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Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) Tours

Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah)
A true “desert castle” near the Saudi Arabian border, Jordan’s Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) sits two storeys tall over the desert plain. Built in the early Umayyad period 1,300 years ago, the purpose of the 60-room monolith is unclear — its design shows that it was never a fort, and it’s not on a trade route so it’s unlikely to have been a caravanserai either. It’s most likely that Kharana Castle was a meeting space for Damascus elite and local Bedouin tribes. Whatever it was, the thick-walled limestone building remains imposing even today. 

Excellently restored in the 1970s, its location in the barren desert makes Kharana Castle one photogenic place. As you explore the upper rooms set around the large courtyard with a rainwater pool in the middle, look out for ancient Arabic graffiti. Just inside the entrance, learn more about Qasr al-Kharanah from the interpretive plaque which is in both English and Arabic. 

Practical Info

Sixteen km west along Hwy 40 from Amra Castle, Kharana Castle is run by the Jordanian Ministry of Antiquities, and its visitor center has a permanent display on local history. Admission costs JD 2, which includes entry to the desert castles Azraq Castle and Qasr Amra as well.
Address: Amman, Jordan
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Half Day Tour - Desert Castles & Cave of the Seven Sleepers

Half Day Tour - Desert Castles & Cave of the Seven Sleepers

Delve deep into Jordan’s history as you visit 3 of Jordan’s remarkable desert castles. These are beautiful examples of early-Islamic buildings scattered around the eastern desert. Their fine frescoes, mosaics & carvings, portray life during the 7th & 8th centuries. Called castles due to their imposing nature, however they served several purposes such as caravan stations, resort pavilions, trade & agriculture centres. They stand testament to a rich era in history; namely the flourishing beginnings of Islamic-Arab civilisations. Explore UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, known for its 8th-century frescoes of hedonistic scenes, Qasr al-Azraq, and Qasr al-Kharrana Visit the Caves of Seven Sleepers. The legend of the ‘seven sleepers’ involves seven Christian boys who were persecuted, then escaped to a cave and slept there for 309 years. Enrich your stay in Jordan and trek through the desert as you visit these castles. Get off the beaten track as you visit the Cave of the Seven Sleepers.
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  • 5 hours
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$80.00
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Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman

Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman

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Discover three of Jordan’s famous desert castles on this 4-hour private tour from Amman. With an informative private driver, learn about these fabled castles, built by Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Explore UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, famous for its 8th-century frescoes of hedonistic scenes, before continuing to the atmospheric Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq castles, the latter used as a military base by TE Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ during World War I.
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  • 4 hours
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$83.34
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Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman

Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman

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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.
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  • 10 hours
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$115.39
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Jordan Pass 7-Day Tour Roman Ruins of Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea

Jordan Pass 7-Day Tour Roman Ruins of Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea

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See some of the world’s most impressive sights on this private, 7-day tour of Jordan, including six nights of accommodations. Ride a 4x4 through the Wadi Rum desert valley, swim in the Dead Sea, and visit the Ancient Roman ruins in Jerash. Along the way, stop by Mt. Nebo, Kerak Castle, Ajlun Catle, Madaba’s Church of St. George, and the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.
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  • 7 days
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Amman Dessert Castles for a Day (Lunch included)

Amman Dessert Castles for a Day (Lunch included)

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Get out of the city and visit Jordan’s desert castles on this full-day trip. Depart from your Amman hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and make your way into the desert to see the 8th-century Omayyad-era castles. Stop by Qasr Amra, Al Kharrana, Mushatta, Hallabat, and Azraq and learn about each place from your guide. Enjoy a traditional lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$136.00
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Private Full Day Tour of Umm el – Jimal and the Desert Castles from Amman

