In the northwest of Saudi Arabia lies a bounty of fascinating archaeological sites. This half-day tour focuses on one such historical treasure: the Old Town of Al-Ula.
This circa-12th-century citadel was built in the narrowest part of the Al-Ula valley, on the original pilgrimage route to Mecca. Its tightly huddled homes of mud and stone – now empty – are connected by narrow, atmospheric passages. Today, the Old Town is preserved as a historical site, offering intriguing insight into the people and architecture of centuries past.
The site comprises more than 1,000 buildings, many of which are adjoined, helping to fortify the citadel. Within its walls are the remains of houses, shops, four town squares and a historic mosque, all overlooked by the sixth-century castle of Musa Bin Nusayr.
During your visit, enjoy a talk on the historical importance of the Al-Ula Old Town, and meet authentic local traders. The half-day tour also includes a walk through nearby plantations of aromatic citrus fruits. Quenched by the Al-Ula oasis, citrus groves have served as an important crop here for millennia.
Additional notes about the tour
Please note: your tour guide will collect you and drive you to the experience location. Typically, this experience will take around two to four hours and water will be provided.