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

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

1 day
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About this activity
Depart your Amman hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle, and travel south along scenic roads that follow the ancient trading route combining both the Desert and Kings Highway. Visit Al Hijaz Railway known in the past as Berlin – Bagdad train railway built in 1902 by the Ottoman Empire with the help of their German allies at that time. Proceed by the Kings Highway to arrive Karak, and ascend to the massive hilltop castle, built by the Crusaders between 1110 and 1143 B.C. 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, then return to Amman, where your trip ends with a hotel drop off after a long exciting trip like this.
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Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle according number of participants
  • English-Speaking Driver
  • Entry/Admission - Shobak Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Karak Castle
Not included
  • All type of meals, unless option with lunch selected (Vegetarian meal by request)
  • All type of beverages
  • All type of gratuities (Tips to the Driver) – Recommended
  • Personal Expenses
  • Local English-Speaking Guide for classic visit of Karak (if available)
  • Anything else not mentioned
Additional
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For clients holding Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be returned directly in destination.
  • Pick up and drop off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for lay over day tour.
  • Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
  • Tours with lunch: Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic.
Features
Tourism
95%
Cultural
70%
Reviews
4.0
1
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Carolyn B
4 | 2017-11-01

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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