Amman, Jordan

Expedition to JAWA and Umm El-Jimal

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If you’re going on a trip to visit some of Jordan’s most ancient and hard-to-reach places, it’s only appropriate that you do it right. An expedition to JAWA, Deir Al-Kahaf, Deir Al-Kinn, and Umm El-Jimal, is a full-day trip in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle with WiFi, soft drinks, and snacks, providing constant enjoyment throughout the journey – at no extra charge of course!

Explore Jordanian history to your heart’s content on this private tour, off the beaten tourist path, and with the utmost comfort at that! The ride back to Amman will take you right up to your hotel where we picked you up, ensuring a peaceful end to a satisfying journey.

Departure Location
Amman, Jordan (your hotel or residence)
Departure Time
What's Included
✓ Private luxury transfer✓ Entrance fees✓ Bottled water, soft drinks, snacks✓ Coffee/tea (on request)✓ WiFi, iPhone charger, iPad with Netflix✓ Masks and hand-sanitiser
What's Excluded
✕ Professional on-site (local) guide✕ Personal expenses✕ Lunch
Tour Checklist
✓ Comfortable shoes✓ Sun hat✓ Sunblock✓ Sunglasses

Note: We will meet you at the hotel lobby or at your residence five minutes before the scheduled departure time for an introduction and small briefing. Please be on time.

After the tour, we will drive you back to Amman and drop you off at your hotel, where we picked you up or any other location specified by you, at no additional cost.

Tour Itinerary

Amman to Qasr Deir Al-Kahaf

We’ll begin with a friendly introduction, and a small tour briefing. A detour to Starbucks to pick up your favourite coffee will take place after, on your request. From there, it’s a 2-hour (150 km) drive from Amman to Qasr Deir Al-Kahaf, our first stop, in a 4x4 vehicle which includes WiFi, sipping coffee and enjoying your selected snacks. Water and soft drinks are provided at no extra cost. There is also an iPhone charger, headphones and you’ll have access to an iPad with an internet connection, and Netflix.

Qasr Deir Al-Kahaf

The first stop along this exciting trip is sure to make it memorable right off the bat. The Qasr Deir Al-Kahaf was built in the 4th century, as a Roman sentry post. This fort is also known as the ‘Monastery of Caves’. Though the remaining ruins here are few, the area still drips with history and anciency, making it well worth the visit. A great way to kick off the journey, which only gets more interesting as you go along.

Qasr Deir Al-Kinn

Found at an elevation of about 1151 meters, and difficult to spot is the ancient site of Deir Al-Kinn. The few remains here are the sort that drip of ancient times, with few still-standing walls and stones left in this archaeological site. The surrounding terrains are as gorgeous as they can possibly get along the way, making it a stop along the trip most certainly worth having before the most exciting location…


One of the country’s most valuable archaeological sites, dating as far back as the late 4th millennium BC and resting in one of the driest areas of the hazardous black desert, this ancient settlement is the highlight of this expedition. It’s the location of the remains of the oldest known dam in the world – a historical proto-development zone where a lot of human developments in water supply systems can be traced back. Having been mistaken for an ancient Roman site back in 1931 by French explorer Antoine Poidebard as he flew over it, the truth behind the site had since been uncovered across decades. The ruins suggest that the site once had a walled town, alongside reservoirs designed to divert flooding. Mysteries still abound around this ancient town, which some speculate was populated by no more than a generation before it suffered near-total destruction. As one of Jordan’s most unique and interesting historical sites, it’s well worth the visit, especially if you are interested in ancient history and archaeology.

Umm El-Jimal

The Northern-Jordanian village of Umm El-Jimal has few things special about it – apart from the massive Roman and Byzantine ruins that still stand proud above it. The ruins were found to date back as far as the Nabataean through to the Abbasid periods, with major damages have occurred to them in the earthquake of 749 AD. The settlement had been uninhabited for nearly 1,100 years, with plenty of the historic ruins remaining untouched. A truly ancient way to end off the trip.

Back to Amman

To conclude the tour, we will drive you all the way back to Amman and drop you off at your hotel, where we picked you up. No doubt after a satisfying and inspiring few hours in some of Jordan’s most famed Roman sites and the oldest settlement in Jordan – JAWA.

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Additional Info

  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the tour for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the tour’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the tour’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the tour’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on Jordan’s local time.

What our customers say


29 reviews

Shannon D
Shannon D This is the one!
Alex is the best. He knows his stuff, is always on time, goes beyond the call of duty to take care of his clients. You forgot water? Alex has you covered. You need a bit of sugar to boost your energy? Alex is way ahead of you. You already bought a Jordan Pass? Alex will reimburse every entry fee he doesn't need to pay for you. The itinerary is very well designed and Alex is happy to take into consideration any physical limitations you may have, even if it is just because you hiked a little too hard the day before =)
Written August, 2022

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