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Experience - Jordan

In the footsteps of Saladin and the Romans

Highlights

  • Visit the "Pompeii of the East" in ancient Gerasa.

  • Guided tour to the most important archaeological sites in Jordan

  • Unparalleled views of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights

Description

The ruins of the ancient city of Gerasa are among the most important monuments of Roman culture. Visit the "Pompeii of the East" and the deep black basalt theatre of the ancient town of Gadara on a short tour through the ages. You can look forward to unparalleled views of the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan Valley.

Destination

Orient

  1. Jordan

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel in Amman and embark on a journey through history - from Roman times to the Crusades and the Late Middle Ages.

Your first stop is Gerasa, one of the best-preserved Roman Decapolis cities. Since most of its historical buildings are in good condition, the old town is also known as "Pompeii of the East."

In Gerasa, you will visit the ancient theatre, the temples of Zeus and Artemis, the Nymphaeum, and stroll through the columned streets of the old city. After a guided tour through the broad streets, you will have lunch at the Artemis Restaurant.

The next stop is Adschloun, a fortress from the 12th century AD. The fortress commissioned by the famous Saladin in 1189 is an outstanding example of Arab-Islamic military construction during the Crusades. The city and fortifications are of particular importance, as they served as an army base during Saladin's triumph over the Crusaders.

In the afternoon, you will proceed toward Umm Qais, the ruins of the ancient city of Gadara. Pay attention to the horizon when you visit the smaller of the two theatres - which, by the way, was built entirely from deep black basalt stone. There, you will find an extraordinary view: the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee, just 10 km away.

On the way back to Amman, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the traditional Ottoman country houses, which were widely spread in Jordan, especially in the 16th century. In the early evening, you will make your way back to the hotel in Amman.

Closest city: Amman

Date of the trip: All-day tour

Including

  • Entrance fees to the attractions mentioned above
  • Lunch at the Artemis Restaurant in Gerasa

Excluding

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Personal expenses, such as tips
  • Insurance
  • Further entrance fees

Services & Notes

  • Please note that this tour is not private and will take place with other participants and groups.

  • English-speaking guide

  • Duration: approx. 8 hours (start in the morning at approx. 8:00 AM)

  • Distance: Approx. 250 km

  • Excursion in a minibus or similar vehicle

  • Please make sure that you are suitably dressed for visiting mosques and other religious institutions. We recommend covering arms and legs down to the ankles and covering the hair and décolleté completely.

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