Winter at Tantora

Winter at Tantora

22 Dec - 21 Jan

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Celebrate Culture, Art and Music

The highly anticipated Winter at Tantora, the very first music and culture festival in the Kingdom, returns for its fourth edition from 22 December until 21 January.

The name itself comes from a sundial, culturally significant to the people of the region, who relied on it to tell the time and celebrate the return of the planting season at the beginning of winter. Now, this festive season is filled with high-end events, star-studded concerts, adventurous activities and historical heritage.

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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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Weekends at Winter at Tantora

See our Top 10 Lists for each weekend during the highly anticipated 4th edition of Winter at Tantora. Featuring hot air balloons, all things citrus, A-List musicians at Maraya, and more - plan your weekends to experience the best of AlUla.

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Exclusive Dining for Winter at Tantora

After new restaurants opening in AlUla? The mountainous desert escape has an exciting dining scene. Now more than ever, there are many big-name brands coming to town on top of cool local spots opening in the AlUla Oasis and trendy cafés popping up in AlJadidah.  Learn More

Dining at Winter at Tantora

After new restaurants opening in AlUla? The mountainous desert escape has an exciting dining scene. Now more than ever, there are many big-name brands coming to town on top of cool local spots opening in the AlUla Oasis and trendy cafés popping up in AlJadidah.

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MAMZEL

From the beaches of Marbella to the hidden canyons of AlUla, MAMZEL shares the vibrant atmosphere of Spain with all who visit this secret hideout. With an inspired international menu and lively music, MAMZEL is the ultimate place to visit for dinner during Winter at Tantora.

Opening Mid-Dec 2022

AWNA

Set against the carvings of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra, at AWNA, world-class chefs will offer a candlelit culinary experience inspired by the Nabataeans, bringing visitors one step closer to imagining life in this vibrant ancient kingdom.

Opening Mid-Dec 2022

Concerts

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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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.

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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 - 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Khaybar Volcano Camp

The nature reserve of Harrat Khaybar is an ancient volcanic landscape in one of the most spectacular locations on earth. Here, some of the earliest creations of ancient Arabia continue to be rediscovered on a monumental scale - and today hosts Khaybar Volcano Camp. With this first-of-its-kind experience, guests experience the extraordinary by day and the otherworldly by night.

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Hegra After Dark

Hegra After Dark

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra during this incredible two-part after-dark experience. Immerse yourself into this ancient Nabatean civilization: awaken your senses with a beautiful candle-light display across ancient tombs, and then finish it up with exploring the expansive landscape of Hegra by chariot.

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Ikmah After Dark

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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Khaybar Hot Air Balloons

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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Abseil

Abseil

Experience the thrilling adventure of abseiling down AlUla’s magnificent mountain landscapes. Feel the adrenaline rush as you descend downward and embark on this outdoor journey of a lifetime.

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Tayma Heritage Tour

Tayma Heritage Tour

Tayma’s story is one of legacy, power, and legend. A destination with an outstanding history of ancient cultures, today’s travellers can journey along the famed Incense Road to reach Tayma – the land of the last Babylonian King and other extraordinary figures embedded into the region’s steep history.

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Khaybar Heritage Tour

Khaybar Heritage Tour

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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Adventure Trail in AlUla

Adventure Trail in AlUla

The Adventure Trail is an 8 km long historical treasure trove with clusters of pictographs that are two-thousand years old along the trail.

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AlUla Buggy Tours

AlUla Buggy Tours

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling buggy ride over the rugged dunes and through the stunning sandstone mountains of AlUla!

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AlUla Canyon Hike

AlUla Canyon Hike

Adventure seekers will love Husaak’s AlUla Canyon Hike. Hike 12 km through one of the region’s historic canyons on this 4-hour adventure.

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AlUla Old Town Tour

AlUla Old Town Tour

Tour on your own or guided by a Rawi through AlUla Old Town, where pilgrims, travelers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages.

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AlUla Zipline

AlUla Zipline

Discover the magnificent desert from canyons high above and test your adventurous side at the AlUla Zipline. Whether it's the racing speed or gorgeous mountain views, get ready to take your breath away.

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Cycling Trail

Cycling Trail

Follow the pack leader on a leisurely bike ride crossing through the sand dunes and surrounded by AlUla’s unique landscapes.

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Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour

Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour

Start your journey through time at Dadan, the ancient Kingdom of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilisations. Next, take a 10-minute drive to Jabal Ikmah situated in a stunning desert canyon.

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Dadan Vintage Land Rover Day Tour

Dadan Vintage Land Rover Day Tour

Explore the ancient capital city of Dadan and examine tombs, excavation sites and thousands of early Arabic inscriptions on the Vintage Land Rover Dadan Tour.

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Hegra by Horse Carriage

Hegra by Horse Carriage

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

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Hegra Tour

Hegra Tour

Visit Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest preserved site of the Nabataean civilisation south of Petra.

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Helicopter Tour of AlUla

Helicopter Tour of AlUla

Take to the skies to experience the breath-taking views of stunning desert vistas and iconic landmarks such as Elephant Rock and World UNESCO site, Hegra. View the world from a new angle and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Heritage Oasis Trail

Heritage Oasis Trail

The picture-perfect, lush AlUla Oasis captures the beauty and the heritage of AlUla. Take a stroll under towering date palms and smell the cool freshness of the earth on the Heritage Oasis Trail. Meander through remnants of mudbrick houses, local farms and ancient city walls. Sit with locals, sip on Arabic coffee or fresh orange juice and take your time to enjoy the slow pace of what makes the AlUla Oasis so special.

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AlUla Hidden Valley Hike

AlUla Hidden Valley Hike

Take to the desert and the tranquil ambience that surrounds you on the 4km walk.

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Madakheel Hike

Madakheel Hike

A shorter version of Husaak's Twisted Maze Hike, the Madakheel Canyon Hike packs just as much adventure into this extreme canyoning experience!

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The Ridge Walk Hike

The Ridge Walk Hike

The Ridge Walk Hike is an easy hiking experience that will fully immerse you in the desert environment, marked by awe-inspiring views of AlUla’s stunning landscape.

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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Take adventure to the next level with rock climbing on the spectacular rocks of AlUla. Enjoy this fun adventure sport while taking in nature’s beauty.

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Stargazing at Gharameel

Stargazing at Gharameel

Experience the enchantment of desert with stargazing led by Husaak’s star guide. Surrounded by Gharameel’s mystical rock formations you will look up to a blanket of stars and enjoy a traditional grilled dinner alfresco.

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Twisted Maze Hike

Twisted Maze Hike

Are you up for a challenge? Hike, climb and swim your way through some of AlUla’s more rugged landscapes on the Twisted Maze Hike.

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Via Ferrata & Canyon Hammock

Via Ferrata & Canyon Hammock

Zigzag your way across the canyon, suspended in a harness, completing aerial challenges and manoeuvring through floating obstacles. Via Ferrata is a spectacular journey enabling non-climbers to experience the world of mountaineering!

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Vintage Land Rover Hegra Day Tour

Vintage Land Rover Hegra Day Tour

Take in the stunning craftsmanship of the ancient Nabataeans at Hegra, Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the expansive area in a vintage Land Rover, cruising from carved tombs to secret ceremonial chambers.

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