• Tour code: 2268P147
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Discover the timeworn ruins of Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle on a private day trip from the Dead Sea. Take a guided tour of Umm Qais, once the Roman city of Gadara. See highlights like the Basilica, theaters, and streets; visit the museum; and admire bird’s-eye views to the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights. Then, continue to 12th-century Ajloun Castle to explore its towers and chambers. Entrance fees and private, air-conditioned transport included.

Highlights

  • Private 10-hour Umm Qais and Ajloun trip from the Dead Sea
  • Guided tour of Umm Qais, once the prosperous Roman city of Gadara
  • See highlights like the Basilica, theaters, and Roman roads, and visit the museum
  • Admire epic hillside views to the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee
  • Visit Ajloun Castle, built in 1184 to stave off Crusaders and protect local iron mines
  • Includes Umm Qais local guide, entrance fee, and museum admission, plus Ajloun entrance fee
  • Private, air-conditioned transport and Dead Sea hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea

Um Qais

After pickup from your Dead Sea hotel, journey by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the ancient site of Umm Qais in the northern reaches of Jordan.

On route, take in the views of the towns, villages, and desert landscapes. Your driver will point out places of interest but will not act as your guide at Umm Qais or Ajloun.

When you arrive at Umm Qais, enter the archaeological site, home to the ruins of Gadara, an ancient city that was one of the Roman Decapolis league. Meet a local guide and head up to the ruin-littered hillside that commands stunning views over the north Jordan valley, Golan Heights, and Sea of Galilee.

Stroll around the relics, some in black basalt rock and mixed with the remains of an abandoned Ottoman-era village, as your guide shares tales of Gadara’s inhabitants and 2nd-century golden age. Admire highlights such as the theaters, mausoleum, and Byzantine-era Basilica terrace, and stride along Roman roads that still bear the marks of chariot wheels.

Next, visit the site museum, housed in the restored Ottoman governor’s residence. Admire the artifacts here, including mosaics and statues, and then continue through pine forests and olive groves to Ajloun, a medieval Muslim castle built to guard local iron mines and defend against Crusader incursions.

Dating from 1184, it’s believed this honey-stoned fortress is named after a monk that lived in the monastery that preceded it, or the local deposits of iron, known as ‘ajlun’.

On arrival, either explore the ruins independently, or hire a local guide (additional cost). View the chambers and galleries, and climb one of the towers to absorb the spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.

Afterward, return to the Dead Sea where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

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