Khaybar Heritage Tour

Nov 26, 2022 - Mar 19, 2023

The oasis of Khaybar is one of the oldest areas of human settlement in the Arabian Peninsula. Shrouded in mystery for millennia, Khaybar is now unlocking the secrets of prehistoric Saudi Arabia. A landscape shaped by millions of years of volcanic eruptions with a lush oasis at its centre, its historical legacy has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in shaping the world around us.

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Khaybar Heritage Tour
Explore the ancient oasis of Khaybar; tour the AlRawan Viewpoint and the interactive Welcome Centre, enjoy a self-guided walk or bike ride along the oasis trail surrounding AlNizar Fort, and discover the biodiverse Ain AlJammah & Hasat AlDabal. Immersive experiences within Khaybar help bring old stories back to life, with opportunities for dining and leisure also available during this day tour.

About this activity:
~ Groups of 20 or less
~ Live Tour Guide
~ Audio Guide Option Available
~ Transport from AlUla by luxury bus or private car is available

Highlights
  • Discover the picturesque views from AlRawan Viewpoint.
  • Explore the lush oasis trail that meanders through Hasat AlDabal and to Ain AlJammah.
  • Experience the unprecedented history of this oasis city.
Itinerary
Khaybar Heritage Tour Outline (Total time: 6 hours)
AlRawan Viewpoint (Duration: 1.5 hours)
11:30 am | 1:00 pm
Start at the Welcome Centre at the AlRawan Viewpoint. Check-in with the guide, discover the interactive displays and grab an audio guide. Walk to key spots around the viewpoint, learning about the history of Khaybar along the way. Return the audio guide.

Self-Guided Exploration (Duration: 4.5 hours)
1:00 pm | 2:30 pm
Enjoy some self-guided exploration around the oasis, on foot or by bicycle. Have lunch at Tayka, serving Saudi favourites with a contemporary twist. Use this free time to discover Khaybar from above on a helicopter tour or tethered hot air balloon ride.

Optional Activities
Helicopter Tours (excluding Tuesdays):
Hourly flights between 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tethered Hot Air Balloons: Flights every 15 minutes between 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Weekend Khaybar Drone Show (Thurs - Sat): 6:00 pm
What’s Included
Khaybar Heritage Tour
✓ Light snacks at the Bedouin Camp rest stop, if on your way
✓ Guided tour of Khaybar
✓ Arabic or English-speaking tour guide

Private Car Transfer From AlUla
✓ Everything included in the Khaybar Heritage Tour above
✓ Round-trip transport from AlUla in a luxury private car
✓ Hotel pick-up and drop off
✓ Light meal on the journey back

Khaybar Heritage Tour from AlUla by luxury bus
✓ Round-trip transport from AlUla in an air-conditioned luxury bus
✓ Light snacks at the Bedouin Camp rest stop
✓ Guided tour of Khaybar
✓ Arabic or English-speaking tour guide
✓ Light meal on the journey back

Weekends Only
✓ Weekend Drone Show
Meeting Point
Khaybar Heritage Tour
For tours starting directly in Khaybar, please arrive to the Welcome Centre at AlRawan Viewpoint at least 15 minutes before your tour is set to begin. Late arrivals will not be eligible for a refund.

*If you are travelling from AlUla, visitors are invited to stop at the traditional Bedouin Camp along the route to Khaybar. You must show your Khaybar Heritage Tour ticket to enjoy the Bedouin Camp.

Khaybar Heritage Tour from AlUla by Private Car
For tours starting from AlUla with transportation by private car, the car will pick you up at your hotel. To book a private car, you will first book a Khaybar Heritage Tour and then will see an option to add a private transfer. Please book your Khaybar Heritage Tour ticket and your private transfer on the same date.

Khaybar Heritage Tour from AlUla by Luxury Bus
For tours starting from AlUla with transportation by luxury bus, groups will meet at Winter Park Visitor Parking. Please arrive promptly at the meeting point, at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Late arrivals will not be eligible for a refund.
Key Information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes 
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • We strongly reccommend you bring a warm jacket, as this is an outdoor event and desert nights can get chilly.
  • All guests must bring their passport or Iqama for Day Trips outside of AlUla.

