Judea Desert & St. George Monastery
Jericho – the Oldest City in the World
The Sycamore Tree
Qasr el-Yahud, Jordan River, The Land of the Monesteries
Qumran National Park
Dead Sea Cosmetic Products shop, Kalia Beach & The Dead Sea
NOTE: There is no return back to your hotel.
Entrance Fees to sites
Donations at Sites
Lockers are available at additional cost
Get into a tranquil desert mood with a breathtaking view from a lookout point adjacent to the the cliff-hanging St. George monastery complex. First established around 500 AD, with its ancient chapel and gardens, St. George is active and inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks until today.
Next is Jericho. The multitude of springs in and around the “City of Palm Trees” (Deuteronomy 34:3) have attracted human habitation to Jericho area for 11,000 years, making it the oldest city in the world.
The cliff overlooking the city and Judea Desert is The Mount of Temptation. It is said that here Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:8), and in local language it is still called Jabal al-Quantal, derived from the word, Quarantal, which means “forty” in French.
We’ll stop at the Sycamore Tree (Zacchaeus’ Sycamore Tree) believed to be 2000 years old, and known from the story in Luke of Zacchaeus the rich, who climbed the tree and rose to see Jesus when he entered the city.
Our next stop, Hisham’s Palace is full of ancient stories and art and is an important early Islamic archaeological and architectural site which spreads over 60 hectares (150 acres). We’ll visit the palace, the ornate bath complex (an elaborate irrigation system provided the complex with water from nearby springs) and the agricultural estate.
A short drive will take us to the Baptism Site Qasr el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River. Christian tradition marks this site as the place of the “spiritual birth” of Jesus, as opposed to his physical birth place in Bethlehem. As such, the baptism site is the third holiest site in the Christian world (after the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem).
According to various traditions, the site is also believed to be the place where the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River and entered the Holy Land after their 40 years of wandering in the desert (Josh 3:13). Another event attributed to this site is prophet Elijah’s ascension to heaven in a fiery chariot.
Near the Baptism site is the newly opened Land of the Monasteries – some 3 km of churches, chapels and monasteries established as far back as the Byzantine period.
From the place where it’s believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus, we’ll drive to the place where he dwelled – Qumran National Park, where the Dead Sea scrolls, believed to be written by the Essenes, were found.
After a long spiritual day, we’ll have some free time at the Dead Sea Cosmetic Products shop nearby. Then after a short drive, we’ll reach the Kalia Beach where we’ll enjoy the unique opportunity to float in the Dead Sea’s water, one of the world wonders of nature, and cover ourselves with the mineral rich mud that many believe has therapeutic effects.
We’ll enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach.
- Passport mandatory for border crossing to Jericho (PA Authority)
- Modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering (baseball caps are sufficient) are recommended.
- Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, bathing suit and towel required.
- Cancellation on day of tour – 100% of tour fees charged
- No show – 100% of tour fees are charged
A day tour is a regular tour that we operate on specific weekdays. Tours depart from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The tour duration from pickup time to end is approximately 10 hours. You will meet us at the pick-up point (Jerusalem at the parking lot on 23 Hillel street, Tel Aviv at 12 Allenby Street), and at the tour end, you will be returned to the same point.
All of our daily tours are operated in English.
Jerusalem pickup point: parking lot on 23 Hillel street (Jerusalem Tower Hotel)
Tel Aviv pickup point: The Bell Boutique Hotel, 12 Allenby Street
Prices are fix to all.
Due to safety reasons participating in tours is from the age of 5 and up.
You can bring your luggage with you and we’ll store it in the trunk of the bus during the tour. However, please be aware that we don’t take any responsibility for any damage or loss. It is recommended to advise us that you are travelling with luggage.
Yes, but not too much. We definitely recommend bringing some local currency with you to pay for lunch and anything else you may wish to purchase along the way.
We, at Travel Israel, understand that plans can be changed, so you can change dates or cancel at any time. Please make note that cancellation fees will be charged subject to cancellation policy as indicated on the tour page and confirmation e-mail.
It is possible to have pick-up/drop-off in different cities. However, we do not disperse to specific drop off locations. The expenses to get from the drop-off location to your final destination won’t be covered by Travel Israel.
Payment for our tours is made upon reservation in our secure site, at which point you will receive confirmation via e-mail.
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