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Excursions in the Negev and Eilat

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Mitspe Ramon, Negev

During a tour of the Negev desert, you will visit the ghost town of Avdat, Kibbutz Sde Boker, the tomb of the founder of Israel’s Ben Gurion and breathtaking Ramon Crater.

Ramon Crater

Ramon Crater largest of its kind, one of the five craters of the Negev desert, is a unique natural phenomenon. Assume that the crater formed in the internal erosion of soft rock layers below the upper harder. In the center of the crater was previously mountain that no longer exists. The length of the crater is about 40 km, the maximum width of 9 km and a depth of about 400 meters on the edge of the crater is the town of Mitzpe Ramon.

The ghost town of Avdat

Avdat was a central city on the Nabatean trade route from Petra and the port of Gaza. The excavation of the Acropolis is located at an altitude of 655 meters above sea level and has a breathtaking view of the surroundings from a height of 80 meters.

At the site of the city there are the national park and tourist center for visitors. Here are preserved evidence of a residential area of the city, churches, military bases, baths and pools, Winepress for making wine from grapes and agricultural terraces. In 2005, the park was declared a World Heritage UNESCO.

Sde Boker and the grave of Ben-Gurion

Kibbutz Sde Boker, is situated 30 km to the north of the Ramon Crater and is known as the residence of the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion in the last years of his life. Thanks to Ben-Gurion, near kibbutz was founded by well-known Midreshet Ben-Gurion, including the Research Institute of the Desert (a branch of the University of Ben-Gurion), field school and secondary boarding school. The grave of David Ben-Gurion and his wife Pola are nearby on the edge of a cliff overlooking the magnificent landscapes of the valley and the plains of Zin Avdat.