Monasteries of the Judean Desert Private Tour

It's a full day tour with a private guide focusing on the only 4 remaining monasteries that still exist in the Judean desert from the 4th century. You will enjoy the view of the desert and amazingly built monasteries and you will leave about the history and the culture region as well as the history and the stories behind these monasteries.

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7 to 8 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Visit of 4 monasteries
    • Bottled water
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Pickup from Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint or your hotel inside Bethlehem
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Cable car fees
    • Public transportation to the meeting point
    • Entry/Admission - Jericho Cable Car
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Mar Saba Monastery, Juda Desert, Bethlehem Palestinian Territories

    Your guide will meet you at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint and you will drive to the largest monastery in the Jerusalem Wilderness, Mar Saba Monastery dates back to the fifth century AD and perches amid the southern cliffs of the Kidron Creek. Founded by Saint Sabas (Mar Saba in Arabic), it’s been extensively expanded and fortified over the years. Please note: women are not allowed to enter the monastery. Everyone will enjoy a panoramic view of the site, but only men will be allowed to go inside and tour the monastery.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Mar Jaris (St. George), Israel

    Women should dress modestly and bring a scarf to ensure admission to St. George’s Monastery.

    Continue our drive drive for around 40 minutes to St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt. Along the way, you’ll pass by various religious sites: St. Theodosius’ Monastery, where the wise men hid from Herod the Great after they visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, and al-Eizariya, which many believe to be Lazarus’ Bethany village.

    Stroll a short way down Qelt Valley to reach the monastery, which dates back to the fourth century, when monks first settled in the desert. The site was where the Prophet Elijah was fed by ravens.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Jericho Cable Car, Ain es-sultan St., أريحا

    Drive to visit Jericho, the lowest and the oldest city on earth. In Jericho we will take the cable car to reach Mount of Temptation and then walk the monastery.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Mount of Temptation Monastery, Mount of Temptation, Jericho Palestinian Territories

    After taking the cable car up to Mount of Temptation, you will walk to the Monastery of the Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). The cave inside the monastery is where Jesus had fasted and meditated for forty days and nights (Matthew 4:2). From the cable car, you will be able to see the ancient Jericho archaeological site.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Deir Hijleh, Israel

    The Monastery of St Gerasimos / Deir Hajla, was Founded by St Gerasimus in 455AD, this Greek Orthodox Monastery is one of the oldest in Palestine. The history of the Monastery is also closely linked to other Christian narratives. Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus were believed to have found refuge in a cave here during their flight from Herod. An underground chapel was built on the spot where tradition has it the Holy Family spent the night.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Bethlehem, Bethlehem, West Bank

    One hour drive back from Jericho to Bethlehem and drop off by Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint where the tour ends.

  • Departure Point :
    Checkpoint 300/Bethlehem Road, Jerusalem
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Michael Tours

Activity ID: V-8676P15

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