Judean Desert Jeep Tour
We begin our tour by driving through the Judean Desert towards the Dead Sea. On the way, we pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the landmark indicating Sea Level and enjoy a distant view of Jericho. We stop at Qumran where we visit the caves and transfer to a 4X4 jeep before proceeding to take an exciting ride through the desert terrain all the way up to the Cliffs of Dragot. We then stop by the Murbaat Caves before ending our journey at the banks of the Dead Sea. We take a rejuvenating swim in the saltine lake to finish the exciting day.
We drive southwards through the Judean Desert towards the Dead Sea. On the way, we pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the site of the famous Biblical parable. We continue our descent passing the landmark indicating that we are now descending beneath “sea level”. From here we can see the Biblical city of Jericho in the distance.
Jericho is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. It is famous as the city conquered by Joshua whose troops circled the city walls causing them to fall.
Our next stop is at the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The 2000-year-old scrolls, which are now kept in the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem, were found in good condition mainly due to the lack of humidity in the Dead Sea region. These scrolls provide invaluable insight into the ancient Essenes sect. They also include the oldest copy of the First Testament.
In Qumran, we change our car and transfer to a 4X4 jeep which is better suited to the rough desert terrain. We take an exciting ride through the desert up steep inclines, down ravines and over sand and rock. Our halt at the Cliffs of Dragot gives us a view of the Dragot River which only flows during winter flash floods. We make a visit to the Murbaat Caves with their fascinating square entrances. The Murbaat Caves, explored in the 50s, revealed many artifacts from the Chalcolithic and the Bronze era. Some documents dating back to the 2nd century were also discovered. One of the texts was penned by the revered Rabbi Shimon Bar Kochba who led the revolt. One of the most important discoveries was a set of tefillin (phylactery). This confirmed that the Jewish traditional tefillin prayer ritual dates back thousands of years.
We end our adventure by washing away the dust of the desert and cooling off with a relaxing swim in the Dead Sea. The mineral-rich saltine waters and black mud act as natural therapeutic body pack leaving us most rejuvenated.
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- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
- A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Coffee and snacks
- Full lunch is not included; we recommend you bring water and sandwiches
- This tour operates with a minimum of 4 passengers
- Recommended to bring hats, bathing suit, towels, sun protection and comfortable walking shoes
- It is possible to have pick ups / drop offs in different cities. However, we do not disperse to specific drop off locations
- Booking is subject to terms and conditions
- Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance
- Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 1 days in advance
- Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification on the day of the tour
- Non Show – 100% Cancellation fees
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