The Israeli desert offers countless adventures, tucked away canyons, oases, natural water cisterns and hidden springs. Jeep tours, biking and desert canyoning are just a few possibilities for exploring this unique desert. To make the trip complete, conclude your adventure with a visit to the eternal city of Jerusalem.
- Dead Sea: Ein Gedi and Massada
- HIking in Nahal Rahaf
- Biking in Nahal Pratzim
- Camel Ride in the Negev Desert
- Jeep tour in the Ramon Crater
- Jerusalem Old City
- Small groups - 3-14 travelers
Arrival and check in at our hotel in Tel Aviv. Meet at 6 p.m. (18:00) your tour guide in the hotel lobby, for a briefing of the tour. Overnight in Tel Aviv
We Leave Tel Aviv, and drive along the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi Reserve.
This is the only desert nature reserve that has running streams and waterfalls perennially. The Reserve is the habitat of a wide range of animals: Nubian ibex, rock hyrax, fox, hyena and birds among them Tristram’s starling. Hike along one of the trails of Ein Gedi National Park. Meet Nubian ibex- a wild goat typical of the Negev and Judean Deserts.
A short drive will bring us to one of the most amazing canyons in the Judean desert, Rahaf, overlooking the Dead Sea and the Moab Mountains. With the guidance of our canyoning expert, who will distribute the equipment (helmet and reins), we will start the canyoning experience which will include rappelling for descending cliffs 15 TO 40 meters high, and swimming across water-filled natural rock cisterns(pools). Overnight in Ein Gedi.
Drive along the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car to visit this unique site constructed two thousand years ago by King Herod. Descend and proceed to starting point of the biking route to meet our guide. Commence a 3 hour ride in Nahal Pratzim and Mt. Sodom. Wrap up the day by swimming, or rather, floating on the Dead Sea. Overnight in Ein Gedi
Leaving the Judean Desert behind, head south to the Negev. After a Beduin “hafla” (festive dinner), mount camels and experience the way deserts were crossed for centuries. Drive to Mitzpe Ramon, the highest town in the Negev, and in the evening, enjoy a breathtaking walk along the edge of the Ramon crater. This is the largest geological depression on earth. Overnight in Mitzpe Ramon.
Meet your guide and descend into the depths of the Ramon Crater for a full desert jeep safari. Following the ancient paths of the Spice Route, stop at an ancient Nabatian Han (Inn). Overnight in Mizpe Ramon.
Start the day with a visit to the impressive canyon of Ein Ovdat, consisting of rock and streaming waterfalls. Meet Nubian ibex, rock hyrax and vultures nesting in the nature reserve. At noon drive north to Jerusalem. End the day with the special ambience of an evening walk on the walls surrounding the Old City. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem sacred to Christians, Moslems and Jews. Walk on the Via Dolorosa, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Stop at the Western Wall and see the Temple Mount. Visit the Moslem quarter. Stroll through the colorful and vibrant bazaar. Overnight in Jerusalem.
7 nights in good tourist/first class hotels
Meals: 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners and 1 Beduin feast
A/C tourist vehicle
English speaking licensed tour guide
Entrance fees and activities: Masada national park, Ein Gedi national park, one day jeep tour, one day biking, camel ride
Beverages with meals
Anything not mentioned