Desert Safari And Dead Sea Day Trip From Jerusalem

Overview

Explore the rugged Judean Desert by 4x4 and swim in the Dead Sea on this action-packed full-day trip from Jerusalem! Travel into the desert by air-conditioned coach and pause at the Qumran Caves, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered. Then, board a 4x4 for a thrilling drive along ravines, wadis and desert slopes to see the spectacular Dragot Cliffs and ancient Murbaat Caves, another archaeological treasure-trove. Finally, head to the Dead Sea to relax, float in the salt-rich waters, and enjoy a therapeutic mud bath.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Details about this tour

Leave your central Jerusalem hotel in an air-conditioned coach and drive into the Judean Desert. Enjoy the scenery and pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, a site that symbolizes the Bible parable.

Pause at the signpost marking sea level and descend past Jericho, the worlds oldest continuously populated city, in the distance. Before long, arrive at Qumran, an archaeological site near the Dead Sea.

See the exterior of the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a goatherd in 1947. Protected by 2,000 years of arid desert conditions, the ancient texts were found rolled up in dusty clay jars and included early manuscripts of the First Testament and other precious religious writings.

Transfer to a 4x4 with an expert driver to explore the surrounding desert. Recharge with tea, coffee and local Bedouin snacks, and then rumble up steep slopes and through rocky ravines and plateaus to the famous Dragot Cliffs.

Here, enjoy spectacular views over the Dragot River bed and gaze at the cliff-face Murbaat Caves, known for their square-cut entrances. Listen as your guide explains the treasures found in them in the 1950s including Bronze Age artifacts and 2nd-century documents that charted the second Jewish Revolt of 132-135 AD.

After your desert explorations, hop onto your coach and head for the Dead Sea. On arrival, maybe enjoy lunch (own expense) at the cafe before relaxing on the beach. Then, enter the cool, salt-rich waters to experience the unique floating sensation and perhaps also give yourself a mud bath in the therapeutic black mud.

Later, return to Jerusalem where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 4x4 safari
  • Tea, coffee and light snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Dead Sea

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please bring sun hat, bathing suit and comfortable shoes

The order of activities as described in What You Can Expect is subject to change on the day of your tour

Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Pat
    20-Oct-2018

    The tour was an hour late picking everyone up so the desert safari was cut short by one hour and we did not have our drink and snack that was to be provided. The desert views were amazing and a little scary. The driver of the desert tour took us to a drop off place to meet up with the original driver which was not the correct place and gave us the first driver cell and told us to call and have him pick us up there, we were to originally meet at the Dead Sea. Another person with us was unable to call the first tour guide, so he called the company. The safari tour driver lied and told the company that we requested to be dropped at that location instead of the Dead Sea. We were finally picked up an hour later and did go to the Dead Sea.

  • Maurits van Veen
    17-Jul-2018

    A must do for the more adventurous traveler. It combines amazing views and sights of animals with a very knowledgeable guide who really enjoys making your experience fun and educational.
    Explanations on the history, plant and wildlife it's people and finding beautiful places to view are worth every effort.

  • rockon_em01
    16-Oct-2017

    I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to do something unique and fun. To get to trek through the Negev Desert in an open-air jeep is something you must experience. They provided water and some treats. The tour guide told us a lot about animal tracks and the plant life in the Negev and how the Bedouin people utilized all of them. The tour guide, Ali, was very knowledgable and full of jokes and good humor. I felt like if I were ever lost in the Negev with him, that everything would be okay. This safari was probably more fun than it even was in my mind before I took it. It was not a short ride that ended too soon. It lasted plenty long for the money paid. After the jeep safari, the excursion still included the trip to the Dead Sea. I would take this trip again, and I would recommend it to others.

  • Maryann N
    04-Mar-2017

    This tour is highly recommended, especially the Desert Safari. Our guide Ali was full of information, entertaining and an amazing driver. We went off-road in his jeep where we were the only people around. The Judean desert scenery is out of this world!! This tour exceeded my expectations. We enjoyed the Dead Sea as well but wished they will allow more time for the group to swim and linger in the place. 1-1/2 hour is just not enough, including getting changed, showered and getting snacks. That's probably the only improvement this tour could make.

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