I hope that you can join Basma and I on a really special tour of the Jordan. Jordan is Basma’s homeland and I have a great love for the country.
We will aim to bring the Bible to life in the sites and experiences on the eastern side of the River Jordan: Moses, John the Baptist and the site of Jesus’ baptism in particular. At the same time we will interact with the culture: the food, the dress, the customs and the religion of the country. We will also meet local Christians. It should be an extremely exciting time and we hope that we can share it with you.
John and Basma Chitham
We depart from London Heathrow on our flight to Amman. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel for overnight stay.
We drive to Umm Qais, Gadara at the time of Jesus, with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee. In the New Testament period, north Jordan was the region of the Decapolis (Greek for ‘ten cities’), where Jesus taught and performed miracles (Matthew 4:25; Mark 5:20). We continue to Pella (another Decapolis City) and then to Penuel, named by Jacob after he wrestled there all night with God (Genesis 32: 24-30). We end the day with a visit to Jerash (Gerasa), the most complete and best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East.
Dinner in Jerash and overnight in Amman.
Today we enjoy a city tour of Amman including the citadel, downtown theatre and a visit to the Deaf School in Salt. We will have a walk in Salt before returning to Amman for dinner and overnight.
This day we visit the “Desert Castles” and the Azraq and Shaumari nature reserves. Jordan’s desert castles are actually Omayyad hunting lodges and are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture.
Dinner and overnight in Amman.
We leave Amman and visit Madaba, ‘the city of Mosaics’, where we see the 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Continue to Mount Nebo (also known as Pisgah), to see where Moses glimpsed the Promised Land that he would never enter (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). We drive along the Kings Highway, along the route Moses took through Moab (visiting Kerak) and Edom to Petra for dinner and overnight stay.
The ancient fortress-city of Petra, which means ‘stone’ in Greek, was the capital of the Nabateans, who carved this wonderland of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock and who grew rich by levying taxes on travellers to ensure safe passage through their lands. Petra includes the best example of an Old Testament “High Place” sacrificial site in the Holy Land and also the traditional tomb of Aaron.
Dinner and overnight in Petra.
We drive to Little Petra for a visit and then continue to Wadi Rum for our desert experience.
Dinner and overnight.
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Aqaba (with stops) and return via Wadi Araba and the Jordan Valley. Here we see the West Bank hills across the valley and have optional stops at the hot springs, and Mujib Park (one of the rivers of the Jordan (Psalm 42)) where we may go up the canyon. We end the day with a visit to the Dead Sea with opportunity to bathe in the warm waters, before returning to Amman for dinner and overnight.
Morning visit to the Bethany-beyond- the-Jordan Baptism Site. The winding loop in the Jordan River opposite Jericho has long been considered the place of Jesus’ baptism. It is known in Arabicas Al-Maghtas (the baptism site).
In the afternoon we have the opportunity for shopping in Sweifieh and elsewhere in Amman.
Dinner and overnight in Amman.
We depart from Amman and transfer to the airport for our return flight to London Heathrow.
Itinerary subject to change
Price £1795 per person
What the price includes
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Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = US$1.3194 as published in the Financial Times on 31st December 2019.
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