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Bethany, Site of Jesus Christ’s Baptism – Tour from Amman

Available in English Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Start time

    8:00am

  • Meeting Point
    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Amman or the Dead Sea area

Key Highlights

  • See the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus
  • Get spectacular views of the Dead Sea from Elijah′s Hill

Overview

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.

Itinerary

  • 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.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned deluxe car/mini van
  • English speaking drivers
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Meals

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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