2...........Negev Desert: Three Day Tour
by Zel Lederman

Day 1
We will drive to kibbutz Tsuba, through Sataf and Lachish, see the caves of Amatzia/Hazan. On the way we will take in the views of the Judean Hills, learn about ancient agricultural practices, and historic sites in the area. We will meet the biblical Samson and the Philistines, David and Goliath, and see caves used for hiding.

Travelling south we will tour the Bedouin communities in the Arad region, perhaps having a local lunch and a camel ride. We will then drive through the bread basket of Israel, trying to understand the complexity of Bedouin life, as their communities deal with both traditional and modern issues. Towards evening we will arrive at the desert city of Arad and view the flaming Edom mountains as the sun sets.

Lodging: hotel in Arad, home stay, khan or camping
Optional activities: Sataf hike, caves, go-carts at the Lachish winery, Bedouins, camel ride

Day 2
Travel from Arad to the areas of the Large Crater with its colored sands and interesting geological formations and visit the desert township of Yerucham and see what life is like for the people who live there. Make a visit to Sde Boker -its beauty and history as the Kibbutz where David Ben Gurion lived and travel to Mitzpe Ramon on the edge of the crater like form of Machtesh Ramon.

Day 3
Tour In Machtesh Ramon with its amazing features, geological history.

Afternoon travel back to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, as your guide explains the interesting desert landscapes and introduces you to the people of the area.


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