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Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman

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Overview

Stand beside the Jordan River where it’s thought Jesus was baptized on this private 4-hour trip from Amman. Travel to the ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan’ baptism site, also known as El-Maghtas, and tour the riverbanks and ruins of ancient churches, wells, and baptismal pools. Entrance fees and round-trip private transport included. If you wish, upgrade to add on a visit to the nearby Iraq Al Amir caves and pre-Roman Qasr al-Abad palace.
  • 4-hour private trip to Bethany baptism site on the River Jordan from Amman
  • Visit ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan,’ (El-Maghtas), where it's believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus
  • Tour the ruins of churches, caves, and baptismal pools with a local guide
  • Learn why the site is revered in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
  • Entrance fee and services of a local guide included
  • Round-trip transportation by private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Upgrade to visit the Iraq Al Amir caves and pre-Roman Qasr al-Abad palace
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Hotel pick up and drop off
Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure new vehicle according number of participants
English-Speaking Driver
Entrance Fees to Bethany (Baptism Site at Jordan River)
Local English-Speaking guide for classic visit of Bethany (Baptism Site at Jordan River)
On board WI-FI
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
Choose your required tour option on booking. Then, meet your driver at your Amman hotel, and travel by private, 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,’ 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.

Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to upgrade, travel to Iraq Al Amir, home to numerous cliffside 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 BC.

Admire the exterior, pillars, and animal carvings as you walk around the age-old edifice, thought to have been a villa or minor palace. Then, rejoin your driver and conclude your tour with an Amman 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Amman
Meet your driver at your Amman hotel, and travel by private, leisure air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan with your own private English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide. On route, soak in views of Jordan’s barren landscapes, and pull up at Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, known as “Al-Maghtas” in Arabic, the site on the eastern bank of the river where it’s believed Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Stop At:  
The Baptism Site Of Jesus Christ
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Iraq Al Amir
Upgrade Iraq Al Amir Visit: Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to upgrade, travel to Iraq Al Amir, 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, thought to have been a villa or minor palace. Then, rejoin your driver and conclude your tour with an Amman hotel drop-off.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Clients are advised to bring hats, sun screen, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • 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.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Zaid Tours and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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A worthwhile experience!
beep17
, Dec 2019
I was keen to visit the Baptism site and I’m certainly glad I went. The 4/5 stars is more because the tour itself is mostly transport - if you visit as a solo traveller as I did, on arrival at the visitor center, you must wait for a bus and local guide to take you around as part of a group. The wait for me was rather short but it could be as long as one hour, so be prepared! Of course, being at the site is worth the wait (just bring some bug spray because the insects are out in force).
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Thank you, looking forward to have you, your family and friends again with us soon.
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Road31177151387
, Mar 2019
it was short but worthwhile, driver and guide were very accmodatimg and pleasant. Would do it again!
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I was picked up at my hotel lobby...
Valerie H
, Oct 2017
I was picked up at my hotel lobby right on time. My driver was very courteous and taught me a lot about the village culture on my way to Bethany. He even stopped to buy me a tea on the way. The visit to Bethany itself was excellent. My guide there was very good and was able to answer all my questions thoroughly. It was quite an experience to visit the baptismal site of Christ. The walk ways were shaded and peaceful and the informational signs offered good explanation. The tour wasn't rushed and I had plenty of time to take it all in. And getting to see the Israeli side of the river just a few feet away was also a very interesting experience. Everyone had an opportunity to go in the river if they wanted to and gowns were available for purchase. I was really glad I took an extra day to take this tour and visit the site. A very special place.
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