Welcome to Madaba


Madaba has one of Jordan's largest Christian communities. The town’s long tradition of religious tolerance is joyfully – and loudly – expressed on Friday, when imams (religious teachers) summon the faithful to pray before dawn, and bells bid Orthodox Christians to rise at first light.

The town remains one of the most traveller friendly in Jordan, and it's an alternative to Amman as a base for exploring the King’s Highway and Dead Sea highlights. By taxi, you can even travel directly from Queen Alia International Airport in around 20 minutes, bypassing Amman altogether.


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$68.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

Start your tour with a pick up from your centrally located Amman hotel. Relax into your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your knowledgeable driver, and travel south to Madaba, known for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. After roughly an hour, arrive in Madaba and head inside Saint George’s Church with a local guide. This 19th-century Greek Orthodox basilica is home to the famous Madaba Mosaic Map, a 6th-century A.D. floor mosaic that depicts the ancient Holy Land and Jordan. Gaze at this masterpiece and its richly detailed renderings of Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea and other biblical sites as your guide explains how it was unearthed in 1897. Having admired the mosaic, drive to Mount Nebo, the hill where, according to the bible, Moses was not only granted a view of the Promised Land but also died. Take in the stunning views from the summit that extend over the Jordan Valley, and on a clear day, can stretch as far as Jericho and Jerusalem. Meet up with a local guide and go inside the excavated remains of the Byzantine church that once graced the hilltop. Here, archaeologists have uncovered a series of floor mosaics dating from between the 4th and 6th century AD. Marvel at these intricate artworks with their still-vivid illustrations of peacocks, soldiers, horses and hunters, as your guide shares facts about their creation and discovery. After your visit of this marvelous Franciscan Monastery of Mount Nebo, return to your vehicle and make the drive back to Amman. Your tour ends with a drop off at your Amman hotel.

$471.29 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Petra Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea in 3 Days

Visit awe inspiring Petra, explore the desert of Wadi Rum, float in the wonder that is the Dead Sea and then marvel at the mosaics of Madaba in this special short break. Day 1: The tour will begin when your private A/C vehicle collects you in Amman or at the airport and drives you down the Desert Highway (2 1/2 hour drive) to the 2000 year old Nabatean city of Petra. The 2 hour guided walking tour will enable you to view many of Petra's highlights. Walk through the 1200m (2/3 mile) Siq to see the Treasury, the Street of Facades, passed the Theatre and down the Roman Street and have a panoramic view of the Royal Tombs before. Time for further exploration before an overnight in your Petra hotel. Day 2: After breakfast at your hotel the journey continues to the spectacular desert of Wadi Rum (2 hour drive) for a 2 hour Jeep tour. After this adventure you will be taken to the lowest point on earth (3 hour drive) to relax and float in waters of the Dead Sea staying overnight at your Dead Sea Resort. Day 3: After a leisurely stay the final visit will be to the impressive mosaics in Madaba (1 hour drive) before drop off and the end of the tour in Amman or at the airport (40 min drive) The tour price includes: pick up and drop off, driver and private transport throughout, entrance fees and private guided tour in Petra, accommodation in 3* & 4* hotels in Petra and the Dead Sea, breakfast, entrance fee and private jeep tour in Wadi Rum Not included: gratuities and all other food and drink.

$40 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Tour Dead Sea And Madaba

Start from your hotel  to add an artistic historical touch to your stopover by visiting the city of Madaba. Discover the Archeological Museum, where you will experience antiquity like no other.Mesmerize at the beauty of the Church of St. George the Baptist, home of the oldest Mosaic map known to exist. The first mosaics were discovered purely by chanduring the building of the new permanent dwellings using squared-up stones from the old monuments. You will have free time to stroll down the streets of old Madaba, After your amazing tour of Madaba, you will head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level, which is without a doubt one of the world’s most amazing destinations. and the Dead Sea  mineral-packed black mud is used in an array of therapeutic and cosmetic treatments. At the Dead Sea is the warm, soothing, super salty water The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times. Experience the stimulating mud and float effortlessly on your back while soaking up the water's healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian sun. Embrace the beauty of the Dead Sea while enjoying a swim at a private Beach at any Dead Sea Hotel. Be sure to lie back in the waters to capture the iconic pose of reading a newspaper! Later, relax on your return drive to Amman, where your trip finishes with a drop-off at your hotel.

