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Sacred Pathways: Exploring the Biblical Roots of Jerash, Umm Qais, Pella, and More in Jordan

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In the ancient land of Jordan, where history and culture intertwine, there lies a sacred pathway that winds its way through the biblical roots of Jerash, Umm Qais, Pella, and more. This pathway is not merely a physical trail but a spiritual journey that transcends time and connects the present to the past.
As one sets foot on this sacred pathway, the whispers of ancient civilizations can be heard in the rustling of the leaves and the gentle breeze that carries the echoes of bygone eras. Each step taken is a step closer to understanding the rich tapestry of history that has woven these lands together.

As you explore these historical sites, you will gain a deeper understanding of the rich Biblical heritage of Jordan and the pivotal role it has played in the region’s history. Immerse yourself in the stories of ancient civilizations, marvel at the architectural wonders, and connect with the spiritual essence of these sacred pathways.


Day 1: Jerash, Umm Qais, Pella

Jerash: Step Back in Time

  • Start your day by exploring the ancient city of Jerash, known as the “Pompeii of the East.”
  • Wander through the well-preserved ruins of temples, amphitheaters, and colonnaded streets.
  • Marvel at the impressive architecture and imagine life in this bustling Roman city.

Umm Qais: Gateway to the Decapolis

  • Head to Umm Qais, another ancient city rich in history and culture.
  • Take in panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk River, and the Golan Heights.
  • Visit the archaeological site and discover the remnants of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman civilizations.

Pella: A Hidden Gem

  • Conclude your day with a visit to Pella, a lesser-known but equally captivating archaeological site.
  • Explore the ruins of temples, churches, and palaces from the Roman and Byzantine periods.
  • Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and soak in the history of this ancient city.

Day 2: Ajloun, Tel Mar Elias in Anjara

Ajloun: The Castle on the Hill

  • Begin your second day with a trip to Ajloun Castle, a towering fortress perched on a hilltop.
  • Explore the well-preserved structure and take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Learn about the castle’s role in defending the region from Crusader attacks.

Tel Mar Elias in Anjara: A Spiritual Journey

  • End your itinerary with a visit  to Anjara, which is mentioned in the Bible as the site where Jesus, his mother Mary, and his disciples went through before resting in a nearby cave.
  • Explore the cave, which has long been a holy spot for pilgrims, is now remembered with a new shrine/church dedicated to Our Lady of the Mountain.
  • Take a moment to reflect on one of Jordan’s largest Byzantine churches and an old center of pilgrimage, devotion, and interfaith cooperation, is located up the twisting roads from Wahadneh village.

The program includes

  • Meet and pick up from your hotel in Wadi Mousa.
  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to the sites.
  • Lunch.
  • 1-night accommodation.

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 summer heat, you should use caps, sunscreen lotion, and loose, cool clothing.

Walking distance

A moderate amount of walking is required, so comfortable shoes are advised.

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