Step back to Crusader times on a private round-trip to Karak and Shobak Castles 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, take in sweeping views from the hilltop towers. Your tour includes private transportation in leisure vehicle with English Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide, hotel pick up, drop off after this long trip, and entrance fees.
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.