Mada’in Saleh is a Unesco world heritage site and considered to be one of the world’s most fascinating sites for antiquities. It contains numerous tombs carved into the rock with highly decorative facades. The Nabatean inscriptions are a combination of Assyrian imprints (seen on the balcony carving on the upper parts of the graves), Egyptian embellishments and Greek stylisation on the remaining part of the facade. Most of the graves contain inscriptions above their entrances which state the name of the person buried there and the names of the people entitled to be buried there. They also give the date of the carving, the name of the carver and other important information.
Riyadh – Al Ula Trip Fly direct from Riyadh to Al Ula Thursday 13:40pm: Depart from Riyadh 15:25pm: Arrival to Al Ula airport Stop at Al Ula Museum or visit a local balm tree farm, then hotel check-in and dinnerFriday 8:00am: Breakfast 9:00am: Morning tour stopping at Al Ula Old Town, Musa bin Nusair Fort, Lion tombs4:00 pm: Begin afternoon tour stopping at Ekmaa Mountain Lahyan open library. Enjoy the sunset at Elephant rock area (Mammoth Mountain) with traditional Saudi refreshments 8:00pm: Dinner served at the hotelSaturday 8:00am: Breakfast 9:00am: Begin the morning tour visiting the Al Hajer site (Mada’in Saleh) and stops at: Railway Station, Visitor Center, Girls Tombs, Al Diwan (Ethleeb mountain), Nabatean Water Reservoir, Nabatean Well and Al Farid Palace1:00 pm: Lunch at the hotel4:30 pm: Hotel check-out, then stop at Harrat Awared Mountains and the date market7:30 pm: Drive to Al Ula airport22:15 pm: Depart to Riyadh Riyadh-Medina itineraryFly from Riyadh airport to Medina airport, then drive with your guide to Al Ula town, then return direct from Al Ula airport to Riyadh.Friday 05:00am: Departure from Riyadh airport06:30am: Arrival at Medina airport and drive to Al Ula (360km) stopping at Al Bent Dam in Khyber (refreshment break on the journey)11:30pm: Check in at hotel, lunch and rest3:00pm: Visit Al Ula old town and Musa bin Nusair Fort then Ekmaa Mountain Lahyan open library.Enjoy the sunset at Elephant rock area (Mammoth Mountain) with traditional Saudi refreshments8:00 pm: Dinner served at the hotelSaturday 9:00am: Begin the morning tour visiting the Al Hajer site (Mada’in Saleh) and stops at Railway Station, Visitor Centre, Girls Tombs, Al Diwan (Ethleeb mountain), Nabatean Water Reservoir, Nabatean Well, Al Farid Palace1:00 pm: Lunch at the hotel4:30 pm: Hotel check-out then stop at the Harrat Awared Mountain , Al Ula Museum and date market7:30pm: Drive to Al Ula airport22:15pm: Depart to RiyadhIncluded in the price • Letters of permission required from the authorities for security • A local English-speaking tour guide • Transport to all sites and to/from the airport • Accommodation at ARAC-Al-Ula-Resort on a shared room basis and half boardPlease note that there will not be a Haya Tour guide to meet you at Riyadh airport. However, you will be met at your destination airport by your guide or driver.The price for this tour does not include the airfare. We are happy to arrange this for you or alternatively, you can arrange your own flights ensuring that you arrive in time to begin the tour. Please contact us if you would like fight details and prices.Please note: Ula Museum is sometimes closed at the weekend.