Know before you go
  • Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking
  • Due to the terrain of Khaybar, this touris not suitable for strollers
  • The total journey time from AlUla to Khaybar is around 3 hours each way

Experiences

AlRawan Viewpoint

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Ain AlJammah & Hasat AlDabal

The oases of Khaybar are bursting with a variety of flora and fauna, all thriving in its fertile environment, nourished by life-giving fresh water. The nurturing quality of the oasis and its vital role as a place of connection for the people of Khaybar can be seen in the local farms, which are still cared for today.

Additional Activities

8 Dec - 7 Feb Tethered Hot Air Balloons

Take a unique Tethered Hot Air Balloon ride in Khaybar, flying high enough to see Bronze Age traces of ancient stone structures, geometric shapes, and facades. These ancient monuments are an essential part of the city's historic heritage - only able to be seen from above. Flight times range from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

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26 Nov - 16 Dec, 24 Jan - 31 Mar Archaeology from the Air: Helicopter Tours

Soar through the Khaybar skies to see the traces of the monuments of ancient human habitation. Find complex animal traps known as ‘Desert Kites,’ long ‘funerary avenues’ of pendant-shaped tombs, and rectangular prehistoric monuments known as Mustatils, as well as the forts and castles in the Khaybar Oasis. Hourly flights are available from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

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26 Nov - 17 Dec Stories from the Skies: Drone Show

As darkness falls, experience an aerial wonder in this synchronised performance bringing together drones, visual effects, and narration to immerse audiences in the extraordinary legacies of Khaybar - from volcanic beginnings to recent discoveries rewriting the archaeological record.

Thurs - Sat: 6:00 pm, included with your Khaybar Heritage Tour ticket

Ticket & Transport Options

Khaybar Heritage Tour

Drive from AlUla, Khaybar or the surrounding areas, to experience the ancient history of Khaybar. Check-in at the Welcome Centre for a short brief before starting your tour. Visitors travelling from AlUla are invited to stop at the traditional Bedouin Camp halfway between AlUla and Khaybar.

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Khaybar Heritage Tour by Luxury Bus

Departing from AlUla, discover Khaybar's network of heritage sites that continue to fascinate archaeologists worldwide. Tour the AlRawan Viewpoint and enjoy a self-guided walk or bike ride along the oasis trail surrounding AlNizar Fort, Hasat AlDabal and Ain AlJammah.

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Takya

A magical mixture of culture and flavours, Takya’s menu combines the perfect selection of cuisines from every corner of Saudi Arabia. Putting a contemporary flair on famous dishes, find an inspired menu with options like Najdi Qrsan with Takya’s special bell pepper sauce. Located at AlRawan Viewpoint.

Ancient Kingdoms Experiences

3 Nov - 31 Dec Hegra After Dark

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra during this incredible after-dark experience. Tour the iconic monolithic Tomb of Lihyan son of Kuza and the natural mountain outcrop of Jabal Ithlib while immersing yourself in Nabataean Civilisation and awakening the senses.

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5 November - 21 March Hegra by Horse Carriage

Explore Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, as the ancient Nabataeans would have atop a handcrafted wooden horse carriage in this private tour.

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Starting from 11 November Incense Road

The pedestrian-friendly area of AlJadidah is being renovated to create an all-new Incense Road leisure and retail experience helping to connect AlUla Old Town to AlJadidah. Preserving the urban heritage of AlJadidah, visitors will find curated street art and public murals, along with new cafes and shops lining the roads.

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13 November - 31 March Tayma Heritage Tour

Uncover the rich history of Tayma, home to royalty and legendary personalities such as the last native Babylonian King. Now a central hub for archaeological excavation and discovery, Tayma is a cultural treasure that is continuously changing our understanding of the history of northwestern Arabia.

