An unforgettable 2 day tour, going south to the Negev desert and to the Syrian African rift, experience the wilderness of the Negev desert, the Bedouins, the wild fantastic nature, the history and archaeology along side with the present blooming Israeli settlements.
On our second day we'll travel to the lowest point on earth the Dead Sea area, visit Mt.Masada, the amazing fort established by Herod the great king of Israel some 2000 years ago, witness and learn about the great Jewish revolt against the Roman empire. Enjoy swimming and floating on the Dead Sea.
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A seat in a tourist vehicle sharing with other passengers.
Service of a licensed tourist guide in English.
Service of a licensed tourist vehicle.
2 days of sightseeing as per the itinerary up to 9-10 hours per day.
Accommodation in a double room at a tourist class hotel in the Negev.
Dinner and breakfast at hotel.
Tour does NOT include
Meals and beverages except for dinner and breakfast at hotel.
Prices are quoted in USD per person sharing a double room.
Accommodation in a tourist class hotel on BB (bed & breakfast) in the Dead Sea or the Negev region.
Supplement for a single room: $120 per night.
High Season supplement applies, please contact the office for details.
This 2 day tour is a combination of the daily tours "Massada and the Dead Sea" with "The Negev Desert".
The sequence of the touring days and the itinerary may change.
Confirmation of the tour is subject to hotel availability.
Head cover, comfortable walking shoes, a bathing suite and a towel are recommended.
Business class:A small group in a tourist van or a minibus, (Economy class is not available in this tour).
Minimum 4 passengers in a group.
We recommend to book the tour at least 72 hours in advance.
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, view of Qumeran and its caves where the famous Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947, proceed further south, visit a Dead Sea products shop, view of the oasis of Ein Gedi, arrive at Mt. Masada. Ascend by the 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.
Descend by the cable car and travel to a nearby beach of the Dead Sea – stop for a swim in its therapeutic water, experience the black mud and enjoy the amazing feelings of floating on the water.
Continue to hotel for overnight.
Drive south to Be’er 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 geolical 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 Nabataeans, 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 point of departure.
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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.
On multi-day/weekly tours your luggage accompanies you. Please coordinate the number of suitcases you intend bringing 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.
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