Private tour

Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman

Activity provider: Zaid Tours and Travel

Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman

Activity provider: Zaid Tours and Travel

From US$ 113.33 per person

Travel to the Bethany Beyond the Jordan Baptism Site,known as El-Maghtas,and tour the riverbanks and ruins of ancient churches,wells,and baptismal pool.Upgrade to visit the lesser known Iraq Al- Amir.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
At your accommodation in Amman. Our driver will be waiting for you at hotel lobby, if you have a room number please let us know.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan Baptism, also known as El-Maghtas
  • Take a tour of the riverbanks and ancient ruins
  • Choose to add on a visit to Iraq Al Amir
Full description
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. 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. 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.
Includes
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Bethany on this tour should not be confused with Bethany in Jerusalem, where it is believed that Mary Magdalene lived and Lazarus rose from the dead
  • Pickup and drop-off at Amman Queen Alia International Airport is available upon request
  • If you hold a Jordan Pass the entrance fees will be refunded at the site
  • Please note that most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic
  • Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request at an additional charge of approximately $20 (USD)
  • The tour is in English but is available in Spanish or French upon request

Product ID: 208932