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18 November - 31 December Ikmah After Dark

Discover the ancient history of AlUla with an extraordinary after-dark tour of the rock art and inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah. Enjoy a night of hospitality as well as an immersive show about the Kingdoms that once ruled AlUla.

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26 November – 19 March Khaybar Heritage Tour

One of the oldest areas of human settlement in the Arabian Peninsula, shrouded in mystery for millennia, Khaybar is now unlocking the secrets of prehistoric Saudi Arabia. A landscape shaped by millions of years of volcanic eruptions with a lush oasis at its centre, its historical legacy has played a pivotal role in shaping the world around us.

Learn More

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15 Dec – 2 Apr Khaybar Volcano Camp

Open from 15 Dec - 2 Apr, Khaybar Volcano Camp is an exclusive getaway aimed at immersing guests in the region’s breathtaking volcanic landscapes. Open Thursdays - Sundays, relax on the compound’s scenic outdoor deck or discover the story-rich history of Khaybar.

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Coming Soon Cinema elHoush

AlUla’s arthouse cinema returns to AlJadidah - each week bringing a new theme featuring movies from different genres. Saudi first releases, world-class films, and old favourites will share the screen at this hub of cultural exchange. Stay tuned as we announce the upcoming schedule and exclusive live director Q&As.

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Upcoming Concerts in AlUla

23 December Majid Al Mohandis

Iraqi-Saudi singer and composer Majid Al Mohandis is coming to AlUla to perform an upbeat soundtrack of Arabic hits. Dubbed ‘the Engineer of Arabic song’ with a ‘Voice of a Diamond’, Al Mohandis is a well-known star in the Arabic music world, having won numerous awards and industry acclaim. Don’t miss out on his magical performance at the award-winning Maraya.

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30 Dec Mohamed Abdo

Mohamed Abdo, a Saudi singer who is renowned across the Middle East and Arab world, will perform live on 30 December. Widely described as "Artist of the Arabs”, Abdu’s artistic career spans over 50 years, with numerous awards and accolades – including two certificates from the Guinness Book of World Records. Don’t miss this legendary artist when he performs at the award-winning Maraya.

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6 Jan A-List Regional Artist

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13 Jan A-List Regional Artist

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21 Jan A-List Regional Artist

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Winter at Tantora Festival Events

9 & 10 - 16 & 17 December AlUla Fresh Food Market

Celebrate and partake in the rich traditions of AlUla's harvest season through farmers' markets, cultural workshops, and live cooking demonstrations and entertainment during the vibrant AlUla Slow Food Market this December.

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21 - 24 Dec Tantora Celebration

The locals of AlUla have been celebrating the “Tantora” for generations. The Tantora itself is a sundial used by the locals to mark the beginning of the winter planting season, a perfect way to start the celebrations of Winter at Tantora.
 

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22 Dec - 21 Jan Heritage Oasis Trail

Walk the length of the Heritage Oasis Trail, from Dadan all the way to the centre of the AlUla Oasis, on this one-of-a-kind guided tour. Learn about the mudbricks that create the ancient walls lining the trail and see the lush farms being restored to their former glory.
 

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2 Dec - 31 Mar (Fri- Sat only) Eco-Gardening

Great strides are being made to restore the lush AlUla Oasis to the verdant valley it once was. Using new techniques alongside generations of knowledge, Eco-Gardening aims to raise awareness about sustainability in order to preserve AlUla’s natural resources.

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Hot Air Balloons in AlUla & Khaybar

Offering a bird’s-eye view of the otherworldly landscapes of AlUla and Khaybar, this hot air balloon experience is an absolute must when visiting the region. The diverse colours and vistas of the tethered and untethered flights will make for beautiful photographs and unforgettable memories.

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8 Dec - 7 Feb Khaybar Hot Air Balloons

In a never-been-done-before experience, hot air balloons are coming to Khaybar. Offering a bird’s-eye view of this impressive landscape, some of the most important archaeological marvels of Khaybar are only able to be seen from above. 

