Israel's south provides fantastic natural panoramas as well as historical and modern-day interests. Join this journey through the sprawling modern city of Beer Sheva and Kibbutz Sde Boker to the ancient city of Avdat and the magnificent Ramon crater.
Languages and Prices
A seat in a tourist vehicle sharing with other passengers.
Service of a licensed guide in English.
Pick up / drop off at hotel.
All entrance fees.
Tour does NOT include
Meals and beverages en route.
Prices are quoted in USD per person.
Comfortable walking shoes and head cover are recommended.
Business class: a small group in a luxury tourist van / minibus (Economy class is not available in this tour).
Minimum 4 passengers in a group.
The tour will not operate on Jewish holidays.
We recommend to book the tour at least 24 hours in advance.
Drive south to Beer Sheva, capital of Israel’s Negev region, visit this sprawling city that boasts an old Turkish quarter which has become a trendy downtown, as well as wealthy satellite suburbs, view the modern architectural buildings of the Ben Gurion University and the Soroka Hospital. In biblical times it was the southernmost city of Israel, built around natural wells, the most famous being Abraham’s Well.
We continue to Kibbutz Sde Boker, realization of the dream envisioned by David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, who wanted to settle the desert and make it bloom. The kibbutz, built in the northern Negev Mountains, became the home of Ben Gurion and his wife, Paula, and the house he lived in has become a museum to his heritage. We will visit this museum and the Ben Gurion memorial site, which has a magnificent view of the Zin rift.
We proceed to the Ramon Crater, a special geological erosional feature, exposing the region’s geology, we will visit the visitors center overlooking the crater, descend to Ramon crater to see some of the fascinating geological attractions, such as the “carpentry shop”–a hill where sandstone has formed prisms that appear sawed; and the ammonite wall – a great vertical rock surface on the southern side of the crater that consists of large, fossilized marine snails.
On our return we will visit Avdat, the most important historic city on the Incense Route after Petra, inhabited by Nabateans, Romans and Byzantines. It was destroyed by earthquake in the early 7th century CE. The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, and it was also the filming location of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Return to hotel ending till 19:00.
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We collect from most of the hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as from the major hotels in Netanya and Herzliya. Simply select your hotel from the list of hotels while registering for the desired tour and wait in the hotel lobby at the time indicated. The driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby.
Group tours depart from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Herzliya and Netanya. If your hotel is in one of these cities but is not on the list, please contact us by email and we will provide the nearest pick up location with directions.
Most tours are conducted in English as the main language, and in an additional language such as Spanish, French, German and Russian. You can find your desired language while registering for the tour. On some of the tours with languages other than English the prices may change. In addition, for each tour you can find an organized table detailing the days the tour is operated and in which languages.
Yes. You can be picked up and dropped off by advance notification from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and Herzliya. When registering fill in your desired pick up and drop off locations in the appropriate boxes.
Yes. The cost increases because the tour prices are based on pick-up and drop off in the same location. If there is a change in the drop off location, the tour price changes. However, in most cases the cost will be lower than that of a taxi between cities. An excellent option for saving time on transfers.
You can take one suitcase with you on business class tours and up to 2 suitcases on economy class tours. Please coordinate the number of suitcases you intend brining with the office by using the special comments box. It should be noted that we attend to the safety of your belongings but cannot take responsibility for them.
The difference is in the number of participants on the tour. The business class is a minibus with maximum 19 seats and economy class is a bus with maximum 50 seats. The tour route and languages are identical for both.
Good question. The benefits of private tours are a free and complete choice of the sites, hotels, duration of the trip and more. The benefits of groups tours are mainly financial - sharing with other passengers allows travel at lower prices, there are a variety of tours available daily, and you can save on transfers when moving from city to city (for example, you can start the day at check-out from the hotel in Tel Aviv and end at check-in to the hotel in Jerusalem), and most group tours guarantee departure from 2 passengers.
Till 48 hours prior to tour commencement – $20 per reservation.
From 47 Till 24 hours prior to tour commencement 25% of the total value, thereafter full charge applies.
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