Welcome to Azraq


Azraq's shimmering lake and extensive wetlands were once famed throughout the entire region as both a refuge for wildlife and a beacon for pilgrims and caravans plying the trade routes between Baghdad and Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the draining of the wetlands has reduced the town's appeal; it is now perhaps more famous for the refugee camp on its outskirts, hosting those who have fled the Syrian civil war.


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$68.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman

After pick up from your central Amman by private, air-conditioned vehicle, relax as you journey out of the city and into the desert plains of eastern Jordan to visit explore UNESCO-listed Amra Castle (Qasr Amra), famous for its 8th century frescos of hedonistic scenes before continuing to the Kharana Castle (Qasr Al - Kharana) 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. Drive with your friendly informative driver to experience the fascinating Desert Castles. The region is speckled with 7th and 8th century castles, many within a 15-minute drive of each other, that were originally built by the Caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty as rural retreats and hunting lodges. Hear tales about this powerful dynasty, the first Muslim rulers of the Arab kingdom, including fascinating snippets about their extravagance and debauchery. As you travel, feel free to tell your driver if there’s a castle you want to see more of or another castle you’d like to visit, at your own expense. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests. After about 1 hour on the road, pull up at UNESCO-listed Qasr Amra, one of east Jordan’s most famous castles. Once a hunting palace of the Umayyads, this splendidly restored edifice is graced with 8th-century frescoes showing decadent scenes of nude women, wine and parties. Continue to Qasr Al -Kharana, an imperious 2-level fortress standing in a huge plain. Thought to have been built on Roman foundations, this evocative castle exudes intrigue and displays a rich array of Mesopotamian, Arabic, and Greek architectural influences. Finally, head for Qasr Al-Azraq, originally an Umayyad hunting retreat and once used as a headquarters by T.E. Lawrence, the 20th-century British soldier and Arab Revolt leader perhaps more famously known as Lawrence of Arabia. Wander around the sun-burnished courtyards, towers and mosque and learn how Lawrence based his operations here during 1917 to 1918. After exploring here, relax on your ride back to Amman where your experience finishes with a hotel drop off. Upgrade your tour to include an Accompanied Licensed Guide from Amman to be with you for the visit of the 3 Marvelous Desert Castles.

$58 Day Trips & Excursions

Half Day Tour to Desert Castles from Amman

Jordan's Umayyad desert castles are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture and stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Take a half-day tour and delve deep into the history of Jordan under the expertise of a professional guide.The structures are called “castles” because of their imposing stature. The desert complexes once served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions, and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins.Inside the castlesm, early Islamic art can be found. The fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings are inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions and reveal to us countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th Century.Alongside the castles you will also visit the black basalt fort at Azraq, which had been in continuous use since late Roman times, and was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt

$138 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Desert Castles from the Dead Sea

After Dead Sea hotel pickup between 8am and 9am, settle inside your air-conditioned car or minibus with your private driver, and travel through the deserts of eastern Jordan. Although your driver isn’t an official Ministry of Jordan guide, they will be knowledgeable about the area, and will point out landmarks on route. Local guides are readily available at each castle, and you can opt to hire them at your own expense. The region is littered with desert castles dating from the 1st-century Muslim rulers of the Umayyads. These powerful royals built the fortresses to serve as pleasure palaces, spas, and hunting lodges. After roughly 1.5 hours, reach the spectacular castle of UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra. After roughly 1.5 hours, reach the spectacular castle of UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra. Once an Umayyad hunting base, this well-preserved castle is famed for its 8th-century frescoes depicting hedonistic scenes of women, wine, and partying. Having explored here, reconvene with your driver and, if you wish, ask for their recommendations for nearby restaurants for lunch. Relax over a meal (own expense) at their suggested eatery, and then continue to Qasr Kharana, an imposing 2-storey fortress set on a vast desert plain. Believed to be built on Roman foundations, this beautiful castle displays Mesopotamian, Arabic, and Greek architectural influences. Next, continue to Qasr al-Azraq near Azraq town. Famous for having been used as a headquarters by T.E. Lawrence, the World War I British military officer known as Lawrence of Arabia, this impressive castle was used as an Umayyad hunting lodge before being fortified to defend against the Crusaders. Explore the courtyards and mosque, and be sure to see the impressive western tower and wall carvings. If you fancy visiting an additional castle (own expense), let your driver know: your itinerary can be adjusted around your interests. Your tour ends with an afternoon hotel drop-off at the Dead Sea.

