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Desert Jeep Tour from Jerusalem: Mar Saba Monastery and Wadi Qelt

Jerusalem, Israel

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Leave Jerusalem for the Judean Desert on a full-day Jeep tour to Mar Saba Monastery and Wadi Quelt, and discover Israel’s rugged scenery and sacred landmarks. Take in views from the ancient sacrificial site at Mt. Azazel and head off-road into a rocky valley. Visit a Greek Orthodox monastery on the edge of a cliff, descend to Moses’ legendary tomb then spend the afternoon soaking up desert sunshine in Ein Prat, a nature reserve supported by sheltered springs; enjoy an Israeli coffee by the water before returning to Jerusalem.  
  • Jeep tour through the Judean Desert with a local guide
  • Stop at the sacred site of Mt Azazel and travel through remote desert landscapes, home to nomadic Bedouin tribes
  • See Mar Saba Monastery, an abbey built into the desert cliffs
  • Admire sights of Wadi Qelt at Ein Prat nature reserve

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Unlike many Jerusalem tours, this one gets off the beaten path and visits the almost-forgotten Mar Saba Monastery.
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Transport by jeep
Professional local guide
Entrance to Ein Prat (approx. 29 shekels)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, כיכר הדווידקה, Ha-Nevi'im St 67, Jerusalem, 9470211, Israel

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Abraham Tours

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Desert Jeep Tour from Jerusalem: Mar Saba Monastery and Wadi Qelt?
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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42 Reviews
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Great Desert Jeep Tour
, Jan 2020
The guides were very knowledgeable and brought us to beautiful sites. Went to Mar Saba monastery and Wadi Qelt.
Amazing Jeep tour
Hector G
, Oct 2019
it was fantastic! we went through the mountains met some tribe people who lives in the desert. One of them offered us tea and it was really good. Visit the Mar Saba Monastery and it was beautiful. Awesome trip.
fantastic tour, great guides
, Oct 2019
This was one of the best tours (if not the best) that I did during my three weeks in Israel. We were around 12 people in 2 jeeps and not only had a lot of fun but also learnd a lot about Israel, the (so called) Westbank and the not always easy living together between Palestinians and (Jewish) Israelis. Wadi Quelt was not quite as spectacular as I had hoped, but the monastery was absolutely worth seeing - and the trip to get there was very, very interesting and a lot of fun at the same time. My suggestion: It would be nice if the tour started earlier in the morning. When we arrived at the monastery at noon, the light for taking pictures was unfortunately very unfavourable.
Great experience
, Apr 2019
If you are looking for something very different , exciting and fun , this is it. . Guide, nil was amazing. A great day
We didn't go to the monastery at...
Vera S
, Feb 2018
We didn't go to the monastery at all, camping on the other side of the creek. The guide wasn't a Christian, so he had nothing much to say about the Monastery.
we see the monastery from far away, a...
sandrine c
, Dec 2017
we see the monastery from far away, a lot of road for nothing
This was a most Outstanding Tour...
Brad J
, Nov 2017
This was a most Outstanding Tour !!! Our Guide, Nir, conducted a most enjoyable Trip....he is very passionate about the Israeli Desert and showcased it very well blending historical sights as well as contemporary issues...we covered a lot of ground in tricky Terrain but his driving was Fantastic...we would love to do this Tour again !!!
This tour is a nice break from busy...
Michelle M
, Nov 2017
This tour is a nice break from busy Jerusalem and visits many sites of historical and geological significance. Being a small group tour there is a better sense of intimacy which suits the setting.
An outstanding experience. Words...
Murray S
, Nov 2017
An outstanding experience. Words can't express how amazing this experience was. Imagine going off road, interacting with bedouins. Finding a hidden spring in the desert and having a sheep and goats wander up. Highly recommended.
The best experience of our whole...
, Sep 2017
The best experience of our whole trip according to our three teenage boys. Zaki, our driver, made it really fun!!

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