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From Tel Aviv: Petra 2-Day Tour

1. From Tel Aviv: Petra 2-Day Tour

Our two fully-packed days begin in Tel Aviv, as we head toward the Jordanian border. We cross at the King Hussein / Allenby border, and enter Jordan, driving through the Judean desert for about an hour. We continue towards Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city, and go up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo. Then we will have lunch. From here we will go to a Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea.. On the second day we will tour Petra. One of the seven wonders of the world, and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king, and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again. We will enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge, and tour the Treasury and Amphitheater with our guide who will explain the sites and history as you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Then you will have free time to continue individually as you wish: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo, hike up to the Monastery, and explore the different sites. We will meet up for lunch in Wadi Musa before returning back to Jerusalem via the Allenby border crossing. This fully guided tour, including full transportation and comprehensive information, can be further enhanced by using our travel app for smartphones and tablets. The app provides you with maps, information and pictures, can be downloaded for free on our site before you embark on the trip so it will not require an internet connection. You can also explore the sites on your own, without the guide, if you prefer to do so. For more information on the sites we’ll be passing, download our free travel app to your smartphone.

Private Tour Madaba, Mount Nebo, Baptism Site & Dead Sea

2. Private Tour Madaba, Mount Nebo, Baptism Site & Dead Sea

Depart your Amman hotel by a leisure air-conditioned vehicle with English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide, and 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. This famous church houses the Madaba Mosaic Map, an intricately detailed floor mosaic of the Holy Land believed to have been created in the 6th century A.D. Admire the church interior and marvel at the stunning floor map, with its evocative depictions of ancient Jerusalem, Jericho, and lands including the Lebanon, Sinai, and Egypt. 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. 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. Behold the luminous pieces of early art and their vivid recreations of animals, people, and hunting winemaking scenes in this beautiful Franciscan Monastery. 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. 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. 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. 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. Drive to the lowest point on earth for free time to swim in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea for an experience not to be missed, as it the first world’s natural spa! Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

3. From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

Our two fully-packed days begin in Jerusalem, as we head toward the Jordanian border. We cross at the King Hussein / Allenby border, and enter Jordan, driving through the Judean desert for about an hour. We continue towards Madaba, an ancient jordanian city, and go up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo. Then we will have lunch. From here we will go to a Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea.. On the second day we will tour Petra. One of the seven wonders of the world, and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king, and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again. We will enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge, and tour the Treasury and Amphitheater with our guide who will explain the sites and history as you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Then you will have free time to continue individually as you wish: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo, hike up to the Monastery, and explore the different sites. We will meet up for lunch in Wadi Musa before returning back to Jerusalem via the Allenby border crossing. This fully guided tour, including full transportation and comprehensive information, can be further enhanced by using our travel app for smartphones and tablets. The app provides you with maps, information and pictures, can be downloaded for free on our site before you embark on the trip so it will not require an internet connection. You can also explore the sites on your own, without the guide, if you prefer to do so. For more information on the sites we’ll be passing, download our free travel app to your smartphone.

Petra and Wadi Rum: 3-Day Guided Tour from Tel Aviv

4. Petra and Wadi Rum: 3-Day Guided Tour from Tel Aviv

See everything Jordan has to offer on this three-day tour from Tel Aviv. See Petra, visit a Bedouin camp, and marvel at the clear, starry skies of the desert. Day 1Begin your tour in Tel Aviv, and head toward the Jordanian border. Enter Jordan at the Allenby Bridge border, and drive through the arid desert for about an hour before enjoying a delicious local lunch. Continue through the stunning desert landscape of Wadi Rum, virtually untouched by humanity. Travel through the moon-like landscape in a 4×4 Jeep and marvel at the red sand dunes, towering cliffs of weathered stone, and desert animals in the light of a beautiful sunset. End your first evening at a Bedouin camp near Petra with an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea. Day 2Early the next morning, enjoy a quick breakfast before heading to Petra. Explore this world-famous archeological site in the morning with your guide before taking a lunch break at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore the other areas of Petra, including the monastery, on your own, before heading back to the Bedouin camp for another delicious dinner. Day 3Enjoy breakfast at the campsite and then head to Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city. Walk up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo for a panoramic view. Relax with lunch and then head back to the Allenby Bridge border crossing, arriving back in Tel Aviv in the afternoon.