$137.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Half-Day Tour of Madaba, Mt Nebo and Amman

Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located Amman hotel. Relax into your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your well-informed driver, and travel south to Madaba, famed for its Byzantine-era mosaics.After roughly an hour, arrive in Madaba and visit St George’s Church, the 19th-century basilica that’s home to the Madaba Mosaic Map. Head inside and marvel at this 6th-century masterpiece: a richly detailed rendering of the Holy Land with meticulous depictions of ancient Jerusalem, Jericho and other Biblical sites.Continue to Mt Nebo, the hill where Moses is said to have been granted a view of the Promised Land. Absorb the vistas over the Jordan Valley, and then admire the floor mosaics of the excavated Byzantine church on the summit. These meticulously created artworks illustrate bulls, peacocks and human figures, and remain wonderfully vivid and fresh-looking.Next, travel to Amman for a city tour. Jodern’s capital boasts plenty of history and sights, and your driver will take you around its highlights. See the downtown market, traditional souks, churches and mosques, and catch views of King Hussein’s palace, where the late king is buried.Along the way, take in Amman’s two showstoppers. Walk around the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic-era ruins of the Citadel, and visit the Roman Theatre. This gigantic structure is the most visible remnant of Roman Philadelphia, the ancient city that once stood where Amman now stands.Afterward, enjoy a drop-off at your hotel where your tour ends.

$88 Private & Custom Tours

Private Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Dead Sea Tour from Amman with Lunch

Start your day trip with a pickup from your Amman hotel and meet your private driver for the day who is knowledgeable about the area and its history, and is able to point out sites of interest along the way. The first stop will be at Madaba city, known as the ‘City of Mosaics,’ Madaba owes its popularity to a lavish mosaic map of the Holy Land that covers the floor of St George’s Church. Head inside the church to see it, and learn about its history as well as the town’s other ancient biblical sites from a local guide. Continue to Mount Nebo, the hill where the prophet Moses was said to have been granted a view of the Promised Land before he died. Admire views of Jordan Valley, seeing the ancient lands of Judah and Jericho, and head inside the Franciscan monastery, which is built on the site of Mount Nebo’s ancient church, to see relics and mosaics. After a buffet lunch at the Dead Sea Hotel (included in the price), have a chance to relax. There are few places better to do so than at the lowest point on Earth: the Dead Sea. Considered one of the world’s true natural wonders, the impressive body of water is fed by a collection of incoming rivers that gush to its land-locked shores. The waters are unable to flow elsewhere, so they evaporate and leave behind a rich concentration of natural salt that attributes to the Dead Sea’s famous buoyancy. Relax at one of the public beaches, or upgrade and spend your free time at the Dead Sea tourist beach rest house. Bob around in the Dead Sea’s salty water, perhaps reading a newspaper as you recline on the surface. How you spend your time at either site is up to you; just remember to bring your bathing suit, a towel and sunscreen. In the late afternoon, travel back to Amman with your private driver and finish your day being returned to your hotel.

$160 Day Trips & Excursions

Transfer From Amman City or Airport to Petra with Optional Tour

Start to your travel in Jordan with this private transfer service from Amman City or International Airport to your hotel in Petra (Wadi Mousa). Simply meet your friendly and professional driver when your flight lands at Queen Alia International Airport, or hotel in Amman. Receive assistance with your luggage, relax into your air-conditioned private vehicle and enjoy a comfortable journey to your Petra hotel.Flight details and time is need for the arrival on the booking and the driver will track the time of your arrival in case of any delays, you will also have enough time to pick up your luggage and get the Visa.Make the most of your transfer and time in Jordan by booking an optional tour (if your flight arrives morning before 12.00 midday). You will be driven through Kings Way starting from Madaba city and visiting St.George (Church Map) and Martyrs churches. You will continue along passing through Wadi Al-Mujib toward Karak Castle (The second largest castle at the Middle East), visiting of the castle and continue toward Petra.