Aqaba (for Petra), Jordan
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Approximately 5¾ Hours
Meals not included
A two-hour scenic drive north of Aqaba brings you to the municipality of Shoubak, where you'll visit one of the best-preserved Crusader castles in Jordan.
Shoubak Castle is an early 12th-century Crusader castle, perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain 4,265 feet above sea level. Although lesser known than the popular Kerak Castle, its isolation from the nearest town makes for a more atmospheric setting. Built in AD 1115, Shoubak was originally called Krak de Montreal -- the first of many fortifications built by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard the road from Egypt to Damascus. It successfully resisted a number of sieges before finally falling to Saladin troops in 1189.
Please note: Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes and, on hot days, wear light clothing. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Participants must negotiate stairs and/or uneven surfaces.