National Parks and Reserves Tour, Central and South Israel, 6 days


The National Parks and Reserves Tour for Central and South Israel, 6 days, is part of the ecotourism and Eco-tours. This tour is meant for the normal public from the ago of 15 and older. It also means climbing, dragging your feet through the mud, becoming wet, walk under the burning sun, becoming dirty, etc. You’re warned!


Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Ein Prat Nature Reserve
Day 3 – Ein Tzukim Nature Reserve
Day 4 – Qumran National Park
Day 5 – Masada National Park
Day 6 – Departure

Hotels in:
Day 1 – Dead Sea
Day 2 – Dead Sea
Day 3 – Dead Sea
Day 4 – Dead Sea
Day 5 – Dead Sea

Prices

Price list
Size group Price P.P.
10 $998.40
15 $842.40
20 $751.40
25 $746.20
30 $701.57
35 $677.11
40 $652.28
45 $638.73
50 $622.70

General guidelines, details and customizations of the tour


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 the guide and driver from Shalom Israel.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means near the Dead Sea.

During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so. One stop is for stretching your legs and to eat real food and drink. That is included in the tour! So, please don’t spend your money on that.

When you’ve arrived at your hotel, you check in and relax. The guide is with you and stays with you until you go back home at the end of the tour. He is available day and night (for example when you can’t sleep!).


Day 2 – Ein Prat Nature Reserve

Click here for the map – Hotel near the Dead Sea

Early morning we all have breakfast at your hotel. We need to prepare for the day, which starts officially at 9:00 in the morning. That means that we must leave with the bus at 8:15 at most.

Wadi Qelt is home to a unique variety of flora and fauna. St. George’s Monastery and one of the oldest synagogue in the world, Shalom Al Yisrael Synagogue, are located in Wadi Qelt, which has been identified with the biblical “Perath” mentioned in Jeremiah 13:5.

Ancient history
Wadi Qelt contains monasteries and old Christian locations. Several aqueducts have been found along the stream, the oldest dating to the Hasmonean period (2nd century BC). The Wadi Qelt Synagogue, built as part of a Hasmonean royal winter palace, is believed to be one of the oldest synagogues in the world. The site was home to the winter palaces of Hasmonean kings and Herod the Great. The area was occupied by Israel in 1967, and hence parts of the wadi were declared a nature reserve, the Nahal Prat Nature Reserve.
Qubur Bani Isra’in are huge stone structures which rise from a rocky plateau overlooking Wadi Qelt

Modern times
On December 20, 1968, Israeli lieutenant-Colonel Zvi Ofer (Tzvika Ofer), commander of the elite Haruv unit, former Military Governor of Nablus and recipient of the Israeli medal of valour, was killed in action in Wadi Qelt while pursuing Arab militants who had crossed the Jordan.
Wadi Qelt was the site of several [Palestinian political attacks] on Israeli hikers following the 1993 Declaration of Principles peace agreement between Israel and the PLO. Dror Forer and Eran Bachar were shot to death on October 9, 1993, Ori Shahor and Ohad Bachrach were shot and killed on July 18, 1995, and Hagit Zavitzky and Liat Kastiel were stabbed and killed on April 25, 1997.

We return to our hotel near the Dead Sea.


Day 3 – Ein Tzukim Nature Reserve

Click here for the map – Hotel near the Dead Sea

Early morning we all have breakfast at your hotel. We need to prepare for the day, which starts officially at 9:00 in the morning. That means that we must leave with the bus at 8:15 at most.

Ein Feshkha is a nature reserve and archaeological site on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, about three kilometers south of Qumran in the West Bank, which is occupied by Israel. It is named for a spring of brackish water in the area. The Ein Feshkha nature reserve consists of an open reserve with pools of mineral water for bathing surrounded by high foliage and another section that is closed to visitors to protect the native flora and fauna.
The saline wetlands of Einot Tzukim are the only known place in the world where populations of Blue and Dead Sea killifish (Nevit Hula and Nevit Yam Hamelakh) live side by side. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture are constructing pools in the area to preserve these native fish. Two of the pools are complete and are now populated by tens of thousands of fish. Measures are also being taken to preserve the tilapia population.
Enot Tsukim is divided into three sections: the northern “closed reserve,” the central “visitors reserve,” and the southern “hidden reserve.” The closed reserve is only open to scientists by special invitation. This section covers approximately 2,700 dunams. The 500-dunam visitors reserve features wading pools filled with natural spring water.
Due to ecological concerns, the hidden reserve is closed to the public apart from tours on Fridays.

We return to our hotel near the Dead Sea.


Day 4 – Qumran National Park

Click here for the map – Hotel near the Dead Sea

Early morning we all have breakfast at your hotel. We need to prepare for the day, which starts officially at 9:00 in the morning. That means that we must leave with the bus at 8:15 at most.

Qumran is an archaeological site in the West Bank managed by Israel’s Qumran National Park. It is located on a dry plateau about a mile from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, near the Israeli settlement and kibbutz of Kalya. The Hellenistic period settlement was constructed during the reign of John Hyrcanus, 134-104 BCE or somewhat later, and was occupied most of the time until it was destroyed by the Romans in 68 CE or shortly after. It is best known as the settlement nearest to the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden), caves in the sheer desert cliffs and beneath, in the marl terrace. The principal excavations at Qumran were conducted by Roland de Vaux in the 1950s, though several later campaigns at the site have been carried out.

We return to our hotel near the Dead Sea


Day 5 – Masada National Park

Click here for the map – Hotel near the Dead Sea

Early morning we all have breakfast at your hotel. We need to prepare for the day, which starts officially at 9:00 in the morning. That means that we must leave with the bus at 8:15 at most.

Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a mesa, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. According to Josephus, the Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire towards the end of the First Jewish-Roman War ended in the mass suicide of the 960 Sicarii rebels and their families hiding there. Masada is located 20 kilometers (12 mi) east of Arad.
Masada is one of Israel’s most popular tourist attractions.

At the end of the day we go to our new hotel in Jerusalem


Day 6 – Departure

We will bring you back to the airport after breakfast (this depends on your departing time).


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