Monasteries Of The Judean Desert - Jerusalem

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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    From Tel Aviv - 8:00 AM From Jerusalem - 9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

This 8 hours long tour will give you an insight of the monastic life in the Judean Desert. During this fascinating day, you will enjoy visiting three the most interesting and the oldest monasteries, two of them still active.

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 We shall pick you up at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel and will drive you to the Desert. Our first stop will be at Euthymius Monastery. This Monastery was destroyed in the XIII Century, and only recent excavations unearthed its gigantic Water Cistern dating V Century. This is a real engineering miracle even by today' standards.

 We shall further continue descending the desert and will soon turn into a wilderness. Our next visit is the St. George Monastery at Wadi Qelt. From the distance, this miracle of human creation looks like it has been carved from the surrounding rocks, and seems impossible to be real. But it is, and the monks there feel happy!

 And finally, after descending almost to the Dead Sea, far below the Sea Level, we shall visit St. Gerasimos Monastery, a source of some Ancient legends. This beautiful place, still full of secrets, is still full of life and visitors today, like it was 1,600 years ago, when it was built.

 If the time permits, we shall continue a bit further, along the Jordan Valley, to make a stop at the famous Qasr El Yahud, a traditional place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This unique site at the shores of the Jordan River is always full of the excited pilgrims, who come to immerse in the waters of Jordan River.

 From here, we shall turn back, to bring you to your hotel.

Inclusions

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Driver/guide
  • Tel Aviv or Jerusalem Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions

  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

A moderate amount of walking is involved