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Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • Private 10-hour trip to Umm Qais, Pella, and Jerash from Amman
  • Explore Greco-Roman ruins of Gadara near Umm Qais, including the on-site museum, Roman Theater, and main street
  • See the remnants at Pella, an archaeological site dating back 8,000 years and to Greco-Roman times
  • Tour the ancient Roman city of Jerash, one the best-preserved in the Middle East
  • See highlights like the Oval Plaza and Colonnaded Street as you learn about the city’s golden age
  • Guided tours at Umm Qais and Jerash included
  • Entrance fees, private transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Amman included
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Hotel pick up and drop off
Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure new vehicle according number of participants
English-Speaking Driver
Entrance Fees to the mentioned sites: Jerash and Pella ruins; if option Jordan Pass not selected
Entrance Fees to the mentioned sites: Umm Qais and its museum; if option Jordan Pass not selected
Local English-Speaking guide for classic visit of Jerash
On board WI-FI
All type of meals, unless option with lunch selected (Vegetarian meal by request)
All type of beverages
All type of gratuities (Tips to the Driver) – Recommended
Personal Expenses
Anything else not mentioned

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Following Amman hotel pickup, venture north by private vehicle to the town of Umm Qais, near the remnants of the Greco-Roman city of Gadara. 

After about two hours, arrive at the hillside ruins, where the antiquities lie mingled with an abandoned, 19th-century Ottoman village. Join a local guide, and learn how Gadara was part of ancient Rome’s Decapolis league — a group of self-governing cities on the empire’s frontiers in the Middle East.

Admire the hillside views over the Jordan Valley, Sea of Galilee, and Golan Heights, and visit the on-site museum in the restored Ottoman governor’s palace. Then, take a guided tour, following a timeworn street to the 3,000-seater Roman Theater. Continue to the Byzantine-era Basilica with its octagonal altar, and walk down the main Cardo Maximus street, passing other monuments as your guide charts Gadara’s history, including its golden age in the 2nd century AD.

Next, drive to Pella, the remains of a Hellenistic city, and earlier and later settlements. First mentioned as ‘Pihilum’ or ‘Pehel’ by the Egyptians in the 19th century BC, Pella prospered when the Romans arrived, building temples, theaters, and baths. See the antiquities, some dating back more than 8,000 years, and then continue with your driver to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East.

On arrival, meet a local guide for a tour of the site, often called the ‘Pompeii of the East.’ Learn how the city was built by Alexander the Great in the 2nd century BC, and enter through the main gateway, Hadrian’s Arch, to explore. Admire the Oval Plaza and Colonnaded Street, and see temples, theaters, baths, fountains, and other semi-intact buildings as your guide shares nuggets about the city’s history.

After discovering the main sites here, conclude with a hotel drop-off in Amman.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Amman
Meet your own private English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide at your central Amman hotel and board your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Then, start out on your full-day trip to Jerash and Umm Qais, home to the ruins of two of ancient Rome’s Decapolis cities — a group of 10 situated on the frontiers of the Roman Empire in the Middle East.
Stop At:  
Jerash Ruins
First, venture northward through Jordan’s green landscapes to Jerash, a modern city fringed by the relics of the once-prosperous Roman city known as “Gerasa” - Jerash. 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oval Plaza
Then, stroll around this once-bustling city to see highlights such as the colonnaded avenue, the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, 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 B.C., and how later, local farmers cultivated much-coveted fruits and vegetables to sell on to the wealthy Roman residents.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Umm Qais
After free time to explore on your won, 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 to explore the Greco-Roman ruins, including the amphitheater, crumbled mausoleum, basilica terrace, as well as other theaters and treasures. Then, visit the town’s museum to admire some of the precious artifacts recovered from the site, including mosaics and marble statues.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pella
Next, drive to Pella, the remains of a Hellenistic city, and earlier and later settlements. First mentioned as “Pihilum” or “Pehel” by the Egyptians in the 19th century B.C. Pella prospered when the Romans arrived, building temples, theaters, and baths. See the antiquities, some dating back more than 8,000 years. Journey back to Amman where your trip concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off by request.
  • Order of visits may change for day tours with more than one visit as long as all sites completed.
  • Contact your local operator (phone number, emergency mobile number, or email address) a day before to reconfirm pick-up arrangements provided in your voucher.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For Jordan Pass holders that purchased tour activity with entrance fees, please inform us to reimburse the entrance fees in destination.
  • Clients are advised to bring hats, sun screen, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tour activity is provided in English. For other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German) by request.
  • Mobile SIM cards including Wi-Fi are available with assistance of our team upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan do not serve alcohol, if you do not want a dry restaurant please contact us.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Zaid Tours and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Full Day Trip of Jerash, Umm Qais, and Pella from Amman.

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So much fun because of the driver...
Georgina D
, Jul 2016
So much fun because of the driver, Amr. The best preserved Roman ruins is not an exaggeration.
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