Visit one of north Jordan’s archaeological treasures on a private 6-hour Umm el-Jimal trip from Amman. Travel to the site by private, air-conditioned vehicle and explore the black basalt rock ruins dating from the Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic eras. Admire the Roman gate and fortifications, and see ruined Byzantine churches, barracks, and houses, including House XVII-XVIII, notable for its still-standing double-arched window. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
After Amman hotel pickup, travel northeast to Umm el-Jimal by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Your driver will identify places of interest on route, but will not act as your guide at the site.
After a 49-mile (80-kilometer) journey, arrive at Umm el-Jimal, home to extensive Nabatean, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic Umayyad ruins of black basalt. Then, enjoy ample time to explore, choosing to tour independently or hire a local guide (additional cost).
With a name that translates as ‘Mother of Camels,' it's believed Umm el-Jimal was a camel stop on an ancient trading route from Damascus. This strategic location meant the site was continuously occupied from the 1st to the 9th century, and consists of Nabataean inscriptions, a ruined Roman-era village, and Byzantine and Umayyad-era buildings.
View highlights like the Nabataean remnants, and Roman gate, Praetorium and fortifications, and check out the Byzantine-era cathedral, barracks, churches — the oldest from 345 AD — and houses.
Be sure to see House XVII-XVIII, the remains of a Byzantine-Umayyad residential complex. Wander around to admire its reservoir, courtyard, and still-intact, 3rd-story double-arched window — now a famous symbol of Umm el-Jimal.
Afterward, return to Amman where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.