Tour Type: Private Daily Tour
Duration: One-day
Departure days: Every Day
Languages: English

Tour Overview

Discover the incredible Judean Desert from a powerful Jeep, on a private, fully customizable tour with a dedicated, PRO guide! Startat the Inn of the Good Samaritan before heading off-road at Mishor Adumim. Descend deep into the desert as your private guide tells you about the extraordinary surroundings. The first stop is Upper Og Stream, where you’ll see massive clif...

Highlights - Judaean Desert Safari Private Tour

Personalize your tour to suit your own interests. Our expert tour advisers will help you plan out the perfect trip
Meet your private tour guide at your hotel or private address
Travel in comfort with an air-conditioned and well equipped vehicle
Switch to a jeep and drive into the heart of the desert
Stop at the Dead Sea and float in its waters. Rub the mineral rich muds on your body and rejuvenate your skin

Availability

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Pickup Places and Prices

From Tel Aviv
Up to 3 persons: $1070
Up to 6 persons: $1130
Up to 10 persons: $1450
From Jerusalem
Up to 3 persons: $950
Up to 6 persons: $1010
Up to 10 persons: $1330

What To Expect - Judaean Desert Safari Private Tour

This exhilarating desert safari tour is available every day except Mondays and Saturdays. Your day will start at the Inn of the Good Samaritan where you’ll meet your guide and head back to Mishor Adumim where your off-road experience begins.


The 4x4 jeep will take you into the desert where you can enjoy the unique landscape up close. Along the way, your private guide will explain about the surroundings and the point where the lowlands become desert. The first stop is at Upper Og Stream, this enchanting stream in the northern part of the Judean Desert flows through a narrow gorge flanked by steep limestone cliffs. Your private guide will tell you about the desert plants, animals, and the local Bedouin people who manage to survive in this harsh environment. As you drive through the desert landscape you’ll see small Bedouin camps, caves, camels, and herds of goats watched over by young shepherds. 


Continue to Mount Muntar, the highest mountain in the Judean Desert. On the summit of Mount Muntar, your guide will tell you about the history and legends associated with the mount, and you can enjoy views across the Judean Desert, Jericho, the Dead Sea, the Moab Mountains, and Jerusalem.  According to Jewish tradition, Muntar is the biblical site of Azazel. On the Day of Atonement, a scapegoat was pushed to its death from Azazel to atone for the sins of the people. 


We continue south to Mar Saba Monastery (Holy Lavra or Great Laura of Saint Sabas). St. Sabbas was one of several Christian hermits who went into the desert to seek solitude and a stronger connection with God. The Greek Orthodox monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world established in 488, and the monks living here still keep their ancient traditions. For example, no women may enter the main compound. Although they may enter the “Women’s Tower” near the monastery entrance. 


After a coffee or tea break, we continue east and drive to Hyrcania Valley where an ancient fortress was built by the Hasmonaens, later used by King Herod, and hundreds of years later became a monastery before being completely abandoned. We cross the valley from south to north and reach Nabi Musa. According to Muslim tradition, this desert mosque is believed to contain the tomb of Moses (Musa). 


At this point, we leave the desert trails behind and return to the road. Stop at the Dead Sea to relax, and unwind after a thrilling desert adventure. Enjoy floating in the waters and covering your body in the mineral-rich mud. From here, return to your hotel after an amazing day.


Note that while it was compiled by our experts, this itinerary is just one suggestion; you can customize your tour and see much more of the Judean Desert's splendor: Hike along the Havarim Stream in the Almog Kibbutz area, see Dragot Stream, visit the Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens, explore Qumran  and more (see FAQ section for details)

Additional Information - Judaean Desert Safari Private Tour

The tour includes:

  •  Pick-up and drop-off services at your hotel or private address
  •  A fully qualified and licensed private tour guide

The tour does not include:

  • Entrance fees
  • Parking and toll roads
  • Food and drinks

Notes:

  • This itinerary is only a proposal; we can customize this private tour according to your wish
  • On Saturdays and holidays, an extra charge of $140 applies
  • Entrance fees, parking fees, toll roads, and tips are not included in the price.
  • Recommended to bring along: comfortable walking shoes, hats, bathing suit, towels, sun protection
  • Booking is subject to terms and conditions

Cancellation Policy

  • 4% charge for notification up to 2 days or more before the start time of the tour.
  • 25% charge for notification of a day before the start time of the tour.
  • 100% charge for notification on the same day of the tour.

FAQ

Our private tours are the most exclusive way to travel in Israel. You get a private car and a tour guide that will customize the tour to your interest and your schedule.

The price includes a private car and the tour guide who will pick you up from your accommodation (hotel or apartment) and return you to the same location. The trip is limited to 10 hours ($40 for every extra hour). Find full information under the "Additional Information" of each tour.

The price of a Private Tour does not include entrance fees, food, drinks, parking, and toll roads. Find full information under the "Additional Information" of each tour.

Yes, the mentioned itinerary is a proposal only; we can customize private trips within the designated region and based on logistics. Please note that if the tour duration exceeds 10 hours, you will be required to pay $40 for every extra hour (up to extra 2 hours possible).

Your private tour is fully customizable and can be planned to include other attractions in the area (if time permits), such as:

  • Lookout across Wadi Kelt 

  • St. George’s Monastery

  • Monastery of St. Euthymius

  • Hike along the Havarim Stream in the Almog Kibbutz area

  • A short agricultural tour of the area

  • A short tour of a kibbutz

  • Qumran

  • Ein Pasha

  • Museum of the Good Samaritan

  • See Dragot Stream

  • Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens

  • Ein Gedi ancient synagogue

  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve long hike trail

Contact us for any itinerary planning; this is your private tour, and we want it to be perfect! 

The tours are available in the most widespread languages. On our website, you can book the tours in English, Spanish, Russian, German, or French guidance (except for English, tours in these languages have an additional fee of 75 USD). 

However, if you book a different language, a supplement of approximately 100-150 USD will be applied depending on the language and the tour.

You are welcome to contact us in this regard:

Email: reservations@beinharimtours.com

WhatsApp messages only: +972 526588837

Phone: +972 35422000

You don’t have to, but it is appreciated by the tour guide as a sign of your satisfaction for the services he/she has provided. 

As this is tailor-made for you only, we can pick you up from any point in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv district, Netanya and Herzliya.

Sure, just ask the guide.

We, at Bein Harim Tourism, understand that plans can change, so you can change dates, cancel, or change your pickup point. Please note that cancellation fees will be charged subject to the cancellation policy as indicated on the tour page and confirmation email.

Since packages depend on hotel availability and updated rates, changes may imply an extra fee. For any changes or updates, you are welcome to contact our Operations team at:

Email: reservations@beinharimtours.com

Whatsapp messages only: +972 526588837

Phone: +972 35422000

Make sure that you have received confirmation for your change or update request.