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Explore Jordan’s biblical and early medieval history on this private 8-hour trip from Amman to Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and Mukawir. Admire the 6th-century Mosaic Map at Madaba, and visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses is said to have died. Plus, explore Mukawir, Herod the Great’s hilltop fortress where it’s thought John the Baptist was beheaded. Hotel pickup and drop-off, private transportation, admission fees, and guided Mt. Nebo and Madaba tours are included.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and Mukawir from Amman
  • See the 6th-century Mosaic Map at St. George’s Church in Madaba
  • Visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses is thought to have seen the Promised Land before he died
  • View the floor mosaics on show at Mt. Nebo church
  • Stroll around the ancient hilltop fortress of Muwakir, where it’s believed John the Baptist was beheaded
  • Guided tours at Madaba's St. George’s Church and Mt. Nebo
  • Includes entrance fees, private transportation, and Amman hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Madaba, Mt.Nebo, and Mukawir Day Trip from Amman

Mukawir

After pickup from your Amman hotel, journey by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the town of Madaba, known for its early medieval mosaics. The most famous is the 6th-century Mosaic Map of the Holy Land, housed in Madaba’s 19th-century St. George’s Church.

On arrival, join up with a local guide and, after admiring the church’s deceptively simple exterior, head inside to view the interior and mosaic. Wander around the richly detailed map, and learn how it depicts the Holy Land and Jordan of its time. Admire the colorful renderings of the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Jerusalem, and note the references to biblical locations.

Next, drive to Mt. Nebo, heading to the top of this mountain ridge where it’s believed Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Admire the views over the Jordan Valley, and on a clear day, across to the Holy Land; and see the modern sculpture depicting Moses’ staff.

With a local guide, tour Mt. Nebo church, a modern shrine that houses floor mosaics from around the 6th century. Gaze at the still-vivid scenes of soldiers, horses, hunters, and animals like peacocks and lions, and hear fascinating facts about the mosaics, and their discovery, from your guide.

Afterward, continue to Mukawir (Machaerus); a fortified hilltop palace to the east of the Dead Sea, founded by Herod the Great. According to 1st-century Romano-Jewish scholar, Flavius Josephus, the fortress was where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded in 32 AD, with his head presented to Herod’s son, Herod Antipas, on a plate by Princess Salome.

View the ruins of this once-palatial and impregnable fortress, making out the walls, baths, and even the hall where it’s believed that Salome danced. Then, rejoin your vehicle, and return to Amman, where your day finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Georgina D

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

So much fun because of the driver, Amr - the mosaic workshop was incredibly disappointing as it was really just a store.

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