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Bethany Beyond the Jordan River & Iraq al Amir Tour

Product ID: 208932
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. Choose to include a visit Iraq Al Amir, and a delicious traditional lunch.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation

Pickup included

At your accommodation in Amman.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan Baptism, also known as El-Maghtas
  • Take a tour of the riverbanks and ancient ruins
  • Choose to add on a visit to Iraq Al Amir
Full description
After pickup from your accommodation in Amman, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan, soaking in views of Jordan's barren landscapes along the way. Arrive at Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, known as El-Maghtas in Arabic, which is the site on the eastern bank of the river where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

Meet your local guide and take a tour of the riverbanks and key excavated ruins. Learn how the site was sanctified as the place of Jesus’ baptism by the Vatican and visited 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. Discover why this place is held to be deeply holy in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam: learn why archaeologists believe that John the Baptist lived, preached, and performed baptisms here, and why it is believed to be the site of the Prophet Elijah’s ascension to heaven. Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends at your accommodation.

You can also choose to include a visit to Iraq Al Amir after your tour of Bethany Beyond the Jordan River. This is home to numerous cliff-side 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, which is thought to have been a villa or minor palace. Then, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends at your accommodation. 
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver
  • Entrance fee to Bethany (Baptism Site at Jordan River)
  • English-speaking guide for the tour of Bethany (Baptism Site at Jordan River)
  • Lunch, if option selected
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drink, unless lunch option selected
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that the Bethany on this tour should not be confused with Bethany in Jerusalem, where it is believed that Mary Magdalene lived and Lazarus rose from the dead
• Pickup and drop-off at Amman Queen Alia International Airport is available upon request
• If you hold a Jordan Pass the entrance fees will be refunded at the site
• Please note that most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic
• Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request at an additional charge of approximately $20 (USD)
• The tour is in English but is available in Spanish or French upon request
Organized by

Zaid Tours and Travel

Product ID: 208932