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Judean desert jeep tour
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Judean Desert Jeep Tour

On this jeep tour, we drive out in Jeeps towards the Dead Sea, leaving the city traffic behind in minutes and entering the vast expanses of the Judean Desert.

The Judean Desert provides a fascinating and rare view of our ancestors’ way of life. We will enter off-road territory inhabited mainly by Bedouin tribes, where we will see their shacks and animals.

We will visit ancient water cisterns, so important for desert farmers and still in use today. We’ll talk about how the Bedouin shepherds’ way of life has remained untouched for generations.
A challenging ride will take us up to Mount Azazel. On this sacred hilltop, in the ancient Jewish tradition, a scapegoat carrying the people’s sins was cast off a cliff every year on Yom Kippur.

We’ll continue to 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 in the world, with many surrounding ancient solitude rock caves. The awe-inspiring structure is inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks.

We’ll drive back off-road through the meandering Kidron valley with its shepherds’ caves and layers of ancient agriculture.

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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


Tour Itinerary

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    Half Day Tour

    08:00 – Leave Jerusalem (Abraham Hostel)
    09:00 – Visit Mount Azazel
    10:00 – Views of Mar Saba
    12:00 – Return to Jerusalem

    * all times are approximate!
    -In the event of rain in the Judean Desert, we will go out on a flash-flood tour instead!

Good to Know

  • Pickup points: Jerusalem Abraham Hostel Lobby
  • Things to bring: Passport, Hat and sunscreen, Walking shoes, water and snacks




  • Transportation to all sites from Jerusalem
  • Professional local guide

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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.


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