Stunning archaeological discoveries between the Jordan River and Tell al-Kharrar since 1996 have identified this area as biblical 'Bethany beyond the Jordan', where John the Baptist was living when he baptized Jesus Christ.
This alone gives Bethany profound religious significance, however it was also the place where the first five apostles met and where the foundations of the early Christian faith were laid. Ancient prophets and biblical personalities including Moses, Joshua and Elijah are also associated with Bethany.
Take a tour of the religious sites of Bethany to explore firsthand the foundations of Christianity. Entrance fees to all sites are included and you have the choice to explore the sites independently or enlist the services and knowledge of a local guide.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Amman or the Dead Sea area in a private air-conditioned car/mini van and taken on a sightseeing tour of Bethany. The drive from Amman to Bethany takes about 40 minutes.
Less than 2 kilometers east of the Jordan River lies the settlement of Bethany, an important place associated with the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist. Bethany also had many associations with ancient Biblical prophets and personalities including Moses, Joshua and Elijah.
The small natural hill forming the core of Bethany is called Elijah's Hill, or Tell Mar Elias in Arabic. Local tradition for thousands of years has identified it as the place from where Elijah ascended to heaven
The hillock is now the focal point of the Baptism Site and is covered with the remains of a Byzantine monastery with churches, large plastered baptism pools with steps for full immersion and a water storage system. It is believed that it was here that Jesus was baptized by John.
From Bethany, you can enjoy fine views of the Dead Sea, Mt. Nebo, Jericho, Jerusalem and the Jordan River.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Amman or the Dead Sea area.
Your hotel in Amman or the Dead Sea area(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Your hotel in Amman or the Dead Sea area
Even during the summer evenings can be cool, so a sweater or shawl is advisable. Winters can be extremely cold, especially in Amman and the east; you will need a raincoat. Walking shoes are advisable.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
1-2 Guests’ transfers are arranged in a private A/C Car with an English-speaking driver, as follows:
Full Size Car: Mazda 6 or similar model of 2010/2011
Luxury Car: Mercedes E200 or similar model of 2010/2011
3-4 Guests’ transfers are arranged in a private A/C 7-seater mini van, with an English-speaking driver.
As the Ministry of Jordan does not allow a driver to also be a guide, a guide is not included in the cost of your tour. However, your driver will be very informative and be able to point out and explain sites as you drive past. Many people prefer to visit the sites and follow the walking tracks on their own, although there will be local guides available for hire on arrival at the particular destination.
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