$950 Cultural & Theme Tours

BEST OF JORDAN

• Day 1/ Sun: Arrival - AmmanMeet and assist by our representative at Queen Alia Airport who will assist you through the immigration and customs and match with your driver and head to your hotel in Amman. Day 2/ Mon: Amman – Salt Harmony trail with Lunch – Bethany – Amman After breakfast, transfer to Al salt for harmony trail with your guide visiting traditional & old part of Al Salt city, lunch at Local place or with Local family, then continue to Bethany for visit, back to Amman Hotel for overnight. Day 3/ Tue: Amman -  City Tour – Jerash – Amman After breakfast, transfer to start a city tour in Amman visiting citadel & romain theatre, continue to Jerash for visit, back to Amman hotel for Overnight. Day 4/ Wed: Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Mujib – Kerak – Petra After breakfast, transfer via Kingsway visiting Madaba, Nebo, with a stop on Mujib, visit of Kerak, continue to Petra for Overnight. Day 5/ Thu: Petra – Wadi rum After breakfast, Full day visit of Petra, late in afternoon transfer to Wadi rum for visit, dinner & overnight at the camp.    Day 6/ Fri: Wadi Rum – Dead Sea – Amman After breakfast, start a Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum for 02hours early hours in the morning, Lunch at Camp, continue to Dead Sea for swimming and free time at leisure, Overnight at Amman Hotel. Day 7/ Sat: Amman – Full day Desert Castles & Nature Reserves- Amman  After breakfast, start a full day visit of desert castles (Azraq, Kharranah & Amra) , then continuer for the visit of Nature reserve , Azraq wetland & Shaumari reserve , back to Amman Hotel for overnight ,   Day 8/ Sun: Departure via QAIA After breakfast, transfer to QAIA with our assistance for final departure. End of Services.  

$106.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Azraq Wetland Private Half Day Tour from Amman

The Ramsar Convention declared Azraq Wetland and the adjacent mudflat as a major station for migratory birds on the African-Eurasian flyway in 1977. Be picked up from your hotel in Amman at 8am to visit the wetland, a location of rich biodiversity, providing a natural habitat for numerous aquatic and terrestrial species, including the Azraq Killifish. A variety of birds flock to the reserve each year, stopping for a short rest along their migration routes, staying for the winter, or breeding within the wetland. The Azraq wetland is the only oasis in the Arabian Desert with a self-replenishing system that has allowed it to sustain itself throughout the years. After enjoying the wildlife you will be taken back to Amman.

$33.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Daily Tour from Amman to The Desert Castles

At 8.30am start the private tour from your hotel in Amman to the first fortress. Transfers from site to site last about 45 minutes each. The first stop is thought to have been built by the Romans around 300 CE, during the reign of Diocletian. The structure was also used by the Byzantines and Umayyads. Qasr al-Azraq underwent its final major stage of building in 1237 CE, when the Mamluks redesigned and fortified it. In the 16th century the Ottoman Turks stationed a garrison there, and Lawrence of Arabia made the fortress his desert headquarters during the winter of 1917, during the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.Heading back towards Amman on Highway 40, Qusayr ‘Amra is about 17.5 miles (28 km) from Azraq. This is the best preserved of the desert castles, and probably the most charming. It was built during the reign of the Caliph Walid I (705-715 CE) as a luxurious bath house. Qasr al-Harraneh remains an enigma to archaeologists and historians. With its high walls, arrow slits, four corner towers and square shape of a Roman fortress, Qasr al-Harraneh would appear to be a defensive castle.You will then be driven back to your hotel in Amman.