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

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    What to Expect
    Following Amman hotel pickup, venture north by private vehicle to the town of Umm Qais, near the remnants of the Greco-Roman city of Gadara. 

    After about two hours, arrive at the hillside ruins, where the antiquities lie mingled with an abandoned, 19th-century Ottoman village. Join a local guide, and learn how Gadara was part of ancient Rome’s Decapolis league — a group of self-governing cities on the empire’s frontiers in the Middle East.

    Admire the hillside views over the Jordan Valley, Sea of Galilee, and Golan Heights, and visit the on-site museum in the restored Ottoman governor’s palace. Then, take a guided tour, following a timeworn street to the 3,000-seater Roman Theater. Continue to the Byzantine-era Basilica with its octagonal altar, and walk down the main Cardo Maximus street, passing other monuments as your guide charts Gadara’s history, including its golden age in the 2nd century AD.

    Next, drive to Pella, the remains of a Hellenistic city, and earlier and later settlements. First mentioned as ‘Pihilum’ or ‘Pehel’ by the Egyptians in the 19th century BC, Pella prospered when the Romans arrived, building temples, theaters, and baths. See the antiquities, some dating back more than 8,000 years, and then continue with your driver to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East.

    On arrival, meet a local guide for a tour of the site, often called the ‘Pompeii of the East.’ Learn how the city was built by Alexander the Great in the 2nd century BC, and enter through the main gateway, Hadrian’s Arch, to explore. Admire the Oval Plaza and Colonnaded Street, and see temples, theaters, baths, fountains, and other semi-intact buildings as your guide shares nuggets about the city’s history.

    After discovering the main sites here, conclude with a hotel drop-off in Amman.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotels in Amman
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle according number of participants
    • English-Speaking Driver
    • Local English-Speaking guide for classic visit of Jerash and Umm Qais
    • Entry/Admission - Jerash Ruins
    • Entry/Admission - Umm Qais Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Pella
    • All type of meals, unless option with lunch selected (Vegetarian meal by request)
    • All type of beverages
    • All type of gratuities (Tips to the Driver) – Recommended
    • Personal Expenses
    • Anything else not mentioned
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • For clients holding Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be returned directly in destination.
    • Pick up and drop off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for lay over day tour.
    • Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
    • Tours with lunch: Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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