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Renew your faith in Jordan – the Gateway to the HolyLand. Journey back in time to key Biblical sites. This package (which can be customized to suit your needs) covers the Holy Sites found in Jordan, allowing you to gain a new spiritual insight and reaffirm your faith.

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Day 1:

Upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Amman, you will receive a warm and friendly welcome by our Amani Tours representative upon disembarkation from aircraft. Our representative will be holding a sign with your name for identification and will assist you with obtaining a visa & during customs procedures. After collecting your luggage, exit the customs area to drive for approx. 40 min. to your hotel in Amman.

Day 2:

Amman
In the Old Testament, Amman was called Rabbath-Ammon which is the name of Saint Lot’s son, and in the New Testament, it is referred to as Philadelphia after Ptolemaios II – Philadelphius 285 – 246 B.C. Points of interest in Amman include admiring the ruins of ancient Amman at the Citadel and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city from high up. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre downtown, sit on the stairs and feel the history. View the impressive Umayyad Palace and explore the interesting artifacts on display at the Archaeological and folkloric Museum.

Bethany
The bible narrates that people used to travel from Jerusalem to Yahuda and from countries bordering Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. “And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee” (Mark 1:9)

John confirms that the events of Jesus’ baptism occurred by saying “These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing” (John 1:28)
Stunning archaeological discoveries from the 1st century AD confirm that the site was inhabited during the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist. The late Pope John Paul II, and more recently Pope Benedict also visited the site as part of his spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land at the start of the new millennium. On 25 May, Pope Francis will also be visiting the holy site and will holding a mass at the Amman International Stadium on the 24th of May, from 16:00 to 18:00.

Lot’s Cave
On a hillside above the town of Zoar (modern day safi), Byzantine Christians built a church and monastery dedicated to Saint Lot. The complex was built around the cave where Lot and his daughters found refuge.
“So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived. Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his 2 daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters” (Genesis 19:29-30)

Dead Sea
The lowest spot on earth 400 meters below sea level. The Dead Sea has an historical and spiritual legacy of its own. It is believed to be the site of five biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar. Spend the afternoon sunbathing and enjoying an effortless swim relaxing in the gently lapping Dead Sea.

Drive back to Amman for overnight at hotel.

Day 3:

Jabbok River
The river is first mentioned in connection with the meeting of Jacob and Esau, and with the struggle of Jacob with the angel, which was later known to be God himself, and thus decreeing the name of Israel (God’s contender) to Jacob as a reward for his triumph (Genesis 32:23 et seq.).

Jerash
In the Bible it is named Antiochea or Gerasa. According to Mark 5:I and Luke 8:26 – 39, here Jesus cast the evil spirits out of a man. Today Jerash is one of the most beautiful and best-preserve d Greco-roman cities in the world.

Ajlun
The castle was built by Saladin’s general in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajlun and to counter the progress of the Crusaders.

Anjara
The town is mentioned in the Bible as a place where Jesus, his mother Mary and his disciples passed through and rested in a nearby cave. The cave, which has long been a Holy place for pilgrims, has now been commemorated with a modern shrine / church of Our Lady of the Mountain.

Tall Mar Elias
Associated with the Prophet Elijah, it is believed that this place was formerly Tishbi, the home of Elijah, a native of Giliad in Transjordan (2Kings 17:1). There are two churches that were built on the hilltop at the end of the Byzantine period.

Drive back to Amman for overnight at hotel.

Day 4:

Salt
The first capital of Jordan houses the tomb / shrine of Job, one of the earliest patriarchal figures in the Bible. Salt is also the location of the tomb / shrine of prophet Jethro, who was the father in law of Moses.

Pella
It was a city of Decapolis and after A.D. 70 became a center of the Christian community and refugees from Judea.

Umm Qays
In the Bible, Umm Qays is referred to as Gadara and was also a member of the Decapolis. This 10 city alliance already existed at the time of Christ (Matthew 4:25). According to Matthew 8:28 – 34, Jesus casted the evil spirits out of two men in today’s Umm Qeis.

Drive back to Amman for overnight at hotel.

