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Umm Qais (Gadara) Tours

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

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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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$94.00
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US$94.00
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Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman

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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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$118.00
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US$118.00
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Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Quais Full-Day Tour

Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Quais Full-Day Tour

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Without renting a car, seeing Jordan’s sites of Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais in a day from Amman is near-impossible. Aimed at travelers who are short on time, this private tour whisks you with ease to the three antiquities, in the comfort of a private climate-controlled vehicle with a chauffeur. At each, choose to tour the classical or medieval ruins alone or with a local guide (own expense).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.00
Price varies by group size
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Jerash, Ajloun and Umm Qais Day Tour from Amman

Jerash, Ajloun and Umm Qais Day Tour from Amman

Pick up from any Hotel or Location in Amman, and transfer 48 km north of Amman to visit Jerash, which is nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$358.98
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Umm Qais, Pella, Ajloun & Jerash Day Trip from Amman, Madaba, Airport, Dead Sea

Umm Qais, Pella, Ajloun & Jerash Day Trip from Amman, Madaba, Airport, Dead Sea

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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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  • 10 hours
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Jerash & Um Qais Day Tour (Lunch Included)

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$182.00
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Tour Around Over Jordan in 9 Days

Tour Around Over Jordan in 9 Days

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Cover all the highlights of Jordan like camel caravans, impressive monuments, Roman amphitheaters, Christian mosaics and desert landscapes of Wadi Rum; definitely a trip to remember. 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.
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  • 9 days
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Discover and Taste Jordan in 8 Days

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Cover all the highlights of Jordan like camel caravans, impressive monuments, Roman amphitheaters, Christian mosaics and desert landscapes of Wadi Rum; definitely a trip to remember. 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.
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  • 8 days
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US$564.00
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Umm Qais, Jerash & Ajloun Castle Day Tour from Amman

Umm Qais, Jerash & Ajloun Castle Day Tour from Amman

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Journey out from the city of Amman to uncover the North Side of Jordan through a private tour with an English speaking driver. Discover ancient Jerash visiting the spectacular Forum, the Nymphaeum, Temple of Artemis and etc., The 12th century Islamic Castle in Ajloun built by the famous Islamic leader Salah Al-Din and as well as Umm Qais or Gandara to explore its theatre, mausoleum and more. This tour includes round-trip transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off from Amman City, as option the inclusion of the admission fees and local guide at the site.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$99.00
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Incredible Jordan in 7 Days

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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
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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.
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  • 7 days
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US$640.93
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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
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