Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles And Ajloun Castle Trip From Amman

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this timeTimes are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Hotels in Amman
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Look beyond Jordans most celebrated attractions to see some lesser-known historical treasures on this private Islamic Desert Castles day trip from Amman. Head east in this long trip to Al-Azraq, a castle that Lawrence of Arabia once used as a headquarters, and then explore the fresco-painted masterpiece of Amra and Kharaneh Castles. Finish at Aljoun, a hilltop medieval fortress built to defend against the Crusaders. Your tour includes private leisure transportation, hotel pick up and drop off, and entrance fees.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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After pick up from your central Amman-jordan">Amman by private, air-conditioned vehicle, relax as you journey out of the city and into the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Drive with your friendly informative driver to experience the fascinating Desert Castles. The region is speckled with 7th and 8th century castles, many within a 15-minute drive of each other, that were originally built by the Caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty as rural retreats and hunting lodges. Hear tales about this powerful dynasty, the first Muslim rulers of the Arab kingdom, including fascinating snippets about their extravagance and debauchery. As you travel, feel free to tell your driver if theres a castle you want to see more of or another castle youd like to visit, at your own expense. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests. After about 1 hour on the road, pull up at UNESCO-listed Qasr Amra, one of east Jordans most famous castles. Once a hunting palace of the Umayyads, this splendidly restored edifice is graced with 8th-century frescoes showing decadent scenes of nude women, wine and parties. Continue to Qasr Al -Kharana, an imperious 2-level fortress standing in a huge plain. Thought to have been built on Roman foundations, this evocative castle exudes intrigue and displays a rich array of Mesopotamian, Arabic, and Greek architectural influences. Finally, head for Qasr Al-Azraq, originally an Umayyad hunting retreat and once used as a headquarters by T.E. Lawrence, the 20th-century British soldier and Arab Revolt leader perhaps more famously known as Lawrence of Arabia. Wander around the sun-burnished courtyards, towers and mosque and learn how Lawrence based his operations here during 1917 to 1918. After exploring here, relax on your ride back to Amman where your experience finishes with a hotel drop off.

Having explored here, continue to the12th-century Castle of Ajloun, built in the time of Saladin to defend against Crusader armies. Head inside this semi-intact hilltop fortress, and roamthe rambling corridors and staircases. See the murder holes through which occupiers could pour hot oil or pitch on invaders, and admire the stunning views over the lush hills of the Jordan Valley from the towers. Then, reconvene with your vehicle and relax on your long ride back to Amman where your trip ends with a hotel drop off.

Inclusions

Hotel pick up and drop off

Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle according number of participants

English-Speaking Driver

Entry/Admission - Quseir Amra

Entry/Admission - Qasr Azraq

Entry/Admission - Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)

Exclusions

All type of meals, unless option with lunch selected (Vegetarian meal by request)

All type of beverages

All type of gratuities (Tips to the Driver) Recommended

Personal Expenses

Local English-Speaking Guide, if option selected

Anything else not mentioned

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

For clients holding Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be returned directly in destination.

Pick up and drop off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for lay over day tour.

Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).

Tours with lunch: Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic.

Traveler Reviews

  • 22-May-2017

    This is a long day. There are 4 sites you visit. The first was probably a tavern, the next was a hunting lodge with amazing paintings on the wall. Although called castles they were not. The third site was a fort partly used by Lawrence of Arabia. It is then a long drive over to Ajloun castle, but this is an amazing castle right on the top of a hill. It has excellent views and an interesting small museum inside. As with Jordan you can have a guide picked up locally at each site. There are plenty of notice boards so this is not essential. If you do not want a guide they are not pushy about it and you can go round at your pace. My driver was friendly and let you have as long as you wanted in each place. Water was provided and is needed. If you want lunch you can ask the driver to pick a place, but it is not compulsory and I saw more by not having lunch which I felt was better.

  • 06-Aug-2016

    I loved this tour. There was just our guide and us which was fabulous.
    I loved everything about this day and the opportunity to travel east and then north west and the variety of castles we saw.
    A wonderful snapshot of Jordan!

  • 26-Mar-2016

    So enjoyable and off the beaten path. Driver/ guide excellent!