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This private tour is perfect for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to get a closer look at Israel’s natural wonders. The tour takes you to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a desert oasis on the shore of the Dead Sea. Hike along the Arugot Stream through lush vegetation and between dramatic rocks. On the surrounding, cliffs see agile ibex and wild goats balancing precariously and rock hyrax basking in the sun.
The hike route takes about 3-hours. You’ll be able to swim in the natural pools and stand under the picturesque waterfalls along the way. Next, visit the adjacent Ein Gedi Kibbutz home to an excavated 1,500-year-old synagogue with a beautiful floor mosaic. Tour the Ein Gedi Botanical Garden where there are indigenous and foreign plant species, a statue garden, cactus garden, and palm garden. From the gardens, there are views south along the Dead Sea coast all the way to Mount Sodom.
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This exhilarating private tour starts when you are picked up and transported in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Ein Gedi is an oasis in the Judean Desert, on the shore of the Dead Sea. The reserve is famed for its streams and lush vegetation that offer a respite from the harsh desert heat. The oasis attracts animals including the ibex that walk along the narrow cliff ledges that flank the streams. The tour of Ein Gedi is on-foot and lasts about 3 hours following the route of Arugot Stream.
Along the way, there is a chance to stop and swim in the natural pools formed by waterfalls gushing through openings in the surrounding rocks. After the hike, stop at the adjacent Ein Gedi Kibbutz to see an excavated 1,500-year-old synagogue. The main feature of the synagogue remains is a beautiful floor mosaic of geometric shapes. One of the inscriptions on the mosaic alludes to a mysterious secret the community had. The incredible mosaic was discovered by accident in 1965 when the kibbutz was installing water pipes. Among the findings was an ancient scroll of Leviticus. The synagogue is proof that Jewish communities were living in the Judean Desert at the time.
The last stop on this private tour is the kibbutz Botanical Garden. Here local plant species and others brought from around the world can be seen side-by-side. There are exotic plants, endangered plant species, baobab trees, olive trees, pomegranate trees, and fig trees. The gardens include a cactus section, a statue garden, and a palm garden. There are several observation points where you can look out over the gardens and along the Dead Sea shore to Mount Sodom.
Additional Options in the Area:
1. Hike David Stream
2. Visit Masada
3. Tour Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
4. Swim in the Dead Sea
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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).
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:
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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.
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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:
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Phone: +972 35422000
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