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Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle wins over even the most castle-weary, despite being less complete than its sister fortification at Karak. Formerly called Mons Realis (the Royal Mountain), it was built by the Crusader king Baldwin...more
This castle has been partially restored and the rest is ruins. There are a few 'hidden' tunnels some of which you can go down- they're quite steep and dark. recommend a torch. It was a great view from the castle and a nice walk around....More
We visited whilst on a tour of Jordan. Interesting castle with good view. Best if you arrive by car or small vehicle as you can park next to site
Larger vehicles eg buses have to park at visitors centre and you have to walk a...More
Shobak castle is not very big, it takes around 1 hour to walk around it and also do the "secret" tunnel. The castle itself is nothing very special - it's mostly in ruins and there is not much to see in the structure itself. But,...More
Shobal castle was a fascinating ruin with unbelievable views of the valleys all around - easy to understand why the long-ago French builders located it there, with such a command of the views and all approaches! It was a fairly fast tour of the old...More
We stopped at this place because it was between Petra and the Dead Sea. It was definitely worth the trip to see the ruins and the views are quiet amazing as well. Lots of history here but the place is crumbling.
You get fantastic panoramic views from the castle which is in a rather dilapidated state but ongoing renovations are taking place. Notwithstanding this worth a visit if you are in the area. Quite a large site which is peacefully quiet. One can imagine the significance...More
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We arranged our visit through the Herz agency at our hotel. They provided a driver, so I didn't pay much attention to the signage but it seemed very clear. The road is quite good and there is plenty of parking. Definitely... More
We arranged our visit through the Herz agency at our hotel. They provided a driver, so I didn't pay much attention to the signage but it seemed very clear. The road is quite good and there is plenty of parking. Definitely worth seeing!
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Itinerary suggestions? (8 Replies)
Hi, I am planning a trip for my husband, my one year old son, and myself for January 24-Feb. 5 to Jordan and Israel. I would appreciate if you guys would take a look at my itinerary for Jordan and give any suggestions that might make our holiday more enjoyable. Should we spend one more night here and visit Jarash? 1/24- arrive in Amman at 1100, rent a car at the airport, and spend the afternoon exploring the Citidal, amphitheater, Ahl al kahf, and Jebel al weibdeh. Is this enough time to...More
January 13, 2014|
One day is enough to see the attractions in Amman however you won't get a 'feel' for the city. IMO Jerash is a must do! You only need half a day if you start early to visit Jerash and Ajloun Castle. You can see Madaba in around a half day, then head to nebo, if you go down the highway to karak you will arrive around 4pm in time to see the castle. Karak is awesome. You will definitely need two nights in Petra if you want to do all that hiking, especially with a little one, will he be in...More
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Israel and Jordan itinerary advice (9 Replies)
Hello, We've just booked flights to and from Tel Aviv in October. I have put together a possible itinerary. We're interested in a mixture of things - cultural and historical sites, nature, eating and drinking. We're fairly active and don't mind being on the move a lot. We're not so interested in nightlife or museums. Is there anything major that I'm missing? I appreciate that a week in each country isn't enough to see everything. 9th - fly to Tel Aviv, take bus to Jerusalem ...More
August 05, 2017|
For starters I suggest you flip your plan around so that you tour Jordan first and then Israel. You will be arriving during a period of Jewish holidays that ends on the 13-14th of the month - during which time crowds will be larger, prices will be higher and many hotels will have minimum stay requirements. If you tour Jordan first, you will avoid this and enjoy Israel when it is less crowded and less expensive.
Madaba to Petra via Kings Highway (3 Replies)
Found a travel partner to share a ride from Madaba to Petra which has opened some new options/ideas for the trip. Looking at the weather reports I assume that snow is disappearing, but not sure. Taking weather into account we are trying to decide what stops make the most sense. 1) Karak (we are definitely planning a stop here) 2) Mt Nebo 3) Bethany 4) Wadi Mujib 5) Dana - not sure if we really have time for Dana Reserve, but I have seen that sunset at Dana Tower is wonderful. 6)...More
December 18, 2013|
Thank you for the info. Good to know how far out I of the way that would take us. I'm prepared for a long day as it is but don't need to make it that much longer. I can do the northern trips when back in amman