Private Tour: Full-Day Jordan Castles Tour from Amman
Many tours of Jordan’s castles spotlight either the country’s Crusader forts or its medieval Islamic desert castles. This convenient full-day private tour from Amman combines both groups of castles in one day. Visit the Crusader fortress of Kerak and after a lunch break, view some of Jordan’s eastern desert castles, including UNESCO-listed Qasr Amra. Private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees are included, with lunch and local guides at own expense.
After early morning pickup at your Amman hotel, set off with your driver in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Be sure to bring a sun hat and camera.
Absorb the views as you venture south into Jordan’s desert landscapes. Your driver will not act as your guide: instead, you may choose to explore each site independently, or hire a local guide (own expense) at the many sites where they are available.
Stop first at the walled town of Kerak, standing 2,952 feet (900 meters) above sea level, and dominated by Kerak Castle, one of the Middle East’s largest Crusader castles. Built in the 1140s by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem, this hilltop fortress resisted Saladin’s forces for decades before succumbing in 1189.
Head up to the castle, and explore on your own, or with a guide (own expense). Walk through the grounds, and view the Crusader architecture of vaults, corridors, and doorways built from dark stone. Visit the main tower, underground galleries, and church, and see the later Arabic additions of light limestone. Delve into the on-site archaeological museum, and admire the views from the courtyard to the Dead Sea.
Then, reconvene with your driver and explore Kerak town, seeing its 19th-century Ottoman houses and shops. Browse for souvenirs and if you wish, visit a local restaurant for a traditional Jordanian lunch (own expense) of mansaf (lamb with yogurt and rice) or other dishes.
Next, head east of Amman to see some of Jordan’s famous desert castles. Commissioned by the 7th- and 8th-century Umayyad caliphs, these buildings served as fortresses, pleasure palaces, caravan inns, and hunting lodges. View some of the castles, and finish at the best-preserved: UNESCO-listed Qasr Amra, famous for its 8th-century frescoes.
Your tour concludes with a late afternoon drop-off at the departure point in Amman.
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Infant seats available"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
Duration: 9 Hours
Your hotel in Amman
Cancellations and refunds:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.