Low Budget Water and Desert Tour, 8 days


This is another low-budget tour. The low budget Israel tour was focusing on the north of Israel, while this tour is focusing on the south of Israel. It’s designed to make you sweat. The tour is further designed to show and experience the heaven on earth.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Jerusalem – Old City
Day 3 – Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Masada
Day 4 – Negev and Eilat
Day 5 – Eilat
Day 6 – Negev, Be’er Sheva
Day 7 – Ein Avdat National Park
Day 8 – Departure

Hotels in:
Day 1 – Jerusalem
Day 2 – Jerusalem
Day 3 – Dead Sea area
Day 4 – Eilat
Day 5 – Eilat
Day 6 – Be’er Sheva
Day 7 – Be’er Sheva
Day 8 – Departure

What will you see?

  • Day 1Arrival
  • Day 2Jerusalem, City of David, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Old City, Dung Gate, Western Wall, Excavations at the Southern Wall, Davidson Center, Jewish Quarter, Herodian Mansions, Roman Cardo, Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City markets
  • Day 3Dead Sea, Qumran, The Essenes, Ein Gedi oasis, Kibbutz Ein Gedi’s botanical garden, Masada
  • Day 4Arava valley, Peace Road, Peace Lookout, Edom Mountains, Kibbutz Lotan, Kibbutz Lotan, Center for Creative Ecology, Ovda Valley, Negev
  • Day 5Eilat, Gulf of Eilat, coral reefs, Mount Tsefahot, Timna Park, King Solomon’s Pillars, Shrine of Hathor, ancient copper furnaces, “‘Mines of Time”, King Solomon’s Mines
  • Day 6Negev, Mitspe Ramon, Makhtesh, Avdat, Wilderness of Tsin
  • Day 7Ein Avdat National Park
  • Day 8Departure

Price of the tour:

Airfair
Size of Group (people)
Price per person
New York, US 30 $1,586
No flights 30 $979
Amsterdam, Holland 30 $1,179
London, UK 30 $1,278
New York, US 20 $1,729
Amsterdam, Holland 20 $1,322
London, UK 20 $1,422
No flights 20 $1,072
New York, US 10 $2,160
Amsterdam, Holland 10 $1,753
London, UK 10 $1,853
No flights 10 $1,503

Tour properties:
One tour guide
Double room
Transportation
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Airfare (call or email us for prices from your location).
Pick up from airport and bring back


Day 1 – Arrival

Airplane

Airplane to Israel

This is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.

For those who are arriving in Israel, will be picked up from the airport by our guide and driver and they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Jerusalem.

During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so.


Day 2 – Jerusalem – Old City

Places: Jerusalem, City of David, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Old City, Dung Gate, Western Wall, Excavations at the Southern Wall, Davidson Center, Jewish Quarter, Herodian Mansions, Roman Cardo, Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City markets

City of David

City of David

We start he tour with that of Jerusalem, the city of about 4,000 years old. We wake up early and have a good breakfast, because you need the power.

We making a good start start to tour Jerusalem, and we begin with the City of David, the nucleus of Jerusalem, to view the new Visitors Center and Warren’s Shaft. We walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, dug 2700 years ago in order to secure the water flow for Jerusalem during the Assyrian siege, or take the “dry route” also through an ancient part of the water system. We are lying here, because that dry part is wet.

Warren's Shaft

Warren’s Shaft

We enter the Old City via the Dung Gate to visit the Western Wall, sacred to the Jewish People as the last remnant of the Second Temple.

Archaeological Excavations in Jerusalem

Archaeological Excavations in Jerusalem

We tour the Excavations at the Southern Wall, and walk on the original two thousand-year old street and climbing the ancient steps to the Temple, used by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims 2,000 years ago as they ascended to the Temple. At the Davidson Center, ensconced in the basement of an eighth-century CE palace, make arrangements to see its virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model.

Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter

Then we cross the valley up to the Jewish Quarter and enter the Herodian Mansions, aristocratic dwellings, possibly of priestly families who served in the Temple. We watch the evidence of the First Temple times at the Broad Wall as well as the Late Roman Cardo and the medieval synagogues.

Christian Quarter in Jerusalem

Christian Quarter in Jerusalem

We enter the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and end the day wandering through the Old City markets, steeping ourselves in its sights, sounds and smells, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre by danibabitz

Church of the Holy Sepulchre by danibabitz

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.


Day 3 – Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Masada

Places: Dead Sea, Qumran, The Essenes, Ein Gedi oasis, Kibbutz Ein Gedi’s botanical garden, Masada

Qumran caves Outside

Qumran caves Outside

Now we go into the heath. We step in our bus and we head to the deserts. We leave Jerusalem and drive to the Dead Sea.  We stop at Qumran and view the archaeological remains of the community that once lived here, the Essenes who, according to ancient records, were excellent farmers, spending their free time studying the Bible and meditating. They were the ones who hid the now famous Dead Sea scrolls.

Upper David Trail at the Ein Gedi

Upper David Trail at the Ein Gedi

We proceed to drive to the Ein Gedi oasis where we will walk along the trails of Nahal David to a refreshing waterfall. You will probably fall in the water, because it looks heavenly, it taste like it and it does taste heavenly.

We visit the Kibbutz Ein Gedi’s botanical garden, with trees and plants from tropical and other regions around the world.

