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AlUla: Hegra, Dadan, and Ikmah Highlights Tour

1. AlUla: Hegra, Dadan, and Ikmah Highlights Tour

Start your tour by visiting the Hegra, also known as Madain Saleh, or Al-Ḥijr is an archaeological site located in the area of AlUla within the Al Madinah Region in the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. A majority of the remains date from the Nabatean kingdom. The site constitutes the kingdom’s southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, it's capital. The Archaeological Site of Al-Hijr (Madain Saleh) is the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. Then enjoy Elephant Rock, This spectacular rock formation resembles an elephant with its trunk touching the ground, is one of AlUla’s geomorphological wonders and became one of AlUla's iconic landmarks. Then visit Jabal Ikmah, An open-air library across AlUla’s Valley, lie thousands of inscriptions in Aramaic, Dadanitic, Thamudic, Minaic and Nabataean, features one of the oldest inscriptions of the Islamic era dating back to 24AH (644 CE). Thousands of pre-Arabic inscriptions across numerous sites make AlUla an important location for studying the Arabic language. A mountain north of the AlUla Valley, AlAqra’a, features more than 450 early Arabic inscriptions. Naqsh Zuhayr, to the east, features one of the oldest inscriptions of the Islamic era — dating back to 24AH (644 CE). But no such site is more significant than Jabal Ikmah, home to the highest concentration of and most varied inscriptions in AlUla. In a beautiful desert landscape warmed by the sun, the largest “open library” in Saudi Arabia sits tucked away in a remote canyon valley. Dadan was a caravan way station for many peoples, and one of the clues that AlUla was truly a crossroads of civilisations is Jabal Ikmah, which was visited by those wishing to leave their inscriptions and offerings en route through AlUla. Records kept here — in the form of hundreds of inscriptions and carvings lining the cliff faces and rocks — ensured that Jabal Ikmah would be remembered throughout the ages. A visit to this magnificent site, with its inscriptions, thought to date as far back as the 1st millennium BCE, is a glimpse into the past. Note: sightseeing tours on Herga and Dadan & ikmah will be shared with a local tour guide and a small local group.

Al-Ula: Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour with Optional Pickup

2. Al-Ula: Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour with Optional Pickup

Let us take you on a journey through time to discover the ancient and powerful civilisations of the Dadanite and Lihyanite kingdoms, that have built and shaped AlUla. After exploring the ruins, a bus service takes you on a 10- minute drive to Jabal Ikmah, an open library of inscriptions, rock art, and petroglyphs set in a stunning desert canyon. Below, you’ll find tour details, planning tips and what to expect when visiting these extraordinary heritage sites. Guests will need to be at Winter Park 30 minutes before the booking time to take the bus to Dadan.

Dadan/Ikman Vintage Land rover Entrance Ticket

3. Dadan/Ikman Vintage Land rover Entrance Ticket

In a private vintage Land Rover, explore the ancient capital city of Dadan and examine tombs, excavation sites, and thousands of early Arabic inscriptions. The purchase of one ticket is for the entire vintage Land Rover, which can fit up to seven guests. Duration: 2 hours Minimum age: 5 years One ticket allows for up to seven guests to discover the heritage sites of Dadan and Jabal Ikmah in a private vintage Land Rover. What to bring • Comfortable loose clothes • Sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses • Closed-toe walking shoes or boots Know before you go • This tour involves a fair amount of walking. • Please note the vintage Land Rover is a convertible and the sun can be strong. • Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour time. Late arrival for your booked time may result in being denied entry.

Dadan/Ikmah Entrance Ticket

4. Dadan/Ikmah Entrance Ticket

The first stop on this journey back in time is Dadan, the ancient Kingdom of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilisations. Next, a coach bus takes you on a 10-minute drive to Jabal Ikmah. Set in a stunning desert canyon, this ‘open-air library’ has the most impressive collection of inscriptions, rock art, and petroglyphs in AlUla and is the largest of its kind in Saudi Arabia. What to bring • Comfortable loose clothes • Sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses • Closed-toe walking shoes or boots Know before you go • This tour involves a fair amount of walking. • Your booking date and time are fixed. • Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour time. Late arrival for your booked time may result in being denied entry.

