Private Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais and Ajloun from Dead Sea

Day Trips & Excursions in Jordan
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Tour description

Umm Qais apart from being home to unique Roman ruins it also offers far reaching views over the Northern Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, and the Golan Heights. Walk around the Black Stoned ruins and along the Roman roads where you can still see the chariot marks on the limestone. Also visit the Ottoman Governor’s House which was restored and opened as a museum. Proceed your tour by driving through a beautiful pine-forest and olive groves to visit the Medieval Castle of Ajlun built by the Muslims during the 12th Century in the time of Saladin for defensive. There are two theories for the name of Ajlun either (iron) as there was iron material in the area or because it was built on top of a monastery after the priest name. .

Depart from Dead Sea hotel 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. It is a unique Roman city different than Jerash another Roman city in Jordan worth the visit. Proceed to visit the city of Ajlun to visit the Islamic Castle of the 12th Century in the time of Saladin.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private return transfers by air-conditioned vehicle according to number of participants
  • English-speaking driver
  • Local English-speaking guide at Umm Qais
  • Entry/Admission - Ajloun Nature Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

What's not included

  • Local guide where not mentioned
  • All type of meals, beverages and water
  • Infant meals
  • Entrance fees to additional sites
  • Any other service not mentioned
  • Gratuities


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors