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Accommodation level
Premium
Total days
7 days / 6 nights
Riding days
4 or 5 stages
Total distance
Km: 197/ 271 / 418
Miles: 122 / 168 / 260
Main attractions
Jerusalem, Qumeran and The Dead Sea,
Masada, the Negev desert, Ramon Crater, Eilat
Tour Price
6,100 USD
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Places along the way

 
  • Jerusalem

    Jerusalem the capital of Israel and one of the oldest cities in the world is located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea. If the area and population of East Jerusalem is included, it is Israel's largest city in both population and area, with a population of 763,800 residents over an area of 125.1 km2 (48.3 sq mi). Jerusalem is also a holy city to the three major "Abraham" religions
     - JudaismChristianity and Islam. During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The oldest part of the city was settled in the 4th millennium BCE. In 1538, walls were built around Jerusalem under Suleiman the Magnificent. Today those walls define the Old City, which has been traditionally divided into four quarters known since the early 19th century as the ArmenianChristianJewish, and Muslim Quarters. The Old City became a World Heritage site in 1981, and is a must visit destination to all travelers in Israel.
  • Masada
    One of the most popular tourist destinations in Israel is Masada, the ancient fortress overlooking the Dead Sea. Its unique geographical formation, challenging hike, and tragic story combine to make Masada a can't-miss stop. Masada was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of the Jews, originally fortified Masada as a place of refuge for himself in case of a revolt. The fortress sits atop a plateau, and the steep cliffs and narrow footpaths provide a natural defense, which Herod saw as a distinct advantage, though he still added his own fortifications. In 66 AD, at the beginning of the Great Revolt, a group of Jews conquered the fort from the Romans. Following the destruction of the Holy Temple in 70 AD, the population swelled as Jews fleeing the exile and persecution in Jerusalem came to join their fellow refugees on Masada. The Jews modified the fortress to fit their religious needs, constructing synagogues and mikvaot (ritual baths), the remains of which can still be seen today. After an initial failed attempt by the Romans to breach Masada, they laid siege to the Jews and began constructing a rampart. After three months of siege, the Romans successfully penetrated the fortress with a battering ram. However, instead of taking the Jews slaves as they had planned, the Romans found that all 960 Jews - including women and children - had died, apparently victims of mass suicide. Two women and five children managed to survive both the suicides and the Roman invasion, and later told their story to the famous historian, Flavius Josephus. Josephus' account is the only written evidence of the story of Masada, since it is never mentioned in the Talmud or other rabbinic writings. According to Josephus, Eliezer Ben Yair, the group's leader, declared that death was preferable to enslavement and forced prostitution by the Romans. He also ordered that everything be destroyed so the Romans would not be able to benefit from it - except the food reserves, which they left untouched to prove that the Jews chose this end, and they were not forced into suicide because of starvation. Suicide is forbidden in Jewish law, so according to the legend, the men killed their families, then drew lots to kill each other, leaving only one man to commit suicide. Pieces of pottery with names inscribed on them have been uncovered, lending credence to the lottery theory.
  • The Dead Sea
    No tour to the Holy Land would be complete without a visit to the Dead Sea. Famous for its superlatives - lowest, saltiest, harshest, - the Dead Sea also claims a fascinating history, reaching back to the times of Abraham. A visit to the Dead Sea would be worth it just for the chance to experience the well-known “floating effect,” to douse yourself with the therapeutic mud, and to gaze upon the stunning vistas, but the impact of your visit increases tenfold when you bring with you the knowledge of its past.
  • The Large Crater
    By definition a machtesh is an eroded valley, walled with steep cliffs on all sides, and drained by a single watercourse. The Machtesh Ramon is an exception to this as two rivers drain it. The Nahal Ramon is the major one, but the Nahal Ardon, a smaller one, drains into Nahal Nekaroth.  The phenomenon of a machtesh is known only in Israel. This Hebrew term was introduced into worldly scientific literature. In addition to the three major machteshim, there are two small “twin machteshim” eroded into Mt. Arif, a little bit south of Machtesh Ramon.
  • The Negev Desert
    The Negev is a desert and semi-desert region of southern Israel. The Arabs, including the native Bedouin population of the region, refer to the desert as al-Naqab. The origin of the word Neghebh (or in Modern Hebrew Negev) is from the Hebrew root denoting 'dry'. In the Bible the word Neghebh is also used for the direction 'south'. The area has no geographical unity and can be split into three zones. It was created with the establishment of the Egypt-Palestine frontier in the 19th century and has no single traditional Arabic name. During the British Mandate it was called Beersheba sub-district.
  • Ramon Crater
    Machtesh Ramon is the most spectacular geological sight in the country. It is a window into the geological formation of the earth. The crater is 24 miles (40km) long, 5 miles (8 km) wide, and 1600 feet (500 m) deep. The term machtesh is a geological term which means “mortar” as in mortar and pestle. Machtesh Qatan (Small) and Gadol (Large) look like mortar bowls in which grains are pounded with a pestle. This look is true of the big and little craters but not necessarily of Machtesh 
    Ramon which is stretched out and narrow at one end. Peaks of ancient volcanoes, jagged chunks of quartzite, huge blocks of overturned rock, and beds of multicolored clays are just a few of the sites in the machtesh. Machtesh Ramon was expected to have an abundance of natural resources, but it has been disappointing that regard. Only small factories of raw materials, such as quartz and clay, are mined there today.
  • Eilat
    Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel, was not actually part of Biblical Israel. It is mentioned in Exodus as one of the stations the Israelites crossed on their winding journey from Egypt to the Holy Land. Eilat’s growth as an important port city began during the reign of King Solomon; the Romans, Arabs, and Crusaders continued to use Eilat as a critical trading point. Its modernization began in the fifties, and Eilat’s reputation as a not-to-be-missed tourist destination was quickly cemented. Of course, water activities are one of Eilat’s 
    biggest tourist attractions. Scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and paragliding are all available for the adventurous Holy Land tourist. For those who prefer to stay dry without sacrificing their proximity to marine life, the glass-bottom boat is the tour for you! Watch as the fish dart by, the dolphins leap through the air, or just take a moment to be awed by the natural beauty of the coral reef. Don’t miss out on a trip to the Maritime Museum, where you can stand in the aquarium, watching as the fish swim by in a huge circular tank. Eilat is also famous for its beautiful hotels and its exciting nightlife. Some of the most luxurious hotels in Israel are found in Eilat, many rooms offer sweeping views of the Red Sea. These hotels are the destination for tourists seeking unparalleled pampering and upscale amenities. Eilat’s famous promenade, which comes to life as the sky darkens, is a great place to take a sunset stroll, or indulge you in one of Eilat’s fine restaurants or bars.
 
 
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