From Riyadh: 3-Day Al Ula Tour Package with Hotel Stay

5. From Riyadh: 3-Day Al Ula Tour Package with Hotel Stay

Day 1: Arrival to Al Ula Our tour leader/driver will pick you up from your Riyadh hotel and travel to Al Ula by car. Note: If you would like to make it with flights let us know to check the availability. From the moment your tour starts, your guide will give you full attention. Once in the car, your guide will talk to you about all the things on the way as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you. You will be transferred by an A/C car to your hotel. Overnight in Al Ula. Day 2: Madain Saleh – Elephant Rock Start your tour visiting the Hegra, also known as Madain Saleh , or Al-Ḥijr is an archaeological site located in the area of AlUla within Al Madinah Region in the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. A majority of the remains date from the Nabatean kingdom. The site constitutes the kingdom’s southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, its capital. Then enjoy Elephant Rock,This spectacular rock formation resembles an elephant with its trunk touching the ground, is one of AlUla’s geomorphological wonders became one of AlUla iconic landmarks. Elephant Rock, also known as Jabal AlFil, one of AlUla’s many geological marvels. Overnight in AlUla. Day 3: Jabal Ikmah & Dadan Tour Start your tour visit Jabal Ikmah, An open air library across AlUla’s Valley, lie thousands of inscriptions in Aramaic, Dadanitic, Thamudic, Minaic and Nabataean, features one of the oldest inscriptions of the Islamic era dating back to 24AH (644 CE). Thousands of pre-Arabic inscriptions across numerous sites make AlUla an important location in studying the Arabic language. A mountain north of the AlUla Valley, AlAqra’a, features more than 450 early Arabic inscriptions. Naqsh Zuhayr, to the east, features one of the oldest inscriptions of the Islamic era — dating back to 24AH (644 CE). But no such site is more significant than Jabal Ikmah, home to the highest concentration of and most varied inscriptions in AlUla. In a beautiful desert landscape warmed by the sun, the largest “open library” in Saudi Arabia sits tucked away in a remote canyon valley. Dadan was a caravan way station for many peoples, and one of the clues that AlUla was truly a crossroads of civilisations is Jabal Ikmah, which was visited by those wishing to leave their inscriptions and offerings en route through AlUla. Records kept here — in the form of hundreds of inscriptions and carvings lining the cliff faces and rocks — ensured that Jabal Ikmah would be remembered throughout the ages. A visit to this magnificent site, with its inscriptions thought to date as far back as the 1st millennium BCE, is a glimpse into the past. Travel back to Riyadh. Note: sightseeing tours on Herga and Dadan & Ikmah will be sharing with a local tour guide and a small local group.

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4.6
(5 reviews)

A Captivating Journey Through Hegra, Dadan, and Ikmah: An Unforgettable Tour I recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on the Hegra, Dadan, and Ikmah Highlights Tour, and I must say it was an extraordinary adventure that exceeded all my expectations. This review aims to highlight the magnificent aspects of each site and convey just how captivating this experience truly was. The explanations shed light on the daily life and cultural interactions that took place within these walls centuries ago. Ikmah's blend of Nabatean and Roman influences, coupled with its outstanding preservation, makes it a gem that should not be missed on any traveler's itinerary. Throughout the tour, the attention to detail, the professionalism of the tour leader, and the seamless organization of the itinerary were remarkable. each site made the experience truly memorable. Moreover, the tour's small group size ensured an intimate and personalized journey, allowing for deeper connections with the desti

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Very responsive customer service from Ramasside Tours, and as advertised we were able to customize our transfers and make the tour suitable for young children. The only downside is that the price point is way off from other semi-private tours we have done elsewhere in the world, but this appears to be the price point set by the AlUla Royal Commission for tourism rather than the individual tour guide. The section of the tour where we join a coaster bus (with up to 40 other tourists) should be nowhere near this price. We did a lot of research, and it seems all tour operators only offer this option because of the local set up, so this is not the fault of the individual tour operator, but it’s still way off market. Overall, a great tour and comparable in price to other tours we saw.

The tour was fantastic. Safe, friendly and educational! We were picked up at the arranged hour. We met Mohamed , a really charismatic guy who led us through the city and the time! He is a really kind and efficient guy with knowledge - he answered any question asked by the group! Great "storyteller"!! Fully recommended 😊

Very special day, beautiful experience with very nice tour guides, friendly knowledgeable people, happy to help, very special place to visit, highly recommended

The tour includes in a very intense full day all the attractions of Al Ula which are extraordinary