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

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    What to Expect
    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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    Departure Point
    Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, Davidka Sq 67, ירושלים, 9470211, Israel
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    7h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Transport by jeep
    • Professional local guide
    Exclusions
    • Entrance to Ein Prat (approx. 29 shekels)
    • Food and drinks
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    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
    Reviewed September 17, 2018

    Not only did our small group get to experience stunning views of the desert and the Mar Saba monastery, the off-road jeep ride was also quite fun and we were very lucky with our guide Nir Friedman: He told us a lot about the origin...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank Xyritha
    Reviewed September 10, 2018

    Greatest guide ever! Small group! Cool car - and so much to see, so much to learn in the amazing desert. We had an amazing day out there.

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank Doreen K
    Reviewed June 28, 2018

    Took this trip the day before a longer tour of Israel. It added a dimension to my Israel experience by getting immersed in the arid sun baked areas just outside the relative lushness of Jerusalem. Five of us in one jeep, well air conditioned, Ami...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank AndyKiwi
    Reviewed April 6, 2018

    One of the best tours I've taken in Israel. The guides were amazing and the scenery spectacular. It was so nice to get out of the city and spend time in the desert to learn more about the land of Israel.

    Date of experience: April 2018
    1  Thank Joyce L
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    Response from AndyKiwi | Reviewed this property |
    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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