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

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

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icon6 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Explore northern Jordan’s historical highlights on this private, full-day Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Qais tour from Amman. Discover the Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, seeing its Oval Colonnade, temples, and more; and delve into 12th-century Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin’s forces. Finally, explore the remains of Umm Qais, another Greco-Roman city. Your tour includes private round-trip transportation and Amman hotel pickup and drop-off. Admission fees and local guides at the sites at your own expense.
  • Full-day private tour of Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais from Amman
  • See classical Jerash, once a major Greek and Roman city
  • Admire the well-preserved Hadrian’s Arch, Colonnaded Street, Oval Colonnade and more
  • Explore 12th-century Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin’s forces against the Crusaders
  • Visit Greco-Roman Umm Qais, seeing its theaters, plazas, and mausoleum
  • Includes private round-trip transport, with local guides and admission fees at own expense
  • Price per vehicle, based on maximum of three passengers
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Fuel surcharge
Bottled water
English Speaking Driver
Transportation to/from attractions
WIFI Available
Local guide at Jerash ( If Selected
Gratuities
Food and drinks ( Alcoholic

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup Point: From Any Hotel In Amman

Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

8:00 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Umm Qais Museum
Umm Qais or Qays is a town in northern Jordan principally known for its proximity to the ruins of the ancient Gadara, also a former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
Ajloun Castle, also known as, is a 12th-century Muslim castle situated in northwestern Jordan. It is placed on a hilltop belonging to the Jabal Ajlun district, also known as Jabal 'Auf after a Bedouin tribe which had captured the area in the 12th century
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Jerash Ruins
Jerash is a city in Jordan, north of the capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade. The Jerash Archaeological Museum displays artifacts excavated from the site.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY R&H VIP Transportation Services & Car Rental
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman.

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star-5
MohammEd was great!
Harvey_B
, Oct 2021
We all appreciated our driver, Mohammed's suggestions and tailoring our tour to fit our wishes perfectly!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amer, the best!
Francisco_A
, Aug 2021
We booked transportation only since we wanted to go relax, nice and slowly. Amer, was kind, patient and always ready to give a hint or recommendation about the sites we visited. There was not even a single offer made by him to push for a place, restaurant or guide which was great, 5/5. Great driver, we felt safe the whole trip.
star-5
This place is something....
Michael_C
, Aug 2021
This place is something. Jerash is way underrated. If you like ruins or ancient history, this is up your ally. Really cool place. When it says take 3 hours....do it....and bring a lot of water. The castle was neat, not an all day affair but neat. We didn't go to the last place because of time, but the driver did offer to bring us....that was on us not him. Our driver was awesome....really cool guy and doesn't smoke in front of you all day. I respect that a lot because it smells clean and he puts you first. Mo was his name for short. Just an awesome guy who deserves the work. He works hard. I had a moment where I wasn't paying attention and ran into a door....super embarising and not something I've ever done before. I'm usually really good about looking where I'm going. He didn't make fun of me and instead made sure I was okay. That's the kind of guy you want for your tour. He also really cares about his family and some of his stories will melt you. That is part of the overall experience you know? Good time on this journey.
star-5
Excellent
roman_c
, Jul 2021
Excellent trip and excellent driver ask for MO. The views of the Castle, Scenery, and Ruins are a must See!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Average
Dain_B
, Feb 2020
The driver was friendly as expected and took us wherever we wanted to go. He was very accommodating. The only thing I didn't like which you need to look out for on most of these types of yours is them trying to get you to go to a tourist trap restaurant and souvenir shop. We were able to tell him no for the shop because we knew what to expect (they take you there and get a cut when you buy something which is overpriced). We tried and failed to avoid the restaurant. He kept trying to take us to a place he "recommends" and we wanted a buffet so he ended taking us to an overly priced tourist buffet. Basically it's nothing but tourists, overpriced, and they get a cut. Said we had those two options but it's not included in the tour so yeah. Just be smart and firm when dealing with drivers and guides.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
the tour guide or the driver is always offering a recommended place to eat because not every restaurant near to the site is good, and all shops and restaurants near to a tourist site it is a tourist shop or restaurant and they are over priced a bit like any place in the world
star-5
Northern Jordan
drussell1944
, Feb 2020
Good driver and guide in Jerash was excellent. We loved Jerash. So much interesting history. Other 2 sites also worth while.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your support
star-5
Great personalized service with a private driver
affygility
, Nov 2019
Private drivers are the way to go. You get to see each location at your own pace, and in between locations get to engage in conversation with the english-speaking driver.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your support
star-5
Driver was great - maybe make some schedule adjustments
torybrettmartin
, Nov 2019
Our driver for this tour was great and really flexible - he allowed us to stay at each site as long as we wanted. Umm Qais itself, though, was laid out strangely and it was hard to find the entrance once you're inside the site. Probably skippable. That said, Ajloun and Jerash were both fantastic and highly recommended. Having a friendly driver with good English was a very easy way to get around.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your support
star-5
A good overview
Neil R
, Oct 2019
All the three sites we visited are well worth seeing and the driving in between gives a good feel for the country to the north of Amman. Our driver was efficient and responsive to the needs of the party. Time at each site was quite short. Jerash on its own could take a full day. So book a different tour if you want that, but this is a good taster tour of this area of Jordan.
star-5
Excellent experience
Jan V
, Mar 2019
Our driver and guide was very friendly and was very well informed about the rich culture and history of Jordan. Due to tribal disputes the castle of Aljoun was normally not accessible by normal roads, but he managed to bring us to the castle by alternative roads. He also gave some useful tips for our further journey.

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