10 days just not enough? Enhance your experience on DESERT TREKS with five extra days hiking through Israel’s most fascinating desert landscapes and exploring the tropical Red Sea.
Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll go on a wilderness adventure where travelers learn how to navigate, cook, and thrive outdoors – including three nights camping under the desert stars. Along the way, you’ll learn about the wonders of desert agriculture, take a scuba diving course in the tropical Red Sea, scale massive sand dunes, and hike through Israel’s spectacular desert terrain.
- Pick-up and drop-off is in Tel Aviv
- All meals are provided along the way
- A support vehicle delivers your luggage at night
- Designed for active travelers, but you don’t need to be an avid hiker to enjoy this experience
- Anyone who will be traveling on a Birthright Israel experience this coming winter
- Anyone who already traveled on a Birthright Israel experience since Winter/Spring 2016-17
The program begins with a hotel overnight in Tel Aviv and returns to Tel Aviv in the afternoon. Dates subject to availability.
- December 30 – January 3
- January 6 – January 10
- January 13 – January 17
- January 27 – January 31
The program cost is $250, which includes all meals, domestic transportation, all programming, AND the cost of your flight extension when booked in advance (for travelers on a Birthright Israel experience this winter).
DAY #1 | Introduction to Israel’s Vast Desert
Pick up from Deborah Hotel in Tel Aviv, and travel south
Opening ceremony and intro to the desert at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Evening Program – Orienteering and basic survival skills workshop
Overnight: Camping at Mt. Shchoret Campground
DAY #2 | A Journey’s Beginning
Hike along the Israel National Trail from Shchoret campground through Shchoret Creek to Mt. Shchoret and what is known as the Lost Valley, arriving to Netafim Creek and Netafim Spring
Climb Mt. Yoram to the evening’s campground
Evening Program – cooking in the field workshop
Overnight: Camping at Mt. Yoram
DAY #3 | Geology of the Desert
Hike Mt. Yoram to Mt. Shlomo, Israel’s highest granite mountain
Along the way we will see and learn about the area’s beautiful geological phenomena, including the unique plutonic rock found here
Evening Program – drum circle and star gazing
Overnight: Camping at Shlomo Creek
DAY #4 | Walking a 4,000 year old Jewish Journey
Hike from Nahal Gishron through the Gishrom Cliffs and to the Red Sea
Continue through the Eilat Mountains, overlooking the Sinai Desert to the peak of Mt. Tzfahot
Celebrate the desert journey with a swim in the Red Sea and festive BBQ dinner
Evening program -free night in Eilat to explore beach promenade lined with restaurants & bars
Overnight: Hotel in Eilat
DAY #5 | Celebrate the journey at the Sea of Galilee
Scuba diving course in the Red Sea in the world’s northernmost tropical coral reef – two separate courses for unlicensed participants and a guided dive for licensed participants
Final stop at Kasui Sand Dunes – one of the desert’s true wonders
Return to Tel Aviv in the evening for the program conclusion
Being a part of a group of people with similar interests is like nothing I have ever experienced. The amount of knowledge I gained and the hiking was amazing.
We stayed in Kibbutz Ketura and Eilat and we were able to do some INCREDIBLE exploring and hiking! This is really what I wanted out of the trip and it was amazing.
This trip changed my whole perception of Israel and I hope to visit again.
Once you’ve been fully confirmed on your Birthright Israel trip, you can register to be a part of any Birthright Israel Plus program. You’ll fill out a short registration form, which will also include the opportunity to request a specific flight extension.