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Private Full Day Trip of Umm Qais and Pella from Amman

Amman, Jordan
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icon8 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

Experience two of Jordan’s top archaeological sites on this private day trip to Umm Qais and Pella from Amman. Visit Umm Qais, a scenic hillside site strewn with the well-preserved ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gadara. Then, explore Pella, home to the relics of another Roman city, and other, eons-old settlements. A local guide at Umm Qais, plus all entrance fees, and private round-trip transport included.
  • Private day trip to Umm Qais and Pella from Amman
  • Tour the ruins of Greco-Roman Gadara near the town of Umm Qais
  • Take in the Roman theater, streets, museum, and views over Jordan and Galilee
  • Learn about Gadara’s history as a Roman Decapolis city
  • Visit Pella, whose ruins date back 8,000 years, and include Bronze Age and Roman remnants
  • Services of a local guide at Umm Qais included
  • Entrance fees, private transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off 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 Umm Qais and its museum, Pella; if option Jordan Pass not selected
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
Begin with pickup from your Amman hotel, and travel north by private, air-conditioned vehicle toward the town of Umm Qais, near the site of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Gadara.

After roughly two hours, arrive at the Umm Qais site, where the ruins of Gadara lie alongside the remnants of a 19th-century Ottoman village.

Meet up with a local guide and learn how Gadara was one of ancient Rome’s Decapolis league — a group of 10 self-governing cities on the frontiers of the empire in the Middle East.

Absorb the stunning views from the hillside down to the Jordan Valley, Sea of Galilee, and Golan Heights, and visit the on-site museum, housed in the restored Ottoman governor’s palace.

Admire the antiquities here, and enjoy a guided tour of the main sights. Stride along the street leading to the west-facing Roman theater, and marvel at the well-preserved 3,000-seater auditorium, still with its elaborately carved VIP seats.

Then, continue to the Byzantine-era Basilica with its octagonal altar, and walk down the main street, the Cardo Maximus. Take in the sweeping views, broken columns, and crumbled buildings along this once-grand thoroughfare, and hear about the city’s history, including its golden age in the 2nd century AD, from your guide.

Next, rejoin your vehicle and travel south to Pella, where the remains of another Decapolis city lie on a hillside. First mentioned as ‘Pihilum’ or ‘Pehel’ in Egyptian texts of the 19th century BC, Pella prospered in Roman times, when the Romans filled it with temples, theaters, baths, and colonnaded streets.

Explore the antiquities, some dating back 8,000 years, and view highlights like the Greco-Roman theater, pillar-lined roads, and relics of Bronze and Iron Age cities.

Lastly, reconvene with your driver and finish 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 Umm Qais
Stop At:  
Umm Qais
Umm Qais, home to the ruins of ancient Rome’s Decapolis cities — a group of 10 situated on the frontiers of the Roman Empire in the Middle East. First, venture northward through Jordan’s green landscapes 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. Start the visit walking the "Docomanos" street that leads to the theater which is different than other roman theaters, since this one is directed west instead of north.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Umm Qais
Proceed to the basilica church to see its octagonal altar which was a temple. Continue to the main street "Cardomaximo" which means the main street. The direction of this street is from east to west, usually the roman streets are from north to south. 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, from earlier to 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 hour 
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 Full Day Trip of 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 Full Day Trip of Umm Qais and Pella from Amman.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full Day Trip of 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 Full Day Trip of Umm Qais and Pella from Amman.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Full Day Trip of 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 Full Day Trip of Umm Qais and Pella from Amman.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full Day Trip of 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 Full Day Trip of Umm Qais and Pella from Amman.

Product code: 2268P192

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