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Amman to Desert castles Half day trip

Created with Sketch. Amman, Jordan
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Duration

6 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

7 people

Languages

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Overview

Jordan’s Umayyad desert castles are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture and stand testament to a fascinating era in the country’s rich history. Take a half-day tour and delve deep into the history of Jordan under the expertise of a professional guide. 

The structures are called “castles” because of their imposing stature. The desert complexes once served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions, and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. 

Inside the castles, early Islamic art can be found. The fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings are inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions and reveal to us countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th Century. 

Alongside the castles you will also visit the black basalt fort at Azraq, which had been in continuous use since late Roman times, and was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt. 

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Itinerary

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8:00 - 10:00 Meeting and introduction

You will meet our driver at the hotel lobby between 8 a.m. – 10 a.m (your exact timing will be provided by the support team, one day before the tour) after the entail greetings, you start your journey toward the desert castles.

9:45 - 13:45 Desert Castles

Now we head southeast towards the historical desert castles. These beautiful testaments on the greatness of the Islamic architecture were built or taken by the Ummayad Caliphs in the 7th and 8th century. The first fort to encounter is “Kasr El-Kharrana”, which was built for the Caliph Al-Walid 1st but the purpose from it remains a mystery, as the fortified ground floor seems to be a roadside inn but the upper floors are very sumptuous and elegant.

Our next stop is Quseir Amra (which means Amra’s small palace), and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. It consists of three long halls with colorful frescoes and amazing beautiful chambers. After that, we go to Azraq Oasis and Azraq fort where we find the only water in all the eastern desert, and the black basalt rocks that form a strategic position that dates back to the 13th century CE. During the Arab revolt against the Ottoman’s empire, Lawrence of Arabia made the fort his headquarters and stationed there.

13:45 - 14:30 Returning to Amman

after almost a half day exploring desert castles, time to return back to Amman, the drive once again will be around 1.5hrs.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned deluxe car or mini-van.
  • Multilingual driver (languages include English, Arabic, Spanish, German and Italian). subject to availability the language.
  • Entrance Fees to the sites.
  • Meals.
  • Any Private Expenses.
  • Gratuities.
  • Local Guides.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Amman, Jordan

FAQs

Complementary
Small Bottle of Water
Wifi onboard (Subject to availability)

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John

03/02/2020

Very interesting tour with helpful and friendly driver

The car was very comfortable and there was plenty of time to enjoy each of the castles,which are definitely worth visiting.

Laurel

28/02/2020

Truly special and unrepeatable sites

An excellent tour, with 3 desert structures truly unique in the world. It is not everyday one can see 2 UNESCO-sponsored sites in a day. We loved our guide Yazan. This is a unique opportunity to see the Jordan desert and border towns. Don't forget water, a snack and the sun shades.

Jill

02/03/2020

Great short trip!

I had a very enjoyable few hours out of Amman visiting the desert castles with Ibrahim, who was a great host. There were private guides at each site, which I had all to myself because of the current lack of tourists in Jordan (a bittersweet bonus). However, it was a wonderful experience exploring all the old castles, and a very different and worthwhile experience to have while in Jordan.
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