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Jerash (Gerasa)
Jerash (Gerasa)

Jerash (Gerasa)

Free admission
Jordan

The Basics

In ancient times, Jerash grew rich from iron ore as well as agricultural products, allowing for the construction of a unique oval forum, a hippodrome, an amphitheater, and a temple dedicated to Artemis, plus an arch built to mark a visit from Emperor Hadrian. The site is often visited either as a day trip from Amman (in conjunction with Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle) or as part of a larger tour of Jordan.

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Private Half Day Tour to Jerash from Amman
Private Half Day Tour to Jerash from Amman
star-4.5
$102.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Day Trip to Jerash
Excellent driver and very knowledgeable guide. Amphitheaters and Roman columns are very impressive. Interesting to note that Jerash was inhabited across the time of several civilizations.
Fred_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Amman

star-5
Exciting Full Day Trip
Dwain_N, Jun 2022
Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Quais Full-Day Tour
I saw three great tourist attractions, Umm Quais, Ajloun, and Jerash in one day. All sights were amazing!
star-4
Impressive Jerash & Ajloun Castle views
Lola_F, Jun 2022
Full-Day Private Jerash and Ajloun Castle Tour with Pickup
Our driver was Adnan who was smartly dressed and professional. We went to Jerash which from the outside looks smaller than it is but it's actually huge and you could spend hours there. It was magnificent. The next stop was atmospheric Ajloun Castle which sits on a hill so you get fantastic views.
star-4
Private driver
Alexis_N, Apr 2022
One Day Trip to Jerash & Ajloun Castle
This “tour” is really just a private driver from Amman to Jerash and the Aljoun Castle. Both are cool sights but the price for two people is more than what you’d pay for a taxi to take you to these sites.
star-5
Great day!
Cecily_C, Mar 2022
Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Quais Full-Day Tour
Mohammed was great, on time pick up and started our day with a coffee. Great driving, conversation and assistance. Would recommend as a solo traveler.
star-5
Touring flexibility and the human touch
Marc_H, Jul 2022
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
We took this tour knowing we wanted to concentrate on just two of the three listed destinations (Jerash and Ajlon Castle). The third destination, Umm Qais, would have required something like three or four extra hours traveling to the far north of Jordan. The driver was very accommodating and said we could do a city tour of Amman visiting the Citadel and Amphitheater in old Amman instead of the Umm Qais part of the itinerary. The driver spoke excellent English and told us about life in Jordan and was happy to answer all of our questions. At the two main historical sites we visited we were able to get in easily having purchased the Jordan Go pass prior to arriving in country. The Jordan Go pass covers the admission cost to something like 30 different sites across Jordan. It also covers the cost of the Jordan visa which is another plus. At both main sites that we visited we hired an official tour guide (for a small additional expense) to describe the history and significance of the place. Good guides and well worth the extra cost. The driver waited patiently nearby as we visited the sites and was there at each site entrance when we were ready to go to the next destination. My wife ended up hurting her knee as a result of several days of extensive waking and stair climbing during our several days of visiting sites throughout Jordan. The driver was very caring and accommodating to make my wife comfortable. On our return to Amman he stopped at a local pharmacy so I could buy a knee brace for my wife. We ended up driving past the Citadel and Amphitheater in Amman as we were done touring for the day. We did want to do so gold jewelry shopping though and the driver was able to take us to a part of town with several jewelry stores we could visit. So the day ended a little differently than we perhaps expected at the start, but the driver’s flexibility and kindness throughout the day allowed us to make very good use of our last full day in Jordan. Would readily recommend this tour to all interested in visiting comparatively well preserved historical sites.
star-5
Wonderful trip and experience!
Licen_X, Jun 2022
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
We had a wonderful trip with Saad, our guide. The itinerary is great. This is the second trip we had with him. He is knowledgeable and very friendly - he bought local fruits and cucumbers for us to taste. When we were passing his mother-in-law’s house on our way, we had the pleasure to stop for a tea break and chat with the family. What a beautiful family and wonderful people! Thank you so much!! Saad also helped us booking and accompanied us the last day trip for baptism and city tour. The Jordan trip is so memorable filled with history learning and great experience of hospitality.
star-5
MohammEd was great!
Harvey_B, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
We all appreciated our driver, Mohammed's suggestions and tailoring our tour to fit our wishes perfectly!
star-5
Amer, the best!
Francisco_A, Aug 2021
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
