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Jordan’s Ancient Sites: Umm Qais and Pella Tour from Amman

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Key Highlights
  • Explore the fascinating ruins of Umm Qais, one of the most brilliant ancient Greco-Roman Cities
  • At a height of 1,700 ft from here you can see as far as Israel, Syria and Palestine
  • The ruins of Pella are among the most ancient sites in Jordan
  • Stop off at the Dead Sea on your way back to Amman
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    6 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Amman. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Amman

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Ancient ruins accentuated by glorious landscapes are offered on this fabulous tour to two of Jordan’s archaeological jewels, Umm Qais and Pella ruins, which were mentioned in the Biblical texts.

    Explore 6000 years of history excavated at the ancient city of Pella and in the Jordan Valley in the south at Umm Qais, one of the most magnificent ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis.

    Entrance fees to all sites are included and you have the choice to explore the sites independently or enlist the services and knowledge of a local guide.


    You will be picked up from your hotel in a private air-conditioned car/mini van and taken on a sightseeing tour of Um Qais and Pella.

    Leaving Amman, head for the ruins of the ancient town of Um Qais, also known as Gadara. This is one of the most brilliant ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis. A photographer’s paradise, the ruins are located at an altitude of 1,700 feet. They command a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) in Israel, the Golan Heights in Syria, the Palestinian Territories in the north and the Yarmuk Valley in Jordan in the south. You will visit three black basalt theatres, a temple and a colonnaded street here.

    Continue towards the ruins of the ancient city of Pella, also known as Taqabat Fahl, which is nestled in the Jordan Valley. Learn about 6000 years of history, beginning from the Stone Age to medieval Islamic times. Admire the scenic surrounds of the Jordan Valley while exploring this expansive historical site.

    After Pella, you will proceed to Dead Sea where you can spend some free time.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Amman.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a private air-conditioned car/mini van
    • English speaking driver
    • Entrance fee
    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    1-2 Guests’ transfers are arranged in a private A/C Car with an English-speaking driver, as follows:

    Full Size Car: Mazda 6 or similar model of 2010/2011

    Luxury Car: Mercedes E200 or similar model of 2010/2011

    3-4 Guests’ transfers are arranged in a private A/C 7-seater mini van, with an English-speaking driver.

    As the Ministry of Jordan does not allow a driver to also be a guide, a guide is not included in the cost of your tour. However, your driver will be very informative and be able to point out and explain sites as you drive past. Many people prefer to visit the sites and follow the walking tracks on their own, although there will be local guides available for hire on arrival at the particular destination.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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