Site of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine, Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome; one poet called the city “a new Athens”. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Gadara is today known as Umm Qays and boasts an impressive colonnaded streets, vaulted terrace and the ruins of two theatres. You can take in the sights and then dine on the terrace of a fine restaurant with a breathtaking view of three countries.
In Roman and Byzantine times, the ancient hot-spring town of al-Himma was the site of Gadara’s bath complex, which was famous throughout the empire for its lavish design and architecture. Today, the al-Himma hot springs are located in the pleasant village of Mukheiba.
Pick -up from your location in Amman.
Transfer to Umm Qais for a historical tour. Explore the ruins of this ancient city and a magnificent view over the Northern Jordan valley, the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), the Yarmouk River gorge and the Golan Heights.
Continue to Al HImma Hot Springs for a day in a private chalet.
Have lunch in the location.
Evening return to Amman.
End of Tour