Depart your Amman hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle, and travel south along scenic roads that follow the ancient trading route of the Kings Highway.
Arrive at Karak, and ascend to the massive hilltop castle, built by the Crusaders between 1110 and 1143 BC. One of a chain of Crusader defenses between Jerusalem and Aqaba, Karak resisted attacks from Saladin’s armies in the 1180s before succumbing in 1189. It then served as a Byzantine bishopric, and incorporated a church.
Explore independently or hire a local guide (additional cost) and wander around the underground passages, galleries, chambers, and fortified turrets.
Absorb the spectacular views from the towers, and then continue to the Crusader Castle of Shobak. Built in the early 12th century, this isolated hilltop castle withstood many attacks from Saladin’s forces until it fell in 1189. During the 14th century, the Mamluks built over much of the Crusader structures.
Go inside and explore the remnants, seeing the beautifully intricate wall inscriptions, halls, and underground staircase tunneled into the hillside.
Soak in the haunting atmosphere and views from the battlements, and then return to Amman, where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.