Baptism Site, Mt Nebo, Madaba, & Machaerus Tour from Amman

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8 Hours
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
Amman
Bethany at the Jordan River
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 33
Tour Details

This trip encompasses the significant religious sites, including the Jordan Valley, Mount Nebo, Madaba, and St. George’s Church. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus, view the mosaic map of the Holy Land, and visit the burial site of Prophet Moses in a tour like no other. 

 

Departure & Return Location

Amman

Departure Time

08.00 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport by private, air conditioned, new vehicle with English speaking driver.
  • Entrance fee to Baptism Site, Mt Nebo, Madaba St George's Church and Machaerus.
  • Mineral water on board of the vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service
  • Meals and beverage not stated.
  • Any Private Expenses & tipping

Additional Info

  • At the Baptism Site you will be taken with other visitors by shuttle bus closer to the Jordan River.
What to Expect
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended for all travelers. At a minimum your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation as all deposits paid are non-refundable, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Petra Nights Tours does not offer travel insurances.
  • Most nationals obtain the Jordanian Visa at Amman Airport and the land borders upon arrival. Except for arrivals through the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge where all nationals need the visa in advance. The visa fee upon arrival is 20 Jordanian Dinar per person and has to be paid in cash; an exchange booth is available. Your passport has to be valid minimum 6 month while traveling in Jordan. If you are not sure about your visa status contact us or the Jordanian embassy in your country of residence.
  • The official currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD), which is divided into 100 piastres or 1,000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. It is easy to change foreign currency at banks, moneychanger or better hotels, most accepted are USD, GBP and Euros. Banks are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are the most widely accepted credit cards. ATMs are available in larger towns and at the airport. The maximum daily withdrawal amount is around JD 500, depending on your particular card. Check with your bank for information on ATM international fees. We recommend that you carry some cash in case ATMs can not be accessed, are broken down or run out of cash.
  • It is necessary to mention that Jordan is not a cheap destination. But as every traveller is different, please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, food and shopping. The costs for lunch and dinner vary. If you are happy with a sandwich or a shawarma at local restaurant or take away, this is already available for 3-4 USD per person (without drinks), but better restaurants charge 16-20 USD per meal/per person (no drinks), same at 4 star hotels for main buffet 20-30 USD per meal/per person. A large bottle of water in the local market is 70 Cent, a soft drink (0.30l) is 40 Cent, in tourist areas the rates are higher.
  • Jordan is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and the best travel time is spring and autumn, March until May, September until November. Summer is hot and sunny, especially in Aqaba and at the Dead Sea. These two areas are in turn ideal for a winter break due to the mild temperatures (16-22 °C) in this season. In the rest of the country winter weather can be cool, with rain and occasional snow. Jordan is a very sunny country with average daily sunshine hours ranging from six to seven in winter and twelve to thirteen in summer. Although summer temperatures are high, the nights are rather cool.
  • The general check in time in Jordan is 15:00, the check out time is 12:00 noon. We can try for an earlier check in or later check out but this cannot be guaranteed. It is on sole discretion of the hotel, its policies and availability of rooms.
Itinerary

8.00 AMPick up

We will pick you up early in the morning after breakfast with the aim of visiting a part of the Holy Land located on the east bank of the Jordan River and which belongs to the territory of modern Jordan.
These places are part of the priceless spiritual heritage of all mankind & today we will walk along the deserted paths of Jordan, where the great and often tragic events of the earthly life of the Savior and his followers unfolded.

 

9.00 AMArrival to Jordan River

Sightseeing tour of the most famous rivers on the planet – the Jordan River.
It is a natural border between Israel and Jordan and a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians rushing to undergo a symbolic rite of baptism in the very place where Jesus Christ was once baptized by John the Baptist.
The Jordan River is repeatedly mentioned not only in the New, but also in the Old Testament as a place where numerous miracles were performed: the prophets crossed the river on dry land, the waters of this river parted before Joshua, who led the Israelites with the Ark of the Covenant, marking the end of their forty-year wanderings in the wilderness.

11.00 AMArrival to Machaerus fortress

Not far from the Jordan River, in the village of Mukavir, on top of a 700-meter cliff rises the Machaerus fortress (100 BC) – the locals call it Qala’at al-Meshneq, “Castle of the villains” … This is the fortress of King Herod the Great. After the death of the king, his son Herod Antipas inherited the fortress.
This is the place where, after the fatal dance of the seven veils performed by Salome, the Jewish king Herod promised to fulfill any desire of the beauty. Salome asked the head of the imprisoned John the Baptist and the king had to keep his promise.
And soon the newly severed head of the prophet was brought into the hall on a platter, which the girl took as a gift to her mother.
The ruins of the fortress themselves are not impressive (the reconstructed columns mark the location of Herod’s palace). But from above, there is a striking view of the Dead Sea and the surrounding area. On clear nights, the lights of Jerusalem are visible. Down to the Dead Sea you can go down on foot along the winding serpentine narrow path.

1.00 PMArrival to Mt. Nebo

Mount Nebo, on which, according to legend, the prophet Moses ended his earthly journey, attracts crowds of pilgrims from all over the world, and ordinary tourists do not miss the opportunity to explore this shrine.
Mount Nebo is a place of pilgrimage for representatives of various confessions; at one time it was also illuminated by the Pope. The monastery complex, located on the mountain, has existed for over a thousand years.
The amazing monuments on Mount Nebo must be seen even by non-religious people. For example, the famous Staff of Moses or the Serpent’s Cross, which is installed in front of the entrance to the majestic Temple of Moses.
In addition, tourists who are interested in Mount Nebo usually visit the church of St. Lot and Procopius, one of the most ancient shrines not only in Jordan, but throughout the world.

2.00 PMArrival to Madaba

Madaba is a city with a rich history, known since the time of the Old Testament, and traditionally attracts tourists from all over the world. This amazing ancient city is famous, first of all, for its churches, without visiting which a trip to Jordan cannot be considered complete. The first thing worth seeing is, without a doubt, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, where you can see an interesting mosaic created even before our era.
Madaba is remembered by many tourists precisely in connection with this mosaic – it looks really impressive, because it depicts one of the first maps of the Holy Land with trowels. In addition, the Church of St. George is beautiful and majestic in itself. The second most interesting place that Madaba attracts tourists is the Church of the Apostles, also built more than two and a half thousand years ago.

3 PMLunch in Madaba

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