Meeting and introduction (9:00 - 11:00)
You will meet our driver at the hotel lobby between 9 a.m.–11 a.m (your exact timing will be provided by the support team, one day before the tour) after the entail greetings, you start your journey toward Ajloun about 2hrs drive.
Ajloun (11:00 - 12:30)
we start out by heading north where we will visit our first spectacular site, Ajloun Castle. The drive
should take around 2 hours, and we will be covering 73 kilometers (passing the city of Jerash).
Something that you will most certainly notice while driving towards Ajloun is how the landscape of Jordan changes from desert in the south, to lush green vegetation made up of pine tree forests and olive groves in the north. This is just one of the many characteristics of Jordan that makes it a wonderfully unique country.
Jerash (13:00 – 17:00)
After that,we head to the spectacular city of Jerash. The city of Jerash contains the most well-preserved Roman site in all of the Middle East and you will get a chance to gaze upon this special place that has survived for thousands of years.
Overview of Sites for Ancient Jerash City:
Hadrian’s Arch: you will enter the ancient Roman city through this oval arch. Built in 129 AD to mark
Emperor Hadrian’s visit, this stunning piece of architecture is considered as magnificent as the arch in the forum in Rome.
Hippodrome: as you pass through the arch, to your left you will find the hippodrome or ‘circus.’ The hippodrome, a stadium-like structure was used for horse and chariot races by the ancient Greeks and Romans. There is currently a show (The Roman Army and Chariot Experience) that replicates the events that took place here centuries ago. Guests interested in experiencing the show can find more information below.
Forum (Oval Plaza): an asymmetrical plaza at the beginning of the column-laden street that runs the length of the city. It was once lined with the city’s major buildings, shops, and residences.
Agora: this was the city’s main food market. Here you will see the nymphaeum (or central fountain).
Nymphaeum: an ornate public fountain that was decorated with lions’ head motifs and dedicated to the nymphs—mythological female deities of nature.
Temple of Artemis: these impressive ruins are all that’s left of the temple dedicated to the patron
goddess of the city, Artemis.
South Theatre: one of the only two theatres
in Jerash to survive, the South Theatre is the largest. Here you will see a 1st century amphitheatre that seats up to 3,000. If you’re lucky, you may catch the Jordanian military band playing there.
Jerash Archaeological Museum: Jerash was a city hidden under centuries of sand that has only begun to be excavated in the last 70 years. The museum features a collection of artefacts found during these various excavations including coins, statues and sarcophagi.
Things to consider while in Jerash: The Roman Army and Chariot Experience (RACE):
The epic hippodrome race can now be seen for the first time in over a thousand years. Guests will enjoy the authentic replicas of Roman chariots racing in the stadium.
LIVE THE EXPERIENCE!
Wednesday–Thursday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Fridays–one show only at 10 :00 am
The performances last approximately 45 minutes.
Returning to Dead sea (17:00 - 19:00)
after almost a day exploring Ajloun and Jerash, time to return back to dead sea, the drive once again will
be around 2hrs.