Explore Jordan’s Roman past and present-day capital on this 6-hour small group trip to Jerash, with a panoramic tour of Amman. Start at classical Jerash, a crumbled Greco-Roman city dubbed the Pompeii of the East. With a local guide, view the well-preserved monuments, including the Oval Plaza, Hippodrome, Colonnades and paved streets as you hear about this ancient Decapolis City. Then, take a panoramic tour of Amman’s top attractions including the Citadel viewpoint, the downtown souks, and views of the city's mosques, churches, and historical Jabal Amma and Jabal Al-Webdeih ancient quarters, besides proceeding to the new modern part of Amman’s capital.
Begin your 6-hour tour with a pick up from your central Amman hotel, and travel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to Jerash. Soak up the views of the passing towns and green landscapes, and along the way, hear the history of Jerash. Largely established by Alexander the Great in the 2nd century B.C., this ancient city was one of the most prosperous in the Roman Empire, and was covered by sand for centuries until its remnants were discovered in 1806. Head through the ancient city gate and walk around the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you tales about the city in its heyday. See its arches, theaters, and elegant colonnaded street. Snap photos of the stunning Oval Plaza, the intriguing egg-shaped public square framed by standing columns.After this long walk, return to the capital of Amman, for a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights. Drive around the downtown area past animated markets, churches, and mosques like King Abdullah’s mosque. Pass King Hussein’s Palace, where the late, revered king is laid to rest. Discover the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic-era ruins of Amman Citadel for a view point. Gaze in awe at the Roman Amphitheater, carved into a hillside in the 2nd century B.C. and the most important remnant of Amman’s predecessor, the Roman white city of Philadelphia. Free time at leisure in Amman downtown area for souvenir shopping in the local gold and spice markets. Your tour then concludes by strolling along Jabal Al Webdeih and Jabal Amman Quarters, the Rainbow Street, Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hotspot. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of “Abdoun” and “Swefieh”, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. After passing thru the modern Amman drive back to your hotel.