Desrt Route in Israel Schedule
Day 1- Welcome to Israel
After a long flight, you will be landing in Ben Gurion Internacional airport. Our representative will meet you at the airport and give you a warm welcome.
We then take you to the holy city of Jerusalem. Depending your arrival time we might have time to explore the city.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 2- Jerusalem old city
This morning our tour will start in Armon Hanaziv promenade having an interesting point of view of Jerusalem. Then we continue to Mount of Olives having an impressing observation view of the old city of Jerusalem. Afterwards we start our descend through Mount of Olives visiting on our way the famous Dominus Flevit Church and the Church of Agony with its famous Gethsemane garden.
Once visiting the Mount of Olives we move on to Mount Zion visiting there the Dormizion Abbey, The Last Supper Room and crossing the Zion gate to the old city. We move on to the Jewish quarter untill reaching
the Western Wall, on our way stop by the roman cardo. From there continue to the Christian quarter, the Via Dolorosa and ending our tour in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Our day in Jerusalem ends and we will be transferred to our hotel for overnight.
Day 3 –Masada and Dead Sea
Morning after having breakfast, we will be on our way to Masada fortress. On our way, we can observe the beauties of the Judean desert. At the end of our drive, we reach the cable car station in Masada.
After the fascinating tour in Masada, a short drive will lead us to one of the beautiful dead sea beaches. We will have time to swim and float in the lowest lake on earth.
An optional to have a jeep tour in the desert before reaching Dead Sea.
This day will end in hotel nearby.
Day 4 –Negev friendly desert communities
This morning after having breakfast we start our day in the Negev friendly desert exploring the bedouin way of living. Our first stop will be the bedouin museum, Jo Alon, where we will learn about the history of the bedouins. From there we will be hosted in a bedouin family house in the city of Rahat. This will be a good opportunity to hear from local bedouin people about the development and changes among the years the bedouins had. We will visit the local market and have local lunch.
In after noon we will visit a local Kibutz nearby in the border of Israel with Gaza strip and hear about the way of living in this area. First we will learn about the development of the kibutz In modern times and the daily life with the neighbors from Gaza strip.
After done with this tour overnight in a nearby hotel.
Day 5- Negev friendly desert sites.
This morning we will visit the Biblical Tel Be’er Sheva National Park. This is an important biblical landmark - one of three biblical sites declared by Unesco to be World Heritage Sites. The Tel overlooks the living quarters in which the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob labored. After this tour we will go to the Visitors’ Center at Abraham’s Well in Be’er Sheva. This is an innovative heritage site featuring the story of the Patriarch Abraham and the famous well of water. According to the belief of the three monotheistic religions, this is the well that was dug by Abraham, and provided the name for the city of Be'er-Sheva.
After lunch we will head south to the Kibutz of Sede Boker in the Negev desert. We will visit Ben Gurion’s Hut the home of David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel and one of the founders of the state. Our visit includes a visit to Midreshet Ben Gurion where Ben Gurion’s grave is located. A short walk through wonderful garden will lead us to the tumb with spectacular views overlooking the Zin Valley and the desert. From there we will reach the entrance to the natural reserve of Zin cliff .we will take an easy and comfortable hiking trail to the beautiful gorges of the canyon with numerous pools and flowing water all year round.
Done with our day we will head to a Beduin camp nearby located in Negev desert trail. An unforgettable night in this nomadic camp will give you an opportunity to learn about the nomadic life in the desert.
Dinner and overnight in the friendly desert camp.
Day 6 – Negev friendly desert cities.
This morning starts with a traditional breakfast Beduin style in the nomadic Bedouin camp. After breakfast we will head to the old Nabatean city of Avdat. On a hilltop above Zin watercourse are located the remains of this impressive Nabatean city. We take a visit to main sites of the city: the bathouse, roman burial cave, city fortress and byzantine churches.
From here we will continue to Mizpe Ramon, the city located on the edge of the Ramon crater. Here we will learn about formation of the Ramon crater in the Ramon observatory and we will have a magical point of view of this natural formation. Then have a visit to the spice route quarter where we will have lunch and learn about local life in this desert city. Afternoon we will descend to the crater itself to the "Minsara" a geographical wonder with a surrounding trail, in which natural stone slabs look like wooden planks of carpentry, a result of a melting and formation process from underground lava flowing through the sandstone. We will admire all the way the colored sand dunes around us.
After this tour in the crater we will head back to Tel Aviv for overnight.
Day 7 –Departure
After breakfast in hotel leassure time on your own to explore Tel Aviv.
According to your flight time transfer to airport for our flight back
See you next time