From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

5. From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

Begin your 10-hour tour with a drive from Amman to Madaba. Madaba is one of the oldest towns in the Middle East, and home to a number of churches. Many are now in ruin, but you can still see extraordinary mosaics from the 7th and 8th centuries. Visit the St. George and Martyrs churches, and later the Mount Nebo Church. Take in views of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Jericho is usually visible, and on a clear day you may see Jerusalem. Continue to the Jordan River Baptism Site, and then the Dead Sea for an amazing panoramic view. Stop at the Dead Sea Beach for an hour to relax and enjoy lunch, before heading back to Amman.

Amman: Madaba City, Dead Sea, & Mount Nebo Private Day Tour

6. Amman: Madaba City, Dead Sea, & Mount Nebo Private Day Tour

Enjoy the view of the Holy Land and the Jordan Valley, and visit the mosaics and ancient relics found inside the Mount Nebo Franciscan Church. Enjoy free-time before swimming in the Dead Sea, and returning back to your hotel.Start this private tour with a panoramic visit of the capital of Jordan, Amman. Begin from the ancient area with a view point from the Citadel and continue to downtown streets.See the local markets, pass churches and mosques, a Roman Theater, and the Rainbow Street. Then, proceed to the new modern Amman for a sightseeing tour of the famous white architecture of the city.Continue to the mosaic city of Madaba. 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 where yo can see views of Madaba. Visit its underground museum memorial of Saint John the Baptist.Next, take advantage of free-time to explore a mosaic workshop, if interested. Then, climb up Mount Nebo where Prophet Moses is said to have died.Finally, swim in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. After this long day end the tour with a return to your hotel in Amman.

Private Half-Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

7. Private Half-Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

Enjoy a half day tour of Mount Nebo and Madaba from Amman City. Your private English speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel. Situated 10 kilometers west of Madaba overlooking the Jordan Valley is Mount Nebo, one of the alleged sites of the tomb of Moses. The summit of this lonely windswept site command spectacular views over the Dead Sea to the West Bank and Jerusalem. You can see the springs where Moses smote the ground to bring forth water. Just 20 minutes south of Amman, on the Kings Highway, is the mosaic-filled city of Madaba. Crowned by a small church, this historic town lies in the middle of Jordan's most fertile land. In many respects Madaba is an atypical East Bank town which differs in one major aspect: underneath almost every house lies a fine Byzantine mosaic. Many of these mosaics have been excavated and are on display in the town's museum, but it is estimated that many more lie hidden waiting to be discovered. The finest mosaic found to date is still in its original place on the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. After the tour is done, return to the same pick-up location (any Amman City Hotel).

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

8. 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

The trip was really awesome. I write a review every decade, but I have to write one for this one. Guide, accommodation, bus, bus driver, organization - all simply five stars. If you are considering booking the tour, then do it and book! Small tips: 1) Don't just exchange your money so that you have exactly 50 Jordanian dollars for the trip, but make sure that you have around 150-200 JD. You will need them. 2) Definitely go to the monastery - whether by donkey, horse or on foot - go there.

Mr. Walid is an excellent gentleman. He was very passionate in showing us everything we are interested in seeing. We are very fortunate to have such a caring and helpful person taking us around on this tour.

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.

Ahmad , was the best guide/driver that I met in the last 10 years. He managed fantastic the entire day . I recommend 100 % the tour and the guide .

Sehr gut organisiert. Alles hat reibungslos geklappt. Die Übernachtung im Beduinencamp ist ein einmaliges Erlebnis.