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Philodemus (Light Hike)

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Philodemus Hiking & Camping Shop, Umm Qais
Philodemus Hiking & Camping Shop, Umm Qais
Min Age : 5
Max People : 18
About

Break-away from the noise of the city and walk across the diverse rural landscapes of Umm Qais. Discover the bio-diversity that can be found here with a knowledgable local guide, who is passionate in sharing the story of Umm Qais & northern Jordan.

 

This hike is a great introduction to the history, environment, and culture of Umm Qais,  it’s also perfect for families with young children. There are few trails to hike around the village that are between an hour and two in length.

 

What’s Included?

  • Experienced local guide
  • First aid equipment
  • Water bottle
  • Walking sticks
  • Binoculars
  • Transportation back to Beit Al Baraka

 

What to bring?

  • Rucksack
  • Snack
  • Sun protection
  • Warm fleece or sweater  fall through spring
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho fall through spring
  • Camera and/or mobile phone
  • Identification Document (ID or Passport)
Popular Day Itinerary

10:00 – Site Tour of Gadara

Uncover the rich history of Umm Qais and the Greco-Roman ruins that are located in what was once the heart of this hill-top village. Join a local guide on an English-speaking tour of the Greco-Roman city, the Ottoman Village, and the museum of Gadara. This is a tour that shouldn’t be missed.

12:00 – Romero 

Enjoy a light meal accompanied by a cool drink and dramatic views over the Jordan and Yarmouk valleys. Romero is a restaurant located in the heart of the ruins of Gadara. The restaurant employs people from the local community and has done so for many years.

14:00 – Philodemus Light Hike

Want to explore the hills surrounding Umm Qais but short on time? The light hike is the perfect option. Join a local guide for a 1-2 hour hike over the rolling hills and learn about the nature, history, and culture of Umm Qais.

17:00 – Local Kitchen

Home cooked dinners are always the best! Come visit on of our local kitchens for a taste of real Jordanian cooking in the home of a talented local chef. Discover the dishes that the people of Umm Qais eat on a daily basis while sharing stories of your day in the village.

* Contact us via email at reservations@barakadestinations.com for a quotation or a different itinerary suggestion.

Popular Over Night Itinerary

Beit Al Baraka

Check-in at Beit Al Baraka begins at 15:00 but we can sometimes arrange an earlier check in. We can also store your bags whilst you experience some of the many activities that the local community offer.

12:00 – Cooking Class

Find your inner chef with a cooking class with an experienced local chef. Visit one of the many local chef that offer cooking lessons in Umm Qais and take away a recipe that will always remind you of your time in northern Jordan.

16:00 – Yousef’s Honey

Head over to the beekeeping site in the evening to try your hand at beekeeping led by an experienced local keeper. Yousef will teach you about the bees, the intricacies of life in a hive, and even how honey is made. Don a beekeeping suit and get up close and personal with a hive- watch the bees as they continue with their work and even make way for the Queen.

18:00 – Romero

Watch the sun slowly set as you eat cold and hot mezza whilst perched above the Yarmouk Valley. Romero is a restaurant located in the heart of the ruins of Gadara. The restaurant employs people from the local community and has done so for many years.

Day 2

Beit Al Baraka

Check out at Beit Al Baraka is 11:00 but this can sometimes be pushed back so do ask our staff. We can also put your bags in storage until you’re ready to leave us.

10:00 – Philodemus Light Hike

Want to explore the hills surrounding Umm Qais but short on time? The light hike is the perfect option. Join a local guide for a 1-2 hour hike over the rolling hills and learn about the nature, history, and culture of Umm Qais.

12:00 – Basket Weaving

Learn how to weave a coaster or basket with the help of a local artist. Uncover the techniques that’ve been used for generations! Intricate baskets of all sizes, materials, and colors are also available for purchase at Beit Al Baraka.

* Contact us via email at reservations@barakadestinations.com for a quotation or a different itinerary suggestion.