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

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    Board your jeep in the morning, and travel out of Jerusalem into the Judean Desert. As the city traffic gives way to the smooth blond landscape of sand dunes, listen to your guide talk about the places visited on your itinerary.
    Your first stop is at the lofty heights of Mt Azazel, a sacred spot where a mountain goat — or in this case, a scapegoat — was cast off the cliffs each year to carry away the sins of the people. Soak up the views over the desert, and then carefully travel down into the valley. The terrain is truly off-road here — a place inhabited by nomads and Bedouin tribes. Look out for their tents and animals, and visit an ancient water hole that’s still in use by desert farmers today.
    Continue to Mar Saba Monastery or St. George Monastary, both tucked-away treasures that overlooks a deep ravine. Flanked by rock caves, the Greek Orthodox monasteries have the history to match their impressive looks; founded some 1,500 years ago, they are believed to be some of the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world.
    Stop for around 20 minutes to view Mar Saba or St. George Monastery before continuing through the desert. Pass Nabi Musa, an ancient structure believed by Muslims to be the tomb of Moses. After a brief stop to purchase lunch from a shop along the way, travel onward to Ein Prat to enjoy the rest of your afternoon. The nature reserve is made up of several springs and natural pools, which spawn rich vegetation and flowers to an otherwise unflinching desert landscape.
    Pay your entrance fee, and then use your time here for a dip in the water or, if the weather is cooler, follow your guide on a valley hike. Trails meander alongside streams and dip between cliffs, allowing for rewarding views over the reserve.
    Before leaving, enjoy a coffee with your guide and gaze out at Wadi Qelt, the largest spring inside Ein Prat. From here, make your journey back to Jerusalem to end your tour at the start point.
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    Reviewed July 2, 2019

    We had two jeeps as there weren't many participants. In which case it's not too tight to fit in the car. I think the morning section in the desert is very interesting as guide will provide you with sufficient information regarding the area, the history...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank MeilingL68
    Abrahamtours, Guest Relations Manager at Abraham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hello, Thank you for your feedback. Ein Prat is a natural reserve park and we consider it is a nice balance between the heat of the desert and some shade along the threes and the water. I'm happy to hear that you did enjoyed the...More

    Reviewed May 22, 2019 via mobile

    Myself (21), my sister (20), and our friend (22) decided to book this trip on a whim while staying at Abraham hostel. The tour sets off from Abraham hostel and goes into the Judean desert where we hear about the history and landscape of Israel...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Meghan P
    Abraham Tours - G, Guest Relations Manager at Abraham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

    Hey Meghan, Thanks for your review of our Judean Desert Jeep Tour! I will be sure to pass along your kind comments to Nir and Boaz :) Warm Regards, Tay

    Reviewed April 26, 2019 via mobile

    We went with 3 jeeps, it was a bit busy because of passover holiday. Besides of the amazing views and incredible off road track, our guide Nir made the experience complete with his geographical and political knowledge combined with an eye for religion in relationship...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank Elizabeth H
    Reviewed October 19, 2018

    The tour was very well organized. The drivers/guides were the people with passion who love what they do, love the desert and nature. The tour was an excellent mix of historical knowledge (on ancient Judaism and Christianity, Beduin life on the desert), experiencing nature and...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank Andrzej F
    Reviewed October 12, 2018

    Overall the Jeep tour was ok. Driver was very careful on some dangerous turns and hills. Morning part of tour was very interesting. Biggest problem on this tour was the very poor quality of the jeep. I realize that we go over difficult terrain and...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    2  Thank martykluner
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    I'm in New Zealand. Or if you wanted to know where the Judean Desert Jeep tour starts it's at Abrahams Hostel Davidka Square Jerusalem. They deal with the online bookings via their website.
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