02.07.2024
3 min.

For centuries, Jordan has served as a crossroads for civilizations and faiths, leaving behind a rich tapestry of religious sites that continue to inspire awe. Whether you’re a devout pilgrim or simply curious about the world’s diverse faiths, Jordan offers a unique journey for the soul, venturing beyond the well-known highlights to uncover hidden gems. 

Following in the Footsteps of Faith: 

  • Bethany Beyond the Jordan (Al-Maghtas): Start a pilgrimage to the very spot where Jesus is believed to have been baptized by John the Baptist. Located on the eastern banks of the Jordan River, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a serene setting for reflection and spiritual connection. Explore the baptism pools, walk through the archaeological ruins of churches and monasteries, and immerse yourself in the significance of this holy place. 
  • Mount Nebo: Soar to new spiritual heights atop Mount Nebo, where Prophet Moses is believed to have glimpsed the Promised Land before his passing. This revered site offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Visit the 4th-century memorial church and explore the surrounding mosaics depicting biblical stories. 
  • Madaba – The City of Mosaics: Explore the rich Christian heritage of Madaba, nicknamed the “City of Mosaics.” Marvel at the exquisite Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics adorning the floors of churches and archaeological sites. The famous Madaba Map, a 6th-century mosaic depicting the Holy Land, is a must-see for any visitor. 

Unveiling Hidden Gems: 

  • Mukawer (Machaerus): Perched dramatically on a hilltop overlooking the Dead Sea, Mukawer offers a glimpse into both historical and religious significance. This ancient fortress is believed to be the site where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Explore the ruins and wonder at the breathtaking views. 
  • Lot’s Cave: Journey south to Lot’s Cave, a natural cave nestled near the Dead Sea. According to tradition, this is where Prophet Lot sought refuge with his daughters after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Explore the cave and contemplate the biblical stories associated with this site. 
  • Umm ar-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa’a): Explore Umm ar-Rasas, an archaeological site showcasing the early Christian presence in Jordan. Explore the ruins of numerous churches and Byzantine-era structures, including the Church of St. Stephen, adorned with intricate mosaics depicting biblical scenes. Imagine the vibrant Christian community that once lived here. 
  • The Cave of the Seven Sleepers (Ashabi-Kahf): Venture east of Amman to explore the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, a revered site in both Christianity and Islam. According to legend, seven Christian youths hid in the cave to escape religious persecution and slept for centuries before awakening. Explore the cave complex and learn about the significance of this site for different faiths. 

Beyond the Christian Sites: 

  • Islamic Shrines: Jordan is also home to significant Islamic holy sites. Visit the tomb of Prophet Jethro (Shrine of Shu`ayb) in Karak, believed to be the father-in-law of Prophet Moses. Explore the ancient Umayyad palaces in Amman and explore the vibrant Islamic art and architecture. 
  • Umm Qais: Overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qais boasts a rich history that bridges Christianity and Islam. Visit the ruins of ancient Gadara, a former Greco-Roman city, and explore the remnants of early Christian churches alongside Islamic prayer halls. 

A Journey for All: 

  • Respectful Exploration: As you visit these sacred spaces, remember to dress modestly and be mindful of local customs. Silence your mobile phones and maintain a reverent atmosphere. 
  • Open Your Mind: Jordan’s religious sites offer a window into diverse faiths and traditions. Approach your visit with an open mind and a willingness to learn about different beliefs. 
  • Embrace the Experience: The true beauty of Jordan’s religious sites lies not just in their historical significance but also in the opportunity they provide for personal reflection and spiritual connection. 

Planning Your Pilgrimage: 

  • Guides and Tours: Consider hiring a local guide who can provide insights into the historical and religious significance of the sites. 
  • Combining Faith and Fun: Jordan offers a wealth of additional attractions beyond religious sites. Combine your pilgrimage with exploring ancient cities like Petra and Jerash, or experience the natural wonders of the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum desert. 

Jordan’s religious sites promise an unforgettable journey that transcends faith. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty, history, and spiritual significance of these sacred places, both well-known and waiting to be discovered.  

