Southern District, Israel
Desert Safaris

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From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

1. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

2. Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

Start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Jerusalem and head to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Arrive at Masada, where your guide will tell you about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. You’ll ascend Masada by cable car and then tour the mountain fortress that was built by King Herod. This is the spot where the Zealots of the 1st century made their last stand against the Roman troops. You’ll explore the site to see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths. When you've completed this part of the tour, descend Masada by cable car. Your next destination is the Dead Sea. Its shores are the lowest point on dry land on earth! You’ll have the opportunity to float and swim in the Dead Sea waters that many believe have special therapeutic effects. Please note: from 17th to 23rd January 2019, the visit to Massasa will be replaced by a visit to Qumeran and Ein Gedi nature reserve.

Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

3. Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

From the Old City of Jerusalem, drive to Southern Israel for a brilliant day amongst nature. Hike in the cool darkness to the very top of the ancient desert fortress of Masada before bathing in the healing, salty waters of the Dead Sea. You will watch the day begin with a spectacular sunrise over the Moab Mountains and the Judean Desert. Then at the top of the mountain, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride. You will ascend and descend the mountain fortress by the famous Snake Path. Then, continue on to the real highlight of the tour, a walk through the stunning Ein Gedi nature reserve with its natural springs, waterfalls and amazing desert plants and wildlife. After your long walk you will be ready to rest your tired feet and float effortlessly in the healing waters of the Dead Sea or take a bath in the therapeutic mud at the lowest place on Earth: A truly unique experience that will leave you relaxed and fortified. Once fully refreshed and treated, you will be ready to make your homeward journey to Jerusalem.

Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

4. Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

After pickup from your hotel, head to the jeep gathering point. From this point you'll ascend through the wadi along Nahal Solomon, Rehoboam Nahal, Jehoshaphat Nahal up to 725 meters above sea level on the way to Mount Joash. At a few stopping points, your guide will share stories about the history of the area.  You'll also stop for a little picnic with pita bread with local labane cheese and a cup of herbal tea, before continuing up to the last point of your trip. From this observation point you'll be able to see four countries, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. After visiting Mount Joash you'll head back to your hotel.

From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

5. From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

Petra is the most famous tourist site in Jordan today. Petra was once occupied by the Nabateans, and almost everything in Petra was constructed by them. Visiting Petra, you'll be able to see over 800 objects, including the famous treasury, temples, mourning houses, caves, and more. Wadi Rum is everything you'd expect of a quintessential desert: extreme in heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. It is violent and moody as the sun slices through the chiseled canyons at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk. It is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore the dangers it presents. Experience its power and beauty with your expert guide. Your tour will begin with a pick up from your hotel in Eilat at 08:30 AM. After crossing the Arava border, you will drive to Wadi Musa Petra and tour the site. After the tour, you will eat lunch in Petra and drive to Wadi Rum and stay overnight at an authentic Bedouin camp. Along the way, you will learn all about the Nabataeans, their history, their art, gods, and the Bedouin way of life. Upgrade your experience in the desert to a 4-star tent with a private bathroom which includes a shower and a toilet in the tent.

From Eilat: Eilat Mountains 4x4 Jeep Tour

6. From Eilat: Eilat Mountains 4x4 Jeep Tour

Your first destination will be Solomon’s Valley, where your open-aired Jeep will follow the ancient Mecca pilgrimage trail, as it winds up the heights of the Eilat Mountains.     Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the highest summits that span across the Red Sea and four countries – Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. At Netafim Spring, the only spring in the Eilat Mountains, explore the local flora and fauna, such as the ibex and hyrax, which call this region home. Your Jeep will take you back to Eilat by the early afternoon, just in time for lunch.

From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

7. From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

The tour departs from Eilat and heads towards Petra, crossing the Aravah border along the way. Ride through the dusty desert landscapes, and marvel at the vast sandy scenery that stretches out all around you. Follow the scenic route alongside the mountains before arriving at Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Upon arrival, explore the highlights of the site with your expert guide and listen to fascinating stories and legends about the people who once lived here. As you amble around, admire the vibrant hues of the rocks from which most of the buildings here were carved, earning Petra the nickname ‘red-rose city’. Following your tour, enjoy some free time to wander around the site at your own leisure and focus on the areas that interest you most. After the tour, start the return journey to Eilat in the direction of the port region of Aqaba. Along the drive, stop at a selection of observation points to marvel at the breathtaking landscape of the Wadi Rum desert, where the red rocky mountains blend into the sunny horizon.

From Jerusalem: Masada and Dead Sea Private Tour

8. From Jerusalem: Masada and Dead Sea Private Tour

See Masada, float in the Dead Sea, and descend through the Jordan River Valley on this private day tour from Jerusalem. Learn about the history of each site and experience the beauty and rich history of the area. Begin the Masada and Dead Sea private tour by descending through the Jordan valley with Jericho in the distance and imagine the Israelites crossing the Jordan River into the promised land. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to reach Masada and ascend via cable car, taking the opportunity to look down at the snake path used thousands of years ago by King Herod. Learn the history of Masada, and how it was one of the last Jewish strongholds against the Romans, where they were under siege atop the mountain. See the well-preserved synagogue, proving that synagogues existed during the second temple period, and see the first piece of parchment discovered by Israeli archaeologists. Explore the famous bathhouse, swimming pool, and storehouses, and gain a real insight into the lives of those under siege on Masada. Following the descent from Masada, visit Ein Gedi, where David is said to have taken refuge, hiding from the wrath of King Saul. Make a stop to see beautiful waterfalls and freshwater pools. Next, stop with the guide at the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Experience the Dead Sea resort, where visitors can enjoy the floating sensation in the waters of the Dead Sea and cover their bodies in the mineral-rich muds, said to have maintained Cleopatra’s youthful looks. Wash the mud off in a Sulphur pool nearby before returning to your hotel.

Eilat: Summer Night Guided Tour with Picnic in the Mountains

9. Eilat: Summer Night Guided Tour with Picnic in the Mountains

A fascinating night jeep tour in the Eilat Mountains will introduce you to the mysterious desert world at night. You will be able to observe the life of the night dwellers of the desert, enjoy the view of the night sky, explore the constellations using a telescope, and also relax by the fire with a cup of herbal tea and cakes with local cheese. And we will end our tour with a panorama of the Gulf of Eilat framed by night lights. The tour begins with pick-up from hotels to the gathering point. From there we will enter into the darkness of the Eilat Mountains. We will advance through the desert and try to find night animals with flashlights. On the way we will stop for a star observation. In the observation we will learn to identify the most famous star shapes. Later, we will go and stop for a picnic into the night and use a telescope to see stars closer. After the picnic, drivers will scatter you in hotels.

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4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Nádherný výlet na krásná místa! Ačkoliv se nám postupně věnovalo několik lidí, organizace fungovala na jedničku. Obzvláštní pochvalu si zaslouží náš průvodce po Petře a celý první den. Oproti údajům v nabídce byla v ceně i skvělá večeře první večer ve stanovém táboře. Maximální spokojenost.

Alex is a cool Jew, he is super open minded and explained us not only the natural things about the tour but also any other questions we had on their culture. 100% recommended !

It was absolutely perfect! 2 days of total wonder! Our guide Neezar was really great, we learned a lot of things and we were amazed! it's a must!

It is an excursion with spectacular views, you do not expect to find an oasis in the middle of the desert, the impressive Dead Sea.

Very good guide. We felt save. And he shared a lot of information and interesting history of he sights and along the way.