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Private Tour of Madaba, Mount Nebo, Betha and the Dead Sea

1. Private Tour of Madaba, Mount Nebo, Betha and the Dead Sea

Explore the ancient areas around the Dead Sea and Madaba with your guide. Take in the art and culture of ancient religious areas on this full-day trip. Depart your Amman hotel in a leisure air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver who doubles up as your guide. Set off on your private tour, traveling to Madaba the city of mosaics. Arrive at Saint George’s Church, the 19th-century basilica in the heart of the town. See the Madaba Mosaic Map, an intricately detailed floor mosaic of the Holy Land believed to have been created in the 6th century A.D. Then, admire the church interior and marvel at the stunning floor map, with its evocative depictions of ancient Jerusalem, Jericho, and lands including Lebanon, Sinai, and Egypt. Then walk out into the open-air museum known as the Archaeological Park, which houses a collection of ruins and mosaics. Next, visit the historic Catholic church of Saint John The Baptist, with its bell tower with a breathtaking view of Madaba. Continue to its underground museum memorial of Saint John The Baptist. After the church, continue to Mount Nebo, the hill where Moses is believed to have gazed out over the Holy Land. Absorb the sweeping views over the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, and visit the Byzantine Church on the summit to see its fabled mosaics. 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. You'll then 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 A.D. 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. Finally, drive to the lowest point on earth for free time to swim in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

2. Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and hop on a climate-controlled vehicle with a private English-speaking driver and WiFi access. Take in the views of Jordan’s desert landscapes as you travel south to Madaba. See places of interest and particular information on the journey. Upon arrival at Madaba, discover the ancient mosaic town with a history dating back to the 2nd century. See the 6th-century mosaic map of Jordan and Holy Land in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; marked with points related to historical stories mentioned in the bible. Then, climb Mount Nebo, a sacred Mountain in Jordan which stands at approximately 817 meters above sea level. Mount Nebo is steeped in religious significance as an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. It is where Moses first viewed the Promised Land from the summit and where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Visit the basilica at the summit of the mountain, built by Egyptian monks in the 4th century. Inside, see a collection of well-preserved Byzantine mosaics, illustrating images of wildlife and hunting. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Next, head to The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ; located on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. It was known as Bethany beyond the Jordan in Biblical times and is considered as one of the three holiest sites of Christianity. Get the chance to pray or simply explore this significant pilgrimage site where many prophets are said to have visited. The Baptism Site, known as ‘Maghtas’ in Arabic is one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology, having only being discovered in 1996.  After experiencing these holy sights and enjoy the fantastic views, reconvene with your driver for the return journey, ending with a hotel drop-off in Amman.

From Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo and Dead Sea Private Day Tour

3. From Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo and Dead Sea Private Day Tour

Experience Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea with an expert guide. Drive through the beautiful landscape from Amman to the Dead Sea on a full-day trip.  Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel in Amman and drive together to Madaba, a town with a history spanning back to the second century. Visit St George’s Greek Orthodox Church and see the Madaba Mosaic Map, an early Byzantine floor mosaic and the oldest surviving cartographic depiction of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.  Revel in the panoramic views of Jerusalem from Mount Nebo, a sight once shared by Moses. Marvel at other churches in the area and then continue to the Dead Sea. At the lowest point of the earth, 416 meters below sea level, enjoy two hours of floating in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Relax on the air-conditioned drive back to your hotel in Amman.

From Amman: Leisure & Wellness Tour to the Dead Sea

4. From Amman: Leisure & Wellness Tour to the Dead Sea

After pickup from your accommodation in Amman, sit back and relax as you begin a full-day tour of some of Jordan’s most significant sights. Head to the Christian city of Madaba, ‘the city of Mosaics’. Madaba has the oldest known mosaic map of the holy land. Visit St George church, its archeological park as well as its museum.Next, visit Mt Nebo. It is said that Moses spent his last days on Mt Nebo, looking down at the holy land that he could not enter. Here you can view the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Jerusalem. Finally, finish your day at a 5-star resort on the Dead Sea. Enjoy lunch and spa entry at the resort, and relax by the beach. After sunset, be taken back to Amman.

Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo from Amman

5. Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo from Amman

Start your tour with a pick up from your centrally located Amman hotel. Relax into your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your knowledgeable English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide, and travel south 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 as well as other biblical sites as your guide explains how it was unearthed in 1897 A.D. 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. Visit its underground museum memorial of Saint John the Baptist. Having admired the mosaics and exploring this unique city side allies and markets, drive to Mount Nebo, the hill where, according to the bible, was Moses last stop granting a view of the Holy Land. 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. Meet up with a local guide and 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. After your visit of this marvelous Franciscan Monastery of Mount Nebo, you may visit Mount Nebo La Storia Museum (entrance at your own expense). You will take an exciting journey through history to experience Jordan’s religious, historical, and cultural heritage. Visit the museum with largest mosaic portrait. Free time to explore a mosaic handicraft center, if you wish. Return to your vehicle and make the drive back to Amman. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Amman hotel.

From Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Dead Sea Private Tour

6. From Amman: Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Dead Sea Private Tour

Visit the Christian Town of Madaba, which is known as ‘The City of Mosaics’. You will be visiting the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where you will see the masterpiece of Madaba (a Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land that goes back to the 6th century, showing Jerusalem and other cities), you will also visit the Archaeological Park, which houses the remains of several Byzantine churches, including the amazing mosaics of the Church of the Virgin. The park complex includes a school for the restoration and conservation of ancient mosaics. Take a detour to Mt. Nebo, which is considered to be one of the most important holy sites in Jordan, as it is believed to be the place where Moses climbed from the Valley of Moab, and from where God showed him the Promised Land, as well as Moses’ last resting place. It features ruins from the 4th to the 6th century with marvellous mosaics adorning the grounds of the church still visible. Proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the earth, for a swim in its warm, salty waters (entrance to Holiday Inn Resort) . Return to Amman.

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What people are saying about Madaba

Had a fantastic day seeing the sites of the Holy Land in Jordan. Mohammed Al Na Na (apologies if incorrect name spelling) was our driver and he instantly made us comfortable and told us some of the history of the sites. Mohammed was very flexible with the trip giving us plenty of time in each place - visits to the baptismal site are timed though as visitors must be escorted due to the proximity to the Palestinian border. Mohammed's car was very comfortable and the private tour is the best way to see these places especially in the summer heat.

Great experience! The dead sea resort spa lunch was fun. It's on your own to utilize the spa services. It's a short walk to a private beach as well as pool access in addition to a buffet style lunch. This is where I spent the most time and there is more flexibility with the private tour (utilize your time to the fullest). There is a lot of culture and history in Jordanz enjoy!

Good tour! It is a very beautiful route with a lot of history. Impressive to see how close Israel is to Jordan at the baptism site. We thank our guide Mohamed, alias Mo, who led us around the area and showed us wonderful places and settings.

Excellent trip. Covered everything and more. Our driver was Basil and he was great-safe, knowledgeable and gave us lots of tips for visiting. Lots of beautiful places covered.

Perfect day. Mohammed was thoughtful, informative and personable. For 2 women travelers, we could not have felt safer or more comfortable.