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Private Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman

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    Meet your private driver at your hotel or another central location of your choice in Amman, and venture into northern Jordan toward Jerash.
    One of the world’s best-preserved classical sites, Jerash was a prosperous Greek and Roman city. Founded by Alexander the Great around 331 BC, the city—then called Gerasa—reached its peak after the Roman conquest in 63 BC, later becoming one of the 10 great Decapolis cities of the east.
    Arrive at the gate and choose to explore independently or hire a local guide (own expense). Then, head inside (own expense) to inspect the timeworn streets, plazas, bathhouses, and other remains. See highlights like the 2nd-century Hadrian's Arch and 15,000-seater Hippodrome arena, and admire the Oval Colonnade, Temple of Artemis, and Colonnaded Street.
    Then, travel to nearby Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built by the forces of Saladin to defend against Crusader incursions. The hilltop edifice is a stunning example of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture and was built to dominate three major passages into northwest Jordan. Go inside (own expense) and look around the towers, corridors, and small museum, absorbing the historical atmosphere and scenic views.
    Re-join your driver and continue further north to Umm Qais, where the remnants of another Roman Decapolis city known as Gadara cover a hillside.
    Drink in the views from the hill to the Golan Heights, Lake Tiberius, and Jordan Valley, and opt to explore independently or take a locally guided tour (own expense). View the Greco-Roman remains, seeing highlights such as the mausoleum, basilica terrace, and theaters.
    Finally, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a drop-off at any central location of your choosing.
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    Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

    We had problems with this tour. At Jerash, since the driver did not accompany us to where you buy the tickets, we payed the money for the entrance fee but were not given the tickets. We didn’t think that there were tickets, but when we...More

    Thank lawsonc628
    Reviewed March 24, 2019

    Jerash is an amazing site and a must see if you are going to Jordan. It is the location of the largest Roman architecture outside Italy. Umm Qais is roughly 110 kilometres (68 mi) to the north from Amman, and it gives you a beautiful...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank JimZerbe
    Reviewed March 3, 2019

    We booked a full day tour through Viator on 2/23 (where I am unable to post this review), and paid for the extra option of a local guide at Jerash. We were disappointed to hear the Umm Qais was "closed" that day, according to our...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    3  Thank AccidentalArcheo
    Rami H, Owner at R&H VIP Transportation Services & Car Rental, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2019

    Dear, Um Qais was replaced with Amman city tour due of bad weather and floods, and regarding the guide in Jerash was provided by us and we already sent a copy receipt to Viator.

    Reviewed February 27, 2019

    I'm giving this activity a 3/5 because we were promised a day-trip to three locations, Ajloun, Jerash, and Umm Qais. We were informed by our driver on the day that Umm Qais is closed for renovations, and that he'd make it up to us by...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    5  Thank 65laylaa
    Reviewed February 10, 2019

    It was a great day in terms of weather and what you can see. Take your time everywhere and enjoy the many things to see. There are way too many hawkers just trying to rip you off though, so beware of that constant harassment -...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank Sean M
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    October 16, 2018|
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    Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
    Hi just added this review to the Um Quais part of our full day trip out and for your information "Apologies, missed out this leg of what was a private full day tour which included Adjourn Castle and Jerash. Sadly this part... More
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