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Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea

Sweimah, Jordan
Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea
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Safety measures
icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • 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
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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 Ruins and Ajloun Castle; 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 Point: Hotels in the Dead Sea area
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

9:00 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Umm Qais
Drive with your own private leisure vehicle and English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide to visit Umm Qais where the Ottoman Governor’s House has been restored and opened as a museum. Umm Qais offers beautiful views over the Northern Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, and the Golan Heights. 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. 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 It is a unique roman city different than Jerash, which is another roman city in Jordan worth the visit.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
Proceed to visit the city of Ajloun with its Islamic Castle of the 12th Century in the time of Saladin. Also, this beautiful castle is a unique stone building admiring the spectacular views from its tower cliff. Your day ends 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For Jordan Pass holders that purchased tour activity with entrance fees, please inform us to reimburse the entrance fees in destination.
  • 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 Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea?
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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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