Saturday 17th: Jerusalem to Jordan

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We left Jerusalem this morning and headed east to Jordan, stopping on the way to view St. George Monastery and the Wadi Qilt, most well known as the road from Jericho to Jerusalem and the setting for the parable of the “Good Samaritan.”

We said farewell to our outstanding guide, Andre, and bus driver, Samir, and eventually made it in to Jordan with our new guide, Mohammed, and driver, Tariq. We drove to Mt. Nebo for a hazy overview to the promised land. Next stop was at a mosaic factory before seeing the famous mosaic at the church in Madaba. We then visited Machareus (picture above), another one of Herod the Great’s palace / fortresses. It was here, under his son Herod Antipas, that John the Baptist was beheaded. From there we made the long drive to Petra.

Tomorrow is Petra!

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