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Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland

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Amman, Jordan
Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Half-day desert castles tour of Jordan from Amman with a private driver
  • Travel deep into the sweeping desert landscapes of eastern Jordan
  • Hear about the Umayyad dynasty, Roman history and Lawrence of Arabia
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra as well as Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and tailor the experience to your preferences
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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 to Amra Castle, Al Kharanah Castle, & 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
Local Guide, unless option selected
Personal Expenses
Anything else not mentioned

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9:00 AM

Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

After pickup from your central Amman by private, air-conditioned minibus, relax as you journey out of the city and into the desert plains of eastern Jordan.

Drive with your friendly informative 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 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 1 hour on the road, pull up at UNESCO-listed Qusayr 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.

When you feel peckish, get tips from your driver as to local restaurants, and take a break for lunch (own expense), before traveling onward to Qasr 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 an Umayyad hunting retreat and once used as a headquarters by TE 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.

After exploring here, relax on your ride back to Amman where your experience finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Amman
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.
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 fresco 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 dis plays 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 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. 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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Azraq Wetland Reserve
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not 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
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Zaid Tours and Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland?
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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
If I knew earlier, I would have...
Cynthia A
, Apr 2018
If I knew earlier, I would have booked all of my tours through Zaid Tours. Hasan was an excellent driver/tour buddy.
star-3
Some of the information was wrong. He...
slocatel2006
, Dec 2017
Some of the information was wrong. He did not seem interested in the tour.
star-4
I added a City Tour to this Desert...
cynthiabrown1
, Oct 2017
I added a City Tour to this Desert Castle Tour and was glad I did. Upon getting picked up by the driver, I informed him I had to be back at the hotel by 3:15 or at the latest 3:30 I had obtained a late checkout approval from the hotel until 4:30 in order to shower and prepare for my flight home.. It would have been helpful for the driver to inform me/us of the amount of time he suggested at each stop in order to meet that limitation because by the end of the tours we didn't return to the hotel until 4:15! Additionally, the driver had car problems engine died twice en route. Although stressful at the end of the tours, I did really like the Citadel, Roman Amphitheater, and the three castles, particularly the castles.
star-2
The tour started 1 1/2 hours late...
Steve B
, Apr 2017
The tour started 1 1/2 hours late. The driver had zero information to pass on to us. There wasn't much info at the sights either. We were offered a lunch since the tour got off to a late start but by then it was 2:30 and we had to return to our hotel due to previous plans. They also had planned to take us to a gift shop which was not part of the original plan. We felt like we were hostages. The staff in the office were very apologetic and tried to make the best of a bad situation.
star-4
The desert sites are well worth the...
adrian w
, Jan 2017
The desert sites are well worth the visit. The driver speaks good English and is a good driver, safe and stable driving. Unlike the promotion on the website, the driver is not really a guide, with only limited knowledge of the history of the castles. However, he is flexible if one wants to adjust the tour to include other sites, but possibly with some cost adjustments. It is a half day tour to hit 3 sites, so a 8:30am departure would allow sufficient time to tour all 3 sites and then back to Amman for lunch at say 1-2pm
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Once again my driver was Shadi. I...
Allyson W
, Oct 2015
Once again my driver was Shadi. I was the only one on the tour and the only one visiting, nice for me I got great pictures. Had Jordan to myself. On the way to the first castle, we drove pass one of the refugee camps in Jordan. It was hugh, very interesting. Lots of security surrounding the camps. High recommend this tour. Bring water. About a 2 hour drive thru the desert. Air conditioned van. Thanks again Shadi.
star-3
driver showed up on time.the castles...
berta p
, Oct 2014
driver showed up on time.the castles were wonderful to explore. however, the itinerary says 'admissions to the castles' under the 'inclusions' section, but the driver kept asking me to pay for the castle entrance ticket. According to the tour description the entrance to the castles were included. So why did the driver ask me to pay for the entrance tickets? Either the tour inclusions were wrong or the driver tried to make me pay. because of this, i'm rating this tour just a 3 stars. if not because of this, it would have been a 5.
star-5
For this tour, a driver takes you...
Mark W
, May 2011
For this tour, a driver takes you from your hotel out to the three sites and pays admission. You're generally on your own to tour the actual sites (guides can be hired, but you really don't need them). My driver was prompt, spoke English well, and I enjoyed the conversation with him along the way. He did tour the sites with me, though technically he wasn't a guide. I had plenty of time at each site - I actually got 5 hours for the price of 4. I suspect that the differing reviews depend on the luck of the draw with the driver. In any event, the sites themselves are worth spending the morning visiting, and it's a chance to see a different side of Jordan. And where else are you going to get a picture showing the distances to the Saudi Arabia and Iraq borders?
star-4
The drive was great, the castles very...
KRISTIA K
, Apr 2009
The drive was great, the castles very interesting, but the driver spoke no English. He was great but the time could have been better if we could have communicated better.
star-5
Very interesting. The castles...
Giovanni S
, Jun 2008
Very interesting. The castles, completely different from one another, are outside the normal tourists' routes. Even our kind driver did not know them! We got to see the beautiful panorama of Jordan.

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