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Private Tour Desert Castles with Shaumari Wildlife & Azraq Wetland from Dead Sea

Sweimah, Jordan
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Spend a full day immersed in the Islamic architecture and art of the Eastern Desert castles. With a private guide and driver, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qasr Amra, Qasr al-Asraq, and Qasr Kharana. Tours are available at each site (own expense). Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Dead Sea area hotels are included.
  • Full-day private tour of the Eastern Desert Castles from the Dead Sea
  • Private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary
  • Visit Qasr Amra, Qasr al-Asraq, and Qasr Kharana
  • Pickup and drop-off from Dead Sea accommodations
  • Travel via private, climate-controlled vehicle
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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 to the Three mentioned Castles ; 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
Personal Expenses
Anything else not mentioned

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Dead Sea hotels
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Be ready for convenient pickup at your Dead Sea hotel between 8 and 8:30am. Meet your dedicated guide and climb into a comfortable, private, air-conditioned vehicle with your private group. Set off for the medieval castles of Jordan's Eastern Desert. 

Arrive first at Qasr al-Azraq, a 13th-century fortress that served as T.E. Lawrence's headquarters during World War I. Snap some photos of the black basalt structure, then continue on to Qasr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 8th century. The castle itself no longer exists, but the frescoes and artwork survive. 

Your final stop is one of the best-preserved Umayyad monuments in the area, the Qasr Kharana. Learn about the contested origins of the structure from your guide before returning to your hotel for drop-off around 5pm. 

This private tour ensures that you get undivided personalized attention from your guide and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Swemeh
After pick up from your Dead Sea hotel 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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: 40 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: 40 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 Dead Sea 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: 40 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 1987 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: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour Desert Castles with Shaumari Wildlife & Azraq Wetland from Dead Sea?
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 with Shaumari Wildlife & Azraq Wetland from Dead Sea?
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 with Shaumari Wildlife & Azraq Wetland from Dead Sea?
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 with Shaumari Wildlife & Azraq Wetland from Dead Sea?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour Desert Castles with Shaumari Wildlife & Azraq Wetland from Dead Sea?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

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