• Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Step back to Crusader times on a private round-trip to Karak and Shobak castle from Amman. Travel along roads tracing the ancient Kings Highway route, and visit the 12th-century castles, built by the Crusaders to defend against Saladin’s forces. Explore the ruined halls, parapets, and tunnels, and take in sweeping views from the hilltop towers. Your tour includes private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off, with entrance fees and local guides excluded.


  • Private Crusader castles day trip from Amman
  • Follow the ancient Kings Highway route to Karak and Shobak castles
  • Explore 12th-century Kobak with its underground passages, galleries, and turrets
  • Experience the ruins and carvings of Shobak castle, also built by Crusaders
  • Entrance fees and local guides at castles at own expense
  • Private round-trip transportation with Amman hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Full-Day Crusader Castles of Shobak and Karak Trip via the Kings Highway from Amman

Shobak Castle

Depart your Amman hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle, and travel south along scenic roads that follow the ancient trading route of the Kings Highway.

Arrive at Karak, and ascend to the massive hilltop castle, built by the Crusaders between 1110 and 1143 BC. One of a chain of Crusader defenses between Jerusalem and Aqaba, Karak resisted attacks from Saladin’s armies in the 1180s before succumbing in 1189. It then served as a Byzantine bishopric, and incorporated a church.

Explore independently or hire a local guide (additional cost) and wander around the underground passages, galleries, chambers, and fortified turrets.

Absorb the spectacular views from the towers, and then continue to the Crusader Castle of Shobak. Built in the early 12th century, this isolated hilltop castle withstood many attacks from Saladin’s forces until it fell in 1189. During the 14th century, the Mamluks built over much of the Crusader structures.

Go inside and explore the remnants, seeing the beautifully intricate wall inscriptions, halls, and underground staircase tunneled into the hillside.

Soak in the haunting atmosphere and views from the battlements, and then return to Amman, where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Carolyn B

4 star rating: Recommended November 2017

Great trip - the castles are well worth visiting. Our driver added on St Stephen's Church which made the day. I highly recommend asking if you can add this on as you will be passing. The mosaics are amazing! They rival those at Madaba. It is a long day with a lot of driving. Shobak is a long way south but we thought is was worth the time. Karak is great - you can spend a lot of time in the ruins and the view is fabulous. Our driver kept us supplied with yummy Turkish coffee from roadside vendors and made sure we had the best of Jordanian food for lunch yum. Highly recommend

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