AlUla full-day tour with Elephant Rock
Excursions & day trips

AlUla full-day tour with Elephant Rock

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£337.00
Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 6 hours to 7 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit Madain Saleh is an oustanding Archaeological site example of the Nabataeans'architectural accomplishment
  • Find out why Hijaz railway station built in 1900 became Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire the stunning elephant rock is the rock formation resembles an elephant with its truck touching the ground
  • Discover the thousand of various Arabic inscriptions through Jabel Ikmah is an open-air library
What to expect

Begin the day with the pick-up at your hotel in AlUla city. Your informative guide-driver will be at your service throughout the trip. Starting with the Archaeological Site of Hegra as known as Madain Saleh or Al-Ḥijr located in the area of AlUla within Al Madinah Region in the Hejaz. The site constitutes the kingdom’s southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, its capital. This site is an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.

Next visit to Hijaz Railway Station is the place of journey and exploration so long. Hijaz Railway station construction began in 1900 and reached Madinah in 1908, finally opened in Damascus in 1913. The full 1300-kilometer railway planned was never completed as a result of World War I. The site dates back to the Nabataean civilization and is spectacular. It's the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saudi Arabia.

Then admire the Elephant Rock as known as Jabal AlFil is the one of AlUla’s geomorphological wonders became one of AlUla iconic landmarks. This spectacular rock formation resembles an elephant with its trunk touching the ground.

Continue to visit Jabal Ikmah, an open-air library across AlUla’s Valley, lie thousands of inscriptions in Aramaic, Dadanitic, Thamudic, Minaic and Nabataean, features one of the oldest inscriptions of the Islamic era dating back to 24AH (644 CE). Thousands of pre-Arabic inscriptios across numerous sites make AlUla an important location in studying the Arabic language. A mountain north of the AlUla Valley, features more than 450 early Arabic inscriptions. Naqsh Zuhayr, to the east, features one of the oldest inscriptions of the Islamic era but no such site is more significant than Jabal Ikmah, home to the highest concentration of and most varied inscriptions in AlUla. In a beautiful desert landscape warmed by the sun, the largest “open library” in Saudi Arabia sits tucked away in a remote canyon valley.

Dadan was a caravan way station for many people, and one of the clues that AlUla was truly a crossroads of civilisations is Jabal Ikmah, which was visited by those wishing to leave their inscriptions and offerings en route through AlUla. Records kept here — in the form of hundreds of inscriptions and carvings lining the cliff faces and rocks — ensured that Jabal Ikmah would be remembered throughout the ages. A visit to this magnificent site, with its inscriptions thought to date as far back as the 1st millennium BCE, is a glimpse into the past.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Entrance fees
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Driver guide
    What's not included
    • Tips (optional)
    Where
    Meeting point:
    Pick up from your hotel in AlUla. You will indicate your pick-up location at checkout and confirm your pick-up time and location directly to the local operator
    What to remember
    • Please carry your passport when you go on tours in Saudi Arabia in case the passport or visa needs to be presented
    • Meet your tour leader or driver holding a signboard with your name on it at your hotel stay

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    Provider
    Saudi Arabia tours
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the experience begins.

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