Judean Desert Jeep Tour
Leaving Jerusalem in the morning, we drive out in jeeps towards the Dead Sea, leaving the city traffic behind in minutes, and entering the vast stretch of the Judean desert.
We will stop at Mount Azazel, the sacred hilltop where, according to tradition, every year a scapegoat carrying the sins of the people was cast off a cliff. Carefully, we’ll drive down into the wadi, entering off-road territory inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes. We’ll have a view of Bedouin tents and flocks and visit an ancient water hole, an asset for desert farmers, and still in use today.
View the Mar Saba monastery, almost a secret for travelers in Israel because of the relative difficulty in arriving at the site. The huge monastery, founded over 1500 years ago, is one of the oldest inhabited monasteries, and one of the most beautiful in the world. The awe-inspiring structure is inhabited by around twenty Greek Orthodox monks, who also meditate in the surrounding rock caves.
Driving on through the incredible desert landscape, we’ll pass Nabi Musa, an ancient structure believed by the Muslims to be the tomb of Moses, and stop for lunch nearby.
The afternoon is dedicated to the beautiful and extraordinary springs at Ein Prat. The cold, clear water at the Ein Prat springs seep out of the rocks, forming pools and streams, which are hard to resist at this point in the day. We’ll spend time swimming, relaxing, drinking coffee and eating snacks before leaving the desert behind and returning to Jerusalem, happy and refreshed.
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- Off-road guided Jeep tour
- Ride out to off-the-beaten-track sites
- See the cliff of the original 'scapegoats'
- Experience desert life
- Swim in the most beautiful springs in the country
- Day Tour
08:00 – Leave Jerusalem (Abraham Hostel)
09:00 – Visit Mount Azazel
10:00 – Views of Mar Saba
12:00 – Lunch – Time for lunch (excluded)
13:30 – Ein Prat (Wadi Qelt) Nature Reserve
15:00 – Return to Jerusalem
NB: All times are approximate and highly dependent on traffic conditions.
*In the unlikely event of rain in the desert, we will go out on a flash-flood tour instead!
*During winter when the springs are too cold, we will hike along them amongst nature
Good to Know
- Pickup points: Jerusalem Abraham Hostel Lobby
- Things to bring: Passport, Hat and sunscreen, Walking shoes, Bathing suit and towel, water and snacks
- Transportation to all sites from Jerusalem
- Professional local guide
- Lunch and drinks
- Entrance fee to Ein Prat (29) ILS
Can we swim during this tour?
During the warm season, it is possible to swim at the Ein Prat nature reserve.
Can we ride a camel during this tour?
Camel rides are not possible during this tour.
Can I stay at the beach after the tour goes back to Jerusalem?
Yes, please be sure to notify the driver if you plan to do so.