The Most of Biblical Jordan Tours (06 Days – 05 Nights)

Jordan

Tour Highlights:

Amman –  Jerash  -  Ajloun – Umm Qais – Pella – Baptism Site – Elijah’s Hill –  Mount Nebo – Madaba – Mukawir –  Karak Castle – Shoubak Castle Petra –  Wadi Rum  Lot’s Cave  - Dead Sea – Dana – Wadi Al Mujib -– Amman City Tour

Full Itinerary Program 

Day 1 : Arrival to Jordan – Amman

Arrival to Queen Alia airport, our representative will meet  assist you through passport control formalities, luggage identification & portage will greet you. From the airport you will be transferred  to your hotel in Amman.
Overnight in Amman.

Day 2 : Um Qais , Jabbok, Jerash.

This morning we drive (approx.. two hour ) north towards Um Qays, the old Decapolis city of Gadara, with its spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Sea of Galilee, is the proposed site of Jesus’miracle of the Gadarene swine.  A rare five-aisled basilica from the 4th century was recently discovered and excavated at Umm Qays.  Everything about this distinctive arrangement of a church above a tomb at this particular place, strongly indicates that it was designed and built to commemorate the very spot where the early church believed that Jesus performed his miracle.  Nearby we find Jabbok, the place that is said to be where Jacob wrestled with God who was in the form of an angel (Genesis 32:24-30).

Then we drive back (One our and a half)to  Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash, Gerasa of Roman Times, was one of the cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC situated in Jordan, Syria and Israel. Known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation, the ruins indicate human occupations at this location for more than 2,500 years.
Overnight in Amman.

Day 3 : Machaerus (Mukhawer),  Madaba , St. George Church , Mount Nebo , Baptism Site , Dead Sea (Overnight)

We start after breakfast at the hotel  and drive to : Machaerus (Mukhawer), where John the Baptist was beheaded. Next we visit St. George Church , The St. Georges church was built in 6th Centrury AD and is known for the map that showed all major biblical sites from Lebanon to Egypt. Some of the finest art of the early Christian centuries can still be seen in Madaba city and its surrounding regions in central Jordan, Church of Saint George, mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, the earliest religious map of the Holy land. Then we drive to Mount Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. You visit the old monastery and overlooking the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem.
Next we visit the fascinating site of Bethany on the Jordan river , the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan as well as the area where the children of Israel led by Joshua entered the Promised Land.
We drive to the Dead sea (approx.. 20 minutes), the Dead Sea the lowest spot on earth, 1306 feet below sea level. Enjoy the bizarre but delightful experience of floating on the surface of the buoyant waters, four times saltier than regular seawater. See the lowest point on the earth 420 Meters below sea level. It is one of the most spectacular, natural landscapes in the world , where you can recline on water reading a newspaper and try a truely unique swimming . it is devoted of life due to high content of salt and minerals , which gives the water curative and therapeutic qualities for arthritis , rheumatism, psoriasis and eczema . 35 types of minerals makes the water essential for health and body skin .
Experience the unique combination of the chemical composition of water , mineral rich black mud , fresh , water , Oxygen rich air and thermal mineral springs .

Day 4: Dead Sea – Arnoon (Wadi Al Mujib) – Lot’s Wife – The century cave of Lot – High Mountains – Dana Wild Natural Reserve – Shouback Castle – Petra.

We check out by 09:00 morning , passing through the Dead Sea road and stop at the bottom of Wadi Al-Mujib (Biblical Name Arnoon Valley ) , then we continue to Lot’s Wife Pillars and cave , We will view from a distance a hillside cave near to the small town of Zoar (modern-day Safi). The Bible says Lot’s daughters gave birth to sons whose descendents would become the Ammonite and Moabite people, whose kingdoms were in what is now central Jordan. It is here that Byzantine Christians built a church and monastery dedicated to Lot.Lot’s Cave near the town of Safi, Here Prophet Lot lived together with his daughters after he fled the sinful cities Sodom and Gomorrah.
Then drive up the high mountains which is very gracious through Al Sharah Mountains , to the wild natural reserve of Dana , Dana Nature Reserve (308 square km) is a world of natural treasures. It is composed of a chain of valleys and mountains which extend from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. The visitor to this area will be awed by the beauty of the Rummana mountain, the mystery of the ancient archaeological ruins of Feinan, the timeless serenity of Dana Village, and the grandeur of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Wadi Dana. We stop overlooking Dana and enjoying the views of the top mountains.
Next, we stop (20-30 min.) at ShoubaK Castle , one of the  crusader castles , The area that holds the castle, Alshobak, thought to be inhibited in the Edom period and was restored in the Nabataean’s reign. Shobak castle was used as a monastery until it was rebuilt by the crusader prince Baldwin I and after him by Jerusalem king in 1115 AD. It was called Mount Real. The castle has nine towers shaped on different forms circular, rectangle, and square. The castle is surrounded with fruit trees below. The outsider look of the castle leaves you impressed with its big gate and walls and the precautions its builder put in mind through its construction. Because of the strong building of this castle, Saladin spent a long time before he invade it and proud his success in that by the inscriptions on its walls.
Then we dive to Petra (approx.. 30 Min.) for overnight .

Day 5 : Petra Full Day Tour

After Breakfast, we start the tour of the second wonder of the world , the rose red city of PETRA , Biblical Name “Sella”, which means the Red Rock ,  the traditional entry to Petra is through the mile-long winding chasm called the Siq.  This is a must-do walk; the extravagant colors of the sandstone walls, and many remains of the Nabatean shrines, water channels, wall carvings and some of the original paving stones make the Siq an archaeological wonder in itself—and then there is the heart-stopping moment when you suddenly reach the end of the canyon and face the towering Treasury, the memorable carved façade of Indiana Jones fame. Around the corner from the Treasury, you’ll see many carvings along the Street of Facades, and in the ancient city center you will want to explore the Theater, Royal Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine Church, Winged Lion’s Temple, Qasr al Bint, and the Petra Museum, with a collection of the very fine Nabatean pottery, ancient statuary and other artifacts.  The religion of the Nabateans led to the creation of temples and cult centers on most of the mountain peaks ringing the Petra city center.  Climbs to these high points are rewarding for the archaeology and also for the natural beauty of the colorful sandstone mountains—and rewarding in the magnificent views which many of the peaks command.  Places of worship, funerary monuments and other points of interest are particularly popular at ad-Deir (the Monastery).

During the Exodus, Moses and the Israelites passed through the Petra area in Edom, local tradition says that the spring at Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses), just outside Petra, is the place where Moses struck the rock and brought forth water.The Bible says that Moses was not allowed to enter the Holy Land but could only glimpse it from Mount Nebo because he struck the rock with his rod to bring forth water, instead of speaking to it, as God had commanded.Aaron, the brother of Moses and Miriam, who was called by  God to be Moses’ prophet, died in Jordan and was buried in  Petra at Mount Hor, now called Jabal Harun in Arabic (Mount  Aaron). A Byzantine church and later an Islamic shrine/tomb of Aaron were built on the summit of the mountain, which today attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Aaron was the first High Priest of the Bible and is remembered for the beautiful blessing that God commanded him to give people.Then walk gradually back to the lower part of Petra , Back to the hotel .
You will be able to experience having the Turkish Path .

Day  6:   Petra – Queen Alia Airport (Departure)


Today we leave Jordan behind where our journey will end on arrival at Amman’s International airport.

 

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