3 Days Archaeological Hiking Tour in Southern Israel Amazing Desert & Archeology experience - can be part of bar Mitzvah tour / Incentive tour
Pick up from Tel Aviv/Jerusalem by your guide. Drive to Bet Guvrin - Maresha National Park. Here we will hike around the archaeological excavations from the Greco-Roman period, entering a few unique man-made caves, used as industrial, cultural and human dwellings. If it is possible, we will take part in the "Dig-for-a-day" project, where you will have the opportunity to participate in the archaeological excavations of a dwelling-cave at the site. Drive to Hirbet Midras, a village from the Roman period, where we will hike through the well-preserved burial-caves, including the very unique "Pyramid Tomb", columbarium (dove-nest) but specially crawl in the sophisticated underground cave-system carved in the 2nd Century by the Jewish Bar-Kochba Rebels, in order to hide from the Romans. Drive to Kibbutz Mashabe Sade where we will spend the night.
First thing in the morning we visit the ancient Nabathean city Avdat, part of the "Incense Road" recognized by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site". Then we follow the Incense Road to the Ramon Crater, a unique geological phenomena, only to be found in the Negev Desert. At the Ein Saharonim Oasis we leave the car for a 4-hour hike starting at the Caravanserai, the next station on the "Incense Road", and following this ancient road to the "Saharonim Horseshoe" and back to the well-preserved caravanserai. Drive to Eilat, where we spend the next 2 nights.
Full day hiking in the Timna park, where the most ancient mines in the world where found. We hike among some bizarre red sandstone-formations such as the "Arches", "Mushroom", "Salomon's Pillars" and more, and visit some unique archaeological sites such as the Hathor Temple, Rock Inscriptions, crawling inside ancient Chalkolithic mines , pharaonic mining-shafts and more… Over-night in Eilat.
You can either stay in Eilat at leisure, be transferred to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or elsewhere, or combine this with one of our tours to Petra/Jordan, Sinai or Cairo/Egypt or continue your Israel-Tour with us…