Beer Sheba Tours

Situated at the edge of the dry Negev Desert, Beer Sheba tours have plenty to offer, both in the city and further afield. This modern city is home to the Ben-Gurion University and yet has a history dating back to when Abraham dug a well here for his flock. One of the main sights which visitors can see on a local guided tour is the stone-enclosed well said to be that self-same watering place. Other local attractions on a Beer Sheba city tour is a visit to the Bedouin market every Thursday morning. Bedouins still come into the city to sell their livestock at the market, along with colorful rugs, cushions and copperware amidst stalls of modern day goods.

Beer Sheba was once the home of Ben-Gurion when he joined the kibbutz at Sde Boker in 1953. His former simple home is now the museum dedicated to his life’s legacy and his grave can be seen in the shadow of the Heritage Institute named after him. The kibbutz is about 30 miles south of Beer Sheba and the best way to visit is in air-conditioned comfort with a local driver and tour guide. Close to Sde Boker is the canyon of Ein Avdat where hiking to ancient caves and a waterfall is part of a great Beer Sheba tour. Cultural experiences in the area include visiting a local Bedouin village, having a cup of sweet tea and taking a camel ride.

In the same region Beer Sheba tours will visit the massive Makhtesh Ramon. It resembles a meteorite crater but is actually a natural valley with steep walls and a wadi, or dry riverbed. It is the largest makhtesh in the world at 40km (25 miles) long and 8km (5 miles) wide. Beer Sheba tours of the area will also take in stops at the two nature reserves nearby: Har Hanegev and Matzok Hatzinim. Mount Ramon towers above at 1,037m (3,400 feet). The area is a geologist’s paradise with many fossils, rock formations and volcanic features. Hiking, rappelling down the cliffs and star gazing due to the unpolluted air can all be enjoyed on tours to Beer Sheba’s surrounding areas.

Other interesting Beer Sheba tours take visitors to the ruined Nabatian outpost of Avdat with its many Roman and Byzantine structures. Another ruined settlement is Shivta which dates back to the second century BCE. Your knowledgeable guide will give a fascinating commentary about the area to give added value to Beer Sheba tours.