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Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Betha, and Dead Sea Private Tour

Activity provider: Zaid Tours and Travel

Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Betha, and Dead Sea Private Tour

Activity provider: Zaid Tours and Travel

From US$ 173.33 per person

Escape bustling Amman for the day and see three of Jordan’s most important religious and historical sites on a private 8-hour trip.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel in Amman
Private group


  • Escape bustling Amman for the day on a day trip of Madaba
  • See 3 of Jordan’s most important religious and historical sites
  • Soak up Jordan's incredible scenery
Full description

Explore the ancient areas around the Dead Sea and Madaba with your guide. Take in the art and culture of ancient religious areas on this full-day trip.

Depart your Amman hotel in a leisure air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver who doubles up as your guide. Set off on your private tour, traveling to Madaba the city of mosaics.

Arrive at Saint George’s Church, the 19th-century basilica in the heart of the town. See the Madaba Mosaic Map, an intricately detailed floor mosaic of the Holy Land believed to have been created in the 6th century A.D.

Then, admire the church interior and marvel at the stunning floor map, with its evocative depictions of ancient Jerusalem, Jericho, and lands including Lebanon, Sinai, and Egypt. Then walk out into the open-air museum known as the Archaeological Park, which houses a collection of ruins and mosaics.

Next, visit the historic Catholic church of Saint John The Baptist, with its bell tower with a breathtaking view of Madaba. Continue to its underground museum memorial of Saint John The Baptist.

After the church, continue to Mount Nebo, the hill where Moses is believed to have gazed out over the Holy Land. Absorb the sweeping views over the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, and visit the Byzantine Church on the summit to see its fabled mosaics. On route, soak in views of Jordan’s barren landscapes, and pull up at Bethany, beyond the Jordan River, known as “El-Maghtas” in Arabic - the site on the Eastern bank of the river where it’s believed Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

You'll then meet up with a local guide, and take a tour of the riverbanks and key excavated ruins, learning how the site was sanctified as the place of Jesus’ baptism by the Vatican and a visit by Pope John Paul II in 2000 A.D.

See the remnants of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, wells, and baptismal pools. As you walk, listen as your guide explains why archaeologists believe that it was here that John the Baptist lived, preached, and performed baptisms.

Hear more about this famous Christian pilgrimage spot and how it is held holy in all three major religions — Christianity, Judaism, and Islam for being the believed site of the Prophet Elijah’s ascension to heaven. Finally, drive to the lowest point on earth for free time to swim in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned sites
  • Local English-speaking guide at Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Bethany
  • Meals (unless lunch option is selected)
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • For clients holding a Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be returned directly to the destination
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for layover day tours
  • Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge of approximately $20
  • Please note that most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic
  • Please note: the Bethany in this trip should not be confused with Bethany in Jerusalem, where it's believed that Mary Magdalene lived and Lazarus rose from the dead
Customer reviews

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Excellent trip. Covered everything and more. Our driver was Basil and he was great-safe, knowledgeable and gave us lots of tips for visiting. Lots of beautiful places covered.

August 22, 2022

Un tour integral que contempla algunos de los atractivos principales en Jordania. Abdelrahman es el mejor chofer, con un servicio espléndido y de calidad. Este fue uno de los mejores tours que realicé! Todo estuvo magnífico! Gracias Abdelrahman por hacer posible un grato viaje!

October 30, 2022


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