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22 Dec - 23 Dec From the Balcony to AlUla

Live music as you’ve never seen it before - looking upwards. Giving a unique second-floor stage to The Saudi National Music Band, From the Balcony to AlUla will have traditional cultural music spouting from the rooftops of AlJadidah.

 

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22 Dec - 21 Jan Five Senses Sanctuary

Wellness interweaves into Winter at Tantora this year with an extension of the Five Senses Sanctuary. Various yoga classes will be offered at the same beautiful indoor and outdoor pavilions - with two daily women-only dedicated classes.

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22 Dec - Jan 7 Flavours of AlUla

AlUla’s first-ever food festival, walk the open-air aisle of food stalls and kiosks lining the AlUla Oasis. This culinary showcase features traditional regional cuisines and international flair in a melting pot of flavour and farm-fresh ingredients.

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23 Dec - 23 Mar Ashar Valley Fashion

The striking rock formations and soft sand dunes of Ashar Valley will be the site of an all-new series of exciting luxury retail pop-ups. Sure to delight, the high-end brands coming to this unique concept will be announced soon.

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6 - 7 Jan & 13 - 14 Jan AlUla Citrus Festival

Celebrate all things citrus and explore the oasis farms bursting with bright flavours and fragrant perfumes. The AlUla Citrus Festival celebrates citrus in all of its forms and the farmers and producers that care for these magnificent trees.

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12 Jan - 21 Jan Homegrown Market

This curated lifestyle concept market showcases local and regional designers in a unique, high-end pop-up exhibition. Rotating curators, designers and artists, each collection will have pieces inspired by AlUla in this one-of-a-kind shopping experience in AlJadidah.

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Dates to be announced AlUla Fashion Show

The AlUla Fashion Show returns with a celebrated international fashion house collaborating to create a runway show inspired by the beauty and heritage of AlUla. Before the show, guests are invited to a dazzling mocktail hour inspired by the desert landscapes and one-of-a-kind outfits will be on sale after the show. Fashion house to be revealed soon.

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Experiences Not To Miss

3 November - 31 December Hegra After Dark

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra during this incredible three-part after-dark experience. Immerse yourself in ancient Nabataean Civilisation. Awaken the senses, explore Hegra by chariot, and watch an immersive show.

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5 November - 21 March Hegra by Horse Carriage

Explore Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, as the ancient Nabataeans would have atop a handcrafted wooden horse carriage in this private tour.

Learn More

Book Now

Starting from 11 November Incense Road

The pedestrian-friendly area of AlJadidah is being renovated to create an all-new Incense Road leisure and retail experience helping to connect AlUla Old Town to AlJadidah. Preserving the urban heritage of AlJadidah, visitors will find curated street art and public murals, along with new cafes and shops lining the roads.
 

Learn More

13 November - 18 March Tayma Heritage Tour

Uncover the rich history of Tayma, home to royalty and legendary personalities such as the last native Babylonian King. Now a central hub for archaeological excavation and discovery, Tayma is a cultural treasure that is continuously changing our understanding of the history of northwestern Arabia.

Learn More

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15 Nov – 16 May Silkscreen Studio

Free and open to the general public, families, and kids of all ages, learn about this unique style of art made famous by Andy Warhol. Visitors will create handmade silkscreen printed artworks in the pop art style at the new Madrasat Addeera Silkscreen Studio.

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18 November – 31 December Ikmah After Dark

Discover the ancient history of AlUla with an extraordinary after-dark tour of the rock art and inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah. Enjoy a night of hospitality as well as an immersive show about the Kingdoms that once ruled AlUla.

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20 Nov – 18 Dec Watch the World Cup

As football takes over the world, AlUla will host fan zones screening live matches for the World Cup in fan zones across the city from 20 Nov to 18 Dec. Free and open to all, there’s something for everyone at these World Cup fan zones.

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Open from 22 Nov AlUla Music Hub

Located in the bustling Arts and Culture District of AlJadidah, the AlUla Music Hub offers twice weekly live music performances and music classes for all ages.

