Umm Qais, Jerash & Ajloun Castle from Amman

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8 Hours
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
Amman
Umm Quais, Jerash and Ajloun Castle
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 38
Tour Details

Take the opportunity to explore the north of Jordan with its unrivaled historical and architectural heritage.
Start the day with Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin’s nephew to protect Arab lands from the Crusaders.
Ajloun Castle overtopped the three main routes to the Jordan Valley and protected the trade routes between Jordan and Syria and was an important link in a chain of defensive structures designed to protect against the crusaders, who restlessly attempted to invade the castle and the neighboring village.
High walls of the fortress, where in ancient times the guards peered to see the approaching danger, open a beautiful view of the endless Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and the western bank of the Jordan River.
Nowadays only a few travelers, standing on the observation platforms of the castle, indulge in thoughts that take them back to the distant past.
From Ajlun we will go to one of the cities of the Decapolis, the city of Umm Qais & the biblical “Gadara”. The magnificent view from it to the north of the Jordan Valley gives us a wonderful feeling and enjoyment. From there you can observe Sea of Tiberias (Sea of Galilee), Yarmouk River, and the Golan Heights. This city was one of ten cities that were inhabited by Jews, and where Jesus treated the ill.
From ancient Gadara, once a cultural center and holiday destination of eastern Rome elite we will explore another city of the Decapolis – Jerash, where you will enjoy perfectly preserved buildings and even whole streets of different eras, majestic temples on the hills, magnificent amphitheaters, baths, fountains, as well as massive city walls with towers and gates, cobbled colonnaded streets and the spacious city squares.
Today Jerash is recognized as one of the best-preserved provincial Roman cities in the world and a splendid example of provincial Roman town planning, examples of which can be found throughout the Middle East.

Departure & Return Location

Amman

Departure Time

08.00 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport by private, air conditioned, new vehicle with English speaking driver.
  • Private English speaking spot guide in Jerash (about 1 hour).
  • Entrance fee to Umm Quais, Jerash and Ajloun Castle.
  • Mineral water on board of the vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • Meals and beverage not stated.
  • Any Private Expenses & tipping
    What to Expect
    • Travel insurance is highly recommended for all travelers. At a minimum your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation as all deposits paid are non-refundable, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Petra Nights Tours does not offer travel insurances.
    • Most nationals obtain the Jordanian Visa at Amman Airport and the land borders upon arrival. Except for arrivals through the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge where all nationals need the visa in advance. The visa fee upon arrival is 20 Jordanian Dinar per person and has to be paid in cash; an exchange booth is available. Your passport has to be valid minimum 6 month while traveling in Jordan. If you are not sure about your visa status contact us or the Jordanian embassy in your country of residence.
    • The official currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD), which is divided into 100 piastres or 1,000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. It is easy to change foreign currency at banks, moneychanger or better hotels, most accepted are USD, GBP and Euros. Banks are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are the most widely accepted credit cards. ATMs are available in larger towns and at the airport. The maximum daily withdrawal amount is around JD 500, depending on your particular card. Check with your bank for information on ATM international fees. We recommend that you carry some cash in case ATMs can not be accessed, are broken down or run out of cash.
    • It is necessary to mention that Jordan is not a cheap destination. But as every traveller is different, please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, food and shopping. The costs for lunch and dinner vary. If you are happy with a sandwich or a shawarma at local restaurant or take away, this is already available for 3-4 USD per person (without drinks), but better restaurants charge 16-20 USD per meal/per person (no drinks), same at 4 star hotels for main buffet 20-30 USD per meal/per person. A large bottle of water in the local market is 70 Cent, a soft drink (0.30l) is 40 Cent, in tourist areas the rates are higher.
    • Jordan is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and the best travel time is spring and autumn, March until May, September until November. Summer is hot and sunny, especially in Aqaba and at the Dead Sea. These two areas are in turn ideal for a winter break due to the mild temperatures (16-22 °C) in this season. In the rest of the country winter weather can be cool, with rain and occasional snow. Jordan is a very sunny country with average daily sunshine hours ranging from six to seven in winter and twelve to thirteen in summer. Although summer temperatures are high, the nights are rather cool.
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A vaccinations are highly recommended. For more detailed medical information and necessary vaccinations before departure please consult your doctor. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements; and you have to be in good physical health to tour Jordan. The health care system in Jordan is quite advanced, although services remain concentrated in Amman. General advice is to avoid tap water and use instead bottled water.
    Itinerary

    08:00 AMPickup from the hotel in Amman.

    In the morning after breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel in Amman for an entertaining day trip to the northern outskirts of Jordan.

    09:30 AMArrival to Ajloon Castle

    We arrive at a beautiful example of amazing Islamic architecture, proudly dominating the surrounding area.
    Ajlun Castle was one of the forts located at strategic heights from the Euphrates to Cairo, which used to announce the imminent danger of attack by lighting torches on the watchtowers of these fortresses.
    Even though the castle was built for defensive purposes, it never faced sieges and attacks.
    The only battle experienced by the fortress took place during the first Crusade, but it was outside the castle walls, on the lake shore.
    The fortress itself was partially destroyed by an earthquake that occurred here in the twelfth century, after which the castle was empty.
    Today, Ajloon Castle is a popular tourist attraction with a perfectly preserved labyrinth of stairs, ancient galleries, halls, castle towers, castle walls from which a magnificent view of the picturesque Jordan Valley opens.

    12:30 PMArrival to Umm Qais

    The second destination of our today’s tour шы ancient Gadara, mentioned in the Bible – Umm Qays, archaeological finds of which are 5 thousand years old.
    It is known that in the III century BC Greeks and local inhabitants, Hellenized during the Seleucid rule, lived here. In 93 BC the city was conquered by the king of Judah, Alexander Yannai, and in 63 BC it was transferred by Pompey to the Decapolis – the union of 10 cities of Trans-Jordan, which was under the supreme authority of Rome.
    Umm Qais is rightfully proud of its most interesting sights preserved here since ancient times, especially the magnificent colonnade and the ruins of two ancient theaters.

    03:00 PMArrival to Jerash

    Traveling to Jerash is a walk through the ancient ruins of the Roman city, which are no less popular than the well-known Petra.
    For a long time Jerash was buried under the sands, which, like the ashes of Pompeii, perfectly preserved the ancient city with its cobbled streets and colonnades, temples soaring on the hilltops, theaters, spacious squares, baths, and city gates to this day.
    Streets with various buildings of Byzantine temples with mosaic floors and amphitheaters with excellent acoustics were discovered here during the excavations.
    Once destroyed by an earthquake and buried under the sands, it has been completely restored and included in the UNESCO heritage list.

    06:30 PMReturn back to Amman.

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