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05 day Tour Following in the footsteps of John the Baptist

Category: Jordan Religious Tours

A 5 day tour that covers some of the bibilical sites that are associated with John the Baptist who lived and died in Jordan. Visit the site where he baptised Jesus and the ruins of the palace at Machaerus where he was beheaded at the request of Salome. Also see Madaba, Mt Nebo and Petra in this detailed itinerary.

Day 1: Amman Airport - Amman & Overnight

Arrival to Amman Airport. Our representative will meet and assist you before you go to customs for your free visa on arrival (visa fee waived). The representative will take you to meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight Amman hotel including breakfast

*If you arrive early on this day please ask us about optional tours. 


Day 2: Amman - Umm Qais  - Jerash - Amman & Overnight

This morning we drive to Umm Qais, the old Decapolis city of Gadara, with its spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The basalt basilica is believed to be the site of Jesus' miracle of casting the demons into the Gadarene swine. On to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities in the Middle East. With your guide, walk through Hadrian's Arch to begin a 1.5 hour tour. See the Hippodrome, colonnaded streets, the Greek temples of Artemis and Zeus, Byzantine churches, Roman Theatres and more. Return to Amman.

Overnight Amman hotel including breakfast. 


Day 3: Amman - Baptism Site - Mt. Nebo - Madaba - Machaerus - Petra & Overnight

From Amman you will be transferred to the Dead Sea area to visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan River and the area where Joshua led the children of Israel led into the Promised Land. Next we drive to Mt. Nebo where Moses gazed across to the Promised Land before he died. Visit the old monastery and look out over the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem. Our third stop is at the 6th Century St. George Church in Madaba. The church is famous for the mosaic map on its floor showing all major biblical sites from Lebanon to Egypt. We drive to Machaerus where John the Baptist, imprisoned there for 2 years by Herod, was beheaded at the request of Salome. Drive to Petra.

Overnight Petra hotel including breakfast. 


Day 4: Petra - Amman & Overnight

Today you will visit Petra. Petra is associated with Moses and the exodus of the Israelites. Local tradition says that the spring at Ain Musa (Spring of Moses) is the place where Moses struck the rock and brought forth water. Aaron, the brother of Moses and Miriam, who was called by God to be Moses' prophet, died in Jordan and was buried in Petra at Mount Hor, now called Jabal Harun in Arabic (Mount Aaron). A Byzantine church and later an Islamic shrine/tomb of Aaron were built on the summit of the mountain, which today attracts pilgrims from all over the world (3.5+ hour hike each way). The tomb can been seen from within Petra or surrounding areas.

With your English speaking guide, walk through the 1.2km long Siq (chasm), passing shrines, tombs and carvings, to reach the lost city of Petra. See the magnificent Treasury as you exit the Siq, explore the Street of Facades, Roman Theatre, Colonnaded Street and to the end of the Main trail where your 2.5 hour guided tour will end. Climb to the Monastery and/or High Place of Sacrifice on your own. You will meet your driver in the afternoon and transfer to Amman.

Overnight Amman hotel including breakfast


Day 5: Amman - Amman Airport (for departure)

After breakfast or according to your flight time, you will be transferred to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.


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