Because of its connection to Moses, Mt. Nebo has long been an important place of Christian pilgrimage. Excavations led by the Franciscans have uncovered significant remains of the early church and its magnificent Byzantine mosaics.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Meet your driver at your Amman hotel, and travel by private, leisure air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan. 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. 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. Drink in the powerful sense of spirituality, and 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. Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off. 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.

Travel to Madaba, known for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. After roughly an hour, 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 of 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. 

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What's included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off 
  • Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure new vehicle according number of participants 
  • English-Speaking Driver
  • Entrance Fees to Madaba Saint George Church, Mount Nebo Memorial Church, Bethany (Baptism site at Jordan River), and Lot Cave, if optional visit selected. 
  • Local English-Speaking Guide at Madaba Saint George Church, and Bethany (Baptism Sire at Jordan River)
  • On board WI-FI

What's excluded

  • All type of meals, unless option with lunch selected (Vegetarian meal by request) 
  • All type of beverages 
  • All type of gratuities (Tips to the Driver) – Recommended 
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything else not mentioned 

What do I need to bring

  • Clients are advised to bring hats, sun screen, and comfortable walking shoes.

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking. 
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off by request. 
  • Order of visits may change for day tours with more than one visit as long as all sites completed. 
  • Contact your local operator (phone number, emergency mobile number, or email address) a day before to reconfirm pick-up arrangements provided in your voucher.
  • Tour activity is provided in English. For other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German) by request.
  • Mobile SIM cards including Wi-Fi are available with assistance of our team upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company). 
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan do not serve alcohol, if you do not want a dry restaurant please contact us.
  • Visits are not allowed during prayer times
  • Dress code at Churches: Modest

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 3 days or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 50% if cancelled 7 days or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 8 days or less before departure

Categories

  • CITY TOURS
  • CITY BREAK
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • PILGRIMAGE OR RELIGION

Guided Language

  • English

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