Day 5:

Hisban
In the Bible, Hisban is named Heshbon – the city of the Sihon (4 Moses 21:25f, 32:37) and Heshbon was conquered by the Israelites (Judges 11:26).

Madaba
In the Bible, Madaba is named Madeba or Medeba, city of the Sihon (4 Moses 21:30). The city lies in what was the territory of the race of the Reubens (Joshua 13:15 – 16 or Isaiah 15:2 and 1 Chronicles 19:7). The main point of interest in Madaba is the mosaic map of the Holy Land from byzantine times.

Mount Nebo
“And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pis’gah, that is over against Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land ….. And the Lord said unto him, … I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died ….” (5 Moses 34:1 – 4).

Mukhayat
Scholars suppose this village to be the site of the biblical city of Nebo. In the middle of the 9th century B.C. King Mescha boasted that he had slain 7.000 men, women, boys, girls and maids at this place and had taken it from the Israelites.

Mukawir
In the Bible, Mukawir is referred to as Machaerus. The historian, Josephus, reports that it was here that John the Baptist was imprisoned, Salome danced and John was beheaded (Matthew 14:3 – 11).

Ma’in
Twelve kilometers south of Madaba lies Ma’in, an early centre of the Byzant-East-Jordan-Land. Belemunim, the Christian settlement, has a name to which the biblical village Baal-Meon is similar. Baal-Meon is mentioned in 4 Moses 32:38 as a city of the Reubens and is also to be found under the names Beth-Ba’al-Meon (Joshua 13:17) and Bet-Meon (Jeremiah 48:23).

Drive back to Amman for overnight at hotel.

Day 6:

Dhiban
In the Bible it is referred to as Dibon. The town was taken from the Moabs by the King of the Amorites, King Sihon. Then King Sihon lost Dibon to the Israelites (4 Moses 21:25 – 31).

Um Ar-Rasas
A rectangular walled city mentioned in the Old and New testaments of the Bible. Just outside the city walls is the recently unearthed Church of Saint Stephen with its perfectly preserved mosaic floor. The mosaic depicts the images of the 237 Old and New Testament cities f the Holy Land, east and west of the River Jordan.

Wadi Mujjib
In biblical times, the Wadi, or River Arnon, formed the natural border between the territories of the Moabs in the north and the land of the Edomites (later the Nabateans) in the south. The Wadi is mentioned in the Old Testament (at the time of King David) as the river which flows through the valley to the Dead Sea.

Rabba
This is an old settlement with modern buildings. The history of Rabba probably began with the city Ar or Ar-Moab, which is mentioned in 4 Moses 21:15 and 5 Moses 2:9. While the Israelites of the Exodus spared Ar and the whole land Moab, the Amorite King Sihon ransacked the city in an attack launched over the Arnon River (4 Moses 21:28).

Kerak
Kir, Kir-Moab and Kir-Heres are the Old Testament names for the town of Kerak (Isaiah 15:1, 16:7 and 16:11 and Jeremiah 48:36). In the time of the Judges, the Moabite King Eglon may have resided in Kir-Moab. In 850 B.C. one of his successors, King Mesha, was surrounded by the united Israel-Judah forces of Kings Jehoram and Jehoshaphat in Kir-Heres and could only escape defeat by sacrificing his first-born son.

Drive to Petra for overnight at hotel.

Day 7:

In the Bible Petra is the city of the Nabateans, the descendants of the Nebajots (1 Moses 25:12 – 18 and 1 Chronicles 1:29 and Isaiah 60:7). The first King of the Nabateans was Aretas (2 Makkabar 5:8). In biblical times the Nabateans were Bedouins even though Petra was a focal point for them (2 Makkabar 12). Later Petra became the royal city of the Nabateans. The earliest historical records for the Nabateans date back to the year 312 B.C. and the last sign of life was in the year 328 A.D. Late afternoon, drive via the desert highway to Amman for overnight at hotel. (Buffet Breakfast & Buffet Dinner at hotel)

Day 8:

Transfer to Amman Airport for departure including meeting and assistance during formalities.

Options:

You may extend your journey by as many days you want to enjoy time at leisure in Aqaba, which could include fishing, water sports, a short boat ride to Taba, etc…