Masada National Park

Masada National Park

Then we ascend to Masada by cable-car (or you can walk and climb) to explore the fortress that was the scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the visitor’s center reveals the secrets of daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

The we end the day with a health treatment and a dip in the saltiest, lowest body of water in the world. Take a mud bath for your skin and become more beautiful then ever.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Dead Sea area.

In the evening we can sit all together with the Bedouins.


Day 4 – Negev and Eilat

Places: Arava valley, Peace Road, Peace Lookout, Edom Mountains, Kibbutz Lotan, Kibbutz Lotan, Center for Creative Ecology, Ovda Valley, Negev

Arava stream bed

Arava stream bed

It becomes hotter and we continue in the Negev! After a good breakfast and loads of drinking, we proceed with the bus to drive to the Arava valley and drive along the Peace Road, a 24-km road that stretches along Israel’s border with Jordan. Farmers on both sides of the border are using sophisticated methods to make the inhospitable terrain flourish.

Peace Road

Peace Road

At the Peace Lookout, take a moment to stop and enjoy the view of the Edom Mountains, the large water reservoirs and the hothouses bursting with melons, tomatoes and peppers.

We proceed to Kibbutz Lotan, nestled amidst the beauty of the sun drenched Arava Valley in southern Israel, home to stunning desert birds such as the little green bee-eater and hooded wheatear.  Like the Hula Valley in the north, the Arava is part of the land bridge linking Europe, Asia and Africa, which sees literally hundreds of millions of migrating birds each year. In the heart of it all, tiny Kibbutz Lotan has become recognized not only as hotspot for bird watching, but also a facility committed to the desert ecology, offering a diverse range of activities. Kibbutz Lotan also raises dairy cows, field crops and dates It is also home to Eco Fun, the Center for Creative Ecology, and a desert natural wellness center.

Thank god for the air conditioner in the bus and we continue to the Ovda Valley where desert scenery and the distance from the center guarantee detachment and rest from the hectic pace of life – in the southern Negev, where back-to-basics accommodations are available as a base for hikes in the region. After that we go to Eilat.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Eilat.


Day 5 – Eilat

Places: Eilat, Gulf of Eilat, coral reefs, Mount Tsefahot, Timna Park, King Solomon’s Pillars, Shrine of Hathor, ancient copper furnaces, “‘Mines of Time”, King Solomon’s Mines

Eilat

Eilat

The morning, we spend relaxing in Eilat, snorkeling or scuba diving in the Gulf of Eilat or swimming with the dolphins, one of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world.

King Solomon's Pillars near Eilat

King Solomon’s Pillars near Eilat

A drive up to Mount Tsefahot affords a view of three countries – Israel, Jordan and Egypt, are among one of many nature experiences in the area. You can also visit Timna Park (if you have the energy), north of Eilat, which is an excellent example of an industrial facility (copper-mining) turned into a nature reserve. Timna is home to amazing natural phenomena: King Solomon’s Pillars, the “Mushroom”, and “Arches.”  See fascinating remnants of primitive cultures at the “Chariots” rock carvings, the Shrine of Hathor, and ancient copper furnaces. Marvel at the remarkable new multimedia presentation, “‘Mines of Time.” Explore King Solomon’s Mines, where copper-mining first began over six millennia ago.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Eilat


Day 6 – Negev, Be’er Sheva

Places: Negev, Mitspe Ramon, Makhtesh, Avdat, Wilderness of Tsin

Life in Be'er Sheva

Life in Be’er Sheva

After breakfast, we will take the bus again and drive north again. We go to the central Negev, stop at the visitor’s center of Mitspe Ramon, located on the edge of a unique geological wonder. It is a phenomenon known as a Makhtesh: a huge crater developed by water erosion on top of a mountain ridge, creating a “window” onto the layers of rock from eons past. There are three makhteshim in Israel, which are the only formations of their kind in the world.

We continue north and stop at Avdat, a city built by the Nabateans as a stop along the Incense Route they created from Petra to Gaza. The Nabateans learned to live in harmony with the desert by harvesting its meager rainfall to cultivate a host of crops. In making Avdat a World Heritage Site, UNESCO has recognized the unique contribution of the Nabateans to world culture.

Stop to pay your respects at the tomb of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion with its magnificent view of the Wilderness of Tsin. Ben-Gurion believed in life in the desert, and when he retired became a member of nearby Kibbutz Sde Boker where the modest “hut” in which he lived is open to the public.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Be’er Sheva


Day 7 – Ein Avdat National Park

Places: Ein Avdat National Park

Ein Avdat is a canyon in the Negev Desert of Israel, south of Kibbutz Sde Boker. Archaeological evidence shows that Ein Avdat was inhabited by Nabateans and Catholic monks. Numerous springs at the southern opening of the canyon empty into deep pools in series of waterfalls. The water emerges from the rock layers with salt-loving plants like Poplar trees and Atriplexes growing nearby.

Springs
The southernmost spring is Ein Ma’arif, featuring a series of waterfalls and pools. A Byzantine fortress overlooks the spring and adjacent agricultural land.
Further north is Ein Avdat, a 15-meter high waterfall that flows into an 8-meter deep pool of water divided by a small artificial dam.
Located near the northern entrance of the park is a spring called Ein Mor, named for the spice myrrh.
Growing around the springs are Poplar trees and Atriplexes, commonly known as saltbush, which grows on riverbanks and can tolerate salinity.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Be’er Sheva


Day 8 – Departure

Airplane

Airplane

This is the day of the departure. We bring everyone back to the point where we picked them up.



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