Start your journey through time at Dadan, the ancient kingdom of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilisations, which was developed in the 9th century BCE. An active archaeological site, you can learn about the treasures uncovered from excavations and scour the rock faces for the famous Lion Tombs (tombs marked by lion sculptures, which indicate the resting place of elite members of society). Next, take the 10-minute drive to Jabal Ikmah. Situated in a stunning desert canyon, this ‘open-air library’ has an impressive collection of inscriptions, mostly dating to the Dadanite and Lihyanite Kingdoms of the 1st millennium BCE.
Stop for a bite to eat at Winter Park. Choose a hearty snack from one of the food trucks and refuel while soaking up the picturesque scenery.
Set off for UNESCO World Heritage Site Hegra. The second largest settlement of the Nabataeans after Petra, this world wonder has over 100 well-preserved tombs, 94 of which have elaborate carved facades. Plus, there are a number of interactive experiences to take part in that bring the story of Hegra to life. Make your final stop AlUla Old Town, which is less than a 30-minute drive away. Explore its maze of 900 tiny houses and shops that date to the beginning of the Islamic Period. Wander the shaded streets and see how communities once lived. In the evening, you can sit down to dinner in one of the two restaurants in AlUla Old Town. Each serves local cuisine, with entertainment and music for an authentic ambience.