Following in John the Baptist’s Steps

Following in John the Baptist’s Steps

John the Baptist 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.

Tour Itinerary
Accommodation
Inclusion/ Exclusion

Day 1: Arrival to Amman

After passing through Immigration and Customs formalities, proceed to the Arrivals Hall where your English speaking driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Overnight: Amman


Day 2: Umm Qais – Jabbok – Jerash

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 the Gadarene swine. We visit Jabbok, the place where Jacob wrestled with God who was in the form of an angel (Genesis 32:24-30). 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 2 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


Day 3: Baptism Site – Mt. Nebo – Madaba – Machaerus – Petra

Our tour begins with a visit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan 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.


Day 4: Petra

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, Royal Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine Church, Temple of the Winged Lion’s, Qasr al Bint, and the Petra Museum where your 3-4 hour guided tour will end. Climb to the Monastery and/or High Place of Sacrifice on your own. Overnight: Petra. During the Exodus, Moses and the Israelites passed through this area – local tradition says that the spring at Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses), just outside Petra, is the place where Moses struck the rock and brought forth water. (The Bible says that Moses was not allowed to enter the Holy Land but could only glimpse it from Mount Nebo because he struck the rock with his rod to bring forth water, instead of speaking to it, as God had commanded). 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 JabalHarun 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.


Day 5: Petra – Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.

Larsa Hotel – Amman

Location: 12km from centre of Amman.

Close to: Al Baraka Mall & King Abdullah Mosque

Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Fitness Centre, Sauna, Computer Station, Outdoor Pool

Rum Hotel

Location: Amman Al Swefieh Ali Nasouh Al Taher Street, Bul. No 60

Close to: AlWakalat St.

Facilities: Al Sayran restaurant, Meeting Room, VIP Lounge, deli cafe

Imperial Palace Hotel

Location: 4th Circle

Close to: Embassies

Facilities: 24 hour Room Service, Restaurant, Sauna, Jacuzzi and Outdoor Pool, High Speed WiFi.

Geneva Hotel

Location: West Amman on road to Airport

Close to: Shopping, business districts

Facilities: 3 restaurants, 24 hour Room Service, 24 hour Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Pressing, High Speed Internet, Currency Exchange

Grand Hyatt

Location: 2km from city centre

Close to: The Citadel, Roman Theatre and shopping centers

Facilities: High Speed Internet, 24 hour Room Service, Babysitting, Currency Exchange, ATM machine

Le Meridien

Location: Shmeisani commercial business and diplomatic district

Close to: The Citadel, Roman Theatre and shopping centers

Facilities: Free In-room WiFi, Health Club and Spa, 7 Restaurants, Bar

Landmark Hotel

Location: Central Amman

Close to: within walking distanced of the old city area

Facilities: 6 Restaurants, 24 Hour Room Service, Fitness & Wellness Centre, Tennis Court, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet throughout hotel, Same-day Laundry & Dry-Cleaning, Baby Sitting Services, ATM Machine

La Maison Hotel

Location: Wadi Musa (Petra) – Tourism Street

Close to: very close to the visitors center

Facilities: Restaurant, gift shop, Free Wi-Fi, Massage, Bar

Amra Palace Hotel

Location: Wadi Musa (Petra)
Close to: Souk, 1km from Petra Archaeological Park,

Facilities Restaurant, Summer Roof-top Dining, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish Bath, 24 Hour Room Service, Internet Access, Currency Exchange, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, Same day Laundry & Dry Cleaning

Seven Wonders

Location: Wadi Musa (Petra)
Close to: Souk, 1km from Petra Archaeological Park.

Facilities Internet Access in Rooms, Restaurant, Rooftop Pool and Covered Terrace, Gift Shop, Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service

Petra Moon Hotel

Location: Wadi Musa (Petra)

Close to: 100m from Petra Archaeological Park, 100m from Restaurants

Facilities Restaurant, High Speed Internet WiFi, Rooftop Terrace and Swimming Pool (April-November)

Petra Guest House

Location: Wadi Musa (Petra)

Close to: At the entrance gate to Petra Archaeological Park, 200m from Restaurants

Facilities Lobby Lounge, Restaurant, Bar, 24 Hour Room Service

Movenpick Resort Petra

Location: Wadi Musa (Petra)

Close to: at entrance to Petra Archaeological Park, local Restaurants

Facilities Outdoor Pool, 7 Restaurants, Fitness & Wellness Centre, Free WiFi, Free Mini-bar

Marriott Hotel

Location: Above Petra Valley

Close to: 10-15 minute drive from entrance to Petra Archaeological Park

Facilities Currency Exchange, Bookstore, Gift Shop, Laundry & Dry Cleaning, Newspapers, 24 Hour Room Service, 2 Restaurants, Bar

Package Includes

  •  Meet & greet at airport
  •  Modern, air conditioned vehicle
  •  English speaking driver
  •  Entrance fees to all sites listed in itinerary
  •  Local English speaking tour guide in Petra (3 hours)
  •  Local English speaking tour guide in Jerash (2 hours)
  •  Accommodation and meal plan selected
  •  Bottled mineral water in vehicle
  •  All service charges and taxes

Package Excludes

  •  Jordan Entry Visa
  •  Travel insurance
  •  Personal expenses
  •  Meals not covered in Meal Plan
  •  Tipping of driver/guides
  •  Drinks with meals
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