- Private day trip to Jerash and Umm Qais from Amman
- Learn little-known facts about the Roman Empire in Jordan from a knowledgeable private guide
- Walk around the vast ancient city of Jerash to see the Forum, Hippodrome and more
- Travel to northwest Jordan and explore the Roman Ruins and Ottoman village in Umm Qais
- Visit the museum at Umm Qais and hear tales and trivia about its 4th-century artifacts
- Enjoy personalized attention from both a private guide and driver
What You Can Expect
First, venture northward through Jordan’s desert landscapes to Jerash, a modern city fringed by the relics of the once-prosperous Roman city known as Gerasa. Meet your friendly local guide at the entrance, and enjoy a private tour of the spectacular site, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East.
Pass through the monumental Hadrian’s Arch that was the city’s main gateway, and ogle the classic ruins spread before you. Then, stroll around this once-bustling city to see highlights such as the colonnaded avenue, the Temple of Zeus, the Hippodrome chariot-racing arena, and the Oval Plaza, an egg-shaped forum framed by a ring of standing columns.
As you explore, hear captivating tales about Gerasa during its heyday. Learn how Alexander the Great conquered the city in the 2nd century BC, and how later, local farmers cultivated much-coveted fruits and vegetables to sell on to the wealthy Roman residents.
After a break for lunch (own expense), continue to the village of Umm Qais, overlooking the ruins of another Roman Decapolis city known as Gadara.
Soak up the views from here over the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights, and explore the Greco-Roman ruins, including the crumbled mausoleum, basilica terrace, theaters and other treasures. Then, visit the town museum to admire some of the precious artifacts recovered from the site, including mosaics and marble statues.
Journey back to Amman where your trip concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Both of these sites were very interesting and very different. There is a lot of walking on the Jerash tour so one needs to be able-bodied. The site itself is vast.
Sadly, only one of us was able to take this tour which made conversing with the guide quite difficult. He did seem to know what tourists wanted to see so that was good, but overall the tour content was a little disappointing.