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Umm Qais Museum

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Umm Qais Museum

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Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
$94.00 per adult
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Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from Amman
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Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from Amman

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Rewind to the time of ancient Rome on a private day trip to Jerash and Umm Qais from Amman. After heading north from Amman in a private, air-conditioned minivan, enjoy a guided tour of the ruins of Jerash. Gaze in awe at the well-preserved remains, including Hadrian’s Arch, the Oval Plaza and Hippodrome as you hear tales of the city’s golden age. Continue to the Greco-Roman site at Umm Qais to see its basilica terrace, theaters and other relics, and visit the town archaeological museum before returning to Amman.
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Vandy10 wrote a review Jan 2020
Bangalore, India170 contributions102 helpful votes
Called Gadara in the Greek and roman times the present day ruins of Umm Qais are worth a visit, if only for the views. The ruins are famous for the views of the Sea of Galilee & Golan Heights. Because of the location there are great views of Israel, Syria and Jordan from here. For better views one should drive further down the road past the ruins and pass through a couple of military checkpoints (carry your passports). After seeing the views we wandered around the ruins. There are the remains of the colonnaded street, most of the pillars are long gone. The roman shops along the path to the theatre are now being used as horse stables. The restored, black basalt West theatre is a nice spot for photography . There are other remains, but nothing interesting, at least for us.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Mechel P wrote a review Jan 2020
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During our trip to Jordan we visited Umm Qais / Gadara and surroundings. Our guide was Ahmad Al Omari, a man we can highly recommend. He was born and raised at the spot, so he can tell you all about it and showed us the view over Golan Heights and Lake Tiberias. The next day we went for a hike with Ahmad. We enjoyed this hike very much, especially because of all the interesting things Ahmad told us about nature and the history of the area. Besides the fact that he has a great knowledge of and love for the region he is a very nice man to have around. And if you want to spend the night in the countryside, book a room in his beautiful homestay.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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world1explorer wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom206 contributions105 helpful votes
With Jerash and Petra being the obvious historical sites when visiting Jordan, it's easy to overlook the ancient site of Gadara (Umm Qais). We did Umm Qais and Jerash as a day trip from Amman, and highly recommend doing both, but definitely do Umm Qais (Gadara) first. The drive out is through a different land/cityscape than other parts of Jordan, and is currently the only place within 5 miles of the Syrian border that is considered safe for tourists according to most UN government state departments. The principle draw for us was the views across Palestine, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, the Golan Heights, Syria, Mt Hermon and Lebanon. Our driver picked up a local guide before we got to the Roman city of Gadara, who took us through a couple of near border checkpoints (well within Jordan) to a deserted site with the best views. Later we saw pretty good views from Gadara but if you go to the GPS location below right above the caves of Jesus, you'll get some of the best views we had in our 12 days in Jordan. Gadara was a decopolis city, is the origin of the phrase Gadarene swine in biblical stories, and the Roman theater was particularly well preserved. We enjoyed walking through the site, and while it's no Jerash it clearly was an important city in its day. Most of all, just enjoy the drive there and back, a first taste of Jordanian antiquity if you can do this early on your tour of Jordan like we did (first day) and a pre-taste of whats to come at Jerash. But its a must visit for the views. TIP: Drive to nearby GPS 32° 39' 47.88" N 35° 39' 2.112" E for the very best views across the Sea of Galilee to Lebanon, Syria, Golan Heights, Palestine/Israel and Jordan. You may need your passports at two military checkpoints as its near a base and of course near the Syrian border. At time of writing this area was considered safe and excluded from all governmental travel warnings TIP: Follow the steps near the outdoor cafe at the Museum site for good views of the Gadara site. TIP: Dont spend hours here if going on to Jerash, allowing an hour max gives a great overview
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Daryl O wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore69 contributions7 helpful votes
We wanted to see the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights, so we made the 2.5 hour (one way) trip The ruins wasnt spectacular... Jerash is much better If you arent keen on the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights, you can save yourself the rather long drive
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Date of experience: December 2019
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CaroH wrote a review Dec 2019
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A partly restored village/Roman site occupying a significant vantage point looking across multiple countries - on a good day you can see across to the mountains in Lebanon. Much impressive carving and stunning use of basalt to form columns, doors and the West Theatre. One of the (many) highlights of Jordan. A well sited cafe enables refreshments to be taken while admiring the views; and there are some welcome information signs. Well worth reading up about the site before you go so you can just wander around and enjoy the buildings, views and light.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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