Why book Umrah packages with Travelhouseuk?
Travelhouseuk is a trusted name in travel industry for almost 15 years now. We provide the finest and cheapest Umrah packages for pilgrims departing from UK. Given our popularity for Umrah travel deals for individuals as well as groups and families, the trust our clients show through excellent ratings of our Umrah deals on independent customer review websites like ReviewCentre, TrustPilot and our Facebook page, it all is a testament to our top quality and value for money for Umrah travel.
TravelHouseUK is a proud agent and facilitator of Umrah for Muslims in UK looking to perform this pilgrimage by availing our affordable and reasonably priced 5 star deals. We believe it to be our primary duty that we may ensure that all pilgrims feel convenient and satisfied on this holy trip to Mecca and Medina.
Our carefully designed Umrah deals include hotels and accommodation, transportation, direct as well as indirect return flight tickets along with after-sales guidance in any aspect that our clients may need help with. Thousands of UK citizens enjoy the relationship of trust and integrity and keep returning to us and referring more passengers to us for booking new Umrah packages throughout the year. We take into consideration every detailed aspect in a deal before we make the offer to our Umrah passengers in UK.
The religious significance of Umrah
Around the year, many pilgrims embark on holy journey of Umrah to follow Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW). Umrah is not obligatory but Sunnat-e-Muakkadah. It has to be performed by believer once in a lifetime if he is physically and financially capable.
Preparation Advice for Umrah
The first and foremost thing to decide for a plan to visit Umrah is your dates of travel. What period are you looking to go in? Is it a peak rush Umrah season? or is it a low Umrah season? Then look at how many pilgrims are going, are you alone or traveling with kids, or you planning to go with your family including the elderly parents. All these aspects will help you decide how long in advance should you book your Umrah travel and shall affect the price of your Umrah package as well.
Please make sure on the date of submission of such form, your passport should have validity of at least six months. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to apply for visa unless any elder member of their family is accompanying them.
What time can you NOT perform Umrah?
Islam does not specify any particular time for performing Umrah; you can perform it anytime of the year. However, the Saudi Authorities do not issue visas to foreign travellers to perform Umrah during the month following the Hajj season as they are engaged in cleaning and maintenance process of Makakh and Madinah.
When is the most appropriate time of year to book cheap Umrah Packages?
While planning to perform a lesser pilgrimage, the first thing is to decide at what time of the year you can manage to travel. Owing to the religious significance of months in Islamic Calendar, Ramadan is highly recommended for greatest reward. This is the reason why Muslims from all over the world rush to avail the Umrah Packages in advance for this auspicious month. Same goes for the months of Rabi-Ul-Awal and Shabaan, which are also usually very crowded and considered to be the peak season.
In addition to that, the most appropriate time for Umrah pilgrims is right after Hajj in the months of Muharram and Safar. Subsequently, booking in advance with a proper strategy in mind might help you in scoring the best deal possible. To be more specific, it is recommended to get in touch with the travel experts at least 4-5 months earlier before you intend to set ways for the spiritual journey.
As far as the weather in concerned, it is considerably better in the months of year I.e. November, December January and February. The pilgrims from UK avail December Umrah Packages en masse due to their holiday season.
So, if you are also planning to take an advantage of extended vacation period due to Christmas festivities in UK, make your reservation well before in time to get your hands on Umrah Packages with lowest price possible. We give you a liberty to choose from wide-range of our Umrah Packages and customize it to match your recourse to avail the most appropriate Umrah deal of the year.
In spite of all the facts stated above, also keeping in view the different budget-constraints. TravelhouseUK muster up all its capacity to assist you in tailor-made Umrah package in accordance with your needs and requirements.
Airlines operating between UK and Saudi Arabia for Umrah Flights
- Airlines Flying from London (Heathrow, Gatwick as well as City) Airports for Umrah Flights include Saudi Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish, Emirates, Qatar, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Gulf, Oman Air and Etihad airways flying to Jeddah and Medinah.
- Airlines flying out of Birmingham for Umrah Packages include Emirates, Air France, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. Moreover, further connections are available via London.
- For Manchester Umrah flights, which are also suitable for Passengers living near Bolton area, the options are to Fly direct with Saudi or take an indirect flight with Air France, Turkish, Lufthansa and Emirates.
- Leeds Umrah flights can be routed through London as well as Manchester connecting with a variety of airlines including BA.
- Umrah flights from Edinburgh to Saudi Arabia are arranged with Air France, Etihad and Turkish airlines usually.
- Umrah flights are also possible from Glasgow with one-stop flights operated by Emirates.
