Jordan Religious Studies Tour
Discover the Biblical sites where Moses looked over the Promised Land, and see the baptismal site on the River Jordan. Explore the sites of classical antiquity including Roman Jerash and the spectacular rose city of Petra
School Religious Studies Trip to Jordan
The Kingdom of Jordan is rightly famous throughout the world for the stunning Rose City of Petra, the ancient Nabatean capital in the desert where many of the buildings have been hewn out of solid rock walls. The Crusaders were here and built castles such as Kerak while the north of the country formed the ancient Decapolis of the Emperor Trajan, Roman cities in Syria and Arabia on the frontier of the Empire. Today the preserved ruins at Jerash are the most impressive while the ancient city of Philadelphia is now modern-day Amman. Moses looked over the Promised Land from Mount Nebo and John the Baptist is said to have baptised Jesus at Bethany. Perhaps the most impressive sights are to be found in the town of Madaba with its monasteries and incredible Biblical mosaics dating from the sixth century AD.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Flight to Amman
Flight to Amman: The flight arrives late in the evening and on arrival you are met by your guide and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.
Jerash and Umm Qais Archaeological Sites
Jerash: This morning you drive north to visit Jerash. Known as the Pompeii of the East, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Roman Decapolis. Its colonnaded streets, baths, theatres and arches remain in exceptional condition, and within the city walls, archaeologists have found the ruins of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age.
Umm Qais: You continue north to Um Qais, the ancient Greco-Roman City of Gadara that offers a splendid panoramic view over the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights.
Souk Jara: In the afternoon you continue to return to Amman with time to explore the Souk Jara, the open air market where traders sell all manners of things from fruit and vegetables, to arts, crafts and clothes.
Rainbow Street: This evening we go for dinner on fashionable Rainbow Street where there are an incredible variety of restaurants.
Madaba Mosaics, Mount Nebo and Amman
Madaba: This morning you visit Madaba. Known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the Greek Orthodox Church where the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land is housed. With two million pieces of vividly coloured local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Other mosaic masterpieces can be seen in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and in the adjacent Archaeological Museum.
Mount Nebo: You continue from Madaba to Mount Nebo where Moses first saw the promised land of Israel. The view from Mount Nebo is spectacular and on a clear day you can see as far as Jericho and Jerusalem.
Amman: This afternoon you explore some of Amman including the well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre and the ruins of the Citadel which has been occupied by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans and the Umayyads. There will be time to experience the Old Souk before dinner this evening at a city restaurant.
Kerak Crusader Castle, travel to Wadi Musa
Kerak Crusader Castle: This morning you travel south along the Kings Highway to the Crusader Castle of Kerak which dates from the 12th century. In true Crusader fashion, the castle has several tunnels and many vaulted rooms, and there a lots of vantage points from where you can enjoy the stunning views. You continue to the town of Wadi Musa which is the gateway to Petra, and check in at your hotel for dinner.
Full day exploring the rose city of Petra
Petra: Today is spent exploring Petra – the Rose City – an extraordinary and unique place. Built by the Arab Nabateans over 2,000 years ago, the buildings of the city were hewn out of the soft sandstone rock. Various palaces, temples and monumental tombs were all carved into the desert rock. The most famous of these is the Treasury which is approached by way of the Siq, the narrow chasm made famous by Indiana Jones. You have a full day to explore Petra and spend this evening in the town of Wadi Musa.
Petra to the Dead Sea and Bethany
Dead Sea: This morning we drive from Petra to the Dead Sea which borders Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Due to its high salt content, the Dead Sea is famous as a place where you cannot sink in its waters. The black mud which swimmers smear over their bodies is believed to have therapeutic properties.
Jordan Baptismal Site: There will be a short excursion today to Bethany by the Jordan which is believed to be the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Flight Home: This morning you transfer to the airport in Amman for your flight home
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