Insider's Guide to Amman

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

Get the
Inside Scoop

Privacy Policy

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Combine visits to Holy Land sites with a trip to the Dead Sea on a full-day excursion from Amman! With a private driver, travel to the Amman citadel and Roman theater before venturing to Madaba and Mount Nebo. Explore Madaba’s St George’s Church and the Franciscan monastery at Mount Nebo with local guides, and admire both sites’ incredible mosaics. Finish with free time at one of the public Dead Sea beaches or upgrade to visit a resort and make use of a private beach with superior facilities.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to the Amman citadel, Madaba, Mount Nebo and the Dead Sea
  • Look around the ruins of the Amman citadel and incredible Roman theater
  • Visit St George’s Church in Madaba with a local guide and admire its mosaic Holy Land map
  • Head to Mount Nebo to visit the Franciscan monastery and soak up views of Jordan Valley
  • Relax at a public Dead Sea beach and enjoy free time to bob around in the mineral-rich water
  • Upgrade to visit a Dead Sea resort with a private beach and superior facilities

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

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

See beautiful mosaics on a trip to Madaba

Start your day trip with a pickup from your Amman hotel and meet your private driver for the day. While not an official Ministry of Jordan guide, your driver is knowledgeable about the area and its history, and is able to point out sites of interest along the way.

Your first stop is the Amman citadel and Roman theater. Known in Jordan as Jebel al-Qala'a, the citadel is believed to have been fortified during the Bronze Age, and artifacts from that time period indicate that the hilltop site was a fortress for thousands of years. Pay your entrance fee, pose for photos by the ruins, and then take a look around the old Roman theater before traveling to Madaba, approximately 45 minutes south of Amman.

Often called the ‘City of Mosaics,’ Madaba owes its popularity to a lavish mosaic map of the Holy Land that covers the floor of St George’s Church. Head inside the church to see it, and learn about its history as well as the town’s other ancient biblical sites from a local guide.

After a quick stop for lunch, continue to Mount Nebo, the hill where the prophet Moses was said to have been granted a view of the Promised Land before he died. Admire views of Jordan Valley, seeing the ancient lands of Judah and Jericho, and head inside the Franciscan monastery, which is built on the site of Mount Nebo’s ancient church, to see relics and mosaics with a local guide.

Later in the afternoon comes your chance to relax, and there are few places better to do so than at the lowest point on Earth: the Dead Sea. Considered as one of the world’s true natural wonders, the impressive body of water is fed by a collection of incoming rivers that gush to its land-locked shores. The waters are unable to flow elsewhere, so they evaporate and leave behind a rich concentration of natural salt that attributes to the Dead Sea’s famous buoyancy.

Relax on one of the public beaches, or upgrade to spend your free time at the Dead Sea Tourist Beach Rest House. Bob around in the Dead Sea’s salty water, perhaps reading a newspaper as you recline on the surface! How you spend your time at either site is up to you; just remember to bring your bathing suit, a towel and sunscreen.

In the late afternoon, travel back to Amman with your private driver and finish your day with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great experience!! our driver, Ehsam, was great and took us many places for us to see. Jordanian people are very warm and welcoming. Remeber to take bathing suit and flip flops for the dead sea!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Our tour driver Muneer was great. He was very informative, punctual and always asked us what we wish to do and was flexible to accommodate our requests. Thanks Muneer for making our tour interesting, pleasant and safe. Shoukran my friend.

Vojtech C
Czech Republic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Excellent overall, impressive bliblical sites, highly professional driver/guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

This is a great trip... Absolutely fantastic....

Steven L
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

You see many bits of the Holy Land on this trip and end up floating in the Dead Sea. Modaba is in particularly lovely Jordanian town so spend some time there!

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!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2008

This was one of the best trips I have ever had. I travelled alone but enjoyed it a lot. Jordan is a great country and Jordanian hospitality is amazing.Before I left I read a lot about Jordan, culture, dress code and habits. I learnt some Arabic phrases and numbers which was much appreciated by Jordanians. I booked 2 trips with Viator and both were great! I saw a breath taking view from the top of Mount Nebo and enjoyed swimming in the Dead Sea. You cannot miss it! This is so much fun. What really made my day, was the driver who was a great companion through the whole tour, very professional, patient answering my questions and with a great attitude towards the tourists. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone. Remember that apart from Petra, there are other beautiful places in Jordan - the more you see, the better you get to know this country, its people and culture. Shukran thank you in Arabic to Viator and local travel agency.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Immense history!
Madaba was a nice start with the old mosiac map
Mount Nebo was peaceful however the place of worship was closed for renovation which was a shame and we felt that they could have done more to celebrate this site
Paid extra to see Jesus Baptist site as nearby which was incredible, good local tour guide
Floating in the Dead sea was a great experience, highly recommended

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.

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

From USD $ 120.23

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 2268ZT028DT

Advertisement
Advertisement

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message