Going on Umrah with Children or Elderly
Travelhouseuk provides the best possible packages to fulfil your needs. Whether you have special needs for Kids, Infants, elderly people or disabled citizens; we cater for all specific arrangements like providing cot for babies, wheelchair for disabled, special meals, etc. on request. On special request, we can get a place at walking distance to these holy places in Mecca
Saudi authorities have invested a lot on providing advanced facilities to guests of Allah. Those have made offering Umrah easy. You will get all the modern amenities at hotel and restaurants.
Planning to book customised Umrah packages for groups or family?
Do not try to copy other peoples’ travel plans, instead, let us know what you want and we will customize a package for you. We offer best deals at discounted rates. We can cater for any customizable family and group packages, starting from economy Umrah packages for 2 persons, 3 persons’ Family Umrah deals including 2 adults and a child or up to 7, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 50 persons group Umrah packages are also available.
There is an increasing trend among UK pilgrims to perform Umrah during December with family or in groups. Over the past few years, majority of pilgrims are performing Umrah with family or groups. This enables them to get cheapest deals.
We also offer umrah packages for those individuals who are travelling in groups. If you are looking for customized individual and group packages for Umrah, call our experience travel agents to discuss details.
Baggage Allowance for Umrah Flights
The baggage allowance varies from airline to airline. Saudi Arabian Airlines allows two bags of 23Kgs with hand luggage of up to 7kgs. Moreover, Philippines Airlines also offers 2 bags of 23 KG as per information available on their official website. While other airlines such as Royal Jordanian, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Gulf Air and Etihad Airways allow 30kgs with 7kgs hand luggage. After 2014 as per new laws by Saudi Government, every person can carry 5 liters of Zamzam water on her/his return, which can be purchased at the airport.
Hotels and Accommodation for Umrah Packages
As we acknowledge the fact that, you are in dire need of peace of mind during your spiritual journey to Makkah and Medina so you can bestow yourself for worshipping. By entrusting Travelhouseuk to facilitate you by all manner of ways, you can get rid of all related worries and even save some extra incurring costs. You can also take the ball in your court for the bespoke hotel reservations while be considerate about relative variables like price, location, type and quality. We are directly linked with the service providers in Saudi Arabia that enable us to find the cheap packages in domain of your feasibility. Moreover, we are humble to announce that we also make special arrangements for our esteemed clients with certain disabilities.
Five stars hotels offer you with the priceless experience in the perfect locality. Amongst the top five star hotels, Makkah Clock Royal Tower; A Fairmont Hotel is considered the best according to handful of modern-day amenities to facilitate the pilgrims of all ages in the best way possible. Other top-rated five star hotels according to our client’s feedback include Medina Hilton, Dar Al Taqwa, and Dar Al Iman.
Our experienced team is well-versed in assisting potential pilgrims for making the best arrangements for you on their own from booking flights to accommodations in market-competitive low rates. We also lend a helping hand for tailor-made spiritual trip. In addition to that, we offer special discounts for the pilgrims in large groups and budget accommodation in the nearest possible location. It is recommended to speak to our travel experts well ahead of time in order to avoid any last minute hassle.
Why Choose Travelhouseuk to book Umrah Packages?
- Time is not a constraint, we can arrange any dates in UK including holiday seasons of December, Easter and the February/May half term breaks.
- Best for first timers and lone goers
- We arrange the most affordable Accommodation closest to Haram
- Umrah Visa can be arranged upon request
- Special contracts are available for premium airlines like Direct Flights with BA and Saudi
- Adjustable to all budget types, with deals for 3 star, 4 star and 5 Star Hotel chains
- Groups and custom packages
- Arrange flights and connections from anywhere in UK
- Special requests are accepted for stop overs in Muslim-friendly countries.
- If you want the best and cheapest Umrah deals, then Travelhouseuk should be your first choice. Travelhouseuk has years of experience in offering best travelling options with competitive prices to our valued customers. We are expert in designing offers and deals which fulfil individual requirements.
- Plan your holy pilgrimage with us and avail exclusive offers at cheapest prices. We are one of the most trusted travelling agencies in UK due to our constant efforts to provide our customers the most budget friendly, satisfactory and unique travelling options.
- Travelhouseuk is a specialist in offering Umrah deals at affordable rates for UK residents. We carefully chalk out all of our May Umrah offers even a minute detail is not neglected. You can rest assure you are choosing the right partner for planning your Umrah.
- Our expert travel agents are just a call away from you. Let them know your requirements and problems and they will surely solve them in matter of minutes. Call our travel agents and get the cheapest Umrah Packages now!
Know how to Perform Umrah?
