Negev

2 Days tour to the Negev Desert

 

Day 1

  • Drive to the Dead Sea and drive alongside to Mount Sodom at the southern  tip of the Dead Sea 
  • A short off road driving to the viewpoint on top of Mount Sodom 
  • Drive further southward to Hazeva in Arava Valley, an ancient important station on the "Caravan route"
  • Cross westward through Negev Desert
  • Few interesting stops on the way to Mount Avnon overlooking "The Large Crater (Makhtesh)"
  • A short hike to Ein (spring) Yorke'am, hopefully with some water in it
  •  Drive to Ein Ovdat nature reserve, including a short hike
  •  Drive shortly to Sdeh Boker Kibbutz to visit Ben Gurion's (the State of Israel's founder) Hut
  • Overnight in a local desert inn

 

 

 Day 2

  • Visit Ovdat national park, the ruins of one of the important ancient stations on the Caravan Route
  • Drive southward to Ramon Crater – explore some of its unique geological phenomena
  • Drive into the crater all the way to another station of the Caravan Route and hike in "Nekarot Horseshoe Trail" for a couple of hours
  • Drive back to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem for overnight

 

 

 

3 Days tour to the Negev Desert

 

Day 1

  • Drive to the Dead Sea and drive alongside to Mount Sodom at the southern  tip of the Dead Sea 
  • A short off road driving to the viewpoint on top of Mount Sodom 
  • Drive further southward to Hazeva in Arava valley, an ancient important station on the "Caravan route"
  • Cross westward through Negev desert
  • Few interesting stops on the way to Mount Avnon overlooking "The Large Crater (Makhtesh)"
  • A short hike to Ein (spring) Yorke'am, hopefully with some water in it
  • Drive to Ein Ovdat nature reserve, including a short hike
  • Drive shortly to Sdeh Boker Kibbutz to visit Ben Gurion's (the State of Israel's founder) Hut
  • Overnight in a local desert inn

 

Day 2

  • Visit Ovdat national park, the ruins of the ancient city that was one of the important stations on the Caravan Route
  • Drive southward to Ramon Crater – explore some of its unique geological phenomena
  • Drive into the Crater all the way to another station of the Caravan Route and hike in "Nekarot Horseshoe Trail" for a couple of hours
  • Overnight in Mitzpeh Ramon

 

 

Day 3

  • A 4 hours  jeep tour (to be reserved separately) inside the Ramon Crater and its surroundings
  • Drive southward towards Eilat and stop by Timna Park to explore some of its highlights such as "the Mushroom", the ancient Egyptian temple, the Copper mines, the lake etc.
  • Optional – visit Chay Bar (Wildlife) nature reserve, dedicated to preserve indigenous wildlife that had been extinct ever since biblical times and being bred and grown in a wide Savanna like environment and landscape.
  • Drive to Eilat for overnight

 

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