From your hotel in Amman ourdriver will pick you up. After a short drive arrive to the Baptism Site (Bethany) - the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by St. John the Baptist. It is now one of the 3 most important places of pilgrimage in Catholism. Also known as Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, this archaeological site is one of the most important biblical discoveries in the world. Excavations began in 1996 and has already uncovered more than 20 churches, caves and baptismal pools dating from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Archaeologists are assured this is where John the Baptist lived, Jesus was baptized, and the first five apostles met. Many also believe this was the place where the Prophet Elijah ascended to heaven. The path leading to the Jordan River transform from a dry desert into a tropical oasis and it becomes clear why Prophet Jeremiah described it as "the jungle of the Jordan"
Continue the drive to Mt. Nebo. Retrace the steps of Moses and admire the spectacular view of the Promised Land just as he did over 2,000 years before. It is very easy to feel that you have arrived some place special.
Next stop is Madaba to view the oldest preserved ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land dating back to the 6th century BC located within the Church of St. George..
Last stop is at Machaerus which is known today as Mukawir. The hilltop stronghold of Herod the Great. Upon Herod’s death, his son Herod Antipas inherited the fortress and it is from here that he ordered John the Baptist to be beheaded after Salome’s fateful dance of the seven veils. We then continue back to your hotel in Amman.