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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Look beyond Jordan’s most celebrated attractions to see some lesser-known historical treasures on this private Islamic desert castle day trip from Amman. Head east 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 transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees.
  • Private 10-hour Islamic desert castles trip fom Amman
  • Visit Al-Azraq, a medieval fortress once used by ‘Lawrence of Arabia’
  • Delve into UNESCO-listed Amra, an 8th-century castle famous for its interior frescoes and dome zodiac painting
  • Explore Kharaneh castle and Aljoun, a 12th-century hilltop fortress built to stave off Crusaders
  • Entrance fees included
  • Private transport by air-conditioned vehicle, including Amman hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pick up and drop off
Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure new vehicle according number of participants
English-Speaking Driver
Entrance Fees: Al- Azraq, Amra, and Al-Kharanah Castles; if option Jordan Pass not selected
Entrance Fees to Ajloun Castle; if option Jordan Pass not 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
Local English-Speaking Guide, if option selected
Anything else not mentioned

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
After early morning hotel pickup from Amman, journey east through Jordan’s rugged countryside by private, air-conditioned vehicle on your way to your first stop: Al-Azraq.

Built from black basalt rock in the heart of the Al-Azraq oasis, this impressively designed desert fortress was once a hunting retreat of Umayyad rulers, and used as a base by T.E. Lawrence, the 20th-century British soldier and Arab Revolt leader nicknamed ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ 

Wander around the haunting ruins of the castle, with its arches and battlements, and then continue with your driver to Amra, the most impressive of eastern Jordan’s desert fortresses. This architectural masterpiece was built in the 8th century by Umayyad caliph Walid II, and is most notable for its faded-but-stunning frescoes, including a depiction of the zodiac painted onto the domed ceiling of the bath chamber.

After admiring the frescoes and vaulted chambers of this unusual edifice, travel to Kharaneh, a picture-postcard, square fortress complete with rounded turrets and a central courtyard. Another Umayyad construction from the 8th century, archaeologists believe the building served as a fortress, meeting place, or caravanserai, a resting place for travelers or high government officials.

Admire Kharaneh's simple design and early Islamic architecture, and view the rooms fringing the courtyard, seeing their ornamental pilasters and niches.

Having explored here, continue to the 12th-century castle of Ajloun, built in the time of Saladin to defend against Crusader armies. Head inside this semi-intact hilltop fortress, and roam the 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 ride back to Amman where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
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Amman
After pick-up from your central Amman by private, air-conditioned vehicle with your own private English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide, relax as you journey out of the city and into the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Drive with your friendly informative English-Speaking 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 there’s a castle you want to see more of. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests.
Stop At:  
Quseir Amra
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 frescoes showing decadent scenes of nude women, wine, and parties.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Qasr al-Kharrana
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 displays a rich array of Mesopotamian, Arabic, and Greek architectural influences.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Qsar Al-azraq
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
Having explored here, continue to the 12th-century Castle of Ajloun, built in the time of Saladin to defend against Crusader armies. Head inside this semi-intact hilltop fortress, and roam the rambling corridors and staircases. See the murder holes used by the 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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off by request.
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • Tour activity is provided in English. For other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German) by request.
  • Mobile SIM cards including Wi-Fi are available with assistance of our team upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 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.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Zaid Tours and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Full day desert castles tour
YasminTavaria
, Dec 2018
The tour though started behind schedule was good. The Qasr Harranah, Qasr Amra and Qasr Azraq though popular were not very impressive. Local guides behave arrogant with individual tourists and would stand in the midst of sites where others want to take pics. They deliberately stand with their group obstructing others from taking pics. The highlight was Qasr Al Ajloun. A very good site and the views from above are breathtaking. Not many tourists visit so there is no nuisance from local guides also. But the trip is worth the money and distance to be travelled. Go for it.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you, looking forward to have you again with us soon.
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This is a long day. There are 4...
Mark S
, 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.
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I loved this tour. There was just...
nezza
, 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!
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So enjoyable and off the beaten path...
jeanine a. h
, Mar 2016
So enjoyable and off the beaten path. Driver/ guide excellent!
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