Amman to Qasr Deir Al-KahafWe’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-KahafThe 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-KinnFound 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…
JAWAOne 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-JimalThe 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 AmmanTo 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.