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

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Amman, Jordan
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman

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Explore northern Jordan’s historical highlights on this private, full-day Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Qais tour from Amman. Discover the Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, seeing its Oval Colonnade, temples, and more; and delve into 12th-century Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin’s forces. Finally, explore the remains of Umm Qais, another Greco-Roman city. Your tour includes private round-trip transportation and Amman hotel pickup and drop-off. Admission fees and local guides at the sites at your own expense.
  • Full-day private tour of Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais from Amman
  • See classical Jerash, once a major Greek and Roman city
  • Admire the well-preserved Hadrian’s Arch, Colonnaded Street, Oval Colonnade and more
  • Explore 12th-century Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin’s forces against the Crusaders
  • Visit Greco-Roman Umm Qais, seeing its theaters, plazas, and mausoleum
  • Includes private round-trip transport, with local guides and admission fees at own expense
  • Price per vehicle, based on maximum of three passengers
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Bottled water
English Speaking Driver
Transportation to/from attractions
WIFI Available
Local guide at Jerash ( If Selected
Food and drinks ( Alcoholic

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup Point: From Any Hotel In Amman

Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Meet your private driver at your hotel or another central location of your choice in Amman, and venture into northern Jordan toward Jerash.

One of the world’s best-preserved classical sites, Jerash was a prosperous Greek and Roman city. Founded by Alexander the Great around 331 BC, the city—then called Gerasa—reached its peak after the Roman conquest in 63 BC, later becoming one of the 10 great Decapolis cities of the east.

Arrive at the gate and choose to explore independently or hire a local guide (own expense). Then, head inside (own expense) to inspect the timeworn streets, plazas, bathhouses, and other remains. See highlights like the 2nd-century Hadrian's Arch and 15,000-seater Hippodrome arena, and admire the Oval Colonnade, Temple of Artemis, and Colonnaded Street.

Then, travel to nearby Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built by the forces of Saladin to defend against Crusader incursions. The hilltop edifice is a stunning example of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture and was built to dominate three major passages into northwest Jordan. Go inside (own expense) and look around the towers, corridors, and small museum, absorbing the historical atmosphere and scenic views.

Re-join your driver and continue further north to Umm Qais, where the remnants of another Roman Decapolis city known as Gadara cover a hillside.

Drink in the views from the hill to the Golan Heights, Lake Tiberius, and Jordan Valley, and opt to explore independently or take a locally guided tour (own expense). View the Greco-Roman remains, seeing highlights such as the mausoleum, basilica terrace, and theaters.

Finally, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a drop-off at any central location of your choosing.
Stop At:  
Umm Qais Museum
Umm Qais or Qays is a town in northern Jordan principally known for its proximity to the ruins of the ancient Gadara, also a former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
Ajloun Castle, also known as, is a 12th-century Muslim castle situated in northwestern Jordan. It is placed on a hilltop belonging to the Jabal Ajlun district, also known as Jabal 'Auf after a Bedouin tribe which had captured the area in the 12th century
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Jerash Ruins
Jerash is a city in Jordan, north of the capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade. The Jerash Archaeological Museum displays artifacts excavated from the site.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY R&H VIP Transportation Services & Car Rental

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman.
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman.
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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  • "You get to see each location at your own pace, and in between locations get to engage in conversation with the english-speaking driver." See review


28 Reviews

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, Jul 2021
Excellent trip and excellent driver ask for MO. The views of the Castle, Scenery, and Ruins are a must See!
, Feb 2020
The driver was friendly as expected and took us wherever we wanted to go. He was very accommodating. The only thing I didn't like which you need to look out for on most of these types of yours is them trying to get you to go to a tourist trap restaurant and souvenir shop. We were able to tell him no for the shop because we knew what to expect (they take you there and get a cut when you buy something which is overpriced). We tried and failed to avoid the restaurant. He kept trying to take us to a place he "recommends" and we wanted a buffet so he ended taking us to an overly priced tourist buffet. Basically it's nothing but tourists, overpriced, and they get a cut. Said we had those two options but it's not included in the tour so yeah. Just be smart and firm when dealing with drivers and guides.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
the tour guide or the driver is always offering a recommended place to eat because not every restaurant near to the site is good, and all shops and restaurants near to a tourist site it is a tourist shop or restaurant and they are over priced a bit like any place in the world
Northern Jordan
, Feb 2020
Good driver and guide in Jerash was excellent. We loved Jerash. So much interesting history. Other 2 sites also worth while.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your support
Great personalized service with a private driver
, Nov 2019
Private drivers are the way to go. You get to see each location at your own pace, and in between locations get to engage in conversation with the english-speaking driver.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your support
Driver was great - maybe make some schedule adjustments
, Nov 2019
Our driver for this tour was great and really flexible - he allowed us to stay at each site as long as we wanted. Umm Qais itself, though, was laid out strangely and it was hard to find the entrance once you're inside the site. Probably skippable. That said, Ajloun and Jerash were both fantastic and highly recommended. Having a friendly driver with good English was a very easy way to get around.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your support
A good overview
Neil R
, Oct 2019
All the three sites we visited are well worth seeing and the driving in between gives a good feel for the country to the north of Amman. Our driver was efficient and responsive to the needs of the party. Time at each site was quite short. Jerash on its own could take a full day. So book a different tour if you want that, but this is a good taster tour of this area of Jordan.
Excellent experience
Jan V
, Mar 2019
Our driver and guide was very friendly and was very well informed about the rich culture and history of Jordan. Due to tribal disputes the castle of Aljoun was normally not accessible by normal roads, but he managed to bring us to the castle by alternative roads. He also gave some useful tips for our further journey.
Incomplete tour
, Nov 2018
Because of weather the driver did not take us to um Qais. I expect a refund for that part . The area itself is very nice . We went to jerash and Ajloun only .
On a medical mission to Jordan as an...
Lona G
, Feb 2018
On a medical mission to Jordan as an RN my time to enjoy the sites was limited. I was also limited with an injury and so, I was unable to do a lot of the hiking and climbing of stairs necessary to get fabulous views. Akram, My personal guide/escort....and now friend in my eyes was absolutely fabulous. He is a walking encyclopedia willing to share until you can't take it anymore. Always mindful of when to pull over for special sights, when its time for a cup of tea or coffee in a great little hidden village secret restaurant. .Akram was very helpful with my purchasing of gifts for people at home. He added so many little extras to the trip that made it very personal and unforgettable. Akram knew I wanted to bring home fresh Zatar so he made a point of driving to a road side shop where he knew the zatar was of very fine quality. It is out of this world!!The small touches like this are what made Akram stick out among all others.I return to Jordan again next year. I will settle for no one else but Akram even if I have to book 6 months in advance. Always a gentleman. Always thoughtful. Great driving conversation...What a pleasure. Thank you
What a great day! It is a lot within...
Carolyn B
, Nov 2017
What a great day! It is a lot within 1 day but very doable and worthwhile as you the places you visit are amazing. Jerash is a must see when in Jordan and the ruins of Umm Qais are very unique. The Ajloun castle was great too, as was the countryside and farm areas we drover through. A return trip would be great to do when the wildflowers are out in April/ May. We were there in October so there were not very many people but it was quite dry. Our driver, Ahmad, was very knowledgeable and great to spend a day with. He bought us some great local food and made sure we were stocked up on Turkish coffee - yum! We were picked up from our hotel at 7:00 and arrived back around 6:00. I highly recommend this trip

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