Our driver will meet you at your hotel in Amman then continue the drive to explore the desert castles that are located in the heart of Jordan. The region is strewn with the famous desert castles — many within a 15-minute drive of each other — that hark back to the days of the Umayyads - the first Muslim rulers of the Arab kingdom during the 1st century, and explore their pleasure palaces, opulent spas and hunting houses.
First stop is Qasr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and highlight of any trip to the region. Once an Umayyad hunting hideaway, the impeccably preserved castle is now best-known for its 8th-century frescoes that depict hedonistic scenes of nude women, wine and wild times.
Then, continue to Qasr Kharana, the imposing 2-storey fortress that sits in the center of a vast and open plain. Believed to have been built on Roman foundations, the structure resonates with intrigue and Mesopotamian, Arabic and Greek influences are all apparent inside its walls.
The final stop of your tour is at Qasr al-Azraq, on the outskirts of Azraq. The building was previously used as a hunting lodge by the Umayyads, and later fortified as a defense against the Christian Crusaders. Gaze in awe as you explore the setting, and discover its courtyards, towers and mosque. After, transfer back to your hotel in Amman.