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Jerash (Gerasa)
Jerash (Gerasa)

Jerash (Gerasa)

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718 Reviews
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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Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
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$94.00 per adult
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Amer, the best!
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.
Francisco_A, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amman

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Excellent
roman_c, Jul 2021
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
Excellent trip and excellent driver ask for MO. The views of the Castle, Scenery, and Ruins are a must See!
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Highly Recommend
Bobby_D, Jun 2021
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to explore Jordan north of Amman. I requested to not visit Ajloun Castle for more time at Umm Qais. The tour company accommodated and gave me plenty of time at both Umm Qais and Jerash. I had plenty of time to explore both locations and did not feel rushed. We stopped outside Jerash and enjoyed some local food. I will be using this company when returning to Jordan.
star-5
This place is something....
Michael_C, Aug 2021
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
This place is something. Jerash is way underrated. If you like ruins or ancient history, this is up your ally. Really cool place. When it says take 3 hours....do it....and bring a lot of water. The castle was neat, not an all day affair but neat. We didn't go to the last place because of time, but the driver did offer to bring us....that was on us not him. Our driver was awesome....really cool guy and doesn't smoke in front of you all day. I respect that a lot because it smells clean and he puts you first. Mo was his name for short. Just an awesome guy who deserves the work. He works hard. I had a moment where I wasn't paying attention and ran into a door....super embarising and not something I've ever done before. I'm usually really good about looking where I'm going. He didn't make fun of me and instead made sure I was okay. That's the kind of guy you want for your tour. He also really cares about his family and some of his stories will melt you. That is part of the overall experience you know? Good time on this journey.
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Wonderful Day Trip
Relax108905, Jan 2020
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
We has an excellent time with Mohammed who not only drove us between sites but also helped us get breakfast on the road and showed us the local cuisine over a fantastic lunch. The sites themselves are large and well preserved with Jerash as the real highlight. Make sure you allow enough time (at least couple of hours) to really explore Jerash especially if it's the last stop.
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Northern Jordan
drussell1944, Feb 2020
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
Good driver and guide in Jerash was excellent. We loved Jerash. So much interesting history. Other 2 sites also worth while.
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Great personalized service with a private driver
affygility, Nov 2019
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
Private drivers are the way to go. You get to see each location at your own pace, and in between locations get to engage in conversation with the english-speaking driver.
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Driver was great - maybe make some schedule adjustments
torybrettmartin, Nov 2019
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
Our driver for this tour was great and really flexible - he allowed us to stay at each site as long as we wanted. Umm Qais itself, though, was laid out strangely and it was hard to find the entrance once you're inside the site. Probably skippable. That said, Ajloun and Jerash were both fantastic and highly recommended. Having a friendly driver with good English was a very easy way to get around.
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A good overview
Neil R, Oct 2019
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
All the three sites we visited are well worth seeing and the driving in between gives a good feel for the country to the north of Amman. Our driver was efficient and responsive to the needs of the party. Time at each site was quite short. Jerash on its own could take a full day. So book a different tour if you want that, but this is a good taster tour of this area of Jordan.

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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