The desert wilderness is misleading in its desolation, ensconcing former and present-day flourishing communities and lush vegetation. This tour will reveal some of these unexpected and awesome enigmas.
Tel Aviv Area
Service of a private government licensed driver / guide.
A comfortable private government licensed tourist vehicle.
Pick up / drop off at hotel/ship.
Sightseeing as per the itinerary.
Tour does NOT include
Meals and beverages en route.
Prices are quoted in USD per vehicle.
Head cover, walking shoes, bathing suite & a towel are recommended.
On Saturdays & Jewish holidays a supplement of $140 per vehicle applies.
We recommend to book the tour at least 24 hours in advance.
This private tour is available daily.
08:00-Depart from the hotel/ship.
Drive eastward through the Wilderness of Judea, see the Bedouin settlements along the way passing by the Inn of the Good Samaritan descending to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea, 400 Meters below sea level. Proceed south along the Dead Sea west coast, stop at Qumran where in 1947 in a nearby cave in the Judean Desert cliffs Bedouins found the first of the famous Dead Sea scrolls. Visit the ruins of the Essenes sect community center dating from the 2nd temple period, and view the scroll caves.
We continue further south along the Dead Sea, passing the nature reserve of Ein Fashcha, to arrive at Ein Gedi, a natural oasis in the desert, forming a green Garden of Eden in the wilderness. It is situated on the shores of the Dead Sea at the feet of majestic mountains and cliffs. We will take a walk to the spectacular Ein Gedi Nature reserve and visit the David Stream with Shulamit Waterfall, enjoying the wide variety of plant and animal species that thrive side by side.
We will then travel further south arrive at Mount Masada. Ascend by cable car to the mount, enjoy the breathtaking view of the wilderness, tour the impressive ruins of the great fortress established by King Herod the Great over 2000 years ago, which later on became the last stronghold of the Jewish rebels against the Roman Empire (73 AD). See the walls, the palaces, the storerooms, the Roman bath house, the old synagogue, the Roman encampments and the ramp.
We will drive back to the Kalia beach on the shore of the Dead Sea and stop for a swim in its therapeutic waters, experience the black mud and enjoy the unforgettable feelings of floating on the water.
Our guides are all government licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, speak English or another language as ordered. We are proud of our team of guides, who are experienced, knowledgeable, interesting and service oriented, well-mannered and love guiding. On Trip Advisor you can find excellent reviews of our guided tours.
The vehicles used for the tours are government licensed tourist vehicles. They are designated for transporting tourists only, are comfortable, new and maintained by our in-house traffic officer. Families and small groups will enjoy travelling in a car driven by a suitably licensed driver-guide (two-in-one, no doubt a saving). Large groups will be transported in small or large luxury tourist buses.
In general for daily private tours is it better not to keep baggage in the car. If your tour is ending at the airport and therefore it is necessary to take your baggage, please let us know in advance so that we can provide a suitable vehicle. Please take into account that if you have a large number of suitcases that require a large vehicle, it may increase the tour price.
The most popular language is English, followed by Spanish, mandarin, French and German, however guiding is available in almost all foreign languages. For less popular languages it is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability of a guide speaking your desired language. The cost of guides that speak languages other than English is higher and that will affect the tour price.
The basic price of the tour includes a vehicle and guide. We can of course reserve and include meals, accommodation, entrance fees and special activities (such as ATV rides, winery and/or culinary tours, etc.), as you may require.
The tour price does not include VAT (tourists are exempt from paying VAT on touring services), and anything else that has been decided not to include – such as accommodation, meals and entrance fees. In general we can include or exclude anything in or from the tour price, as required.
During the Israeli summers the days are long and the departure hour in the mornings can be as late as 09:00 AM. In winter the days are short so it is recommended not to leave any later than 08:00 AM to ensure arriving at all the sites planned for visiting before closing.
A touring days is up to 10 hours, however tours to nearer distances will be shorter and those to further distances will be longer, so that in general touring days will range from 9 to 11 hours accordingly.
The quantity and variety of restaurants in Israel is enormous. We try to select restaurants that serve typical Israeli cuisine. If you prefer chef or other type of restaurants we will be happy to recommend some that suit your budget and tastes.
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