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Umm Qais (Gadara) Tours

Umm Qais (Gadara)
With the Roman ruins of Gadara, an abandoned Ottoman village, and sweeping views over Jordan, Israel, and Syria, the little town of Umm Qais (Gadara) has a lot to offer the visitor. The undisputed highlight is the ancient city, Gadara, where the remains of Roman theaters, colonnades, and tombs enjoy a spectacular hilltop location.

The Basics
Because it’s difficult and time-consuming to reach the ruins at Umm Qais (also written Umm Qays) by public transportation, most visitors either drive themselves or opt for an organized tour. Some day tours from Amman combine Umm Qais with the Roman ruins at Jerash. Full-day Umm Qais tours often include visits to the site’s small museum. Few visitors will be interested in the modern town, although hiking, biking, and even foraging are possible in the countryside.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Though it’s not as well known as Jerash, Gadara is a must for history buffs.
  • Umm Qais is close to both Syria and Israel, so check your government’s travel advice before booking a tour.
  • At the Gadara site, the Umm Qais Resthouse offers not only sweeping views over the ruins and the Middle East but excellent seasonal cuisine.
How to Get There
It takes at least four hours and four vehicles to reach Umm Qais from Amman by public transport, so most visitors opt to drive, hire a driver, or join a tour with round-trip transfers. The 78-mile (125-kilometer) drive north from Amman takes around two hours in a private vehicle.

When to Get There
The beauty of Umm Qais’ location is best appreciated in spring (roughly mid-March to mid-May), when the hills are lush and green. April is the optimal time to see wildflowers flourishing in the hills and among the ruins of Gadara. The site is rarely crowded so there’s no need for an early start to your Umm Qais tour.

The City of Gadara
According to the Bible, it was at Gadara that Jesus exorcised demons from two possessed men and cast the evil spirits into a herd of pigs, which then ran down the hill into a lake. During its heyday 2,000-odd years ago, Gadara was an intellectual hub known for its writers, artists, philosophers, and academics.
Address: Amman, Jordan
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Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from AmmanBus & Minivan Tours

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

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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.
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Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from AmmanPrivate Day Trips

Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman

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Explore Roman ruins and a hilltop fortress on a 10-hour private tour from Amman to Umm Qais, Ajloun Castle, and Jerash that includes round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle. Learn about Jordan’s ancient history and culture as you visit the sites, and enjoy the flexibility to customize the day to your interests and schedule.
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Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from AmmanPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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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Private Full Day Jerash and Umm Qais Tour From Dead SeaPrivate Day Trips

Private Full Day Jerash and Umm Qais Tour From Dead Sea

Visit two fascinating ancient cities on a private, full-day tour from the Dead Sea to Jerash and Umm Qais. Step into the world of ancient Romans, from the gorgeously-preserved ruins at Jerash to a series of exhibits in an Ottoman house. Enjoy the convenience of a personal driver and vehicle, with pickup and drop-off at Dead Sea hotels, entrance fees included, and guided tours of each site.
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Jerash & Um Qais Day Tour (Lunch Included)Day Trips

Jerash & Um Qais Day Tour (Lunch Included)

Get out of the city and explore Jerash and Um Qais on this full-day tour. Depart from Amman in an air-conditioned vehicle and make your way to Jerash. In the company of a guide, learn about the history of the ancient city. Continue to Um Qais and enjoy lunch with sweeping views over the countryside.
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Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from AmmanDay Trips

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Explore Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle on this 10-hour private trip from Amman, with round-trip transport included. Venture north through the Jordan Valley to Umm Qais, where the ruined Greco-Roman Decapolis city of Garada covers a hillside. Take a guided tour of the paved and columned Roman streets, see the theater, mausoleum and other remains; and peek inside the small museum. Later, visit Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built under Saladin to combat the Crusaders. Explore the stone castle and tiny museum, and admire the spectacular views from the towers.
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ROUND TRIP NORTHERN OF JORDAN UMM QAIS & PELLA & AJLOUN & JERASH FROM AMMANPhotography Tours

ROUND TRIP NORTHERN OF JORDAN UMM QAIS & PELLA & AJLOUN & JERASH FROM AMMAN

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All our transfers are private. All cars are new and air-conditioned cars or carts. Our English speaking drivers have more long experience especially with tourists. We offer free Wi-Fi, wet wipes, bottled water and juices. We will bring you in a convenient and safe way to your landing point. Enjoy your hassle-free vacation. We ensure that your journey with us is fictional and unforgettable.We recommend maximum during booking to be three people for a more comfortable trip. However, if the number becomes four, their freedom will be reduced while sitting, especially if the flight is limited to 3-4 hours and this is at their own risk. We provide assistance when needed.
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Private Tour: Full-Day Umm Qais, Pella, and Jerash Tour from AmmanPrivate Day Trips

