There was no one. Listening, I walked into the scrub. The desert does its best talking at night,
but on that spring evening it kept God's whopping silence, and that too is a desert voice.
Blue Highways / William Least Heat Moon- 1982
Negev tour options on the way to Eilat from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, incl
Combined tour of the Negev: Dead Sea Valley
Israel tours: Tours of the Negev desert
3 Days Combined Negev Tour by jeep, hiking and camels
Inc. Spice Route, Ramon Crater and the Eilat Mts.
Day 1- Setting off from Eilat in Jeeps, we journey off-road into the sandy Arava Valley passing salt pools that are home to a flock of Flamingos. From here we head west and begin our ascent to the Negev Plateau on a dramatic 4X4 route. Driving on the way through the beautiful Wadi Eteq where we stop to explore by foot the Eteq Canyon, a favorite spot for many of the local wildlife and home to many varieties of desert plants. From here we continue our journey on to Mt. Berech and its views over the Timna Valley. On top of the Negev Plateau we journey by way of the beautiful ‘Gypsum Valley', before settling for the night in Shacharut 'Chan': a place of rest for desert travelers (designed like a Bedouin tent with carpets and mattresses laid over the floor). Here we have our evening meal and spend the night. A 3 hours camel tour for the sunset along the Negev cliffs can be combined during this day.
Day 2- Departing early morning and heading north to the beautiful Ashush Valley. Here we enjoy an impressive 4X4 ride and witness the interesting geological sights including the layers of limestone and flint that make up the valley walls. Continuing off-road through to Mo'ah where we join the ‘spice route'. Along the spice route you enjoy the same breathtaking views as the ancient merchants who traveled here thousands of years earlier. You will stop at some of the archeological sites and ruins found along the route before reaching the Ramon Crater. In one of the beautiful hidden spots of Wadi Nekarot we will enjoy our evening meal before settling down for the night.
Day 3- We explore the Negev's geological wonder, The Ramon Crater. From the bottom of the crater we ascend the craters walls by way of 'Noah's ascent. Having reached the top of the craters cliffs we drive along their edge till Mitzpe Ramon. From here we head west to the Eilot* Valley near the Sinai border. In this valley we see Atlantic Pistacia trees dating back 2000 years and enjoy another incredible ride through the stunning nature of the area. We exit the Eilot valley right beside the Egyptian border and head back during the evening to Eilat.
Spring in the Negev- Mitzpe Ramon
Accommodation on tours / trips: Camping outdoors, desert inns, or hotels.
The best time for touring the Negev Desert is from November through to April.
People booking tours with us can also take advantage of our very special rates on hotels and domestic flights in Israel.
Our best hotel deals are reserved for tour participants
The Arava Valley- Negev desert
For other tours of the Negev desert
Combine tours of Sinai and Jordan
Map of the Negev desert
Photo gallery of the Negev desert