Negev desert and Eilat tours
Visit the Negev desert, ghost town Avdat, Sde Boker kibbutz, tomb of David Ben-Gurion (Israel state founder) and breathtaking Ramon Crater.
Ramon Crater is the largest one in its own way, it is one of five craters of the Negev desert, a unique natural phenomenon. It is supposed the crater was formed as the result of erosion of inner soft layers of ground under upper layers of firm ground. It used to be a mountain in the center of the crater, and it does not exist anymore. The crater is 40 km long with maximum width of 9 km and depth of 400 m. Mitzpe Ramon town is located on the crater’s edge.
Avdat, a ghost town
Avdat town was a central station on the Nabataean trade route from Petra to port of Gaza. The excavations of Acropolis are located 655 meters above sea level and this point offers breathtaking view on surroundings from 80 meters above the land.
|There is a national park and a touristic center for visitors. There are relicts of residential community, churches, military camp, baths and pools, wine press and agricultural terraces. UNESCO recognizes National park Ein Avdat as a Heritage Site since 2005.
Sde Boker and the tomb of David Ben-Gurion
Sde Boker kibbutz is located in 30 km to the north from Ramon Crater and is known as the home of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, where he spent the last years of his life. Famous Midreshet Ben-Gurion (an educational center which includes Institutes for Desert Research, a branch of Ben-Gurion University, field school and secondary boarding school) was founded thanks to Ben-Gurion; the center is located next to the kibbutz. The tombs of David Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula are situated on the edge of a cliff with the view on the beautiful landscapes of Zin gorge and Avdat plain.