When breakfast is over, the tour will leave Amman again to seek out the assortment of Jordan's Desert Castles - remnants of early Islamic art and architecture. These 'castles' were built on the old trade routes during the Umayyad era and resemble forts, bathhouses and palaces rather than castles.
Your guide will show you the remaining mosaics, frescos, carvings and illustrations that were molded by Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions - offering insight into life during the 8th century. The tour will venture around the castles of Qasr al-Kharrana, Qal'at al-Azraq and Qseirr Amra.
The next stops include the nature reserves run by the Jordanian Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). The first reserve, the Aqraq Wetland Reserve is an idyllic sanctuary in the eastern desert, set between a limestone desert in the west and a basalt desert in the east. This oasis is filled with verdant marshland and sparkling pools and streams that attract a wealth of migratory birds on the Africa-Eurasian flyway.
The second reserve is the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, which was originally created as a breeding and reintroduction centre for globally threatened and locally extinct wildlife, particularly the Arabia oryx. Over the years, a range of rare animals now reside in the reserve, including ostriches struthio, goitered gazelles and Persian onagers. Red foxes, wild cats, striped hyenas, caracals and wolves also roam the area. Bird lovers should also look out for imperial eagles, pallid harriers and Egyptian vultures.
The visitor's centre on site is a good starting point and guided safaris also take place in the reserves. You can arrange a safari with your tour if there is time and availability before the tour returns to Amman.
You can enjoy your last evening in Downtown Amman, feasting on Jordanian dishes. We recommend tasting the national dish of Jordan, Mansaf (lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented yogurt) or tucking into falafel and hummus along with a sweet dessert.