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  • Address: Kibbutz Kinneret
, Jordan Valley, Jordan 1511800, Israel
  • Admission: Varies

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Jordan River Baptismal Site (Yardenit) Tours

Located where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Baptismal Site (also known as “Bethany Beyond Jordan” or the Yardenit Baptismal Site) is one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. It's where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.
 
The Basics
More than a half-million tourists and pilgrims flock to the holy site each year, both to visit the historic destination and to be baptized in its hallowed waters. There are 12 baptismal pools, quiet prayer areas, and a waterfront promenade from which to watch the baptisms.
 
It’s possible to visit on a half-day tour from Amman or a full-day tour from Jerusalem, often combined with nearby sites, such as Nazareth, Tiberias, and the Sea of Galilee.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission to the site is free but there is a rental charge for baptism robes, which must be worn for baptisms.
  • The last baptism ceremony is held one hour before closing.
  • Visitor facilities include changing rooms, hot showers, a gift shop, and a kosher restaurant.
  • Dress modestly in clothing that covers your arms and legs and remove your shoes when entering the prayer areas.
  • The site is wheelchair accessible, with handrails and ramps leading into the river.
 
How to Get There
The Jordan River Baptismal Site is located on the west bank of the Jordan River, close to where it meets the Sea of Galilee, around 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of Jericho. There is no public transport to the site, so you will need to join a guided tour or arrange a private taxi.
 
When to Get There
The site is open daily, except Sundays, and Saturday is normally the busiest day. The best time to visit is during the spring or summer months (May–September) when the warm weather is ideal for a baptism, but it’s possible to visit and be baptized all year-round.
 
Touring the Holy Land
The Holy Land is one of the world’s most sacred regions, and pilgrims travel from all around the globe to discover the biblical lands. Along with the Jordan River Baptismal Site, the most important pilgrimage sites include Jerusalem, home to the Monastery of the Cross, Mount Zion, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Bethlehem with its Church of the Nativity; Nazareth, described in the New Testament as Jesus’ hometown; and the Sea of Galilee.

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Private Half-Day Tour of Bethany Baptism Site from Dead Sea, Amman, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Half-Day Tour of Bethany Baptism Site from Dead Sea

Visit the Baptism Site (In Arabic named: El-Maghtas) on the Jordan side of the Jordan River is one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.75
Private Amman Airport Layover Tour: The Baptism Site and Jordan River, Amman, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Amman Airport Layover Tour: The Baptism Site and Jordan River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience the baptism site where Jesus of Nazareth was baptised by John the Baptist with a 4-hour private layover tour. The driver will await you at Queen ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.50
Private Tour: Nazareth, Tiberias and Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Layover ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Nazareth, Tiberias and Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

See the revered Christian highlights of Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, including the miracle sites, on this private full-day trip from Jerusalem. ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.56
Golan Heights Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Golan Heights Day Trip from Jerusalem

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the beauty of Israel’s Golan Heights in all its rugged, mountainous glory, on a full-day tour from Jerusalem! On the journey to the national park, ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00

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