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Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) Tours and Activities

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A true “desert castle” near the Saudi Arabian border, Jordan’s Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) sits two storeys tall over the desert plain. Built in the early Umayyad period 1,300 years ago, the purpose of the 60-room monolith is unclear — its design shows that it was never a fort, and it’s not on a trade route so it’s unlikely to have been a caravanserai either. It’s most likely that Kharana Castle was a meeting space for Damascus elite and local Bedouin tribes. Whatever it was, the thick-walled limestone building remains imposing even today.

Excellently restored in the 1970s, its location in the barren desert makes Kharana Castle one photogenic place. As you explore the upper rooms set around the large courtyard with a rainwater pool in the middle, look out for ancient Arabic graffiti. Just inside the entrance, learn more about Qasr al-Kharanah from the interpretive plaque which is in both English and Arabic.

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Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland

Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland

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Discover three of Jordan’s famous desert castles on this 4-hour private tour from Amman. With an informative private driver, learn about these fabled castles, built by Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Explore UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, famous for its 8th-century frescoes of hedonistic scenes, before continuing to the atmospheric Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq castles, the latter used as a military base by TE Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ during World War I.
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  • 4 hours
  • iconEnglish
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 83.34
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Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman

Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman

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Look beyond Jordan’s most celebrated attractions to see some lesser-known historical treasures on this private Islamic desert castle day trip from Amman. Head east to Al-Azraq, a castle that ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ once used as a headquarters, and then explore the fresco-painted masterpiece of Amra and Kharaneh castles. Finish at Aljoun, a hilltop medieval fortress built to defend against the Crusaders. Your tour includes private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees.
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  • 10 hours
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US$ 115.39
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US$ 115.39
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7 days sightseeing tour around Jordan

7 days sightseeing tour around Jordan

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• We offer you a transportation to the best places around Jordan. • If you have booked your hotels already, then the schedule is all yours, but if not (which we prefer) we will do it for you and advise you with the best hotels and camps, and we will do the 7 days tour in a perfect way to have enough time in each place. • Our 7 days are very flexible to you, as if you choose where to start and where to end, we will be happy to do it for you, and if you want us to schedule it for you, then we will make sure we make it the best 7 days of your life. •
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  • 7 days
  • iconEnglish
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 1,295.00
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US$ 1,295.00
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Explore Jordan's Glamour - 7 Days

Explore Jordan's Glamour - 7 Days

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Looking for a luxury transportation with a best price With us you will have the best services and prices too. You have an opportunity to visit tourist sites around over Jordan with a best service and price (24/7 service). We offer all our services with modern, air-conditioned and comfortable limousine vehicles. The driver is a tactful, good-looking person who speaks English and provides assistance when needed. Our services: Airport Pick-up and Drop-off, Jeep Tour, Hot balloon Tour in Wadi Rum, Cruise at Aqaba, shops are selling original Dead Sea products, gifts, oriental antiques, organise touring programs and accommodations around over Jordan and much more. You can email or chat us. Enquire Now! Each tourist is allowed a small or medium-sized bag.
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  • 7 days
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US$ 699.99
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Jordan Pass 7-Day Tour Roman Ruins of Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea

Jordan Pass 7-Day Tour Roman Ruins of Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea

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See some of the world’s most impressive sights on this private, 7-day tour of Jordan, including six nights of accommodations. Ride a 4x4 through the Wadi Rum desert valley, swim in the Dead Sea, and visit the Ancient Roman ruins in Jerash. Along the way, stop by Mt. Nebo, Kerak Castle, Ajlun Catle, Madaba’s Church of St. George, and the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.
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  • 7 days
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US$ 759.96
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US$ 759.96
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Full-Day Private Tour of Amman city and Desert castles with Pick Up

Full-Day Private Tour of Amman city and Desert castles with Pick Up

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Explore the City Tour of Amman, Jordan and have the chance to spend your time visiting Amman’s must-see sightseeing spots, such as Amman Museum, Citadel, and the Roman Amphitheater. Next experience Amman’s downtown walk and shopping. Discover three of Jordan’s famous desert castles built by Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Explore UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, famous for its 8th-century frescoes of hedonistic scenes, before continuing to the atmospheric Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq castles, the latter used as a military base by TE Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ during World War I.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 73.94
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Half Day Tour - Desert Castles & Cave of the Seven Sleepers

Half Day Tour - Desert Castles & Cave of the Seven Sleepers

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Delve deep into Jordan’s history as you visit 3 of Jordan’s remarkable desert castles. These are beautiful examples of early-Islamic buildings scattered around the eastern desert. Their fine frescoes, mosaics & carvings, portray life during the 7th & 8th centuries. Called castles due to their imposing nature, however they served several purposes such as caravan stations, resort pavilions, trade & agriculture centres. They stand testament to a rich era in history; namely the flourishing beginnings of Islamic-Arab civilisations. Explore UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, known for its 8th-century frescoes of hedonistic scenes, Qasr al-Azraq, and Qasr al-Kharrana Visit the Caves of Seven Sleepers. The legend of the ‘seven sleepers’ involves seven Christian boys who were persecuted, then escaped to a cave and slept there for 309 years. Enrich your stay in Jordan and trek through the desert as you visit these castles. Get off the beaten track as you visit the Cave of the Seven Sleepers.
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  • 5 hours
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US$ 80.00
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US$ 80.00
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Jordan Horizons Tours: Eastern Desert Castles Half Day Trip from Amman

