7-hour, tour with an experienced English Speaking Tourist Driver.
Visit 4 castles and 1 Nature reserve
flexible time stops at each place
From 25jd per person
Drive through to the outskirts of Amman and venture into the barren Eastern desert towards the Saudi Arabian and Iraqi borders....
What You Can Expect
The Day Tour begins at 0800 after breakfast in the hotel, proceed to an Eastern desert adventure and discover Lawrence of Arabia country around the plains of eastern Jordan and visit three of the region's famous desert castles — UNESCO-listed Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq — and hear tales of the powerful Islamic Umayyad dynasty for whom the fortresses were built. Local guides are also readily available at each of the castles, should you want to hire one at your own expense or shared with the group and each can chip in. Its no more than 4/5 jd each site or approximately 1jd each - well worth it and you support the local community hard hit with the drop in Tourism.
Hear from the guides - fun historical facts about the dynasty, the first Muslim rulers of the Arab kingdom during the 1st century, and learn about their pleasure palaces, opulent spas and hunting houses. After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, your first stop is Qasr Kharana, the imposing 2-storey fortress that sits in the centre of a vast and open plain. Believed to have been built on Roman foundations, the structure resonates with intrigue and the Mesopotamian, Arabic and Greek influences are all apparent inside its walls.
Continue to Qasr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and highlight of any trip to the region. Once an Umayyad hunting hideaway, the impeccably preserved castle is now best-known for its 8th-century frescoes
You may visit Azraq Nature Reserve - an ancient watering hole in the desert and now with herds of water buffalo residing in the reeds. Follow the delightful nature trail and learn of the enormous importance Azraq plays in bird migration. A bird spotters paradise. (THIS MAY BE SKIPPED IF YOU ARENT A NATURE LOVER - as it incurs entry fees of around 6jd)
At this point if you wanted to have refreshments - you may ask your driver to recommend a nearby eatery for lunch, if you wish, and take a break to enjoy some food at your own expense. This area is famous for 'TRADITIONAL DRUZE' cuisine. This can be ordered in advance and is cooked by the local Druze ladies community and can be taken in Azraq Lodge - which has been renovated and restored with Lawrence of Arabia memorabilia. It isn't mandatory to eat - and if you just want a small sandwich along the way - that perfectly OK.
The final stop of your tour is at Qasr al-Azraq, on the outskirts of Azraq town. Famously the headquarters of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), the building was previously used as a hunting lodge by the Umayyads, and later fortified as a defense against the Christian Crusaders.
If you would like to do the whole desert castle loop - the price is 27jd per person.
Food, drinks, guide - Not included. Gratuities (optional)