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From Amman: Desert Castles of Eastern Jordan Tour

Product ID: 208617
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Discover three of Jordan’s famous desert castles on this 5-hour trip from Amman. With an informative private driver, learn about these fabled castles, built by the Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
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Pickup included

Hotel pick up from centrally located hotel in Amman. Please advise the name and address of your hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
Start your tour with a pick up from your centrally located Amman hotel. Relax in your private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel out of the city and into the desert plains of eastern Jordan. The region is speckled with 7th and 8th-century castles, many within a 15-minute drive of each other, that was 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. After about 1-hour on the road, pull up at UNESCO-listed Qasr 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 -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 a 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 from 1917 to 1918. After exploring here, relax on your ride back to Amman where your experience finishes with a hotel drop off. 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 an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver
  • Entrance fees to Amra Castle, Al Kharana Castle, and Al-Azraq Castle
What’s Not Included
  • Food, unless the option with lunch selected (vegetarian meal by request)
  • Drink
  • Gratuities (tips to the driver are recommended)
  • Personal expenses

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Important information
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
• For clients holding a Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be refunded at the destination
• Pick up and drop-off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for a layover day tour
• Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge of approximately 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company)
• Please note most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic
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Zaid Tours and Travel

Product ID: 208617