Southern District, Israel
Ancient History

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From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

1. From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

This full day tour from Tel Aviv takes you to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea, and to the site of one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans, until the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but we will ascend by cable car to make life easier! Explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features are the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet. Following the tour of Masada you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach. Located in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank, it is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Take a mud-bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to Tel Aviv, with an on route view of the Qumeran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

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From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

2. From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

Petra is the most famous tourist site in Jordan today. Petra was once occupied by the Nabateans, and almost everything in Petra was constructed by them. Visiting Petra, you'll be able to see over 800 objects, including the famous treasury, temples, mourning houses, caves, and more. Wadi Rum is everything you'd expect of a quintessential desert: extreme in heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. It is violent and moody as the sun slices through the chiseled canyons at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk. It is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore the dangers it presents. Experience its power and beauty with your expert guide. Your tour will begin with a pick up from your hotel in Eilat at 08:30 AM. After crossing the Arava border, you will drive to Wadi Musa Petra and tour the site. After the tour, you will eat lunch in Petra and drive to Wadi Rum and stay overnight at an authentic Bedouin camp. Along the way, you will learn all about the Nabataeans, their history, their art, gods, and the Bedouin way of life. Upgrade your experience in the desert to a 4-star tent with a private bathroom which includes a shower and a toilet in the tent.

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From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Tour

3. From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Tour

After an early departure from Eilat and crossing into Jordan, you will travel 2-3 hours along the scenic mountain route, to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After passing the Obelisks in front of the cave, you will enter the narrow, 1,200 meter long canyon, the Siq, where you have the option to ride for the first few hundred meters. As you walk through the gorge with the towering red stone on either side, you can marvel at the incredible sites carved into the red mountain. The magnificent exterior of the treasury with its Corinthian columns is particularly well-preserved as it is deeply carved into the rock and protected by overhanging rock. To give you an idea of the height, the funeral urn alone, tucked away up in the heart of the exterior is eleven feet high.  The monumental building known as Ad Deir, is over forty meters high, its columns reaching more than two stories. At the Roman theater, you can all but wonder who filled the seats. Marvel at the sacrificial altar and the numerous tombs, each uniquely designed. After a late lunch, you will cross back to Eilat.

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From Eilat: 2-Day Tour to Petra

4. From Eilat: 2-Day Tour to Petra

Day 1: After an early departure from Eilat and crossing into Jordan, travel 2-3 hours along the scenic mountain route and through the desert to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World – briefly stopping for an overview. Pass the Obelisks in front of the cave tomb, then enter the narrow, 1,200 meter long canyon, the Siq, with an option to ride for the first few hundred meters. Walk through a gorge with the towering red stone on either side and marvel at the incredible sites carved into the red mountain. The Deir (temple) will dwarf over you, forty meters high with columns reaching more than two storeys tall. See the Roman theater and its uniquely designed tombs, along with the sacrificial altar. Then, after dinner in Petra you will have a free evening.  Day 2: In the morning spend free time exploring Petra on your own and enjoy the Bedouin market. Begin the return journey after lunch, and stop at a number of observation points to enjoy scenic views of the desert landscape and of Wadi Rum, before crossing to Eilat.

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From Eilat: Petra Day Private Tour

5. From Eilat: Petra Day Private Tour

Discovered in the early 19-century, Petra was named as one of the 7 Wonders of the World in 1985. You’ll understand why once entering through the Siq. Seeing the Treasury for the first time is breathtaking. The workmanship and sheer size of it will amaze you. Explore Petra and see facades, tombs, a Roman theater, and burial caves. See how the Nabateans controlled all the water of the region and marvel at the great water cisterns they built. A driver will pick you up from your hotel in Eilat in the morning. After about 3-hours you will arrive at Petra to enjoy the sights and tour with your personal guide. Dine at a local restaurant and try an extensive selection of oriental dishes. You will arrive back at your hotel in the evening.

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From Eilat: Cairo Private 1-Day Tour

6. From Eilat: Cairo Private 1-Day Tour

Take a 1-day private tour to Cairo, the largest city in the Middle East, from Eilat. Get picked up from your accommodation in Eilat at 9 PM, the drive to the Taba border and go through the border proceedings. At around 8 AM, arrive in Cairo and start the tour with the Pyramids of Giza. Marvel at the largest pyramids ever built, and see the famous Sphinx. From the pyramids, move on to the Egyptian Museum and explore the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world with an Egyptologist guide. There are over 100,000 objects on display that include paintings, statues, ancient coins, masks, and much more. After the museum, continue to el Khalil Bazaar, one of the most famous markets in Egypt. Here, you’ll find everything that you could imagine for sale, from authentic food dishes and fine jewelry to clothing and shoes. Savor lunch in a local restaurant, then start the drive back to the Taba border at 6 PM.

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What people are saying about Southern District, Israel

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Really informative, enriching trip to a geologically and historically interesting mining region. Wonderfully varying desert mountains, thoroughly knowledgeable guide with excellent English. Would do it again anytime, Alex is such fun!

We had a fantastic time. We crawled through a 6,000-year-old mine! Our guide was amazing - knowledgeable and fun, and took great care of us especially in the heat.

Itamar was by far one of the best tour guides I’ve ever met. He is very knowledgable and flexible. Not a standard tour… great experience

Very well organized. Everything went well. It was a great experience.

Nice ride and great guide. Very interesting experience