In Shari'ah, there are two types of Umrah: first is called al-Umrah al-mufradah al-mustaqillah'an al-Hajj and the other is known as al-Umrah al-mundammah ila al-Hajj. The first type of Umrah is performed independent any time of the year but the second type has to be performed with Hajj, hence called ‘the conjugate Umrah’, performed during the months of Shawwal to Zulhajj. Following are the main rituals of Umrah:
- Assuming state of Ihram from Meeqat
- Tawaaf around Khana Ka'aba
- Offering Nafal at Maqam e Ibrahim and drinking Zamzam
- Sa'y around hills of Safa and Marwa
- Coming out of Ihram or Tahlul-lul
Five points are used as Meeqat for assuming Ihram. Men's Ihram consists of two plain and unstitched sheets but women are permitted to wear clothes of daily use instead of wearing sheets of Ihram. However, they cannot cover their face and hands. After assuming Ihram, Muslim brothers and sisters have to make intention for Umrah.
They have to recite Talbiyah until they reach Khana Ka'aba. On arriving Ka'aba, pilgrims have to perform Tawaaf - seven circles around Ka'aba. The starting and ending point for this ritual is Hajar al-Aswad. On completion of Tawaaf, next Umrah's rite is offering two rakaat nafal at Maqaam Ibrahim. After this, pilgrims have to do Sa'y which is seven circuits between the mount of Safaa and Marwa. The last rite after Sa'y is shaving heads for men but women have to shorten their hair just by a fingertip. Along with these, make dua and recitation as much as possible on this holy pilgrimage.
Can Women Perform Umrah Alone? And other Rules for Women
Women can perform Umrah like men but there are certain rules specifically laid down for them. They cannot go for holy pilgrimage without Mahram. According to Shari'ah, a male can be a mahram of a woman if she cannot marry him due to blood ties, breastfeeding or relations after marriage. According to British laws, minimum age requirements for a mahram to accompany a lady for Umrah are 18 years and above.
Also performing Umrah with a fake Mahram is sinful and not approved by Shari'ah. A woman in Iddah cannot go for Umrah. Women should not perform Ramal and loud Talbiyah like men. Women should maintain a distance from Ka'ba during if there is large crowd of men. If there is a rush on Maqam e Ibrahim, women can offer nawafal anywhere in Masji ul Haraam. Also in Sa'y, they should avoid crowds of men.
What are Visa Requirements for Umrah?
As per new rules laid down by Saudi Government, individuals are not allowed to apply for Umrah Visa by themselves. They must contact an authorized agent for this purpose. If you are in UK on any type of visit visa, you are not allowed to apply for Umrah visa from UK. You must submit a duly filled and signed application form along with two recent photographs for Umrah visa. Please keep in mind Saudi Authorities don’t process visa applications of pilgrims and allow Umrah during Shawwal and Dhu I- Kada due to Hajj Preparation. These months will fall between months of July and August respectively.
Umrah visa is valid only for 30 days. You have to complete your Umrah within this time period. On this visa, you can only visit cities of Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah.
Is any Vaccination required before taking Umrah Flights?
All pilgrims are required to get vaccination for Meningitis and other diseases and get vaccination certificate from National Travel Health Network and Centre. Children up to age of 15 must be vaccinated for polio and meningococcal. However, children above 15 need vaccinations same as adults.
If you are taking any medicine on regular basis, you will need a certificate from your physician and it is recommended to take enough supplies on your journey. Normally it is recommended that those individuals should not go on Umrah or Hajj Who are pregnant, seriously ill or over 65 years of age. Please let us know in advance that you are being accompanied by a disabled or elderly pilgrim. So, we can make proper arrangements for their accommodation and provide wheel chair assistance in Haram.
Health and Travel Insurance
If you have a UK health insurance, then it will be sufficient for covering all your medical expenses when you are in Saudi Arabia. However, if you want to get insured for other aspects of your travelling like missed departure, legal expenses, personal liability, possessions, luggage, money, passports and accidental death, then you should purchase a travelling insurance.
Which Ziyaraat in Makkah and Madinah should one visit on Umrah tour
On your Umrah tour, you would want to visit numerous sites around Makkah and Madinah bearing significance for their Islamic history. Ghar-e-Hira and Ghar-e-Thaur are located close to Makkah. You can visit home of various Sahaba. Visiting the historically important Masjid e Quba is a must do. In addition, pilgrims also visit Masjid e Qiblatain, Masjid e Jumma and Janatul Baqi located in Madinah. Check our exclusive Umrah packages for further details. You can also visit these places by getting Ziyarat services easily available in both cities.
Transport for Makkah and Madinah
For performing Umrah rituals, all our Umrah packages come with inter-city transportation. However, if you want to do this by yourself, you can do. But normally the transport on your arrival at Jeddah or Madinah to your hotel is added in your planned itinerary. You can Request private transportation services like a taxi or car for reaching sacred places.
Things to take as gifts from Umrah
Bringing gifts from Umrah is common practice of our Muslim brothers and sisters. There is variety of options available at Makkah and Madinah. You can bring, prayer mats, beads, dates, replicas of sacred mosques, jewellery and Zamzam water.