We booked transportation only since we wanted to go relax, nice and slowly. Amer, was kind, patient and always ready to give a hint or recommendation about the sites we visited. There was not even a single offer made by him to push for a place, restaurant or guide which was great, 5/5. Great driver, we felt safe the whole trip.
star-5
Very professional
Rachael_P, Jan 2020
Umm Qais, Jerash & Ajloun Castle Day Tour from Amman
Excellent communication prior to the trip. Very professional. Safe driver. Very knowledgeable about the local area. 10/10 would recommend.
star-5
I booked this tour at the...
Stephanie_I, May 2022
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
I booked this tour at the last minute and I am really glad that I did. When researching places to visit in Jordan Umm Qais and Aljoun Castle never came up. If the only reason you book this tour is for the amazing drive from Amman up through the lush green mountains of northern Jordan than that in of itself is worth it. Umm Qais is an obscure site with amazing well preserved Roman ruins high up in the mountains. The day I went my husband and I had to whole place to ourselves. It was a lovely hike among the ruins with breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee with Syria to one side and Palestine to the other. There is a lovely open air restaurant at the site which I would recommend eating at since the only dining options at Jerash was a unappealing, over priced touristy buffet. Next we visited Aljoun Castle, a medieval looking castle, complete with a draw bridge and moat! It is a quick look, about an hour. The day my husband and I were there it was raining and very foggy but I am sure the views on a clear day are amazing. I think the fog and gloominess actually added to the spooky vibe of this place. Next to Jerash, which is huge and very crowded. The ruins were well preserved and awesome but it was a little bit overwhelming. I would definitely recommend spending less time at Jerash and seeing Umm Qais and Aljoun Castle within the same tour. Viator does offer tours just to Jerash but I thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
star-5
Incredible Place, Great Driver
Michael_c, Dec 2021
One Day Trip to Jerash & Ajloun Castle
We had a last minute adjustment to our itinerary and booked this rather last minute. Jerash is incredible and a must see! We were treated to an excellent English-speaking driver, Mohammad Bardaghawi, who loves Jordan and knows his way around. He listened to our interests and suggested a few other stops on the route for a real taste of Jordan, including some fresh (and delicious) pomegranate juice and a stop to see the olive oil processing which was definitely interesting to see. We ended up trusting him to take us all the way to Petra the day before leaving the country because we had confidence he would get us to our flight in time.
star-4
One of the most complete Roman period buildings outside Italy
Derrick_Q, Apr 2022
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
It’s a long trip between the 3 places. In the end, I only managed to do 2 out of the 3 destination as each places are far away from Amman and takes time to explore the place. I gave Aljoun Castle a missed as I was told it’s very similar to Shoubak ruin castle which I have visited. Jerash is a must as the place was almost a complete city by itself with Roman civic public places with marble and columns still pretty much intact. I spent too much time in Um Quais otherwise I would be able to visit Aljoun Castle. And all thanks to Ramadan period, ticket booth closed one hour earlier than normal time. Otherwise the tour would be fully completed. Thanks to my driver Murad who helped me the right decision to skip Aljoun Castle or else less time for Jerash. You need a good 3 hours in Jerash to explore all the important monuments and temples
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Jerash is a must-visit for those interested in architecture and history.

  • Wear sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • Comfortable footwear is a must for exploring the site.

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How to Get There

Jerash is located north of Amman, about an hour's drive from the city center via Route 35. Bus service in the area isn't the best, so travelers wanting to visit usually end up renting a car or taxi or going as part of an organized or private tour.

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When to Get There

Jerash is open from 8am to 4pm in the winter, 8am to 8pm in the summer, and 9:30am to 5:30pm during Ramadan. Opening hours on Friday and public holidays are from 9am to 4pm. A Roman reenactment show, called Roman Army and Chariot Experience (RACE), is staged on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11am and 2pm and on Friday at 10am.

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The Roman Army and Chariot Experience

One of the highlights of a visit to Jerash is the chance to see the Roman Army and Chariot Experience, a Roman reenactment performance divided into three parts. The first features 24 actors demonstrating battle formations. This is followed by gladiator fights, and the show ends with a series of 2-horse chariot races.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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