Private full day tour from Amman to Jerash Ajloun & Umm Qais,
Meet your private driver at your hotel in Amman, and venture into northern Jordan toward Jerash. One of the world’s best-preserved classical sites, Jerash was a prosperous Greek and Roman city. Founded by Alexander the Great around 331 BC, the city then called Gerasa reached its peak after Roman conquest in 63 BC, later becoming one of the 10 great Decapolis cities of the east. After roughly an hour, arrive at the gate and choose to explore independently or hire a local guide (own expense). Then, head to inspect the timeworn streets, plazas, bathhouses, and other remains. See highlights like the 2nd-century Hadrian's Arch and 15,000-seater Hippodrome arena, and admire the Oval Colonnade, Temple of Artemis, and Colonnaded Street. Then, travel to nearby Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built by the forces of Saladin to defend against Crusader incursions. The hilltop edifice is a stunning example of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture, and was built to dominate three major passages into northwest Jordan. Go inside exploring the towers, corridors, museum, absorbing the historical atmosphere and scenic views. continue further north to Umm Qais, where the remnants of another Roman Decapolis city known as Gadara cover a hillside. Drink in the views from the hill to the Golan Heights, Lake Tiberius, and Jordan Valley, View the Greco-Roman remains, seeing highlights such as the mausoleum, basilica terrace, and theaters. Finally, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman.