Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit From Amman

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this timeTimes are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Hotel in Amman
  • Return Details :
    Hotel in Amman
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Stand beside the Jordan River where 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 to upgrade to add a visit to the nearby Iraq Al Amir caves and pre-Roman Qasr al-Abad palace. Return to your hotel included.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Meet your driver at your Amman hotel, and travel by private, leisure air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan. On route, soak in views of Jordans 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 its 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 Elijahs 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 youve 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 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.

Inclusions

Hotel pick up and drop off

Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle according number of participants

English-Speaking Driver

Local English-Speaking guide for classic visit of Bethany (Baptism Site at Jordan River)

Entry/Admission - The Baptism Site Of Jesus Christ

Exclusions

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

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

For clients holding Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be returned directly in destination.

Pick up and drop off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for lay over day tour.

Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).

Tours with lunch: Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic.

Traveler Reviews

  • 23-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.