Half-Day Tour to Umayyad Desert Castles from Amman

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Half-Day Tour to Umayyad Desert Castles from Amman

From $64 per person

Delve deep into the history of Jordan on this half-day tour to the Umayyad Desert Castles in the Eastern Desert. Enjoy round-trip transportation and the expertise of your private guide.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Arabic, English
Pickup included
Pick-up from all hotels in Amman
Private group


  • Learn about the history of Jordan with the help of your expert guide
  • See the Umayyad Desert Castles
  • Experience early examples of Islamic and Graeco-Roman art
  • Enjoy round-trip transportation by luxury air-conditioned vehicle
  • See the black basalt fort which served as the headquarters for Lawrence of Arabia
Full description
Jordan's Umayyad desert castles are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture and stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Take a half-day tour and delve deep into the history of Jordan under the expertise of a professional guide. The structures are called “castles” because of their imposing stature. The desert complexes once served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions, and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. Inside the castlesm, early Islamic art can be found. The fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings are inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions and reveal to us countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th Century. Alongside the castles you will also visit the black basalt fort at Azraq, which had been in continuous use since late Roman times, and was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt
  • Transportation by new air-conditioned vehicles
  • Professional English-speaking driver
  • All transfers as described in the program
  • Local taxes and entrance fees
  • Tips for guide
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Personal expenses
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
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4.3 / 5

based on 12 reviews

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Great short trip!

I had a very enjoyable few hours out of Amman visiting the desert castles with Ibrahim, who was a great host. There were private guides at each site, which I had all to myself because of the current lack of tourists in Jordan (a bittersweet bonus). However, it was a wonderful experience exploring all the old castles, and a very different and worthwhile experience to have while in Jordan.

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October 4, 2016

Truly special and unrepeatable sites

An excellent tour, with 3 desert structures truly unique in the world. It is not everyday one can see 2 UNESCO-sponsored sites in a day. We loved our guide Yazan. This is a unique opportunity to see the Jordan desert and border towns. Don't forget water, a snack and the sun shades.

May 30, 2016

A very enjoyable half day

A very enjoyable half day with an excellent driver and enthusiastic optional guide.

May 28, 2017

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