Tayma Heritage Tour


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Tayma Heritage Tour
Tayma’s story is one of legacy, power, and legend. A destination with an outstanding history of ancient cultures, today’s travellers can journey along the famed Incense Road to reach Tayma – the land of the last Babylonian King and other extraordinary figures embedded into the region’s steep history.

Explore the Land of Kings; tour historic sites such as a first millennium BCE Iron Age temple, the largest well in the Arabian Peninsula, and a grand palace. Immersive experiences within Tayma help bring old stories back to life, with opportunities for dining and leisure also available during this guided day tour.

About this activity
~ Groups of 20 or less
~ Live Tour Guide
~ Audio Guide Option Available
*Transport from AlUla by luxury bus or private car is available

  • Discover Tayma's network of heritage sites that continue to fascinate archaeologists worldwide.
  • See Arabia’s oldest and largest well, Bir Haddaj - the source of life in Tayma for hundreds of thousands of years.
  • Explore Qasr Ibn Rumman and experience the unprecedented recent history of the Tayma.
What’s Included
Tayma Heritage Tour
✓ Light snacks at the Bedouin Camp rest stop, if on your way
✓ Guided tour of Tayma
✓ Arabic or English-speaking tour guide

Private Car Transfer From AlUla
✓ Everything included in the Tayma Heritage Tour above
✓ Round-trip transport from AlUla in a luxury private car
✓ Hotel pick-up and drop off
✓ Light meal on the journey back

Tayma Heritage Tour from AlUla by luxury bus
✓ Round-trip transport from AlUla in an air-conditioned luxury bus
✓ Light snacks at the Bedouin Camp rest stop
✓ Guided tour of Tayma
✓ Arabic or English-speaking tour guide
✓ Light meal on the journey back

Weekends Only
✓ Weekend Immersive Show with canapes and fresh juices (13 Nov - 31 Dec)
Meeting Point
Tayma Heritage Tour
For tours starting directly in Tayma, please arrive to the Welcome Centre at The Ancient Temple of Salm at least 15 minutes before your tour is set to begin. Late arrivals will not be eligible for a refund.

*If you are travelling from AlUla, visitors are invited to stop at the traditional Bedouin Camp along the route to Tayma. You must show your Tayma Heritage Tour ticket to enjoy the Bedouin Camp.

Tayma Heritage Tour from AlUla by Private Car
For tours starting from AlUla with transportation by private car, the car will pick you up at your hotel. To book a private car, you will first book a Tayma Heritage Tour and then will see an option to add a private transfer. Please book your Tayma Heritage Tour ticket and your private transfer on the same date.

Tayma Heritage Tour from AlUla by Luxury Bus
For tours starting from AlUla with transportation by luxury bus, groups will meet at Winter Park Visitor Parking. Please arrive promptly at the meeting point, at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Late arrivals will not be eligible for a refund.
Key Information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • We strongly recommend you bring a warm jacket, as this is an outdoor event and desert nights can get chilly.
  • All guests must bring their passport or Iqama for Day Trips outside of AlUla.

Know before you go
  • Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking.
  • The total journey time from AlUla to Tayma is around 3 hours each way.
Tayma Collage


​​The Ancient Temple of Salm

Located in the northwest of the city, The Ancient Temple of Salm is an extensive temple complex which reveals evidence of cultural connections between Tayma and the wider ancient world. Incredible discoveries have been made here, including the AlHamra Cube and the AlHamra Stele, which is currently on display in the Louvre in Paris.

Bir Haddaj

Bir Haddaj is the vibrant city centre of Tayma and is home to one of the largest ancient wells in the world at 65 metres wide and 13 metres deep. Dating back to at least the sixth century BCE, this well has been in continuous use and yet has never run dry. It is believed that at one time, nearly 77 camels used to draw water here at any one time.

Souq AlNajm

This historic market has been a thriving centre of Tayma for over 300 years. This historic street was home to many families, but it was also a place of business with some residents using their houses as temporary shops and stalls. Enclosed in high walls, the street was only wide enough to allow two camels to pass each other, a useful defence for the city in keeping large armies at bay.

Qasr Ibn Rumman

This grand palace is named after the Governor of Tayma, Sheikh Abdul Karim bin Ali AlRumman. With the original building from the 1700s, the main palace was added in 1916 and 1919. Not only the Governor's workplace, this castle was also his family home. Learn about its summer and winter mosques, the courtyard, sitting rooms and more.

Ticket & Transport Options

Tayma Heritage Tour

Drive from AlUla, Tayma or the surrounding areas, to experience the ancient history of Tayma. Check-in at the Welcome Centre for a short brief before starting your tour. Visitors travelling from AlUla are invited to stop at the traditional Bedouin Camp halfway between AlUla and Tayma.

Tayma Heritage Tour by Luxury Bus

Departing from AlUla, discover Tayma's network of heritage sites that continue to fascinate archaeologists worldwide. See Bir Haddaj, oldest and largest well in the Arabian Peninsula, the 300-year-old Souq AlNajm and the grand palace of Qasr Ibn Rumman. Experience the unprecedented ancient and recent history of the Tayma.

Tayma Tour


Providing a contemporary twist on Saudi cuisine, Mirzam offers high-end local dishes within the vibrant heart of Bir Haddaj. Combining unforgettable dishes with breathtaking architecture and natural landscapes, Mirzam delivers a unique dining experience that emphasises Hijazi specialities and flavours of the highlands.


Immersive Show

Heritage Product Terms

Terms & Conditions
To protect our heritage:
The heritage sites have been part of AlUla’s cultural landscape for thousands of years. We hope the visitors who explore these sites will preserve this historic area by adhering to the following:

Please do:
  • Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints.
  • Please adhere to the designated walking paths and do not enter non-designated areas, such as the tombs. There is still much to be discovered about AlUla, and entering the tombs or other areas may damage the antiquities yet to be discovered underneath.
  • Please avoid distorting or marking the rock surfaces, including touching our pouring water on the engravings.
  • Do not remove rocks or take anything from the heritage sites.
  • Keep these sites clean; put your litter in the allocated bin.
  • For your safety, please do not climb rocky ledges.
Please Do Not
  • Do not scratch, draw or in anyway mark the monuments.
  • Do not climb.
  • Heritage sites are non-smoking except in the designated smoking areas.
  • Do not remove or take anything from the tombs.
  • Do not remove or take anything from the ground.
  • No fires of any kind are permited including campfires.
  • No trees or plants are to be removed.

Visitors who mistreat the monuments will be asked to leave and will not be allow to revisit in future.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Customer Bookings: We will gladly refund the ticket price of cancelled experiences up to 3 days before the scheduled tours. 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 refund. We are unable to refund or rebook experiences cancelled on the day of scheduled tours.

Booked through 3rd Party or Travel Agent: If you booked your experience through a third party, please coordinate with them on policies, changes and updates.

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