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Bethany Beyond the Jordan River & Iraq al Amir Tour

1. Bethany Beyond the Jordan River & Iraq al Amir Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Amman, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan, soaking in views of Jordan's barren landscapes along the way. Arrive at Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, known as El-Maghtas in Arabic, which is the site on the eastern bank of the river where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Meet your local guide and take a tour of the riverbanks and key excavated ruins. Learn how the site was sanctified as the place of Jesus’ baptism by the Vatican and visited by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Drink in the powerful sense of spirituality and see the remnants of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, wells, and baptismal pools. Discover why this place is held to be deeply holy in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam: learn why archaeologists believe that John the Baptist lived, preached, and performed baptisms here, and why it is believed to be the site of the Prophet Elijah’s ascension to heaven. Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends at your accommodation. You can also choose to include a visit to Iraq Al Amir after your tour of Bethany Beyond the Jordan River. This is home to numerous cliff-side caves dating to the Copper Age. Drive through olive groves and pine trees and after viewing the caves continue to nearby Qasr al-Abad, a restored pre-Roman building dating from the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. Admire the exterior, pillars, and animal carvings as you walk around the age-old edifice, which is thought to have been a villa or minor palace. Then, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends at your accommodation. 

Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

2. Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and hop on a climate-controlled vehicle with a private English-speaking driver and WiFi access. Take in the views of Jordan’s desert landscapes as you travel south to Madaba. See places of interest and particular information on the journey. Upon arrival at Madaba, discover the ancient mosaic town with a history dating back to the 2nd century. See the 6th-century mosaic map of Jordan and Holy Land in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; marked with points related to historical stories mentioned in the bible. Then, climb Mount Nebo, a sacred Mountain in Jordan which stands at approximately 817 meters above sea level. Mount Nebo is steeped in religious significance as an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. It is where Moses first viewed the Promised Land from the summit and where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Visit the basilica at the summit of the mountain, built by Egyptian monks in the 4th century. Inside, see a collection of well-preserved Byzantine mosaics, illustrating images of wildlife and hunting. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Next, head to The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ; located on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. It was known as Bethany beyond the Jordan in Biblical times and is considered as one of the three holiest sites of Christianity. Get the chance to pray or simply explore this significant pilgrimage site where many prophets are said to have visited. The Baptism Site, known as ‘Maghtas’ in Arabic is one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology, having only being discovered in 1996.  After experiencing these holy sights and enjoy the fantastic views, reconvene with your driver for the return journey, ending with a hotel drop-off in Amman.

Madaba, Mount Nebo & Amman Bethany Private Day Trip

3. Madaba, Mount Nebo & Amman Bethany Private Day Trip

After hotel pick-up, head to Madaba, the city of mosaics. Arrive at Saint George’s Church, the 19th-century basilica, home to the Madaba Mosaic Map, an intricate floor mosaic of the Holy Land believed to have been created in the 6th-century A.D. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses is believed to have gazed out over the Promised Land. Absorb the sweeping views over the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, then visit the Byzantine Church to see its fabled mosaics.  Continue on to the Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, where it is believed Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Meet your guide and take a tour of key excavated ruins, learning how the site was sanctified as the place of Jesus’ baptism by the Vatican in 2000. See the remnants of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, wells, and baptismal pools. Listen as your guide explains why archaeologists believe that it was here that John the Baptist lived, preached, and performed baptisms. Afterward, return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off. 

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What people are saying about Bethany Beyond the Jordan

Madaba was nice, beautiful mosaics, special to see, never seen such beautiful. Our driver Bader showed us even more beautiful mosaics. Great driver, drives safely, tells a lot. Mount Nebo beautiful place, but we had no clear weather, unfortunately. Mainly has emotional value for us. Baptismal site Al-maghas very commercial, was not recognizable to us as an evangelical Christian because of our faith. Nice church. Nice to have been once, and to imagine how God said to Jesus: This is My Beloved Son.

Good tour! It is a very beautiful route with a lot of history. Impressive to see how close Israel is to Jordan at the baptism site. We thank our guide Mohamed, alias Mo, who led us around the area and showed us wonderful places and settings.