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Umm Qais

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Umm Qais Tours
Umm Qais Tailormade Holidays

Tucked into the angle of borders formed by Jordan, Israel and the Golan, Umm Qais is the modern name for the site of the ancient Graeco-Roman town of Gadara, one of the cities of the Decapolis with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Gadar was renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, attracting an array of writers, artists, philosophers and poets. It also served as a resort for Romans vacationing in the nearby al-Hemma hot springs.

Gadara was blessed with fertile soil, abundant water and a location astride a number of key trading routes connecting Asia and Europe. The city thrived until the Byzantine era, which witnessed the decline of Gadara into relative obscurity. Earthquakes destroyed many buildings, and by the dawn of the Islamic era Gadara had become just another village. The town became known by the Arabic name Umm Qais during the middle Ages. Today, a considerable portion of the original Roman amphitheatre has survived. The seats face west, and are brought to life at sunset. Next to the theatre is a colonnaded street that once probably was the town’s commercial heart. Also near the black basalt theatre are the columns of the great Basilica of Gadara. Thanks to its location, it has been a popular site to savour the spectacular terrace views over their former homeland specifically from the privately owned restaurant ‘The Rest House’. Given the surrounds, a meal here is relatively unforgettable!

To get you started with planning your holiday to Umm Qais, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Jordan

4x4 driving | Wadi Rum | Jordan
Passage to Petra
6 days FROM $1,749

Petra in depth, the moonscape magic of Wadi Rum, a float in the Dead Sea, a Crusader Castle and more. Only Jordan gives you the opportunity to fit so much into six totally amazing days!!!

The Monastery | Petra | Jordan
Totally Jordan
8 Days FROM $2,099

Check out Roman ruins, crusader castles and the views across the holy lands, bob like a cork on the Dead Sea, range across the ruins at the Rose City of Petra and enjoy a desert safari at stunning Wadi Rum. All this in eight totally amazing days!

The Monastery | Petra | Jordan
Temples, Tombs, Treasury
13 days FROM $2,579

The best of Egypt and Jordan, a treasure chest of ancient sites including the legendary Pyramids of Giza, plenty of beach time, a foray into the mysterious city of Petra, and a night in a desert Bedouin camp!

Starry night | Wadi Rum | Jordan
Perseids Meteor Shower
8 days FROM $2,099

Witness the incredible Perseids Meteor Shower from our desert camp at Wadi Rum, where you will spend two nights star gazing, when the Meteor Shower is at its peak! Combine this amazing celestial event with Roman ruins, Crusader castles, floating in the Dead Sea and exploring the ruins at the Rose City of Petra. All of this in eight totally amazing days!

Trekking above Petra | Jordan
Trek Petra
9 days FROM $5,399

Jordan, naturally. Leaving Amman, check out Jordan’s Dead Sea, before heading south to Wadi Dana, Wadi Araba and Dana Nature Reserve. Against a backdrop of pristine and varied countryside, we’ll trek to the incredible Rose City, entering Petra at the majestic Ad-Deir – the ancient city’s largest carved façade.

Wadi Rum | Jordan
Deserts Ruins Reefs
11 Days FROM $2,999

Combining incredible ruins, castles, deserts and stunning coastline. Visit Jerash, test your buoyancy in the Dead Sea, make like Indiana Jones at the Rose City of Petra, enjoy a thrilling 4x4 trip at Wadi Rum & soak up the sun by the Red Sea in Aqaba/Tala Bay.

Dome on the Rock | Jerusalem | Israel
Road to Jerusalem
11 days FROM $3,959

Experience the magic of Jordan & take a spiritual journey to Jerusalem & beyond. Explore the ancient wonders of Petra, 4x4 in Wadi Rum & float like a cork in the Dead Sea. Top it off with an incredible tour of the Holy Land & some of the world's most sacred & historical sites.

The Monastery | Petra | Jordan
Xmas in Petra
8 Days FROM $2,299

Prepare a Jordanian Christmas feast in the Petra Kitchen, participate in a Boxing Day talent competition at Wadi Rum, take a dip in the Dead Sea, explore Petra in depth and visit Roman ruins and the world’s oldest mosaic map of the Holy Land…all these highlights and more on our special Christmas in Petra tour.

Wadi Rum | Jordan
New Years in Wadi Rum
8 Days FROM $2,299

Celebrate a Bedouin New Year’s Eve Bash in the heart of Wadi Rum desert. Add to this the fascinating Lost City of Petra, swimming in the Dead Sea and exploring heaps of Roman ruins and you can be assured that you'll be ringing in the new in style!

The Dead Sea | Jordan
Petra & the Dead Sea
4 days FROM $1,659

Enjoy a brief but memorable jaunt to Jordan. Visiting the legendary Rose City of Petra, Shobak Crusader Castle and Mt Nebo before descending to the lowest point on the earth and relaxing by the Dead Sea.

On the road | Jordan
Self Drive Jordan
8 days FROM $2,019

Take control of the wheel and discover Jordan. With the assurance of a comfy bed to retire to each night, travel the open road and explore Jordan's best loved sights.

Local cuisine | Jordan
Jordan on the Menu
8 days FROM $3,579

A fantastic cooking course for foodies! Learn to cook traditional Jordanian cuisine and explore beautiful Petra, the Dead Sea, Shobak Castle and more!

A Byzantine basilica | Amman | Jordan
Lawrence's Arabia
9 days FROM $3,389

Jordan, home to the Rose City of Petra offers much more than initially meets the eye. This inspiring 9-day itinerary visits the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Petra, Roman ruins & much more. It's a true Arabian Adventure - with a little bit of luxury!

A Byzantine basilica | Amman | Jordan
All About Amman
1/2 day FROM $409

Uncover the Amman of old at the ancient hilltop citadel, fascinating National Archaeological Museum, impressive Roman Theatre and intriguing Folklore Museum. Plus catch a glimpse of modern Arab life amongst the bustling souks and streets of downtown Amman on this Jordan Half Day Tour.

Camel Caravan | Egypt
Pyramids to Petra
15 days FROM $4,289

Discovering some of the world's best archaeological sights, we combine Cairo's ancient wonders, Luxor's greatest temples and tombs, the ever flowing River Nile and the rose red city of Petra - The Jewel in Jordan's crown.

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