Arrive and meet us in Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan. Drop off your bags at our 4-star hotel in Amman. AMMAN ( PHILADELPHIA in the Bible), is one of the 10 cities of the Decapolis. We will start off our Biblical Tour with a visit to Amman Citadel. The acropolis is surrounded by deep Wadis (valleys) on three sides. The north side was not as protected and thus was the most vulnerable to attack. It is likely that David’s men concentrated their campaign against the city at this point, and perhaps it was here that Uriah was killed at David’s order (2 Sam 11:16-17). From here we will go back to our hotel to have a hot shower and freshen up, after which we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today we have an early start. We drive up north to UMM QUAIS. This is the site of Jesus’ miracle of the Gadarene swine as we read in Matthew 8:28 - 34. It is here that He encountered a demented man who lived in the tombs near the entrance to the city.
From Um Qais we move to PELLA. Recent archaeological discoveries strongly indicates that modern day Pella is in fact ancient Penuel, where Jacob wrestled with God after he fled from his brother Esau (Gen 32:24 – 30). This is where a frightened Jacob made the first prayer in the Bible in which a human being asks God for personal protection.
Our next stop is what is indisputably the most complete and best preserved Graeco-Roman city in the Middle East – JERASH, known as the Region of the Garasenes referred to in Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26. Time permitting, we will stop at TALL MAR ELIAS. It is believed that this place was formerly TISHBI, the home of Elijah, a native of Gilias in Trans Jordan (2 Kings 17: I). Overnight in Jerash.
The DEAD SEA is arguably one of the most dramatic places on earth. The Bible calls it “Sea of Arabah”, the “Salt Sea”, or the “Eastern Sea”. The bible vividly records Sodom & Gomorrah as well as the end result of Lot’s wife’s disobedience – (Gen 19:26). We will see what is believed by the Jordanians to be “Lot’s wife”. We move on to visit the site believed to have been the cave where Lot and his two daughters fled to.
MOUNT NEBO is our next stop. From Mount Nebo’s windswept promontory, overlooking the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho and the distant hills of Jerusalem, Moses viewed the Holy Land of Canaan that he would never enter. He died and was buried in Moab, "in the valley opposite Beth-Peor" (Deuteronomy 34:6). The Serpentine Cross, which stands just outside the sanctuary, is symbolic of the bronze (or brazen) serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified (Num 21:4 – 9).
From Mount Nebo we move to MADABA – referred to in the Old Testament as MEDEBA which means “water of rest”. We read about Medeba in Num 21:30; Joshua 13:9; Isaiah 15:2 and elsewhere. Madaba is also known for its pristinely preserved mosaics. Be sure to have your camera in hand!
The fortress of MUKAWIR (Biblical MACHAERUS) is next on our list. It was here, at this hilltop fortified palace, overlooking the Dead Sea region that Herod Antipas, the son of Herod, imprisoned and beheaded John the Baptist after Salome’s fateful dance as recorded in amongst others Mark 6. The presence of the Holy Spirit is tangible in this place!
UMM AR RASAS, mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments, is our next stop. Here we will explore the recently unearthed church of St Stephen with its perfectly preserved outstanding mosaic floor.
We head off to AL KARAK for a visit to Al Karak Castle and enjoy a scrumptious local lunch. Afterwards we stop at Shawbuck to view the beautiful remains of Shawbuck castle, after which we continue our drive to WADI MOUSA, translated as “The Valley of Moses”. We book into our intimate, family run hotel and relax the rest of the day. Enjoy a home cooked authentic Jordanian dinner, drink copious cups of warm, herb infused tea over good conversation, and head off to bed.
After a delicious breakfast, we head off to explore PETRA, known as KADESH BARNEA or BOZRA in the Bible. Petra is a UNESCO site, and deserves at least 2 days. Explore the High Place of Sacrifice where Esau and his descendants offered sacrifices, re-live the time when Moses sent Joshua and Caleb to explore the Land of Milk and Honey and much more. Return to our hotel to a hot shower, a delicious home cooked meal, lots of tea and good conversation.
There is still so much more to explore in Petra – so we will return there. End another fantastic day with a visit to LITTLE PETRA (El-Beidha) in the Bible in the late afternoon. We enjoy a Bedouin style dinner cooked in Wadi Araba before we return to our hotel for a good night’s rest.
Today we will spend a leisurely day around the hotel and pack our bags before we head off to Wadi Rum – a special treat. We will explore the beauty of God’s Creation during a 2 hour jeep tour of the desert, after which we will be treated to a Bedouin supper, prepared in a way unique to Bedouins. End another spectacular day around the fire, sipping away at piping hot Bedouin tea, while we reminisce about the many significant events in the history of Christianity spanning across centuries throughout the New and Old Testaments which unfolded in Jordan.
We awake to a beautiful sunrise in the desert, and enjoy a lovely breakfast. Sadly we have to say our goodbyes to each other and our hosts during this memorable tour, and head off to Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, to take our respective flights back home.