Jericho, Qumran & Dead Sea Tour

Tour Highlights

• Separation Wall
• Jericho
• Mount of Temptation
• Hisham's Palace
• Qumran
• Dead Sea Scrolls
• Bedouin
Tour Details

Every Sunday
Length of Tour: 8 Hours
Tel Aviv Departure:  6.30 am - Hyarkon48 Hostel (map)
Jerusalem Departure  8.30 am - YMCA, King David Street (map)
Return 4.30pm to Jerusalem - 6pm to Tel Aviv
Cost: From Jerusalem 385 NIS/Shekels
From Tel Aviv 485 NIS/Shekels
Not including lunch, entrance fees • Bring your passport, a hat, walking shoes, and swimming gear if you plan to go in the Dead Sea.
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Detailed Description
This fascinating tour visits Jericho, Qumran, the Dead Sea, and takes a peek at areas of East Jerusalem intended to become part of the Palestinian State, and rarely visited by tourists.

On the trip to Jericho you'll see checkpoints, sections of the Separation WALL, and Ma'ale Adumum, one of the largest settlements in the West Bank. The differences between the lives of Israelis in the settlement of Ma'ale Adimum and the adjacent Palestinian town of Azariya will be apparent, and the plight of the Jahalin Bedouin will be explored. The Jahalin lost most of their land to Ma'ale Adimum and today live a precarious existence in ramshackle 'unrecognized' villages constantly under threat of home demolitions and renewed evictions by the Israeli authorities.  You'll see some of these unrecognized residences en-route to Jericho.

In Jericho you'll pass the luxurious Casino/hotel built by President Arafat, and visit a refugee camp across the street. Then on to the ancient excavated city, and the monastery on the Mount of Temptation with an incredible panoramic view of the Jordan Valley. You'll also visit Hisham's Palace, built in the 8th century during the Umayyad empire. Jericho is one of the oldest excavated cities on the planet, dating back over 10,000 years. The local springs created an oasis in the otherwise arid Jordan Valley, and formed the basis for the successive settlements there. Modern Jericho is a sleepy town of about 15,000 people, and an outpost of the Palestinian Authority within an area over which Israel maintains firm control.

From Jericho you'll continue to Qumran, the site of the discovery of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and a Helenistic settlement during the 2nd century BCE. It was destroyed by the Romans near the end of the the 1st Century CE.  Then off for a dip in the Dead Sea at one of the nearby beaches.

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