Amman, Jordan
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4 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


Stand beside the Jordan River where it’s thought 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, and tour the riverbanks and ruins of ancient churches, wells, and baptismal pools. Entrance fees and round-trip private transport included. If you wish, upgrade to add on a visit to the nearby Iraq Al Amir caves and pre-Roman Qasr al-Abad palace.
  • 4-hour private trip to Bethany baptism site on the River Jordan from Amman
  • Visit ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan,’ (El-Maghtas), where it's believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus
  • Tour the ruins of churches, caves, and baptismal pools with a local guide
  • Learn why the site is revered in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
  • Entrance fee and services of a local guide included
  • Round-trip transportation by private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Upgrade to visit the Iraq Al Amir caves and pre-Roman Qasr al-Abad palace
Choose your required tour option on booking. Then, meet your driver at your Amman hotel, and travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan.

On route, soak in views of Jordan’s barren landscapes, and pull up at ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan,’ 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.

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.

Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to upgrade, travel to Iraq Al Amir, home to numerous cliffside 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 BC.

Admire the exterior, pillars, and animal carvings as you walk around the age-old edifice, thought to have been a villa or minor palace. Then, rejoin your driver and conclude your tour with an Amman hotel drop-off.

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.


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, Oct 2017

I was picked up at my hotel lobby right on time. My driver was very courteous and taught me a lot about the village culture on my way to Bethany. He even stopped to buy me a tea on the way. The visit to Bethany itself was excellent. My guide there was very good and was able to answer all my questions thoroughly. It was quite an experience to visit the baptismal site of Christ. The walk ways were shaded and peaceful and the informational signs offered good explanation. The tour wasn't rushed and I had plenty of time to take it all in. And getting to see the Israeli side of the river just a few feet away was also a very interesting experience. Everyone had an opportunity to go in the river if they wanted to and gowns were available for purchase. I was really glad I took an extra day to take this tour and visit the site. A very special place.

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