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Leave Jerusalem for the Judean Desert on a full-day Jeep tour to Mar Saba Monastery and Wadi Quelt, and discover Israel’s rugged scenery and sacred landmarks. Take in views from the ancient sacrificial site at Mt. Azazel and head off-road into a rocky valley. Visit a Greek Orthodox monastery on the edge of a cliff, descend to Moses’ legendary tomb then spend the afternoon soaking up desert sunshine in Ein Prat, a nature reserve supported by sheltered springs; enjoy an Israeli coffee by the water before returning to Jerusalem.  


  • Jeep tour through the Judean Desert with a local guide
  • Stop at the sacred site of Mt Azazel and travel through remote desert landscapes, home to nomadic Bedouin tribes
  • See Mar Saba Monastery, an abbey built into the desert cliffs
  • Admire sights of Wadi Qelt at Ein Prat nature reserve

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Built in a secluded spot, Mar Saba Monastery has almost slipped under the radar of many visitors to Israel. While this tour doesn’t enter the hard-to-reach abbey (women are not allowed inside), the sight from its outside is one you won’t forget.

What You Can Expect

Desert Jeep Tour from Jerusalem: Mar Saba Monastery and Wadi Qelt

See the beguiling sights of the Judean Desert on a jeep tour

Customer Reviews

Pier P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Brilliant tour. Nir was fantastic, very informative and a great sense of humour. The scenery was breathtaking and the sweet tea at our Mar Saba stop was delicious. The gentleman in the second jeep my apologies but I can't remember your name was also a wealth of information with a fun sense of humour. I highly recommend this tour if you wish to get off the beaten track.

Annemarie Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Desert Jeep Tour conducted by Nir was outstanding in every way. Nir and his assistant have encyclopedic knowledge of the area, superb skills in sharing their knowledge, and a convivial attitude which help make this unusual adventure extraordinary.

Pamela L

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

This was a really great tour and the off road experience was wonderful. The guide was very informative. However I had booked this tour because part of the itinerary was a stop at Ein Prat nature reserve. It was very disappointing that this never happened.

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