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  • Local: Amman, Jordan
  • Duração: Flexible (aproximadamente)
A partir de USD 138,00

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Discover Lawrence of Arabia country on a half-day desert castle tour around the beguiling plains of eastern Jordan. With a private driver, visit three of the region’s famous desert castles — UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq — and hear tales of the powerful Umayyad dynasty for whom the fortresses were built. The itinerary on this half-day tour is flexible and can be tailored as you wish.
Start with a hotel pickup from Dead Sea by air-conditioned car/ minibus, and then travel to the parched plains of eastern Jordan with your private driver. While not an official Ministry of Jordan guide, your driver is knowledgeable about the area and its history, and is able to point out sites of interest as you travel. Local guides are also readily available at each of the castles, should you want to hire one at your own expense.

The region is strewn with the famous desert castles, many within a 15-minute drive of each other, that hark back to the days of the Umayyads. Hear fun historical facts about the dynasty, the first Muslim rulers of the Arab kingdom during the 1st century, and learn about their pleasure palaces, opulent spas and hunting houses. After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, your first stop is Qusayr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and highlight of any trip to the region. Once an Umayyad hunting hideaway, the impeccably preserved castle is now best-known for its 8th-century frescoes that depict hedonistic scenes of nude women, wine and wild times.

Ask your driver to recommend a nearby eatery for lunch, if you wish, and take a break to enjoy some food at your own expense. Then, continue to Qasr Kharana, the imposing 2-storey fortress that sits in the center of a vast and open plain. Believed to have been built on Roman foundations, the structure resonates with intrigue and Mesopotamian, Arabic and Greek influences are all apparent inside its walls.

The final stop of your tour is at Qasr al-Azraq, on the outskirts of Azraq town. Famously the headquarters of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), the building was previously used as a hunting lodge by the Umayyads, and later fortified as a defense against the Christian Crusaders. Gaze in awe as you explore the setting, and discover its courtyards, towers and mosque.

If you would prefer to visit another castle in the area at your own expense, simply let your guide know. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to your interests. After your final castle visit, relax on the journey back to dead sea and finish with a hotel drop-off.

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Datas de partida
Ponto de partida:
Dead Sea Hotels
Horário de partida:
8am-9am
Duração:
Flexible
Detalhes sobre retorno:
Returns to original departure point

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Informações adicionais

Private Tour: Desert Castles from the Dead Sea

Fresco of the Zodiac at Qusayr Amra

Inclusões:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip private transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Private driver
  • Admission to Qusayr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq
Exclusões:
  • Local guides at each site
  • Entrance fees to additional castles
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Informações adicionais:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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Política de cancelamento

Se cancelar no mínimo 7 dia(s) antes da partida agendada, não haverá taxa de cancelamento.
Se cancelar entre 3 e 6 dia(s) antes da partida agendada, haverá uma taxa de cancelamento de 50 por cento.
Se cancelar no prazo de 2 dia(s) antes da partida agendada, haverá uma taxa de cancelamento de 100 por cento.