Welcome to Madaba

The amiable market town of Madaba is best known for a collection of Byzantine-era mosaics. The most famous of these is the mosaic map on the floor of St George’s Church, but there are many others carpeting different parts of the town, many of which are even more complete and vibrant in colour.Wonderful though they are, the mosaics are not the only reason to pay Madaba a visit. A traveller in the early 20th century... Read More

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$118.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman

Start your day trip with a pickup from your Amman hotel and meet your private driver for the day. While not an official Ministry of Jordan guide, your driver is knowledgeable about the area and its history, and is able to point out sites of interest along the way. Start the tour with a panoramic visit of the capital of Jordan from the ancient area with a view point from the Citadel and continue to the new modern Amman then proceed to the Amman citadel and Roman theater. Known in Jordan as Jebel al-Qala'a, the citadel is believed to have been fortified during the Bronze Age, and artifacts from that time period indicate that the hilltop site was a fortress for thousands of years. Pay your entrance fee, pose for photos by the ruins, and then take a look around the old Roman theater before traveling to Madaba, approximately 45 minutes south of Amman.Often called 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. After a quick stop for lunch, 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 with a local guide. Later in the afternoon comes your chance to relax, and there are few places better to do so than at the lowest point on Earth: the Dead Sea. Considered as 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 on one of the public beaches, or upgrade to 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 with a hotel drop-off.

$75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

Start your tour with a pickup 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 St George’s Church with a local guide. This 19th-century Greek Orthodox basilica is home to the famous Madaba Mosaic Map, a 6th-century AD 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 Mt 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, return to your vehicle and make the drive back to Amman. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Amman hotel.

$460.49 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 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 including the Siq, the Treasury, the Theatre and the Royal Tombs. Day 2:After an overnight in Petra the journey continues to the spectacular desert of Wadi Rum for a 2 hour Jeep tour. After this adventure you will be taken to relax and float in waters of the Dead Sea staying overnight at your hotel. Day 3: After a leisurely stay the final visit will be to the impressive mosaics in Madaba before drop off and the end of the tour in Amman or at the airport.

$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.

$131.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Full-Day Mosaic Tour with Mosaic Workshop Experience from Amman

You will be pick up from your hotel in Amman to start this tour by visiting Um Rasas, an archeological site in Jordan which contains ruins from the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim civilizations. The majority of the site has not been excavated. Among the portions excavated so far include a military camp and several churches. For its unique blend of civilizations, Um Rasas was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Proceed to the city of Madaba known for its mosaics. The most popular and well known is the ancient mosaic map of Jordan and the Holy Land of the 6th century in the Saint George Orthodox Church, marked with the points of interest of some historical stories recorded in the Bible. Visit the Archeological Park of Madaba, an impressive mosaic treasure. Then climb up Mount Nebo where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Enjoy the view of the Holy Land and the Jordan Valley, and visit the mosaics found inside the church of Mount Nebo. Continue to visit the mosaic handcraft to experience the art work involved in making these precious handcrafted unique pieces.

$115.50 Tours & Sightseeing

Half Day Small Group Madaba Mosaic Tour from Amman

Your half day tour starts at 10.00am from your hotel lobby or agreed upon location in Amman. Be picked up by your friendly and professional driver in an air conditioned vehicle and be driven to Madaba. Madaba is known as the City of Mosaics and first mentioned in the Bible at the time of 1200 BC. It is renowned for its Umayyad and Byzantine mosaics. Your 40 minute drive from Amman will be to the famous St. George Latin Church with the most admire piece of the 6th-century map of the Holy Land in the Basilica, which contains more than 2 million pieces of stone. You will have plenty of time to take photos, meditate, pray, and browse in the church.After the visit to the St. George Church your will meet your driver at the entrance and take a short drive to the summit of Mount Nebo  where Moses stood and saw the Promised Land but did not enter and embrace the beautiful views over the Dead Sea. Here, a church marks the Holy grounds thought to be the burial site of Moses and the Serpentine Cross which symbolizes the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.   Once you have finished from Mt. Nebo and the church grounds, your driver will be waiting at the bottom of the hill to take you to the original Mosaic Factory where you will have the opportunity to get a first-hand look of authentic Mosaic making in a large showroom of hand crafted olive woods and other Jordanian handicrafts.  Shopping is optional and at your leisure. Hungry along the way? Just ask your driver and he will be happy to stop for a snack.  After your half day visit to the City of Mosaic, your driver will take you back to Amman around 14.00 or 15.00.