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Located in Madaba, the 19th-century Greek Orthodox St. George Church is home to the famous Madaba Map. This sixth-century Byzantine mosaic map is believed to have been created in 542 AD, making it one of the world’s oldest biblical maps. It features ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

I just returned from this trip and had the most amazing time. Anyone who is concerned about Jordan's proximity to middle east conflict zones should rest at ease, Jordan is extremely safe and very peaceful. My friend and I traveled together (2 women) from the US and UK. We had a private driver for the whole week, Shadi, who spoke excellent English and was helpful throughout the trip. The cost was inclusive of accommodation with breakfast and dinner at the hotels including days of arrival/departure, and included entrance fees to excursion sites, and local guides at Jerash, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Petra and Wadi Rum. Jordan has something for everyone, it is absolutely beautiful. The hotel in Amman was well appointed and there were plenty of food options. The hotel in Petra was on a ridge in Wadi Musa, the staff were friendly and there was a nice pool complex to relax in. This trip definitely packs in the highlights in 5 full days of excursions. If you enjoy hiking, you may consider adding an extra day in Petra to really explore more of the trails. If you enjoy being in the desert. you may also like to extend your trip with an overnight camping stop at Wadi Rum. On the whole, there was enough time at each of the sites to cover the main features. Jerash is on hill and can be quite windy so take a wind breaker and covered walking shoes (~3 hours). Mount Nebo is spectacular (also windy). The Dead sea resort we visited was fairly basic, but the resort area had adequate changing facilities, a pool and chairs if you want to make a day of it. At Petra, make sure to attend Petra by night, a candlelit experience not to be missed- comfortable closed walking shoes are essential. I would definitely recommend 2 full days in Petra as I love to take pictures and would want to explore more. It is breathtakingly beautiful. The people in Jordan are very welcoming and friendly, and unlike some places, as 2 women we were not hassled at any time. Highly recommended destination.

Doing what: 6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2008

The church at Madaba with the mosaic map was incredible, as was the swimming in the Dead Sea. Awesome!!!

Doing what: Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

A pretty good tour. Madaba and Mount Nebo were worth seeing but swimming in the dead sea was definitely the highlight - even though it was winter.

Doing what: Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

If you manage to get Shaadi you will have a great day, we were also lucky with the weather that day but unfortunately Red sea was too choppy and windy to fully experience the floating experience. Also note that this is a local beach that they take you too, you will be surrounded by conservative locals, not the time to break out your bikini! The beach is not that great, the Israel side of the Red Sea is much prettier and do not expect to get free mud, you have to buy it! Madaba and Mount Nebo are nice to view the sights of Jordan with a Christian background but that's about it

Doing what: Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2011

Madaba and Mount Nebo was basic. The Dead Sea was the main attraction. I did not bring my bathing suit to Jordan but at the Dead Sea resort there were many available for a great price. The change lockers are great and very clean....remember to bring flip flops to wear.

Doing what: Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2012

Seeing Madaba and Mount Nebo was good but brief. The tour didn't represent good value for money. It was easily do-able from Amman by taxi, which would have cost a lot less.

Doing what: Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2010

Our driver was not the best tour guide, but Mount Nebo was definitely worth a stop, especially if you are thrilled, as I am, by the religious significance of its being where Moses first saw the promised land. Madaba was a bit of a yawn.

Doing what: Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

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