Tzur Tours invites JOL readers to discover the Negev, which is home to dozens of extraordinary and breathtaking sites such as Sde Boker and Makhtesh Ramon.









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Quite a few people love to be back in Israel and visit the country from time to time, and rightfully so. Yet, unfortunately quite a lot of visitors miss or skip the Negev, which is a real gem!

The Negev is a desert which makes about 60% of Israel’s area, and contains infinite genuine beauty spots, spectacular landscapes and rich history. JerusalemOnline in cooperation with Tzur Tours presents to you the ultimate day tour in the Negev.









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Ein Avdat If you have always wondered how an oasis looks like you should visit Ein Avdat. A spring flowing in the middle of a narrow and high canyon with thick vegetation creates one of the most breathtaking sceneries in Israel. Besides the landscape, the variety of wild animals seen in the field, such as the biblical ibex and vultures flying over the nature reserve makes Ein Avdat a must visit site.

Sde Boker What made the first Prime Minister of Israel live in the middle of the wilderness? In Sde Boker you will find the home and grave of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel and an admired figure in Israel and around the world. Today his home serves as a museum which opens up a window to the life and personality of the distinguished leader. Don’t miss the graves of Ben-Gurion and Paula along with the magnificent view to Tzin stream.

Camel Ride There is nothing more touristic than taking a picture on a camel in Israel, but if we put the novelty aside, it is also a great way to experience the desert – to hear the camel’s footsteps interrupt the silence of the desert while you are enjoying the majestic landscape of the Negev; it is an enriching and recommended experience (you could enjoy camel rides in Khan Beerotaim, Mamashit, and Khan Shayarot).









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The Alpaca Farm Yes, these are the sweet and fluffy animals from the Andes. The Alpacas were brought to Mitzpe Ramon to develop a quality wool industry and today they are an attraction in itself, especially for the children who enjoy feeding and petting the alpacas, learn about processing the wool and skip between the various stations at the site.

The Observation Balcony with a View to Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater):  “The Great Canyon of Israel” Don’t miss out on an amazing outlook from the edge of the cliff towards the largest erosion crater in the world. By the way, a crater is a natural phenomenon unique to Israel and the Sinai Peninsula only. The primal view seen from the observation post is breathtaking and will leave you astounded.

Makhtesh Ramon When driving along the road leading to Eilat, you could go down into the heart of the crater and discover incredible sceneries which would make you feel like you are on other planets. Inside the crater there are plenty options such as: visiting the “sawmill” – a hill with unique geological phenomena, filling up bottles with colored sands, and choosing from various levels of walking tracks. Of course, a 4×4 trip inside the crater is an enjoyable option.









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Where to Eat? There are various options in Mitzpe Ramon: you could enjoy inexpensive quality Humus and Falafel at “jinji’s,” in the commercial plaza, dine at the “Pangea” and the “Ha’katze” restaurants, at the north entrance to Mitzpe Ramon and get good value for money, and if you decide to get spoiled and combine spectacular view with good food you could dine at the restaurant of the famous “Bereshit” hotel.

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Photo Credit: Elyahu Tzur/Tzur Tours