Desert Jeep Tour from Jerusalem: Mar Saba Monastery and Wadi Qelt

Discover cliff-clinging monasteries and sacred sights aplenty on a jeep tour through the Judean Desert. After leaving Jerusalem, travel by 7-seater jeep through sandy plains to enjoy photos stops at Mt Azazel and the impressive, yet little-known, Mar Saba Monastery or St. George Monastery. Hear about the Greek Orthodox monks who live there, and learn about the area’s history from a local guide. In the afternoon stop at Ein Prat nature reserve to admire the Wadi Qelt springs and swim or hike.

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  • What's included :
    • Transport by jeep
    • Professional local guide
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance to Ein Prat (approx. 29 shekels)
    • Food and drinks
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Stop At: Mar Saba Monastery, Juda Desert, Bethlehem Palestinian Territories

    We drive out in jeeps towards the Dead Sea, leaving the city traffic behind in minutes, and entering the vast stretch of the Judean desert.

    We will stop at Mount Azazel, the sacred hilltop where, according to tradition, every year a scapegoat carrying the sins of the people was cast off a cliff. Carefully, we’ll drive down into the wadi, entering off-road territory inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes. We’ll have a view of Bedouin tents and flocks and visit an ancient water hole, an asset for desert farmers, and still in use today.

    View the Mar Saba monastery, almost a secret for travelers in Israel because of the relative difficulty in arriving at the site. The huge monastery, founded over 1500 years ago, is one of the oldest inhabited monasteries, and one of the most beautiful in the world. The awe-inspiring structure is inhabited by around twenty Greek Orthodox monks, who also meditate in the surrounding rock caves.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Nabi Musa, East side of a red hill Palestinian Territories

    Driving on through the incredible desert landscape, we’ll pass Nabi Musa, an ancient structure believed by the Muslims to be the tomb of Moses, and stop for lunch nearby.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt), East from Almon (Anatot) Road 437, Israeli Settlement, Kfar Adumim Palestinian Territories

    The afternoon is dedicated to the beautiful and extraordinary springs at Ein Prat. The cold, clear water at the Ein Prat springs seep out of the rocks, forming pools and streams, which are hard to resist at this point in the day. We’ll spend time swimming, relaxing, drinking coffee and eating snacks before leaving the desert behind and returning to Jerusalem, happy and refreshed.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, הנביאים 67, כיכר דוידקה קומה ראשונה, Jerusalem, 9470211, Israel
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-6540JEEP

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