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

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Meet your private driver 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. 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. Then, stroll around this once-bustling city to see highlights such as the colonnaded avenue, the Temple of Zeus, 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. 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.
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.
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Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle according number of participants
  • English-Speaking Driver
  • Local English-Speaking guide for classic visit of Jerash and Umm Qais
  • Entry/Admission - Jerash Ruins
  • Entry/Admission - Umm Qais Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Pella
Not included
  • 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
Additional
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For clients holding Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be returned directly in destination.
  • Pick up and drop off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for lay over day tour.
  • Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
  • Tours with lunch: Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic
Features
Tourism
95%
Cultural
65%
Reviews
5.0
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Georgina D
5 | 2016-07-30

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

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