Jordan Horizons Tours: Eastern Desert Castles Half Day Trip from Amman

This is a fair visit to the Eastern Desert Castles, you will visit three of the region's famous desert castles built by the powerful Umayyad dynasty
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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US$ 133.34
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US$ 133.34
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Private Desert Castles, Shaumari Reserve & Azraq Tour from Amman

Private Desert Castles, Shaumari Reserve & Azraq Tour from Amman

Discover the history and wildlife of Jordan’s iconic Eastern Desert from the comfort of your own private vehicle on this door-to-door tour. Explore three desert fortresses from the Umayyad dynasty: Kharanah Castle, Azraq Castle and Amra Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See wildlife including the endangered Arabian oryx at the Shaumari Nature Reserve and take a birdwatching stroll through the Azraq Wetland Reserve.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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US$ 220.52
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US$ 220.52
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Jordan Horizons Tours: Amman Tour & Eastern Desert Castles Day Trip from Amman

Jordan Horizons Tours: Amman Tour & Eastern Desert Castles Day Trip from Amman

This tour is a combination of both the old and new, combining the grand history of the Eastern desert castles, the citadel in Amman and more sites with todays lifestyle of Jordanian people and the souq (Downtown Amman).
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$ 179.49
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US$ 179.49
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Explore Jordan's shine in 7 days

Explore Jordan's shine in 7 days

Looking for a luxury transportation with a best price With us you will have the best services and prices too. You have an opportunity to visit tourist sites around over Jordan with a best service and price (24/7 service). We offer all our services with modern, air-conditioned and comfortable limousine vehicles. The driver is a tactful, good-looking person who speaks English and provides assistance when needed. Our services: Airport Pick-up and Drop-off, Jeep Tour, Hot balloon Tour in Wadi Rum, Cruise at Aqaba, shops are selling original Dead Sea products, gifts, oriental antiques, organise touring programs and accommodations around over Jordan and much more. You can email or chat us. Enquire Now! Each tourist is allowed a small or medium-sized bag.
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  • 7 days
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US$ 624.90
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US$ 624.90

Private Full Day Tour of Umm el – Jimal and the Desert Castles from Amman

Private Full Day Tour of Umm el – Jimal and the Desert Castles from Amman

Indulge in this interesting art and history private day trip from Amman dedicated to Jordan’s early medieval ages. Visit the not much visited ruins of Umm el-Jimal to see its impressive city remains and one of a kind ruins, admire the Desert Castles discovering the three of Jordan’s famous Desert Castles. With an informative English – Speaking private driver who doubles up as your guide, learn about these fabled castles, built by the Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Explore UNESCO-listed Amra Castle (Quseir’ Amra), famous for its 8th century fresco of hedonistic scenes before continuing to the Kharanah Castle (Qasr Al - Kharanah) and the atmospheric Al - Azraq Castle (Qasr Al - Azraq), the latter used as military based by T.E. Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia during World War I.
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  • 8 hours
  • iconEnglish
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 134.62
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US$ 134.62
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Private Tour Desert Castles with Shaumari Wildlife & Azraq Wetland from Dead Sea

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

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.
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  • 9 hours
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US$ 108.98
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US$ 108.98
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Full-Day Private Tour to Black Desert, Azraq Oasis and Desert Castles

Full-Day Private Tour to Black Desert, Azraq Oasis and Desert Castles

Go back in time to the era of military campaigns and desert warfare as you explore Jordan’s imposing the desert complexes, many dating back to the first half of the 8th century. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th century. Known collectively as the Desert Castles, the constructions demonstrate the best of early Islamic Architectural ingenuity. In this tour I offer to visit several of those castles to discover the reach history and architecture of Umayyad Period. You also would take a walk in the black desert, a truly unique experience, and visit an oasis in the middle of the desert.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 180.00
per group
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US$ 180.00
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Full-Day Private Tour to Desert Castles and Azraq Wetland Reserve from Amman

Full-Day Private Tour to Desert Castles and Azraq Wetland Reserve from Amman

Visit a desert oasis that’s habitat for migratory birds on a private, full day trip from Amman, Dead Sea, Madaba, Airport to Azraq Wetland Reserve. Enjoy the flexibility of a private driver and round-trip hotel transfer, then explore the wetland on your own or hire a nature guide onsite. Watch for raptors, eagles, and songbirds along easy-going walking trails, and experience a unique part of Jordan’s natural landscape.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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US$ 170.00
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US$ 170.00
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) costs USD 73.94. Guided Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) tours start around USD 73.94 per person.
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