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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.

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From Amman: Petra, Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

2. From Amman: Petra, Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

Discover the highlights of Jordan on a private, small group tour for an intimate look at life at some of the most historic sites of the region. Marvel at the monuments of the rock-carved city of Petra, go to the Dead Sea in time to see the sunset and experience the Bedouin life at a camp in Wadi Rum. Day 1: Following a pickup from your hotel in Amman at 8:00 AM, transfer along the desert highway toward Wadi Mousa (Petra). Stop at the Dana Reserve and marvel at the amazing scenery. Continue to Shobak Castle and then visit Little Petra. Enjoy a drop off at your 3-star hotel in Wadi Mousa for your overnight stay. Day 2: Spend the day exploring Petra until 4:00 PM (2:00 PM in winter). After a day exploring, head for Wadi Rum where you will spend the night in a Bedouin camp. Day 3: Explore the valley on a Jeep safari. Then depart for a Dead Sea beach. Pass through the Great Rift Valley to Aqaba City. Then watch the sunset at the Dead Sea. Return to Amman in the evening.

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2- Day Petra Overnight Tour From Amman

3. 2- Day Petra Overnight Tour From Amman

Day 1- Petra – Dana Natural reserve: You will be picked up from  Amman at 8 am, passing through the desert highway toward Wadi Mousa (Petra) and stopping at different places on the way. You will visit Dana natural reserve area and view the amazing scenery of the reserve. Next, you will see Shobak Castle (Crusader castle - known as Montreal as well), and then visit Little Petra. Finally, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Wadi Mousa city at 4 pm for a relaxing overnight stay.  Day 2- Guided Exploration: The next day you will be picked up from your hotel at 7 am, and head out for a guided day tour in Petra. You will have 9 hours of exploring time inside Petra itself; many people choose to visit the treasury, monastery, the high area of Sacrifice and sites in between. You will be picked back up at 4 pm at your original departure point, and driven to your original hotel, concluding the tour. Petra name came from the Latin word ‘petrae’ ,meaning ‘rock’, lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi Araba in Jordan about 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea – 260Km to the south – South-west of Amman – Jordan Capital. It came into prominence in the late first BCE (BC) through the success of the spice trade. The city was the principal city of ancient Nabataea and was famous above all for two things: its trade and its hydraulic engineering systems. It was locally autonomous until the reign of Trajan, but it flourished under Roman rule. The town grew up around its Colonnaded. Following the flow of the Wadi Musa, the city-center was laid out on either sides of the Colonnaded Street on an elongated plan between the theater in the east and the Qasr al-Bint in the west. The quarries were probably opened in this period, and there followed virtually continuous building through the first and the second centuries CE.

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From Amman: Jerash, Umm Qais, and Jesus' Cave Private Trip

4. From Amman: Jerash, Umm Qais, and Jesus' Cave Private Trip

Explore some of Jordan’s historical treasures on this full-day private tour to Jerash, Um Qais, and Jesus’ Cave from Amman. Discover the ruins in Jerash, known to be one of the Middle East’s best-preserved Greco-Roman cities.  Jerash is a Bronze Age settlement where you can find the Temple of Artemis, the Forum, the oval plaza, as well as Hadrian’s Arch. Learn about the city and how it rose as a Greek federation and thrived through the Muslim and Christian rule until its demise following the Crusades. Afterwards, head towards Um Qais, one of the most astounding Greco-Roman cities. Discover the ruins of the Decapolis city of Gadara, which is now known as Um Qais. This place is stunning because of the juxtaposition between the Roman ruins and the abandoned Ottoman-era village. Check out the extraordinary vantage point which provides views of three countries: Jordan, Syria, and the Israel and Palestinian Territories. According to the Bible, it is where Jesus performed the miracle of the Gadarene swine. Later, head towards Prophet Jesus’ Cave, three miles south from Um Qais. The citizens there believe that Jesus resided in this cave during his travels to Umm Qais in order to release its people from paganism. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Amman to conclude the tour.

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Jerash and Umm Qais Private Tour from Amman

5. Jerash and Umm Qais Private Tour from Amman

In the morning, be picked up from your accommodation in Amman. A close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. Then drive north to the great site of Gadara “Umm Qais” where the miracle of the swine’s occurred. Enjoy a great view of the Sea of Galilee, Mount Tabor and Golan Heights. Afterwards you will be taken back to your hotel in Amman where you will be dropped off at around 5 pm. 

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Amman Queen Alia Airport: Transfer to/from Petra

6. Amman Queen Alia Airport: Transfer to/from Petra

A personal driver will be tracking your flight to/from the Queen Alia International Airport so as to accommodate for delays or early arrivals. Pickup from both your hotel in Petra and the airport will be adjusted according to any changes in your flight's schedule.  Simply look for your professional driver with a name card in the arrivals hall or your hotel lobby. Upon meeting, they will assist your with your luggage and make sure you feel comfortable. Hop in a modern, full-sized vehicle stocked with complimentary mineral water and equipped with Wi-Fi. Transfer directly to your hotel in Petra, or from your hotel in Petra directly to the airport in Ammam.  The service operates 24/7, so this luxurious experience is available at any time of the day, any day of the week. Take the stress out of your visit to Jordan, skip annoying taxi lines, and travel in style and comfort.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 42 reviews

A great tour of the historical sites of northern Jordan. My driver was Mohammed. He was a good driver, spoke good English and was fun to talk with. The car was in good condition. I would recommend this tour because Mohammed is one of the few drivers who takes tourists all the way up to Umm Qais which is close to the border with Israel/Palestine. The site looks onto the Golan Heights and on a clear day you can see the Sea of Galilee. The roman ruins there are well worth the visit and extra drive. The second site is Ajloun castle which is compact and in a fairly good state of repair which means that you get a decent sense of what the atmosphere was like there in the past. Finally Jerash is a huge and impressive roman site. It takes at least 2hrs to walk the well preserved ruins. Its worth adding that the drive between the places on the itinerary was enjoyable in itself because the hills and valleys offer some spectacular views on the way. A great trip which I recommend!

Nice day visiting the three northern Jordanian destinations included in this tour. Highly recommended: if you have already visited the south, this one-day tour complements it perfectly. At first we thought that the guide was included in the destinations, but indeed Emad confirmed that this was not the case: the platform is not very intuitive when choosing options in this regard. As for Emad, a very friendly driver who explains curiosities of the area, the country, and recommends where to eat or what to see in each place (even if it is not included in the tour).

There was a little problem at first: according to me, I booked an excursion to visit Jerash, Aljoun Castle and Umm Qais, but the agent insisted that we would only visit Jerash. In the end, I agreed to cover an additional amount and we visited the first two places. After all, I was very satisfied with the experience: the sites of Jerash and Aljoun are spectacular and very interesting because of their history. Our guide, Sam, was extraordinarily attentive and helpful, always displaying an excellent attitude. I definitely recommend it.

Jafar no. 1 It was a pleasure to travel with the legendary Jafar, 3 perfect days! we got upgrades to the desert camp for free! TOP!

Mohammed was incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable and on time. Couldn’t have asked for more