AlUla Old Town Tour

AlUla Old Town Tour

Get a glimpse into AlUla’s not-so-distant past on the AlUla Old Town Tour. A Rawi (guide) will lead you through AlUla Old Town, where pilgrims, travellers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages. Inhabited from before the 12th century up until the early 1980s, AlUla Old Town offers researchers unique oral histories and living memory that the area’s other heritage sites cannot.

With 900 houses, 500 shops and 5 town squares, you can explore a maze of remnants of original stone and mudbrick buildings and enjoy views of an AlUla Castle dating back to the 10th century. Guest will learn about Old Town’s settlers and pilgrims, as well as their motives and methods in the city’s construction.

Find more tour and transportation details below.

Summer Tour Schedule

June 6 - SEPTEMBER 5

  • Sunday - Saturday, 3 tours will be available for booking each day.

Tour Times:
  • 9:00 AM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 5:30 PM
Tour details
  • Please allow up to 90 minutes for the AlUla Old Town Tour.
  • Tours run daily from 9:00 AM - 6:30 pm.

Tip: Visitors can download the Experience AlUla app for an immersive 360 location-specific digital guide.
Helpful tips
  • Arrive at the Winter Park - if driving, park your car free of charge at the designated area near the entrance. Our staff will guide you to the meeting point to join the shuttle bus to AlUla Old Town.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time to allow time for transportation.
  • Book your tickets in advance and have your e-ticket ready when you arrive to check-in.
  • Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
  • AlUla Old Town Tour is a walking tour, so we recommend that you wear comfortable footwear.
  • AlUla Old Town is an open site and exposed to the elements. We encourage you to take responsibility for your health and safety and stay hydrated.
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.
Refunds & Rebooking
  • We will gladly refund the ticket price of cancelled experiences up to 3 days before the scheduled tour. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund credit card fees.
  • Experiences cancelled within 1–3 days before your tour may be rebooked if timeslots are available but are not eligible for a refund.
  • We are unable to refund or rebook experiences cancelled on the day of the scheduled tour.

 
AlUla Old Town

ALULA OLD TOWN IS WHERE PILGRIMS, TRAVELLERS, AND PERMANENT SETTLERS CONGREGATED THROUGHOUT THE AGES.

GETTING TO ALULA OLD TOWN


Your journey starts at the Winter Park where you board the air-conditioned coach to transfer you to AlUla Old Town.

Arrive at Winter Park 30 minutes before your tour start time to allow time for transportation. Parking is available at Winter Park free of charge at the designated area near the entrance.

Stop by the visitor centre and pick up your guide and map. Enjoy a variety of food and snacks at the food trucks available at Winter Park.

HOW WILL YOU GET AROUND ALULA OLD TOWN?


Once your bus from Winter Park arrives at AlUla Old Town, you will be guided to the Welcome Centre, where you will be greeted by a Rawi and offered complimentary Arabic coffee, local dates, and water.

At one of the town’s mosques, your Rawi will highlight the interesting elements of the architecture and design, before leading you up to the roof for a photo of the mudbrick village and the surrounding oasis, framed by the majestic rocky outcrops.

Next stop, Tantora Plaza. Centred around a sundial that was used as a marker for the beginning of the winter planting season, the Tantora Sundial was a pivotal tool for AlUla Old Town residents, dictating agricultural milestones and water management processes.
Tantora Plaza

Climbing up the steps to the AlUla Castle you will have an opportunity to hear all about the significance of this citadel, which was built in the 10th century. It is one of the best places for panoramic views of AlUla, so here you will have the chance to enjoy the view, take some photos, and discover the history of the iconic building.

As your tour comes to an end, you can take the coach back to Winter Park, or make your way to the west side of the AlUla Old Town to check out the Handicraft Pavillion.

The new handicraft pavilion at AlUla Old Town will provide an insight into the crafts and arts practised by the residents of the town over generations. Focusing on the palm frond weaving, demonstrations by local artisans and examples of the products they made will provide visitors with an interactive and interesting add-on to their tour.

AlUla Fort

"Path of Poets"

Get a glimpse of the live immersion show - that took place in AlUla Old Town.

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AlUla Old Town Experiences

AlUla Old Town Tour 1 Hour Tour

Take a tour with a Rawi (guide) through AlUla Old Town where pilgrims, travellers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages.

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Oasis Trail 2 Hour Trail

Weave your way through the beautiful AlUla Oasis, at your own pace. This 2 hour tour is self-guided and at your leisure.

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AlUla Old Town Market Shopping & Dining

Stroll through the outdoor market and shop local artisans, traditional crafts and cafes.

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While in AlUla Old Town enjoy coffee, cakes, sandwiches or fresh dates at one of the many cafes. If you are looking for a more formal setting, dine at Suhail and enjoy dishes inspired by old Arabian Peninsula spices and time-honoured traditions.

AlUla Old Town Dining Options

Suhail Old Town

A high-end Saudi Arabian dining concept serving dishes inspired by old Arabian Peninsula spices and time-honoured traditions, matched with a modern twist and exemplary service.

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One O’ One Burger

Often claimed by customers to serve the best burger in Saudi Arabia, One O' One now opens its first new site in AlUla's Old Town Square.

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Merkaz

Serving a selection of traditional Saudi plates. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a selection of traditional sweets and hot drinks.

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Rahba café

Offering breakfast, and lunch at this casual outdoor dining option in AlUla Old Town.

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AlNakheel Café – Old Town

A relaxed and casual dining venue, Palm Garden is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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All Tours and Experiences

Hidden Valley Hike 1.5 Hour Experience

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

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Hegra Tour 2 Hour 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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Hegra Rock Art Trail 1.5 Hour Trail

Explore Hegra with a Rawi (guide) and learn the stories of the rock art found amongst the stone.

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Helicopter Tour 30 Minute Tour

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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AlUla Old Town Market Shopping & Dining

Stroll through the outdoor market and shop local artisans, traditional crafts and cafes.

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Alula Old Town Tour 1 Hour Tour

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

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Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour 2 Hour 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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Oasis Trail 2 Hour Trail

Weave your way through the beautiful AlUla Oasis. This 2-hour tour is self-guided.

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Elephant Rock Visit 2 Hour Experience

Take a seat in our comfortable and stylish sunken seating, sit back and enjoy the view of our most famous geological formation Elephant Rock as she looms large over you.

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Stargazing 4 Hour Experience

AlUla is a fantastic place for stargazing. At AlGharameel, you can enjoy a traditional bedouin set-up, with an expert guide on hand to tell you about the stars and constellations, and how they relate to AlUla’s culture and history.

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Cycling Trail 2 Hour Experience

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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AlUla Oasis View Trail 3 Hour Experience

Operated by Jaddah Adventures. Hike up to Alfath mountain peak to catch an unforgettable view of AlUla oasis, with millions of palm trees below you.

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The Adventure Trail 3 - 4 Hour Guided Hike

Lace up your hiking shoes and hit the mountains for a half day journey led by an expert guide through the rocky terrain and deep pools of water.

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