Amman City Tour and Desert Castles from Amman

Amman City Tour and Desert Castles from Amman

Explore the desert castles in the Eastern Desert and enjoy a laid-back city tour through modern and old Ammam.

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Explore the desert castles in the Eastern Desert and enjoy a laid-back city tour through modern and old Ammam.

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  • Languages: English
  • Participants: 2 - 45
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • private (no other participants)
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Your experience

Highlights

  • Join a half-day desert castles tour of Jordan from Amman with a private driver
  • Travel deep into the sweeping desert landscapes of eastern Jordan
  • See the stunning sights of Amman

Description

This private day trip will take you to the various desert castles in the Eastern Desert and will show you Ammam’s most famous sights and attractions. After a comfortable pickup from your hotel in Ammam, you will head to the first site. Your first stop is Qasr Azraq, a structure that is thought to have been built by the Romans around 300 CE, during the reign of Diocletian. The structure was also used by the Byzantines and Umayyads. In the 16th century the Ottoman Turks stationed a garrison there, and Lawrence of Arabia made the fortress his desert headquarters during the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.

You will then head back towards Amman on Highway 40. The next stop, Qusayr ‘Amra is located about 28 km from Azraq. This is the best preserved of the desert castles, and probably the most charming. It was built in the early 8th century. The exceptionally well-preserved desert castle also served as a fortress with a garrison and a residence for the Umayyad caliphs. Admire the most outstanding feature of the palace, the reception hall and the hammam, both decorated with impressive murals. Afterwards you will drive to Qasr Kharana which remains an enigma to archaeologists and historians, as very little is known about its origins.

You will then be driven back to Amman to admire the city’s most famous attractions. Start your city tour with a visit to the Roman amphitheater, a magnificent hillside structure believed to have been built in the 2nd century. Admire the symmetry and scale of the theatre as your guide explains you more about its history and architecture. Next, make your way to Amman Citadel, the hilltop collection of antiquities that looms over the city. Explore Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic relics, and pay a visit to the Citadel’s Archaeological Museum to inspect its collections of ancient artifacts discovered at sites from across Jordan. Pass by the Raghadan Palace, the burial place of the late King Hussein. Ride around the downtown area to see its vibrant markets, traditional mosques and churches. Then, delve into the upscale neighborhoods of Abdoun and Swefieh, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. Your 9-hour tour ends back at your hotel.

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Included in the price

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transfer by an air-conditioned vehicle according to the number of participants
  • All entrance fees included
  • Guide
  • Water at car
  • Pickup and drop-off at your Amman hotel
  • Infant meals
  • Entrance fees to additional sites
  • Any other service not mentioned
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meeting point

You will be picked up from your hotel.

Cancellation Conditions

This deal can be cancelled for free up to one day before the date of the activity.

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