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From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

Begin your 10-hour tour with a drive from Amman to Madaba. Madaba is one of the oldest towns in the Middle East, and home to a number of churches. Many are now in ruin, but you can still see extraordinary mosaics from the 7th and 8th centuries. Visit the St. George and Martyrs churches, and later the Mount Nebo Church. Take in views of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Jericho is usually visible, and on a clear day you may see Jerusalem. Continue to the Jordan River Baptism Site, and then the Dead Sea for an amazing panoramic view. Stop at the Dead Sea Beach for an hour to relax and enjoy lunch, before heading back to Amman.

Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea Day Trip

2. Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea Day Trip

Start the tour with a panoramic visit of the capital of Jordan, Amman. Begin from the ancient area with a view point from the Citadel, and continue to downtown passing by the Roman Theater and the Rainbow Street. Then, proceed to the new modern Amman for a sightseeing tour of the modern white architecture that the city is well known for. Continue to visit the mosaic city of Madaba, the most popular and well known of the ancient mosaic map of Jordan and the Holy Land. Founded in the 6th century at the Saint George Orthodox Church, visit points of interest from various historical stories recorded in the Bible. Then, climb up Mount Nebo where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Enjoy the view of the Holy Land and the Jordan Valley, and visit the mosaics and ancient relics found inside the Mount Nebo Franciscan Church. Drive to the lowest point on earth for free time to swim in the therapeutic waters of Dead Sea, the world's first natural spa. This is an experience not to be missed. After a long day, end the tour with a return to your hotel in Amman.

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

3. 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.

From Amman: Full Day Holy Land Tour

4. From Amman: Full Day Holy Land Tour

Set off on a whirlwind full day tour of the most famous sights in the historic Jordanian Holy Land. After being picked up from your accommodation, head to the ancient city of Madaba which is renowned for its colorful Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Visit St. George's Greek Orthodox Church and view the important floor mosaic, an early Christian treasure that today stands as the oldest map of Palestine and offers many historical insights into the area.  Continue on to Mt. Nebo, recorded in the Bible as the site where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. Enjoy a stunning panoramic vista of the valley of the River Jordan, Jericho, and, on clear days, Jerusalem. Check out the remains of a Byzantine church and monastery located on Syagha, the highest point of the mountain. Visit another site of Biblical significance with a stop at Al-Maghtas or "Bethany Beyond the Jordan," the place on the east bank of the Jordan River where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus. Explore two significant archaeological sites which include hermit dwellings, baptism ponds, and the remnants of churches and monasteries.  End your day of exploring with a refreshing swim in the Dead Sea. Float effortlessly in dense salty waters while taking in views of the valley of the Jordan River, Israel, and the West Bank.

Private Half-Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

5. Private Half-Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

Enjoy a half day tour of Mount Nebo and Madaba from Amman City. Your private English speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel. Situated 10 kilometers west of Madaba overlooking the Jordan Valley is Mount Nebo, one of the alleged sites of the tomb of Moses. The summit of this lonely windswept site command spectacular views over the Dead Sea to the West Bank and Jerusalem. You can see the springs where Moses smote the ground to bring forth water. Just 20 minutes south of Amman, on the Kings Highway, is the mosaic-filled city of Madaba. Crowned by a small church, this historic town lies in the middle of Jordan's most fertile land. In many respects Madaba is an atypical East Bank town which differs in one major aspect: underneath almost every house lies a fine Byzantine mosaic. Many of these mosaics have been excavated and are on display in the town's museum, but it is estimated that many more lie hidden waiting to be discovered. The finest mosaic found to date is still in its original place on the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. After the tour is done, return to the same pick-up location (any Amman City Hotel).

From Amman: Leisure & Wellness Tour to the Dead Sea

6. From Amman: Leisure & Wellness Tour to the Dead Sea

After pickup from your accommodation in Amman, sit back and relax as you begin a full-day tour of some of Jordan’s most significant sights. Head to the Christian city of Madaba, ‘the city of Mosaics’. Madaba has the oldest known mosaic map of the holy land. Visit St George church, its archeological park as well as its museum.Next, visit Mt Nebo. It is said that Moses spent his last days on Mt Nebo, looking down at the holy land that he could not enter. Here you can view the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Jerusalem. Finally, finish your day at a 5-star resort on the Dead Sea. Enjoy lunch and spa entry at the resort, and relax by the beach. After sunset, be taken back to Amman.

