Welcome to Jerash
Arriving in the modern town of Jerash today, with its provincial streets and small market gardens, there’s little to suggest its illustrious past. But the moment you cross from the new town into the ancient city boundaries, marked by the imposing Hadrian’s Arch, it becomes immediately apparent that this was once no ordinary backwater but a city of great wealth and importance. And how did Jerash, which was never on a... Read More
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Private Half Day Tour to Jerash
Wander among the original temples, theaters, plazas, paths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls. Within the city walls have been found the remains of settlements dating from the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and Abbasid periods, indicating human occupation at this location for more than 2,500 years. A local English Speaking Guide will be included for 2 hours in Jerash. The guides are provided by the Authority of Jerash under the Ministry of Tourism. This is a private tour so please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at time of booking to alert our driver, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour.
Private Half-Day Jerash and Amman City Sightseeing Tour
Start your tour with a pickup from your Amman hotel and head for the hilltop Citadel. This collection of Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic ruins offers sweeping views over Amman below. Admire the Roman temple and colonnaded streets as a guide explains how the site evolved through the ages.Next, travel to the Roman Theater, cut into a hill in the city centre. Built in around the 2nd century AD, this stunning arena is the finest remnant of the Roman city of Philadelphia where Amman stands. Marvel at its symmetry and imagine the cheers of the 6,000 spectators who once sat here to watch plays and entertainment.Leave Amman for your approximate 1.5-hour drive to Jerash. Travel north in your air-conditioned vehicle and absorb the views over the passing towns and desert landscapes. Then, on arrival in Jerash, head into this archaeological jewel through the ancient city gate.Here, drink in the spectacular ruins spread before you. Founded by Alexander the Great in the 2nd century AD and known as Gerasa, this provincial city was one of the wealthiest in the Roman Empire. Stroll around as your guide tells you fascinating stories about the city in its heyday. See its arches, theaters and magnificent colonnaded street, and take photos of the Oval Plaza, an intriguing oval-shaped forum, as you conjure up images of the people who once lived here.After your walking tour finishes, return to your vehicle and travel back to Amman. Your excursion ends with a hotel drop-off in the afternoon.
Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip
Leave your Amman hotel by air-conditioned minivan, and travel north with your driver to Jerash, passing through stretches of wide open desert. Arrive in town, and meet your friendly private guide to explore the Roman ruins within the ancient city boundaries.Pass beneath the monumental gateway of Hadrian’s Arch, and gaze in awe at the vast site spread out before your eyes. Immense wealth and power was bestowed on the city during the Roman Empire, evidenced by the grandiose amphitheaters, arches and colonnades that abound. Scout out highlights such as the oval-shaped Forum, Hippodrome, Temple of Zeus and Vaulted Gallery while hearing fun Jerash facts and history from your guide. Built at the bequest of Alexander the Great around the 2nd century, Jerash — or Gerasa as it was then known — prospered from its fertile land. Local farmers grew large amounts of sought-after fruits and vegetables, and successfully traded them to the rich Romans.After exploring Jerash by foot, enjoy a break for lunch in town at your own expense. Then, return to your air-conditioned minivan and continue your journey northwest to Umm Qais, the Decapolis town of Gadara. The site’s Roman ruins and ancient Ottoman village vie for your attention with sweeping views over Jordan, the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights, as well as neighboring Syria and Israel.Stroll around Umm Qais’ ruins, admiring its Roman Mausoleum, Basilica Terrace and more, and then head inside the museum at the town’s Ottoman village. Set within an Ottoman governor’s house, the museum showcases well-preserved 4th-century mosaics, marble statues and other fascinating artifacts that were found around Umm Qais. Browse the exhibits, learning little-known facts about site’s history, and then return to your minivan.Relax on your journey south to Amman, and then finish your day trip with a hotel drop-off in the early evening.
The North Tour of Jordan Jerash Ajlun Castle and Um Qais
The North Tour of Jordan is a step back into time. Your private air conditioned car and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby or other mutual agreed location at 8am to start your day to the rich terrain of Jordan. It is a full day tour so be sure to have your walking shoes and camera ready. Your first stop will be Um Qais, the very north of Jordan. Um Qais situated on the hilltop with panoramic views of Tiberius Lake, The Golan Heights and The Jordan Valley. Then on to Ajlun Castle which was built in 1184AD by one of Saladin’s generals. The castle became important in the defense against the Crusaders. The castle is one of the best preserved examples of Medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture. The castle tour is a walking tour on your own. After Ajlun Castle, you will meet your driver at the entrance with your last stop to Jerash. Jerash, located about 45 minutes south from the the castle, considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy. Jerash conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, became under Roman rule and was one of the 10 greatest Roman cities, The Decapolis League. Once in Jerash, your driver will assist to prepare your entrance tickets, and also the option to hire a local guide, who are professional and certified, available at an additional charge. Your tour will capture its colonnaded streets, baths, theaters, plazas and arches most in great condition. There is a lot of walking but well worth the stroll, be sure to have your comfortable shoes on that day. Once you complete your Jerash Tour, there are authentic handcrafts at the Jerash Gift Gallery for purchase, handmade in Jordan, optional. At the end of the tour, your driver will meet you at the entrance for your return to Amman. During your full day tour of the North of Jordan, do inform your driver if you would like to stop for lunch and he will be happy to advice on a cafe along the way prior to your return to your hotel in Amman.
Half Day Tour of Jerash and Ajloun
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel or at a prearranged meeting point in Amman. You will then be driven for 40 minutes to visit the ancient city of Jerash. There you will spend approximately 2-3 hours visiting the sights. After spending some time in Jerash, you will be taken to visit the Islamic castle of Ajloun that is approximately 1 hour away. Once at the castle you will spend 1-2 hours looking around before being driven back to Amman.
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
After you're picked up from your hotel in the morning, head out of Amman by private air-conditioned vehicle to Gadara (Umm Qais) for a personalized tour of the ancient Greco-Roman city. You'll have a view of the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor and the Golan Heights while you explore the magnificent city until around midday. Next, depart for Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century Muslim castle constructed above a former monastery in northwestern Jordan. For panoramic views of the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea, you can climb the steps to one of the hilltop towers. Visit the ancient city of Jerash, which dates back to the Bronze Age. Learn the significance of features such as the Temple of Artemis, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Forum while you walk around the ancient site. Afterward, you are taken back to your hotel in Amman.