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The archaeological site of Umm Qais dates back to the second half of the third century, most likely as a military colony under Alexander the Great with the name ‘Gadara’. In 636 CE, the Battle of Yarmouk took place not too far from Gadara; it changed the region under Arab-Muslim rule. However, the city was destroyed by the Galilee earthquake in 749 CE. Despite the limited reconstruction, the settlement continued to exist to no less than the 11th century. The site has two ancient theatres, the basilica terrace, and an ottoman village.

The ancient city was on the trade route between Palestine and Syria. Additionally, it reflects the political, commercial, and military boundaries and explains the name change to Mukais, meaning customs house or border place. The town was also a center for tax collection under the Ottoman relating to the word Mkeis. It is the root of the modern name Umm Qais.

Required gear

  • Sports shoes
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Light clothing, rain and wind jackets in the winter season tips


  • Take plenty of drinking water!
  • Always wear a helmet when cycling!
  • Take sunscreen with you.
  • A support vehicle will always be available to assist, don't hesitate to use it when you feel so! 


  • Wild dogs will never attack.
  • Slippery downhills during the wet season 
  • Light traffic in villages 
  • Dehydration, sunburn, heat stroke

The Um Qais loop is an easy bike route of 10km on paved roads. We call it a testing bike tour that allows all levels to become comfortable with their bike. We will start from the archaeological site, which is quickly followed by some easy down and up hills. The route will take us between the farms of north Jordan. The highlights of this route are the picturesque landscapes and the view of the Sea of Galilee.

Distance: 10km
Elevation gain:  + 239m + 11.2%
Elevation loss:  - 242m - 11.0%
Difficulty level: Easy / on road
The Trip Confirms Upon Weather Conditions!
For Groups above 4, Create a Tailor-Made Tour

  • Bike & helmet - Scott Sub cross 30 2018 model
  • Qualified first-class English-speaking cycling guide
  • Escorting vehicle with spare parts during the biking tours
  • Mechanical support 
  • First Aid support
  • Water & fruits
  • Excursions in modern deluxe A/C tourists vehicle as per the program
  • Archaeological site entrance fees ( can be covered by Jordan pass)
  • Transportation to the starting point
  • Extra meals and beverages
  • Any personal expenses
  • Tips and portages of all kinds
  • Accommodations

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