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Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Dead Sea

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Sweimah, Jordan
Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Dead Sea

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • 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
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Hotel pick up and drop off
Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure new vehicle according number of participants
English-Speaking Driver
Entrance Fees to Bethany (Baptism Site at Jordan River)
Local English-Speaking guide for classic visit of Bethany (Baptism Site at Jordan River)
On board WI-FI
All type of meals, unless option with lunch selected (Vegetarian meal by request)
All type of beverages
All type of gratuities (Tips to the Driver) – Recommended
Personal Expenses
Anything else not mentioned

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Hotel in the Dead Sea area
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

9:00 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Swemeh
Meet your driver at your Dead Sea hotel, and travel by private, leisure air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan with your own private English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide. On route, soak in views of Jordan’s barren landscapes, and pull up at Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, known as “Al-Maghtas” in Arabic. The site on the eastern bank of the river where it’s believed Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Baptism Site Of Jesus Christ
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. 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Iraq Al Amir
Upgrade Iraq Al Amir Visit: Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to upgrade, travel to Iraq Al Amir, home to numerous cliff-side 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 B.C. 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 Dead Sea hotel drop-off.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off by request.
  • Order of visits may change for day tours with more than one visit as long as all sites completed.
  • Contact your local operator (phone number, emergency mobile number, or email address) a day before to reconfirm pick-up arrangements provided in your voucher.
  • Clients are advised to bring hats, sun screen, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tour activity is provided in English. For other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German) by request.
  • Mobile SIM cards including Wi-Fi are available with assistance of our team upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan do not serve alcohol, if you do not want a dry restaurant please contact us.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Zaid Tours and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Dead Sea?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Dead Sea?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Dead Sea?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Dead Sea?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Dead Sea?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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