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Follow in the footsteps of the Romans through the streets of ancient Gerasa.
Since many of the thousands of years old buildings are still very well preserved, the city of Gerasa is often compared to the famous Pompeii.
Ancient Gerasa once belonged to the Decapolis - the ten ruling cities in the east of the Roman Empire.
Lunch awaits you at the Artemis Restaurant with traditional Jordanian cuisine.
The fortress of Adschloun was one of Saladin's most significant military sites when Jordan was taken by the crusaders.
The fortress is situated on a hill from where you can see the entire surrounding area.
Umm Qais, or the ancient Gadara.
Gadara was known for its two theaters. The larger of the two could hold up to 6,000 spectators.
The smaller of the two theaters had a capacity of about 3,000 spectators and was built entirely of basalt stone.
Gadara boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the Jordan Valley.
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
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.
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
Please note that this tour is not private and will take place with other participants and groups.
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.