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Judean Desert Jeep Tour

Judean Desert Jeep Tour - 5


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Off-road guided Jeep tour


Ride out to off-the-beaten-track sites


See the cliff of the original 'scapegoats'


Experience desert life


Swim in the most beautiful springs in the country



8:00 - Leave Jerusalem (Abraham Hostel)

09:00 - Visit Mount Azazel

10:00 - Mar Saba

12:00 - Lunch

12:30 - Wadi Qelt springs

14:00 - St George monastery

15:00 - Return to Jerusalem

* all times are approximate!


Things to know

In the unlikely event of rain in the desert, we will go out on a flash-flood tour instead!


Leaving Jerusalem in the morning, we drive out in Jeeps towards the Dead Sea, leaving the city traffic behind in minutes, and entering the vast expanses of the Judean desert. Our first stop is at Mount Azazel, the sacred hilltop where, according to tradition, every year a scapegoat carrying the sins of the people was cast off a cliff. Carefully, we’ll drive down into the wadi, entering off-road territory inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes, and we’ll see their tents and animals. We’ll also visit an ancient water hole, so important for desert farmers, and still in use today.


Our next stop is the Mar Saba monastery, almost a secret for travellers in Israel because of the relative difficulty in arriving at the site. The huge monastery, founded over 1500 years ago, is one of the oldest inhabited monasteries, and definitely one of the most beautiful in the world. The awe-inspiring structure is inhabited by around twenty Greek Orthodox monks, who also meditate in the surrounding rock caves.


Driving on through the incredible desert landscape, we’ll pass Nabi Musa, an ancient structure believed by the Muslims to be the tomb of Moses, and stop for lunch nearby. The afternoon is dedicated to the beautiful and extraordinary springs at the bottom of Wadi Qelt. The cold, clear water at the Qelt springs seep out of the rocks and form pools and streams, which are hard to resist at this point in the day. We’ll spend time swimming, relaxing, drinking coffee and eating snacks, before leaving the desert behind and returning to Jerusalem, happy and refreshed.


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