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26 November - 19 March Khaybar Heritage Tour

One of the oldest areas of human settlement in the Arabian Peninsula, shrouded in mystery for millennia, Khaybar is now unlocking the secrets of prehistoric Saudi Arabia. A landscape shaped by millions of years of volcanic eruptions with a lush oasis at its centre, its historical legacy has played a pivotal role in shaping the world around us.

Learn More

Book Now

9 & 10 - 16 & 17 December AlUla Fresh Food Market

Celebrate and partake in the rich traditions of AlUla's harvest season through farmers' markets, cultural workshops, and live cooking demonstrations and entertainment during the vibrant AlUla Slow Food Market this December.

More Information Coming Soon

15 December - 2 Apr Khaybar Volcano Camp

Open from 15 Dec - 2 Apr, Khaybar Volcano Camp is an exclusive getaway aimed at immersing guests in the region’s breathtaking volcanic landscapes. Open Thursdays - Sundays, relax on the compound’s scenic outdoor deck or discover the story-rich history of Khaybar.

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22 Dec - 21 Jan Winter at Tantora

The highly anticipated Winter at Tantora, the very first music and culture festival in the Kingdom, returns for its fourth edition. Featuring intimate concerts with world-renowned musicians and hosts multiple events across heritage, gastronomy and more, experience the best of AlUla.

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22 December Flavours of AlUla

Introducing Winter at Tantora’s newest event: Flavours of AlUla - the first ever food festival in AlUla. Creating a unique and immersive culinary journey that showcases traditional local and regional cuisine merged with international flavours, follow the flavours and celebrate AlUla’s rich food culture.

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30 & 31 Dec, 3 & 4 Feb, 3 & 4 Mar Oasis Farming Experience

Learn about the sustainable farming practices of AlUla in this hands-on workshop, set in the heart of the AlUla Oasis. Use your skills to contribute to the restoration of the AlUla Oasis by planting new seeds and seedlings.

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6 - 7 Jan & 13 - 14 Jan AlUla Citrus Festival

In its second edition, the AlUla Citrus Festival celebrates citrus in all its forms over two festive weekends filled with tasty treats, homemade goods, performances, art and more.

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Until 19 March The Resonant Shell

The Resonant Shell is a new immersive art installation by artists Nathalie Harb and Youmna Saba. A deeply transformative experience, visitors can enter an accoustically isolated space and sit in a meditative silence, temporarily escaping from the outside world. 

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Until 28 January AlUla on Wheels

Inspired by feel-good nostalgia, Good Intentions presents AlUla on Wheels, curated by Swizz Beatz. Don’t miss out on skating, dancing, and exploring this old-school, open-air roller rink in the heart of AlJadidah. Glide under the stars as you groove to some of the world’s freshest music.

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Until March 2023 Madrasat Addeera Workshops

Discover the traditional arts and crafts of AlUla through Madrasat Addeera. Free weekly workshops are offered by The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts on a wide variety of topics; all ages and skill levels are welcome.

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Coming Soon Cinema ElHoush

AlUla’s arthouse cinema returns to AlJadidah - each week bringing a new theme featuring movies from different genres. Saudi first releases, world-class films, and old favourites will share the screen at this hub of cultural exchange. Stay tuned as we announce the upcoming schedule and exclusive live director Q&As.

Learn More

Dates to be announced AlUla Fashion Show

The AlUla Fashion Show returns with a celebrated international fashion house collaborating to create a runway show inspired by the beauty and heritage of AlUla. Before the show, guests are invited to a dazzling mocktail hour inspired by the desert landscapes and one-of-a-kind outfits will be on sale after the show. Fashion house to be revealed soon.

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17 Feb – 16 May FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla

FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla brings together some of Warhol’s most iconic artworks at the award-winning Maraya from 17 February to 16 May, 2023, featuring paintings and prints of Hollywood stars, sporting legends and musicians and his groundbreaking Silver Clouds.

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