 

Silvia P
Silvia P
2023-09-10
Fantastic tour with an Italian speaking guide We received an excellent service and support from zamantours. Our Italian-speaking guide, Abdullah, was outstanding: he gave us precise and comprehensive information about places and culture, he was highly flexible in the program and tireless in his work. He has been a reference for us throughout our trip. Also Yusef, the driver, was kind and flexible. All the personnel were always punctual and professional.
Paula S
Paula S
2023-07-27
Amazing experience It was a wonderful experience. Petra is an awesome place, breathless sunset at the Wadi Run desert, there are many archeological sites and significant religious places of the Bible.Floating on the Dead Sea was just incredible. Thanks to Ahmed, our tour guide, he's really professional and kind, with a great sense of humor and Samir, excelent and safety driver, both of them are the best advicers in Jordan.
Alberto D
Alberto D
2023-07-01
Best experience in Jordan We enjoyed one week touring Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. The sites were extraordinary, the guide Fadl very competent and the driver Samir very kind. Hotels were first class, people always very friendly. Food very appreciated.
Maclain N
Maclain N
2023-06-13
Skip the Petra by Night experience. Don’t be tricked into doing Petra by night. We saw it last night on 6/12/23 The production value is horrible and the show is really short. Basically by the time you hike down the show is over within 30 min and it is not lit well. The city of Petra is amazing by day and the donkey ride to the monastery was the an incredible experience but I would NOT recommend the night experience.
Deepan P
Deepan P
2023-06-04
1-week trip to Jordan Excellent organization, accomodation, and meals. Our driver Hisham is very knowledgeable, great communication and attitude that made our trip memorable. Hisham is a very safe driver, took us often on interesting side routes, and made extra effort to show as much of Jordan as he could in the time we had. He is punctual, and checked on our accomodations and visits. Hisham cares deeply about Jordan and his guests
John Moorcraft
John Moorcraft
2023-04-18
Family Holiday with 5yr old expertly delivered. We booked our holiday for our five year old through Zaman and couldn’t have been happier. Everything around booking was painless and easy. All airport procedures were a breeze and they fast track you through immigration. We were out of the airport with all luggage within 15mins of landing! Our driver, Sayall, was outstanding with my daughter and ensured she was the focal point of the whole trip. First class. I would strongly recommend the Hilton in the Dead Sea if you have young children. Very friendly and great swimming pool. The Labdmark Hotel in Amman also good for kids and 100pct do the children’s museum. Our kid loved camel riding in Wadi Rum and found Petra fascinating (she climbed up to the high place of sacrifice). She enjoyed snorkelling as well. I’d caution against the Intercontinental in Aqaba. The policies there on swimming pool access work against 5-10yr olds. I’d look elsewhere there given the pricing structure. Overall, if you want to go to Jordan (and you should) and you want to travel with young children then Zaman will have you sorted. Top agency and it really worked for us.
fabrizio g
fabrizio g
2023-04-06
Grazie Sam! Grazie Mohammad Saleem ci hai guidato attraverso la Giordania con professionalità competenza simpatia sempre molto attento alle nostre esigenze. Lo abbiamo molto apprezzato
Cheri R
Cheri R
2023-03-05
Terrific value, tremendous fun Samanta of ZamanTours, whom we accessed through KimKim, was honestly fantastic. She planned our itinerary around our dates and requests, got us luxury hotels and meals, and best of all--arranged for driver/guide Hamdi Das. We were able to contact her anytime and she was immediately responsive (we made an error and she was able to help us rectify it--cheerfully!). All communications were clear and easy--fantastic Hamdi accompanied us to every entrance (even hotels) and made sure there was never a problem. We had 6 terrific days in Jordan, and are so completely happy. On our flight home, we talked with others who had used a luxury tour group and our experiences were hugely better --at half their price! We highly recommend Samanta at Zaman Tours and Hamdi, guide/driver-extraodinaire.
Carmelo L
Carmelo L
2023-03-05
Amazing tour of Jordan Dear Zamantours, We would thank you for the quality of the service provided us during our travel in Jordan. We were very happy for the assistance we got at the Airport and especially for the professional driver Mr. J. Al Z. who has safely and kindly driven us for the entire week across Jordan A special thanks for our tourist guide Mr.M. Al-S. that made an excellent job explaining us a lot of things about Jordan History and beeing available for each of our need. Thank a lot for your great work Kind regards Carmelo & Fiorella
Peter Tass
Peter Tass
2023-02-23
Petra once in a lifetime tour Zayed was extremely helpful. Beautiful waiter. He attended to us all the time. And the cocktails were very well priced.