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Jordan is blessed with some of Middle East’s best-preserved classical sites, and this 10-hour private trip from Amman covers three in one day. Tour the Greco-Roman ruins at Umm Qais; visit Pella, where ancient relics intermingle with Roman monuments; and explore Jerash, one of the world’s most impressive Roman archaeological sites. Your trip includes private transportation, hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and local guides to show you Umm Qais and Jerash.
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From Amman: Jerash and Umm Qais ExperienceCultural Tours

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Private Day Tour to Umm Qais from AmmanDay Trips

Private Day Tour to Umm Qais from Amman

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Visit Umm Qais — one of Jordan’s best-preserved archaeological sites — on this private 6-hour trip from Amman. Travel through the Jordan Valley for a guided tour of Umm Qais’ ruins, the remains of the Greco-Roman city of Gadara, and once part of the Greco-Roman Decapolis league. With a local guide, stroll the paved streets; see the theater, mausoleum and other relics; and visit the museum to view artifacts from the site. Learn Gadara’s history as you explore, and admire the breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.
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Jerash, Ajloun and Umm Qais Day Tour from AmmanBus & Minivan Tours

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All our vehicles are new and air conditioned. We have drivers who speak English and have long experience. They offer free Wi-Fi, wet wipes, bottled mineral water and sometimes juices. We will bring you a convenient and safe way to your landing point. Enjoy your hassle-free vacation. We guarantee that your journey with us will be imaginative and memorable.We recommend the maximum during booking to be three people for a more comfortable trip with regard to medium and large vehicles. However, if the number becomes four people, their freedom will be reduced while sitting, especially if the duration of the flight is 3-4 hours and this is on their own responsibility but we can secure them a Mini Jeep when needed more cost if this group is a family or friends travelled together. With regard to the numbers of 4-7 people we provide them with Mini Van while the rest we provide them with medium and large buses. Any traveler who wishes to book with us and wants to modify this program! contact us
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All our vehicles are new and air conditioned. We have drivers who speak English and have long experience. They offer free Wi-Fi, wet wipes, bottled mineral water and sometimes juices. We will bring you a convenient and safe way to your landing point. Enjoy your hassle-free vacation. We guarantee that your journey with us will be imaginative and memorable.We recommend the maximum during booking to be three people for a more comfortable trip with regard to medium and large vehicles. However, if the number becomes four people, their freedom will be reduced while sitting, especially if the duration of the flight is 3-4 hours and this is on their own responsibility but we can secure them a Mini Jeep when needed more cost if this group is a family or friends travelled together. With regard to the numbers of 4-7 people we provide them with Mini Van while the rest we provide them with medium and large buses. Any traveler who wishes to book with us and wants to modify this program! contact us
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7-DAYS INCREDIBLE PRIVATE TOUR TO EXPLORE THE MOST IMPORTANT SITES IN JORDAN

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All our vehicles are new and air conditioned. We have drivers who speak English and have long experience. They offer free Wi-Fi, wet wipes, bottled mineral water and sometimes juices. We will bring you a convenient and safe way to your landing point. Enjoy your hassle-free vacation. We guarantee that your journey with us will be imaginative and memorable.We recommend the maximum during booking to be three people for a more comfortable trip with regard to medium and large vehicles. However, if the number becomes four people, their freedom will be reduced while sitting, especially if the duration of the flight is 3-4 hours and this is on their own responsibility but we can secure them a Mini Jeep when needed more cost if this group is a family or friends travelled together. With regard to the numbers of 4-7 people we provide them with Mini Van while the rest we provide them with medium and large buses. Any traveler who wishes to book with us and wants to modify this program! contact us.
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Private Full-Day Umm Qais Visit from Dead Sea

Explore ancient Umm Qais in north Jordan on this private day trip from the Dead Sea. Visit the hillside site for a guided tour of what remains of the Roman city of Gadara. Admire the Basilica terrace, basalt-rock West Theatre, and streets, temples, and monuments. Plus, explore the museum and absorb the views to the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights. Includes site and museum admission, and private, air-conditioned transport from your Dead Sea hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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