Amman Desert Castles Day Tour
Maximise your precious time in Amman with a city tour that covers off all of Amman’s must-see sights such as the Citadel, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Amman Museum. You will then head off into the desert to visit the desert castles of Jordan with their beautiful Islamic art and architecture. You’ll see beautiful mosaics, frescoes and stone carvings.
We will pick you up from your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle, then we start our tour with a visit to the Citadel. This is the site of the ancient Rabbath-Ammon, and excavations have unearthed evidence of occupation since the pottery neolithic period. Perched on a hill, it gives visitors a great perspective of the city’s history and stunning views. As we tour the Citadel you will see the Aumayyad Palace complex, dating back to 720-750AD, the Temple of Hercules, built during the reign of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD), and a Byzantine Church dating bakc to the 6th or 7th century AD.
Our next stop is the Archaeological Museum which showcases Jordan’s history and cultural heritage in a series of beautifully presented galleries.
We then stroll via the Souq, the local bazaar selling a wide array of spices, traditional Arabic delicacies and fruit and vegetables, to the Roman Theatre. The theatre, which dates back to the 2nd Century and has a seating capacity of approximately 6,000 is the most impressive legacy of the Roman city of Philadelphia. The theatre is built in three tiers, the first tier, closest to the action was reserved for the ruling class, the second tier for the military, and the third tier for the general public.
You will be then driven to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed desert castles of Azraq, Amra and Harraneh Qasr Amra You’ll be amazed at the interior walls and ceilings of these buildings, which are covered with lively frescoes which depict theems such as hunting, dancing, musicians, bathing scenes, cupids, and personifications of history, philosophy and poetry.
These structures actually acted as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centres, and were outposts that were an integral part of ancient rulers forging ties with the local Bedouin tribes.
When we have finished exploring the castles, we will then drive back to Amman where you will be dropped back to your hotel.
- Transport in air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- English speaking tour guide
- Personal expenses
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