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From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle & Umm Qais Private Tour

1. From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle & Umm Qais Private Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and travel towards the ancient city of Jerash. Explore the city which was a rich a prosperous Greek and Roman settlement, first founded by Alexander the Great around 331 BC. Wander down the Collonaded Street, and discover well-preserved examples of Roman architecture including the amphitheater, public squares, temples, and plazas. See the Temple of Artemis, the Forum, the oval plaza, and Hadrian’s Arch. Then, proceed to Ajloun and visit Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built during the rule of the Ayyubid dynasty under the command of Saladin. Built as a defensive outpost to guard the 3 major passages into northwest Jordan, this hilltop structure is a striking example of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture. Discover the various towers, chambers, galleries, and staircases that form part of the town as well as the beautiful scenery that surrounds the hills. Climb the tower and take in the fantastic views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Drive towards Umm Qais, one of the most stunning Greco-Roman cities in the region. Learn about the ruins of the Decapolis city of Gadara, now known as Umm Qais. Take in the breathtaking views of Jordan, Syria, Israel, and Palestine. Finally, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a drop-off at any central location of your choosing.

From Amman: Private Tour to Jerash and Ajloun

2. From Amman: Private Tour to Jerash and Ajloun

Begin your private tour with a pick up from your hotel in central Amman. You'll travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to Jerash. Wander among the temples, theatres, plazas, paths and collonaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls. Inside 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 accompany you during your 2-hour visit to the Jerash. This ancient city was one of the most prosperous in the Roman Empire and was covered by sand for centuries until it's 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 it's arches, theatres, and elegant collonaded streets. Take the opportunity to take some photos of the stunning Oval Plaza, the intriguing egg-shaped public square framed by standing columns. Having explored Jerash, continue to the 12th-century Castle of Ajloun. Built in the time of Saladin to defend against Crusader armies, head inside this semi-intact hilltop fortress and roam the corridors and staircases. Admire the stunning views over the lush hills of the Jordan Valley from the towers. Then, reconvene with your vehicle and relax on your ride back to Amman where your trip ends with a hotel drop off.

Amman: Private Tour to Jerash, Ajloun and Umm Qais

3. Amman: Private Tour to Jerash, Ajloun and Umm Qais

Start the tour with pickup from your central Amman accommodation and then travel via an air-conditioned vehicle to Jerash. Wander among the original temples, theaters, plazas and baths, all enclosed within the remaining city walls. Discover the remains of settlements dating back to the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and Abbasid periods, which indicate human occupation of this location for more than 2,500 years. As you explore the Roman Decapolis City of Jerash, listen to your local guide share fascinating stories about the history of the site. This ancient city was one of the most prosperous in the Roman Empire, and was covered in sand for centuries until its remains were discovered in 1806. Wander through the ancient city gate and walk among the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you tales of what life here was like for the inhabitants. After you have explored Jerash, continue onto the 12th-century Castle of Ajloun, built in the time of Saladin to defend against Crusader armies. Head inside this semi-intact hilltop fortress, and roam the rambling corridors and staircases. See the murder holes through which occupiers would pour hot oil on invaders, and admire the stunning views over the lush hills of the Jordan Valley from the towers. Finally, venture northward through Jordan’s green landscapes to the village of Umm Qais, overlooking the ruins of another Roman Decapolis city known as “Gadara”. Soak up the views from here over the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights to explore the Greco-Roman ruins, including the amphitheater, crumbled mausoleum, basilica terrace, as well as other theaters and treasures. Then, visit the town’s museum to admire some precious artifacts recovered from the site, including mosaics and marble statues. Then, head back to your vehicle and relax on your long ride back to Amman where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 26 reviews

I was lucky to spend the day touring the sites of northern Jordan with Mohammed, the best driver in all of Jordan. He was punctual, friendly, interesting, a great conversationalist, and went above and beyond to help me fix a small problem with arranging a pre-flight COVID test back at my hotel later that day. Don’t hesitate to book your transport to Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Qais with this company - if all their drivers are as great as Mohammed, you’ll be in excellent hands.

Mahmoud Issa was an exceptional driver. He had not only water waiting for me, but also juice and snacks. We had such an lovely dialogue and he was very thoughtful throughout the day. I chose to stay a bit longer in one location and forgo another for a separate date and was very pleased to accommodate my requests. I would highly recommend him for any tour. :)

Booking a guided tour like this one is a very good option especially if you do not so many days or time left. This tour helped us visit three different places in one day while it would probably need a bit more than a day if we were about to visit the places on our own.

Very good tour for knowing more about Jordan. Nice, polite, atentif driver, clean car. Recomended

hasan was an amazing driver / tour guide and the sites were breathtaking