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“Excellent because of what it is, a holy place”

The Baptism Site Of Jesus Christ
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We were on the Jordan side. We visited on a weekday in July 2013, we had a rental car and drove to the entrance, other people had taxis or tours from their hotels. As soon as we arrived, there was a bus ready to leave, we were lucky because the next bus left in another hour. The entrance is 12JD per person, includes the bus ride to the site (cars are not allowed) and an electronic guide. All this was just ok. The guide then guided us on a total 1 hour tour to several different stops, one of which is the river Jordan where Jesus was baptized. There was shade, benches and we could put our feet into the water - one man even went completely in and dunked himself. Maybe if I had a change of clothes this would have been a good idea, especially since its symbolic of being baptized in the same place as Jesus. Israel is literally right there, so close - there were a couple of armed guards on the Jordan and Israel sides. There were a couple of places to buy souvenirs. It was very hot, there is an Orthodox Church that is air conditioned, and a water fountain. Though I would have preferred to just go on our own, walk around, etc. instead do using the guide, overall it was fine.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

The tour guide is more of a tour 'chauffeur' who just takes you down the trail, first to the River Jordan and then to the baptism site. Make sure to ask for the audio guide (included in your entry) because the staff do not offer it to you and the guide is of little help.

The river has a church built in 2003 with a significance that I'm still very unsure of except to sell souvenirs. The trail then leads to the baptism site. It's an interesting thing for the bucket list but not reverent and not really interesting. Back to the bus (and souvenir shop), through another souvenir village and at your car.

At 12 JD a visitor this was a total rip off, more fairly one should pay 5 JD. It felt like a tourist trap rather than a historical site which is quite unfortunate. I would not recommend this site except to those who want to take a walk through the woods and really really want to see the dried up creek and remnants of where Jesus was baptized.

1  Thank C H
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Okay, so sometimes you just have no expectations of what you're going to see but with this little morning venture from our Dead Sea hotel (only ten minutes) we were delighted. We had no idea we'd be taken to a place only three metres away from Israel itself! No, you can't go by yourself...for security reasons everyone is shuttled from a carpark around the site via a little bus. A guide accompanies you. We didn't use the audio guide by choice and were glad we didn't. We stuck close to the guide so we could hear what he said and it worked out fine. The tour takes about an hour minimum from when you leave the carpark/ticket area. There is some walking involved as the bus can only take you so far so a hat, sunscreen and drinking water are essential. The baptism site itself is located a little way back from the actual Jordan River's present day course. I should say what is left of the Jordan River. Today it's just a muddy creek only 3-4 metres wide and is exactly not what you expect to see. We enjoyed watching all the baptisms taking place on both sides of the river around us. And we figured that being three metres away from the land of Israel (on the West Bank) was pretty special indeed. We loved the whole experience and overall were quite moved by it. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank JulesArch
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting and historically important. You don't have to be a believer to enjoy the site. It's also a 45 minute drive from Amman the capital. There are several churches around the site and baptisms take place regularly. The guided tour takes about an hour. The visit can be combined with a trip to the dead sea because it's just a 15 to 20 minute drive from the dead see hotel area. We combined it with our trip to wadi mujib . Justake sure you get there before 16:00 thier closing time.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We were on our way to the dead sea and i thought while we were this way, we should do this.
I was not expecting alot but even this was not met.
Our driver told us we would need about 2 hours to do this and this put an extra 15JD onto our taxi, all good.
We parked in the car park and bought our tickets. 12JD each, with a guide and free audio guide as well, all looking good so far. There are 33 swipe sections on the audio guide. (dont get too excited we only used 6)
after waiting 45 minutes (buses every half an hour) we were told to board the bus and we had to be careful as this was a de-mility area, land mines removed before 1998. (i thought this all over the top as no searches were made of people or bags. We were take to three places all very rushed the guide walked ahead of most people and then at the river Jordan said that was it. We could wave at people on the Israeli side they were only 3-4meters away. And then we had to wait for a Russian to get baptised. Not to worry because when we walked back to the bus we were all given 10 minutes to walk round a gift shop. then the bus dropped us off so we had to walk past loads more gift shops.
Even the churches were not open.
I am sorry but maybe i had a bad guide, because they did not even point out Elijah's hill

3  Thank RobE_AdamD
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