Discover Jordan's rich and fascinating history on this full-day tour from Amman. Drive to Iraq Al Ameer, a place inhabited since the bronze age, visit Um Qais, once a city of the decapolis, and see the amazing Greco-Roman ruins in Pella.
What to Expect
Our day begins at Iraq Al-Amir, which is within the municipality of Amman in the Jordan Valley. Located about 9 miles (15 km) southwest of the town of Wadi Al-Seer, it has a population of about 6,000 people.
Lying among the region's hills, the area has many springs and is famous for its olive trees, as well as other forest trees. About 500 meters south of the town is the historical site of Al-Iraq, built by a Persian prince in the 3rd century B.C. Here, we'll find many caves in the hills that date back to the Copper Age.
Several precious artifacts, pottery, glass and weapons dating back to the Bronze Age and Roman periods, as well as inscriptions, gold Islamic coins and the silver Ptolemaic hoard recently discovered at Iraq Al-Amir, are all on display at the Exhibition of Arab Heritage and Recent Discoveries, which was opened in 1992.
In addition to Jerash and Amman, Gadara (now Um Qais) and Pella (Tabaqit Fahl) were once Decapolis cities, and each has unique appeal. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qays boasts impressive ancient remains, such as the stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and adjacent courtyard, the colonnaded main street, an underground mausoleum, two baths, a city gate and the faint outlines of what was a massive hippodrome.
Pella is exceptionally rich in antiquities, some of which are exceedingly old. Besides the excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period, Pella gives you the chance to see the remains of Chalcolithic settlement from the 4th millennium BC, evidence of Bronze and Iron Age walled cities, Byzantine churches, early Islamic residential quarters and a small medieval mosque.
Join us on this unique tour to explore some of the historic treasures of the Arab world, all just a quick trip from Amman.
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
Pick-up will be from centrally located hotels in Amman.