On this full-day guided tour, you’ll cover the highlights of the ancient, history-packed Negev Desert. Discover a mix of natural and cultural attractions with an overland tour through the iconic Ramon Crater in a rugged 4WD, a visit to the 2,000-year-old ancient Nabatean city of Avedat, and a hike through a petroglyph-filled rock park.
The southern coastal plain (south of Ashkelon including Gaza) offered fresh water from wells to coast-hugging ships of the ancient world, thus becoming an important entry point into Judea. From this entry point invading armies would make their way to Hebron & Jerusalem via the Judean lowlands (The Shephela). The seamline between the coastal plain and the Judean low hills threfor became a defensive line as evidenced by archaeological fortifications such as Tel Lahish.
Explore the Highlights of Israel and Petra. This 9 day adventure covers Israel top tour sites and Petra. Begin in Tel Aviv make your way to Visit the archeological sites atop Masada plateau then immerse yourself in the Dead Sea, Visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Northern Israel and sleep at a kibbutz near Galilee and to continu to the Golan Hights, through Israel’s culture and history in modern Haifa, ancient Caesarea and Tel Aviv’s bustling port. Our last destination is the historical and archaeological UNESCO site Petra in Jordan.
• 8-night biblical and historical Israel tour and Petra Trip.
• Explore Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Golan Heights and the miracle sites of the Sea of Galilee.
• Stay three nights in Jerusalem, two in Tel Aviv, one in Eilat and two at a Galilee kibbutz hotel.
•Visit Petra the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
• Entrance fees to places of interest while touring.
• Visit Haifa, UNESCO-listed Acre and ancient Caesara.
The river that divides the Promised Land from the desert to the east. A source of water and therefore a source of life throughout the ages. The southern part was a gateway which led to Jerusalem and the northern part a gateway into the fertile Jezreel Valley. It always was and is an important and strategic location.
When did you last go on a journey in a town that has been deserted for more than 1200 years? When did you last seek to discover the secrets of life and disappearance of an ancient community in the desert? Did you know that in the deserted town of Shivta there are 3 amazing untouched churches that are waiting for you to see, a mosque and great remains of ancient desert agriculture? I welcome you to join me on a very different type of tour, a theatric tour, that will allow you to feel history like never before.
Visit Herod's archititectural masterpiece known as the Herodian and located in the Judean desert which in the past was often a refuge to those being hunted and was and is for some people a place of spiritual solace.
Visit Kibbutz Ramat Rachel which played a prominent role in the defence of Israel during the 1948 War of Independence.
Continue to the Mahane Yehuda market, the largest outdoor market in Jerusalem's new city and besides the more than 250 vendors selling their wares is home to many mouthwatering resturants.
These are lesser known but very relevant sites in Israel. The Tour chronicles the Jewish desire to be buried in the Holyland. Tour participants are also exposed to the opulance of the Roman lifestyle as well as archaeological remains from the Crusader period.
The Negev desert is a long, narrow triangle of land. (refer to map in photo display). Its most southern point is the port city of Eilat on the Gulf of Eilat. on the east side the land falls sharply to the Rift Valley. On the west it merges into the desert mountains of the Sinai Peninsula. Over half of Israel's land lies in the Negev, but only a small percentage of the population lives here.
Experience the lowest point on earth surrounded by a desert wilderness where prophets of old communicated with the Almighty.
Learn why the Dead Sea was coveted by ancient civilizations who were prepared to go to war in order to retain control over its shores.
A branch of the Syrian-African rift valley it reaches a depth of 500 meters at its deepest point.
Immerse yourself in its waters taking advantage of its medicinal value & at the same time experience the feeling of bouyancy.
Despite such a hostile enviroment discover why there are pockets of flourishing vegetation.
The surrounding area is inundated with history and the adjacent desert caves provided shelter for David when fleeing from king Saul. The nearby geological horst provided a natural fortress enabling the Jewish zealots to hold out againts the might of Rome for three years.
It is indeed a place of geographical & geological wonders and home to an immense history.