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Experience one of Jordan’s holiest sites on a 4-hour private tour from the Dead Sea. Visit ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan,’ also known as El-Maghtas, the believed location of Jesus' baptism, on the Jordan River. Tour the ancient relics at the site, also held holy in the Jewish and Muslim religions. Round-trip private transport, and a locally guided tour included. Upgrade to continue to the historical Iraq Al Amir caves and pre-Roman Qasr al-Abad nearby.

Highlights

  • Private 4-hour trip to Bethany on the River Jordan from the Dead Sea
  • See where Jesus is believed to have been baptized, a site also known as El-Maghtas
  • Tour the ancient ruins and baptism pools, and learn why the site is holy in Judaism and Islam
  • Entrance fee and services of a local guide included
  • Round-trip transportation by private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Upgrade to visit the ancient Iraq Al Amir caves and Qasr al-Abad palace

What You Can Expect

Private Half-Day Tour of Bethany Baptism Site from Dead Sea

Baptism

Book your selected tour option, meet your driver at your Dead Sea hotel, and hop inside your private, climate-controlled vehicle.

Then, start your 4-hour trip, viewing Jordan’s desert mountains as you journey to your first stop: 'Bethany Beyond the Jordan' on the eastern bank of the River Jordan.

On arrival, enter the UNESCO-listed site for a tour with a local guide. Known in Arabic as El-Maghtas, the site is believed to have been where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, and was recognized as such by the Vatican and a visit by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

Absorb the aura of spirituality at this Christian pilgrimage spot, and explore the crumbled ruins as your guide shares their history. See the relics of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, and baptismal pools, and learn how it’s believed that John the Baptist lived and preached here.

Hear, too, how the site is important in Judaism and Islam, as well as Christianity. Many believe it was here that the Prophet Elijah — a key figure in all three religions — ascended to heaven.

Having explored the site, reconvene with your driver and return to the Dead Sea, where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to upgrade, continue to Iraq Al Amir, home to several cliff-cut caves, near the town of Wadi as-Seer. Drive through olive groves and pine trees, and stop to see the caves, believed to date to the Copper Age.

Take a detour 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 explore the age-old edifice, thought to have been a villa or minor palace.

Afterward, rejoin your driver and conclude with a Dead Sea 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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