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

As many of you know, for the last 14 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, 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.

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 meIn 2014, our package (320 Hujjaj) was sold out in May, 4 months before Hajj. We anticipate to be sold out by April this year, insha Allah.

There will be 2 workshops held by Imam Tahir Anwar before the Hajj in Bay Area, and 1 Southern California. 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
Southern California
  • Check back soon for details on Southern California workshop


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.


Deluxe (Program #1)
Makkah First
Sold Out
Deluxe (Program #2)
Madinah Express
Sold Out
Deluxe (Program #3)
Madinah First Sold Out
Dates September 8-9 to September 27-28

  • Arrival at Jeddah Airport on September 9 (after 6AM) or Septmber 10. Arrival before September 9 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 9th after Salat al Maghrib.
  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 27 or 28. Departure after the 28th is not allowed.

September 13-14 to 27-28

  • Arrival at Madinah Airport on September 14 or 15. Arrival before September 14 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 14th after Salat al Dhuhr. Arrival after September 15 is not permitted. 

  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 27 or 28. Departure after the 28th is not allowed.

September 13-14 to October 2-3 


  • Arrival at Madinah Airport on September 14 or 15. Arrival before September 14 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 14th after Salat al Dhuhr. Arrival after September 15 is not permitted.
  • Depart Jeddah Airport on October 2 or 3. Departure after the 3rd is not allowed.

Flights

JFK Jeddah JFK
(included in price)

Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

JFK Madinah or Jeddah JFK (included in price)

Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

JFK Madinah or Jeddah JFK (included in price)

Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

Itinerary
9/9 to 9/14

Fairmont Makkah: Clock Tower
(5 Star)

Makkah Sightseeing Included
9/14 to 9/18

Royal Dyar Hotel (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton
One way flight or VIP bus from Makkah to Madinah.

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/18 to 9/21

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/21 to 9/26

VIP - Private tents in Mina with access to apartments


9/26 to 9/27-28

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

9/14 to 9/18

Royal Dyar Hotel (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/18 to 9/21

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/21 to 9/26

VIP - Private tents in Mina with access to apartments


9/26 to 9/27-28

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

9/14 to 9/18

Royal Dyar Hotel (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/18 to 9/21

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/21 to 9/26

VIP - Private tents in Mina with access to apartments


9/26 to 9/27

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/27 to 10/2-3

Elaf al Masha’er Hotel in Makkah (5 star)

* 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
  • 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 Breakfast and dinner buffet
People per Room 4 4 3
Cost, Including flight from JFK $8900 $8300 $9400 (Triple occupancy)
Cost, Land Package Only1 $7100 $6500 $7600
Double Occupancy 2 + $900 extra per person + $600 extra per person + $500 extra per person
Triple Occupancy 3 + $400 extra per person + $300 extra per person Must purchase triple occupancy or double occupancy. Quad occupancy sold out.
Dhabiha $130 $130 $130
Hajj Fee $300 $300 $300

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 #4)
Makkah First
Sold Out
Economy (Program #5)
Madinah Express
Sold Out
Economy (Program #6)
Sold Out
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 September 8-9 to September 27-28 


  • Arrival at Jeddah Airport on September 9 (after 6AM) or Septmber 10. Arrival before September 9 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 9th after Salat al Maghrib.
  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 27 or 28. Departure after the 28th is not allowed.

September 13-14 to September 27-28 


  • Arrival at Madinah Airport on September 14 or 15. Arrival before September 14 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 14th after Salat al Dhuhr. Arrival after September 15 is not permitted.
  • Depart Jeddah Airport on September 27 or 28. Departure after the 28th is not allowed.

September 13-14 to October 2-3 


  • Arrival at Madinah Airport on September 14 or 15. Arrival before September 14 is not permitted & check-in to hotel will be on September 14th after Salat al Dhuhr. Arrival after September 15 is not permitted.
  • Depart Jeddah Airport on October 2 or 3. Departure after the 3rd is not allowed.

Flights

JFK Jeddah JFK (included in price)

Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

JFK Madinah or 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 or Jeddah JFK (included in price)

Option to fly Emirates or other airlines (with add on charges)

Itinerary
9/9 to 9/14

Elaf Masha’er Hotel in Makkah (5 Star)
One way flight or VIP bus from Makkah to Madinah.

Makkah Sightseeing Included
9/14 to 9/18

Royal Dyar Hotel (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/18 to 9/21

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/21 to 9/26

Tents in North American Camp in Mina with access to apartments


9/26 to 9/27-28

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

9/14 to 9/18

Royal Dyar Hotel (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/18 to 9/21

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/21 to 9/26

Tents in North American Camp in Mina with access to apartments


9/26 to 9/27-28

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

9/14 to 9/18

Royal Dyar Hotel (5 Star)
Right next to Madinah Hilton

Madinah Sightseeing Included
9/18 to 9/21

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah

* See below
9/21 to 9/26

Tents in North American Camp in Mina with access to apartments


9/26 to 9/27

Apartments in Al Shisha in Makkah


9/27 to 10/2-3

Elaf al Masha’er Hotel in Makkah (5 star)

* Notes for During the Days for Hajj

  • 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

Breakfast and dinner buffet

People per Room 4 4 3
Cost, Including flight from JFK $7000 $6700 $7800 (Triple Occupancy)
Cost, Land Package Only4 $5200 $4900 $6000
Double Occupancy 5 + $800 extra per person + $700 extra per person + $700 extra per person
Triple Occupancy 6 + $300 extra per person + $300 extra per person Must purchase triple occupancy or double occupancy. Quad occupancy sold out.
Dhabiha $130 $130 $130
Hajj Fee $300 $300 $300

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 based on the dates of the package you’ve chosen and send us the itinerary with your passports.

If you are on Package 1 or 4, 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, 3 or 5. 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.

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.