Oasis in Judean desert
This tour is designed for people interested in hiking and nature; there are also great opportunities for taking photographs. We explore the area of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth and a unique geological area in the Judean desert. You can choose from various hikes based on your group and abilities. The desert can be hot but we will be able to cool off by enjoying some pools at the base of the waterfalls. As this is a hike in a nature reserve there is a good chance that we will see ibex, a kind of mountain goat, and hyrax, a furry gopher-like animal, that live there. Included on the tour (time permitting) is a visit to the remains of a 5th century synagogue with an interesting mosaic floor.
Usually we hike Nahal David in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. I also guide Nahal Arugot, more off the beaten path and we hike partly in water.
We will have an opportunity to swim/splash in natural pools under a waterfall.
Hopefully, we will see the animals that live in the reserve.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel in Jerusalem or other convenient location.
End location: Drop-off is same as pick-up unless you make other arrangements with me.
Duration: 8 hours
The hike in the Ein Gedi nature reserve is about 3-4 hours depending on the hike with 3 hours of travel time from Jerusalem. As time permits we'll explore other fascinating spots in the area, hot springs, mosaics, sinkholes, monasteries, depending on your interests..
Transportation is included (2012 Skoda Yeti or similar, with air-conditioning).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 NIS - There are entrance fees to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (~$8. per adult). Cash for a drink or snack afterwards.
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Shmuel was knowledgeable, helpful, and flexible. We traveled with 3 young children and he patiently answered their questions and worked with our timing. We highly recommend him.