Private tour

Private Desert Castles with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland

4.5 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Zaid Tours and Travel

Private Desert Castles with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland

Activity provider: Zaid Tours and Travel

From US$ 86.67 per person

Discover three of Jordan’s famous Desert Castles, learn about these fabled castles, built by the Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert of eastern Jordan.

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Duration 4 - 6 hours
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Driver
English
Pickup included
At your accommodation in Amman. The driver will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover three of Jordan’s famous desert castles in this 5-hour trip from Amman
  • Hear tales about the first Muslim rulers of the Arab kingdom
  • Visit the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia
Full description
After pick up from your central 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 English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide 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 there’s a castle you want to see more of or another castle you’d like to visit, at your own expense. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests. After about an hour on the road, pull up at UNESCO-listed “Quseir’ Amra”, one of east Jordan’s most famous castles. Once a hunting palace of the Umayyads, this splendidly restored edifice is graced with 8th-century fresco showing decadent scenes of nude women, wine, and parties. Continue to “Qasr Al -Kharanah”, an imperious 2-level fortress standing in a huge plain. Thought to have been built on Roman foundations, this evocative castle exudes intrigue and dis plays 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 to 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. Upgrade: Optional visit of the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve established in 1975 for the conservation of extinct animals like the Oryx, and the Azraq Wetland Reserve established in 1978 for the Water Buffalo Trail, which is a water nature reserve and oasis for migratory birds located near the desert castles covering 12 kilometers. Best time to enjoy the scenery is late autumn or spring. Tour with Accompanied Guide: Upgrade your tour to include an Accompanied Licensed Guide from Amman to be with you for the visit of the 3 Marvelous Desert Castles.
Includes
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure new vehicle according number of participants
  • English-Speaking Driver
  • Entrance fees to the Three mentioned Castles: Amra Castle, Al Kharranah Castle, and Al – Azraq Castle; if option Jordan Pass not selected
  • On board WI-FI
  • Additional Accompanied Licensed Guide, if option selected.
  • 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
  • Anything else not mentioned
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Order of visits may change for day tours with more than one visit as long as all sites completed.
  • Contact your local operator (phone number, emergency mobile number, or email address) a day before to reconfirm pick-up arrangements provided in your voucher.
  • For Jordan Pass holders that purchased tour activity with entrance fees, please inform us to reimburse the entrance fees in destination.
  • Clients are advised to bring hats, sun screen, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Mobile SIM cards including internet bundle are available with assistance of our team upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 15 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan do not serve alcohol, if you do not want a dry restaurant please contact us.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    4/5
  • Service
    4/5

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April 24, 2022

It is a different tour to get to know places that are not as touristic as Petra or Jarrash, but very interesting!

February 13, 2020

It was good but expensive for what it was.

October 7, 2019

Product ID: 208617