Amman, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Petra and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

7. Amman, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Petra and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

Enjoy being picked from Queen Alia International Airport by your driver holding a sign of your name. Your driver will help you to load your bags to the vehicle, then will transfer you to your hotel in Amman with a panoramic view of the city for an overnight stay.  Start the second day at 8AM when you will meet your driver in the hotel lobby. Travel along the Kings Way as you make stops at Madaba, Mount Nebo and the Dead Sea where you will have 2 hours of free time to relax and swim. The day will end with a visit to Karek Castle before you continue to Petra for an overnight hotel stay.  On the third day, you have the full day to visit the old city of Petra. At 3PM your driver will take you back to Amman or Queen Alia Airport.

From Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo and Dead Sea Private Day Tour

8. From Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo and Dead Sea Private Day Tour

Experience Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea with an expert guide. Drive through the beautiful landscape from Amman to the Dead Sea on a full-day trip.  Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel in Amman and drive together to Madaba, a town with a history spanning back to the second century. Visit St George’s Greek Orthodox Church and see the Madaba Mosaic Map, an early Byzantine floor mosaic and the oldest surviving cartographic depiction of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.  Revel in the panoramic views of Jerusalem from Mount Nebo, a sight once shared by Moses. Marvel at other churches in the area and then continue to the Dead Sea. At the lowest point of the earth, 416 meters below sea level, enjoy two hours of floating in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Relax on the air-conditioned drive back to your hotel in Amman.

From Amman: Half-Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

9. From Amman: Half-Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

Start your tour with a pick up from your centrally located Amman hotel. Relax in your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your knowledgeable driver, and travel south to Madaba, known for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. After an approximate 1-hour drive, arrive in Madaba and head inside Saint George’s Church with a local guide. This 19th-century Greek Orthodox basilica is home to the famous Madaba Mosaic Map, a 6th-century A.D. floor mosaic that depicts the ancient Holy Land and Jordan. Gaze at this masterpiece and its richly detailed renderings of Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and other biblical sites as your guide explains how it was unearthed in 1897. Having admired the mosaic, drive to Mount Nebo, the hill where, according to the bible, Moses was not only granted a view of the Promised Land but also died. Take in the stunning views from the summit that extend over the Jordan Valley, and on a clear day, can stretch as far as Jericho and Jerusalem. Meet up with a local guide and go inside the excavated remains of the Byzantine church that once graced the hilltop. Here, archaeologists have uncovered a series of floor mosaics dating from between the 4th and 6th century A.D. Marvel at these intricate artworks with their still-vivid illustrations of peacocks, soldiers, horses, and hunters, as your guide shares facts about their creation and discovery. After your visit to this marvelous Franciscan Monastery of Mount Nebo, return to your vehicle and make the drive back to Amman. Your tour ends with a drop off at your Amman hotel. Upgrade: Make this day a full day tour and add the visits of Madaba Archeological Park and Mount Nebo La Storia Museum. You will take an exciting journey through history to experience Jordan’s religious, historical and cultural heritage. Visit the museum, the largest mosaic portrait, as well as the handicraft center.

From Amman: Full-Day Tour to Hammamat Ma’in Hot Springs

10. From Amman: Full-Day Tour to Hammamat Ma’in Hot Springs

This full-day tour takes you to the hot springs of Hammamat Ma’in, located 58 km from Amman and 37 km from Madaba. Simply relax and enjoy the healing qualities of the mineral-rich waters. The springs originate from the winter rainfall on Jordan's highland plains. As the water makes its way through the Wadi Zarqa Ma'in valley, underground lava fissures help heat it up – temperatures range from 104 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The water is also infused with skin-healing minerals, such as hydrogen sulfide, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. You will have the possibility to enjoy the mineral-rich hot thermal waters and relax within them. The waters are known to treat skin diseases, diseases of the circulatory system, and pains in the bones, joints, and back.

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4.3 / 5

based on 47 reviews

This tour was a convenient and enjoyable way to see the Dead Sea and religious sites. My driver Khalil particularly made the experience great. As a solo female traveler who took this tour alone, he made me feel comfortable and welcomed to Jordan and treated me like his daughter. Khalil was happy to share his culture with me and teach me about Jordan. He took every opportunity to provide for me, including getting me food and water, stopping for photos, and not rushing me during activities. Khalil also helped me with two problems: I lost my sunglasses in his car, and a faulty ATM machine “ate” my card. Khalil met me the following day to return my sunglasses, and he called the bank for me to try to retrieve the card. Though it was unfortunately not able to be returned, I really appreciated his help with the issue, since I could not call in English. I am grateful to Khalil for everything he did to make my time in Jordan special. I feel that I have made a good friend here!

Jaf’ar was an awesome guide, he told us many stories about Jordan and regarding the trips he did during his career. I recommend him and his company.

Khalil was great. His knowledge and love of Jordan shows in his tours. Thankful to have met a great person to explore Jordan with.

Lovely day trip from Amman, highly recommended. My driver Zakariya was very helpful and polite.

Khakis Al Wahsh is a great tourist driver. Very helpful and courteous.