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Madaba The Mosaics City


Description

Day 1: Arrival - Madaba

Assistance on formalities upon arrival Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight

Day 2: Madaba The Mosaics City

After breakfast proceed to the Church of St. George - is a 6th-century mosaic map of the Exodus showing the entire region from Jordan, Holy Land to Egypt in the south. This map includes a fascinating plan of Jerusalem: on the left is the north gate from which two colonnaded streets run south. On the straight street through the heart of the city stands the domed Holy Sepulcher. Clearly inscribed above the north and east gates is the legend "Holy City of Jerusalem" Other mosaic masterpieces found in the church of the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Literally, hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes. Madaba was sacked by the Persians in 614, and its ruin was completed by the earthquake of 747. It stood abandoned for over 1000 years until, around 1880, a group of about 2000 Christians from Kerak settled there, it was they in the process of rebuilding, who found the mosaics buried under the rubble. Madaba museum has many mosaics that were originally on the site. Also, mosaics from other locations have been housed in the museum to ensure their preservation. A collection of Byzantine churches as well as ancient Roman remnants and mosaics, make up this spectacular museum which is located near the Mosaics School. Back to Hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 3: Madaba - Petra - Madaba

After Breakfast transfer to visit Petra the greatest wonder city (the red rose city); the most exciting and adventurous travel experience is this fascinating trip to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, hidden away in the encircling craggy rock mountains south of the Dead Sea ,Back to Madaba ,dinner and overnight

Day 4: Madaba - Nebo - Mukawir - Umm Alrassas - Madaba

After breakfast transfer to visit Mount Nebo; the site where Moses overlooked the promised land, see the church at Mt. Nebo from the 4th Century Then visit Umm Al-Rasas; is an archeological site in Jordan which contains ruins from the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim civilizations. Proceed to Machaerus; Known today as Mukawir, this dramatic hilltop is the traditional site of the execution of John the Baptist . It lies less than 20 km southwest of Madaba at the King's Highway on a stark promontory (720 m), overlooking the promised land & the Dead Sea and protected on three sides by deep ravines. Back to hotel in Madaba for dinner and overnight

Day 5: Madaba - Jerash - Amman - Dead Sea - Madaba

After breakfast transfer to Jerash , the ancient city of Jerash boasts as unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years . then proceed to Amman for a city tour Visits of: the citadel, the national museum and the roman theatre, then continuo to Dead Sea ,The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea (is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east of Israel . Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface on dry land. It is 8.6 times more salty than the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment where animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometers (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. Back to hotel in Madaba for dinner and overnight

Day 6: Madaba - Bethany - Ma’in - Madaba

After breakfast transfer to Bethany , is an important place associated with the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist the settlement of Bethany, where John lived and baptized. John 1:28 refer to it as "Bethany beyond the Jordan River, where John was baptizing". In John 10:40 it is mentioned as the place to which Jesus fled for safety after being threatened with stoning in Jerusalem: "Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days , then proceed to Hammam at Ma’in the most famous hot springs and hyper-thermal waterfall in Jordan and admire the surrounding beauty of this desert oasis near the Dead Sea. The site is also linked to the Biblical Herod the Great who is said to have bathed in its medicinal waters. These thermal falls originate from winter rainfalls in the highland plains of Jordan and eventually feed the 109 hot and cold springs in the valley. This water is naturally heated to temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius by underground lava fissures as it makes its way through the valley before emptying into Zarqa. Spend some memorable moments with your family at the gushing warm waterfall at the ‘family pool’ or luxuriate at the indoor Roman baths. Back to Madaba dinner and overnight

Day 7: Madaba - Queen Alia APT

Breakfast, then transfer to Airport for departure