Private Full Day Tour of Umm el – Jimal and the Desert Castles from Amman

Indulge in this interesting art and history private day trip from Amman dedicated to Jordan’s early medieval ages. Visit the not much visited ruins of Umm el-Jimal to see its impressive city remains and one of a kind ruins, admire the Desert Castles discovering the three of Jordan’s famous Desert Castles. With an informative English – Speaking private driver who doubles up as your guide, learn about these fabled castles, built by the Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Explore UNESCO-listed Amra Castle (Quseir’ Amra), famous for its 8th century fresco of hedonistic scenes before continuing to the Kharanah Castle (Qasr Al - Kharanah) and the atmospheric Al - Azraq Castle (Qasr Al - Azraq), the latter used as military based by T.E. Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia during World War I.
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  • 8 hours
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Jordan Horizons Tours: Eastern Desert Castles Half Day Trip from Amman

Jordan Horizons Tours: Eastern Desert Castles Half Day Trip from Amman

This is a fair visit to the Eastern Desert Castles, you will visit three of the region's famous desert castles built by the powerful Umayyad dynasty
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$130.00
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Jordan Horizons Tours: Desert Castles, Shaumari Reserve & Azraq Trip from Amman

Jordan Horizons Tours: Desert Castles, Shaumari Reserve & Azraq Trip from Amman

This is a fair visit to the Eastern Desert Castles, you will visit three of the region's famous desert castles built by the powerful Umayyad dynasty Explore the wildlife of Jordan and visit the Nature reserves that keep endangered Arabian oryx, Persian onagers (wild ass), Dorcas gazelles and houbara bustards and plan to keep them from going instinct. And the birdlife in Jordan on a short hike at the Azraq wetlands.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$215.00
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Explore Jordan's Glamour in 7 Days

Explore Jordan's Glamour in 7 Days

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All our vehicles are new and air conditioned. We have drivers who speak English and have long experience. They offer free Wi-Fi, wet wipes, bottled mineral water and sometimes juices. We will bring you a convenient and safe way to your landing point. Enjoy your hassle-free vacation. We guarantee that your journey with us will be imaginative and memorable.
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  • 7 days
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Private Full-Day Tour in Azraq Wetland Reserve from Amman

Private Full-Day Tour in Azraq Wetland Reserve from Amman

Visit a desert oasis that’s habitat for migratory birds on a private, full day trip from Amman, Dead Sea, Madaba, Airport to Azraq Wetland Reserve. Enjoy the flexibility of a private driver and round-trip hotel transfer, then explore the wetland on your own or hire a nature guide onsite. Watch for raptors, eagles, and songbirds along easy-going walking trails, and experience a unique part of Jordan’s natural landscape.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$130.00
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Full-Day Private Tour to Desert Castles and Azraq Wetland

Full-Day Private Tour to Desert Castles and Azraq Wetland

Visit a desert oasis that’s habitat for migratory birds on a private, full day trip from Amman, Dead Sea, Madaba, Airport to Azraq Wetland Reserve. Enjoy the flexibility of a private driver and round-trip hotel transfer, then explore the wetland on your own or hire a nature guide onsite. Watch for raptors, eagles, and songbirds along easy-going walking trails, and experience a unique part of Jordan’s natural landscape where you can choice a Biking Trail : Mudflat Biking Trail The tour starts from Amra Castle and ends at the Azraq Lodge. The tour passes through the desert area that links Amra Castle and Azraq Lodge and the local Azraq farms area to finally reach Azraq Lodge. Azraq Village Biking Trail This tour gives visitors a glimpse into the history and culture of Azraq. Starting at the Azraq Lodge, the trail passes through the Wetlands, the mudflats of al Qa’a and al Madbaa’a, the Old Druze Village, Qasr al- Shaér, the modern Azraq village, and Azraq Castle.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$135.00
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Jordan 7 days 6 nights Tour

Jordan 7 days 6 nights Tour

Work With Us golden star operations and customer service team is able to deal with any special requests, We continually seek to understand customer needs and are committed to providing them with timely, accurate and quality service that would exceed their expectations. Our various travel services promise a superior travel experience and are flexible enough to meet the desires of customers in terms of destination, activities, and budget.
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  • 7 days
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