Explore The Negev Desert
We’ll take you on a 4-days-long journey along the intertwined history of the desert's nomads while we explore the nature, culture and history of the Israeli desert that covers 60% of its land and which is otherwise known as the Negev Desert.
Starting from the vibrant city, Tel Aviv, we will travel into the heart of the "land of creation". There we will start to understand the Genesis call to roam the desert. Our journey will take us along the evolution of desert agriculture from biblical times, through the Nabatean tradesmen and onto the modern desert nomads – The Bedouins.
At the end of our shared adventure, we will expore the lowest place on earth, The Dead Sea, and we'll leave you in the Holly City - Jerusalem.
Tour duration: Saturday to Tuesday - 4 days / 3 nights
Guaranteed departures: November - May
Contact us regarding availability on specific dates.
Starting the trip in Tel Aviv and finish in Jerusalem.
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient desert nomads that controlled the Incense Route, starting from Shivta, the ancient Nabatean city.
Explore the great geological phenomena of Makhtesh Ramon, the greatest erosive crater in the world.
Stargaze at Makhtesh Ramon, one of the 54 places on earth considered perfect for observing the stars.
Visit one of the greatest gems of the desert - the live water springs at Ein Akev.
Learn about the ancient settlers of the Negev Desert from their rock engravings in Mount Michya.
Enjoy the unique taste of the evolving wine industry of the Negev Desert.
Bathe at the Lowest Place On Earth, the Dead Sea, where you'll effortlessly float due to the salty water.
PRICE PER PERSON
Available only November to May, excluding Jewish holidays.
Minimum of 2 people to ensure departure.
Maximum groups of 18 people.
Reservations should be made a minimum of 14 days in advance.
The trip includes some hikes which are moderate in nature.
Parts of the trip can be reserved as daily tours with advanced coordination.
English speaking, local desert-trail leaders.
All transfers / entrance fees / jeep tours.
3 nights half board accommodation.
The price does not include accommodation in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
No lunch is provided, except on day 2 when we will provide a light lunch.
Does not include dinner on Day 4.
You Should Bring:
2 liters of water
Closed walking shoes
Day 1 – Saturday – Agriculture on The Byzantine Period
Morning pick-up from the hotels in Tel Aviv by the Desert Nomads Team.
Morning: We’ll begin the day with a scenic drive south through the southern slopes of Judea Mountains and through Beit Guvrin - an important town in the Roman era.
Noon: We will visit Shivta - one of the biggest cities of the Nabateans in Israel and a flourishing desert agriculture center on that period.
Accommodation: Desert Shade Eco-Camp
Day 2 – Sunday – Into the Heart of the Negev
Morning: We’ll start the day early to explore Makhtesh Ramon - the biggest naturally erosive crater in the world. A moderate hike starting from Ein Saharonim to Wadi Ardon and Nekarot Canyon where we will see some of the most incredible geological phenomena of this area and the lively nature of the crater.
Evening: After returning to Desert Shade Eco-Camp we will enjoy professional star gazing and local desert wine tasting.
Accommodation: Desert Shade Eco-Camp.
Day 3 – Monday – Follow the Footsteps of the Desert Nomads
Morning: We’ll take a jeep tour from Sde Boker to the fresh water spring of Ein Akev, truly one of the most beautiful springs in the Israeli desert.
Noon: We’ll head out for a hike on Mount Michya to see rock engravings made by the first nomads. We’ll then visit a local Bedouin family, where we will learn about the nomadic lifestyle in modern times.
Afternoon: We'll learn about modern agriculture and the evolving whine industry in the desert in one of the "Lone Farms" of the Negev. We'll learn why and how vineyards and olive groves became common view in the Negev.
Accommodation: Desert Shade Eco-Camp
Day 4 – Tuesday – From the Craters Land to the Lowest Place on Earth
Morning: Morning hike along the "Snapir" (fin) Trail will offer us a great view of Makatesh Gadol (the big crater).
Noon: Scenic ride through Akrabim Road, from the hills of the Judea Desert to Arava Valley – home to the lowest place on earth.
Afternoon: We’ll make a short stop on the beach of the Dead Sea to experience this amazing sea and get to feel just what it’s like to float effortlessly in the salty water (if the weather allows it).
Evening: Each of us will go to their separate way in the Holly City – Jerusalem.
Accommodation in Jerusalem (not included).