Eco Tourism

Jordan Allure Tours & Travel has an excellent ecological awareness. We believe in involving tourists and local communities to share the love for Nature and to teach the coming generations how to conserve their inherited environment. The outcome of your visit to each protected areas helps renovating See more details

Camel & Horse Riding

  Horses and camels play an important part of local tradition in Jordan,Camel and horse riding can be done in many areas in Jordan. In particular, the desert area of Wadi Rum lends itself superbly to trekking by camel and horseback. In Petra you can try a short camel ride or ride by horse back d See more details

Pilgrimage tours

baptism or bethany is a popular site located in Jordan. Here, was the place where Jesus was baptized by John the baptist, an important event in the life of Jesus.the water flows into the Jordan river, eventually flowing into the Dead Sea located more than 100KM to the south. This site is believed by See more details

Leisure & Wellness

The popularity of the spa vacation has increased worldwide as many people are adopting healthier lifestyles Special Wellness leisure Holiday at the Greatest and largest Natural SPA on Earth, Dead Sea and the natural hot water falls and springs of Ma'in, The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, it is See more details

Family Fun

Holidays should be fun for everyone in the family. With a wealth of activities, events and cultural experiences, Jordan is the ideal place to take a family holiday. With its spectacular diversity of activities, events and cultural experiences, Jordan is the ideal place to share experiences you’ll See more details

Classical Tours

Our classical tours consist of our most requested itineraries. These tours cover Jordan’s most conspicuous and famous sites and range from 4 nights up to 12 nights in the Kingdom. These tours can be booked for groups and individual travelers and include transportation in air conditioned, new v See more details

Extensions Tours

Jordan Allure Tours has excellent partners in Israel, Syria & Egypt and we operate several tours from Israel, Syria & Egypt to Jordan.With our knowledgeable tour guides, local expertise, and our vast experience, we offer top-quality escorted tours to Jordan as well as our famous extension tours, we See more details
   

Shouback Castle

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 Montreal is a Crusader castle on the eastern side of the Arabah, perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain, looking out over fruit trees below. The ruins, called Shoubak or Shawbak in Arabic, are located in modern town of Shoubak in Jordan. The castle was built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem during his expedition to the area (during which he captured Aqaba on the Red Sea in 1116). Originally called 'Krak de Montreal' or 'Mons Regalis', it was named in honor of the king's own contribution to its construction (Mont Royal).

It was strategically located on a hill on the plain of Edom, along the pilgrimage and caravan routes from Syria to Arabia. This allowed Baldwin to control the commerce of the area, as pilgrims and merchants needed permission to travel past it. It was surrounded by relatively fertile land, and two cisterns were carved into the hill, with a long, steep staircase leading to springs within the hill itself. Little remains of the original Crusader fortifications. Although it has never been fully excavated, it is known that there was a set of three walls, which partially remain.

The towers and walls are decorated with carved inscriptions dating from 14th century Mamelukes renovations, but the inside is ruinous. Near the gatehouse, a well with over 350 dangerously slippery spirals, rock-cut steps descends to a spring. The castle is currently investigated by an Italian archaeological team of the University of Florence.