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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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What people are saying about Ajloun

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 19 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.

My guide, Mohammed Al Na’Na was excellent. He took me out of the way to show me some interesting things I wouldn’t have on my own. He was very professional and would recommend his services.

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