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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

cold weather is not a obstacle for a curious traveler!Took a guided tour with the group-very windy and about plus 5.Still there was no fog-so could totally enjoy the views from the castle

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AnkurPankur
Reviewed December 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

Very interested ruins of castle but you have to take guide who will tell you everything about it. Visit takes about 1 h .

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Krzysztof W
Reviewed November 25, 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Nice views of the surrounding land. Interesting to walk around the area, wasn’t spectacular but enjoyed the visit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank katiemN3739AG
Reviewed October 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GreekGeek16
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The Castle is inknown to many people. It is one of the most beautiful crossaiders castles built in 12th century. It is located on a strategic place on top the Shaubak mointains.

Date of experience: October 2018
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August 28, 2017|
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Response from mitchian | Reviewed this property |
The Castle will take a day to get to. Jordan is a great place and may places to see. If you are on an organised tour stick with their itinerary if yo are free and in the Petra area visit the castle.
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November 20, 2015|
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Response from VivaMexicoLiz | Reviewed this property |
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
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Manama, Bahrain
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|
Response fromallie1904|
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
Manchester, United Kingdom
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|
Response fromOreet-S|
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.
Chicago, Illinois
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|
Response frommkchicago1|
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