaykh Hamza Chaudhry, Chicago, IL 5) Imam Shuaib Din, Salt Lake City, UT

Who are the Imams that have joined you in the past?

1) Dr. Umar Farooq AbdAllah, Nawawi Foundation, Chicago 2) Shaykh Mumtaz ul Haq Nazir, Milpitas, CA 3) Mufti Mudassir Owais, Fremont 4) Imam Minhajuddin Ahmed, St. Louis, MO5) Imam Sohel Mangera, Detroit, MI 6) Shaykh Mehmood A. Hafez, Sacramento, CA 7) Shaykh Sa’eed, Egypt 8) Shayh Hasan Abu Naar, CT. 9) Imam Abdurrahman Anwar, Belmont, CA10) Imam Hamdi, Denver, CO 11) Imam Ilyas Anwar, San Jose, CA

Who is the main point of contact for any questions or issues during the Hajj?

We attempt to have at least 1 scholar and 1 administrative person with a cell phone and walkie- talkie in each bus of 48-50 people, and we have 6-7 buses in total.

What is the cancellation process if we are unable to travel?

You will get a full refund until the visa is issued, which happens after Ramadan.

Do you have dhabiha arrangements?

Each year we make dhabiha arrangements for the entire group. In case you plan to follow the sequence on the day of the sacrifice, we will give a specific 2-hour window where your sacrifice will be taken care of.

Do we have any special arrangement to perform Ziyarah in Madinah?

Yes, insha Allah, we do this every year for the entire group.

For the rituals in Makkah during the days of Hajj (Tawaf al Ifaadah), do you provide any arrangements/ shuttle facility to Makkah from Mina?

Yes we do.