Hegra Tour

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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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Hegra Tour

The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, is undoubtedly one of the most iconic sites within AlUla. We've redesigned our Hegra Tour to give you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy this magical and monumental site at your own pace.

On this re-imagined tour, air-conditioned luxury coach buses will follow a comprehensive route around the clock, stopping at the five main points of interest at Hegra. While on the bus, you can enjoy an audio experience providing information on the upcoming stop. At each stop, there will also be a Rawi and a Ranger offering guidance and more information. With buses leaving each point every 20 minutes on a circular route around the site, you are able to tailor your own journey. Hybrid bikes are also available at the coach bus stops, so you can enjoy cycling or use the bus to get around each of the the stops. Soak in the magnificence of the scenery or capture the perfect picture on your own time. 

Your journey starts at the south gate entrance of Winter Park, where luxury air-conditioned coach buses will take you to Hegra to start your tour along a route of five key points of interest at Hegra: Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza, Jabal AlBanat, Jabal Ithlib, Handcraft Pavilion, and Jabal AlAhmar. Winter Park also has a variety of food trucks to get you fuelled up for the tour.

What You Will See

Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza

The tour's first stop is the monolithic Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza, Hegra's largest tomb, measuring about 72 feet tall. Left unfinished, with rough, unsmoothed chisel marks skirting its lower third, it is at times referred to as Qasr al-Farid by the locals, meaning the "Lonely Castle" in English, because of its distant position in relation to the other tombs.

Jabal AlBanat

The next stop is Jabal AlBanat, one of the largest clusters of tombs in Hegra, with 29 tombs that have skillfully carved facades on all sides of the sandstone rock. The name of the outcrop Jabal AlBanat refers to the number of tombs owned or commissioned by or for women. Many include inscriptions to protect the tomb, threatening punishment to whoever disturbs them or their contents.

Jabal Ithlib

Next, at Jabal Ithlib, a natural mountain outcrop to the east of Hegra, hone your knowledge of the inner workings of Nabataean society, from how they built their settlements to how they practised their religion. Travel through The Siq, a natural narrow passageway through the mountains, perfect for a photo. Peek inside The Diwan, a rock-cut chamber that was once a venue for sumptuous banquets and a meeting room for the city's leaders.

Handcraft Pavilion

The Handcraft Pavilion is home to beautiful handmade goods and local specialities. Rest your feet and admire the artistry of the region, passed down for thousands of years.

Jabal AlAhmar

Continue your journey of discovery at Jabal AlAhmar, home to 18 tombs, some of which have been recently excavated. The name refers to the unique red colour of the rock.

Please note: further to maintenance and excavation work, some sites at Hegra might be closed during your visit.

Tour Schedule
Tours are offered daily at the following times  (15 Jul 2022 – 21 Mar 2023):
(15 Jul - 30 Sep): Daily at 08:00 am, 09:00 am and 05:00 pm.
(1st Oct - 21 Mar): Tours available daily at 08:00 am, 09:00 am, 10:00 am , 02:00 pm , 03:00 pm and 04:00 pm.

This experience is available year-round. The updated schedule for 22 March 2023 onwards will be coming soon.
 
Key Information
  • Duration: This is tour is designed to be at your own pace. Buses will wait at each stop for 5 minutes, with buses arriving at each stop every 20 minutes. The total travel time of the buses between all 5 stops is 50 minutes. Hybrid bikes are also available at the coach bus stops, so you can enjoy cycling or use the bus to get around each of the the stops.
  • Meeting location: Winter Park; Please arrive one hour before your tour start time. Buses will depart 45 minutes before your tour start time. Missed your bus? See the Visitor Centre for information on the next bus departure.
  • Parking: Complimentary at Winter Park

Please note:
  • Tawakkalna app status (Immune) must be presented to allow access to the venue, and tickets must be presented for scanning. Please bring your Passport/Iqama for check-in.
  • Hegra is an open expansive area and exposed to the elements, we encourage you to take responsibility for your health and safety and stay hydrated.
  • Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

Recommended Attire:
  • Both men and women are encouraged to dress modestly in public and avoid tight-fitting clothing.
  • Women should cover their shoulders and knees in public, but do not need to wear traditional clothing.

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Plan Your Trip To AlUla

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Saudia Airlines and flydubai fly into and out of AlUla International Airport (ULH). The newly renovated airport is located just 35 km (a 30-minute drive) from the city centre.

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Where to Eat

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Where to Stay

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COVID-19 Information

We strive to make your visit to this amazing destination as safe as possible.

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