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Day Tour to Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site, Madaba & Nebo Visit from Dead Sea

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Sweimah, Jordan
Day Tour to Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site, Madaba & Nebo Visit from Dead Sea
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Jordan boasts many biblical and medieval sites, some near the Dead Sea. This private day trip takes you to three important sites with your own personal driver, and locally guided tours at two of them. Enjoy guided visits to Madaba's 6th-century Mosaic Map, and Mt. Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land. Plus, see the believed site of Jesus’ baptism on the River Jordan. Entrance fees and round-trip private transportation included.
  • Private 6-hour tour of Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and Bethany from the Dead Sea
  • View the 6th-century Mosaic Map of the Holy Land at Madaba’s St. George’s Church
  • Visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land
  • Explore the mountain’s excavated remains, and Roman and Byzantine floor mosaics
  • Visit Bethany, the believed site of Jesus’ baptism on the River Jordan
  • Includes tours by local guides at St. George’s Church and Mt. Nebo
  • Entrance fees, private transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pick up and drop off
English-Speaking Driver
Entrance fees to Bethany, Madaba St George Church, Archaeological Museum, St John Church, and Nebo
Local English-Speaking Guide at Bethany, and Madaba Saint George Church
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

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Hotel in Dead Sea
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Depart your Dead Sea hotel and travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the ancient town of Madaba, known for its medieval mosaics.

On arrival, meet a local guide to tour Madaba’s St. George’s Church. This 19th-century church houses the famous Madaba Map, a stunning 6th-century floor mosaic depicting the Holy Land and Jordan of the time.

Step inside to inspect the mosaic’s rendering of the Dead Sea, Jericho, and biblical sites, and its detailed representation of Jerusalem. Hear how it can be dated to pre-570, making it the world’s oldest surviving cartographic image of the Holy Land.

Next, continue to the summit of Mt. Nebo, where the Prophet Moses is said to have viewed the Promised Land before his death.

Wander around with a local guide to learn more about this revered place, and admire the panoramic views over the Jordan Valley, and on a clear day, to Jerusalem and Jericho.

Enter the modern church building, and tour the excavated remains and mosaics inside as your guide reveals their history and significance. Admire the beautiful mosaics dating from between the 4th and 6th century, seeing their depictions of soldiers, horses, hunters, and animals such as peacocks and lions.

After your tour, travel to the east bank of the Jordan River and UNESCO-listed 'Bethany Beyond the Jordan.' Known as El-Maghtas in Arabic, this hallowed site is believed to be where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, and was sanctified as such by the Vatican and a visit by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

Absorb the sense of deep spirituality at this picturesque pilgrimage spot, and explore the excavated riverbank ruins of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, and baptismal pools.

Afterward, relax as your driver transports you back to your Dead Sea hotel, where your tour concludes.

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
Stop At:  
Swemeh
Meet your driver at your Dead Sea 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Baptism Site Of Jesus Christ
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. 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:  
Madaba
Travel to Madaba, known for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. 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 A.D A.D.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Madaba Archaeological Park
Proceed to the open-air museum known as the Archaeological Park, which houses a collection of ruins and mosaics like the Church of Virgin Mary and other floor house mosaics. Visit the historic Catholic Church of Saint John the Baptist, with its beautiful Bell Tower for a breath-taking view of Madaba.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
Visit its underground museum memorial of Saint John the Baptist. Having admired the mosaic.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mount Nebo
drive to Mount Nebo, the hill where, according to the bible, Moses was not only granted a view of the Holy 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. 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 Dead Sea. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your Dead Sea hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Clients are advised to bring hats, sun screen, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • 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).
  • Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan do not serve alcohol, if you do not want a dry restaurant please contact us.
  • Tour activity is provided in English. For other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German) by request.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • Order of visits may change for day tours with more than one visit as long as all sites completed.
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off by request.
  • Contact your local operator (phone number, emergency mobile number, or email address) a day before to reconfirm pick-up arrangements provided in your voucher.
  • 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 Day Tour to Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site, Madaba & Nebo Visit from Dead Sea?
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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What is the policy on sanitization during Day Tour to Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site, Madaba & Nebo Visit from Dead Sea?
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 Day Tour to Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site, Madaba & Nebo Visit from Dead Sea?
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 Day Tour to Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site, Madaba & Nebo Visit from Dead Sea?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Tour to Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site, Madaba & Nebo Visit from Dead Sea?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Very informative. The tour guide...
Glenn H
, Jan 2017
Very informative. The tour guide was accommodating to a couple of specific stops we wanted to make.
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GREAT day! Shadi was an excellent...
Elmarie P
, Mar 2016
GREAT day! Shadi was an excellent driver and made sure we saw a few extra highlights along the way. Thank you! In addition, Shadi and the tour company was willing to pick us up in Amman and drop us off at our Dead Sea hotel...very helpful and made the day much more relaxing and enjoyable!
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