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Sacred Steps: Exploring Ajloun and Tel Mar Elias on a Biblical Journey

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Jordan is a country rich in history, with many sites that hold significance in the Bible. Ajloun and Tel Mar Elias are two such places that offer visitors a glimpse into the past and a chance to connect with the stories of the Bible. From the impressive Ajloun Castle to the sacred site of Tel Mar Elias, this tour will take you on a journey through time and faith.

Ajloun: A Symbol of Strength and Faith

Our first destination on the tour will be Ajloun, a town renowned for its magnificent Ajloun Castle. This stronghold, constructed in the 12th century by the Muslims as a defense against the Crusaders, stands as a beacon of fortitude and perseverance. While traversing the castle’s battlements and turrets, envisage the historic conflicts that transpired within its confines and reflect on the unwavering spirit that buoyed the inhabitants during tumultuous times.

Tel Mar Elias: A Place of Spiritual Significance

After observing Ajloun, your next trip will be Anjara, a biblically significant place. According to biblical traditions, Anjara is where Jesus, his mother Mary, and his followers stayed in a cave while travelling. This cave has become a pilgrimage place throughout the years, and it has been turned into Our Lady of the Mountain, a modern shrine/church.

Tel Mar Elias is located up the twisting roads from the settlement of Wahadneh. This site highlights one of Jordan’s most important Byzantine churches, which serves as a historic center for pilgrimage, prayer, and peaceful cohabitation among many religions.

The inscriptions found on the Byzantine church and its intricate mosaics have led many to conclude that the construction of this structure was intended to honor the prophet Elias, also known as Elijah.

The site is not to be confused with Tel Elias near the Baptism Site, which is where some believe Elijah ascended to heaven.

The program includes

  • Pick up from your lodging and drop off.
  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to the sites.
  • Lunch.

The program does not include

  • Personal travel Insurance expenses.
  • Tips / gratuities.
  • Government tax, Value Added Tax (VAT), or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
  • Optional excursions and activities (are subject to availability).
  • Any beverages with meals, unless mentioned and upon request.
  • Carriages and camel rides.
  • Extra costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control.
  • Any other items not listed in the “includes”.

Tour options

  • Optional activities are subject to availability.
  • Optional private or onsite local guides.
  • Guides in languages other than English are available upon request and subject to availability.
  • Optional special private vehicles are available upon request.

Changes overview

The itinerary may change due to unanticipated circumstances, factors beyond our control, or at the guide’s discretion.

Important notes

  • Staying Healthy
  • The time frame for this tour is approximate and subject to change according to the client’s preference.
  • The tour itinerary is subject to change due to factors beyond our control and event of unforeseen circumstances or at the guide’s discretion.
  • In the event of an increase in fuel prices, Via Jordan Travel & Tours reserves the right to raise the prices for its services without prior notice.
  • Optional excursions and activities are subject to availability.
  • Optional special private vehicles available upon request.
  • Copies of your passports are required in advance to issue port permits (if needed).
  • You need to take your passport or a good quality photocopy of it with you.
  • Reservations made less than 20 working days before the start of the service may be subject to change.
  • Your booking is confirmed only upon the provision of 50% prepayment.
  • Using sufficient amount of sun protection lotion is essential for avoiding sun burn.

Dress Code

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • In order to protect oneself from the blazing summer heat, you should use caps, sunscreen lotion, and loose, cool clothing.

Walking distance

This tour involves moderate walking.

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