Day 1– Jo Alon center- Lakiya– Tel Arad– Camel Ride- Kfar Hanokdim
Drive southwards to the Lahav forest region of the Judean low land and visit the Joe Alon Center, an educational visitors` center specializing in the geography of Israel, particularly that of the Negev and Museum of Bedouin Culture that includes a Bedouin hospitality tent and other exhibits.
Proceed to the Bedouin village of Lakiya to visit the Lakiya Negev Weaving Project. Using the traditional, home-made ground-looms of their Bedouin culture and thehe pure wool of Awasi sheep acquired from local Bedouin shepherds, the Lakiya women spin it into thread to weave authentic, ethnic products that are renowned both for their beauty and their durability. A strong part of communal life this weaving tradition is one of the last traces of the unique Bedouin heritage, now that the people no longer lead a nomadic life. The visit will end with a traditional light Bedouin lunch.
Continue to Tel Arad. Arad was one of the largest cities of its day -Early Bronze Age (3150-2200 BCE) in this country, and surrounded by a strong 1,200-meter wall. A highlight of the visit is the Israelite temple, which included a large outer sacred area, the hechal, and a smaller ‘holy of holies.’ The temple in Arad was a miniature version of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.
Proceed east, past the modern city of Arad towards the Judean desert to our final stop for the day - Kfar Hanokdim situated in the Kana`im valley, between the city of Arad and ancient Massada. It is a green oasis shaded by palm trees and crowned with biblically inspired gardens. Enjoy a Camel ride in the early evening as the sun sets over the desert and return for a Bedouin style dinner in the wilderness of Judea.
Over night at Kfar Hanokdim.
Day 2 – Massada at sunrise –Dead Sea –Mount Sodom - Small Crater
An hour befor sunrise- after a drink of hot tea- drive to the eastern slopes of Massada. Acssend via the old Roman Ramp and arrive at the top to enjoy a breathtaking view of a majestic sunrise over the Moav mountains and the Judean desert. Tour the impressive ruins of the great fortress established by King Herod the great over 2000 years ago, which later on became the last stronghold of the Jewish rebels against the Roman Empire (73 AD). See the walls, the palaces, the storerooms, the Roman bath House, the old synagogue and the Roman encampments. Descend through the ramp- back to Kfar Hanokdim for a well deserved breakfast.
After breakfast drive east toward the Dead Sea. Stop at the Zohar lookout for a breathtaking view of the Dead Sea and the Moav mountains on the horizon and descend to 412 feet below sea level for a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea - where we shall see the Pillar of Salt that is known as Lot's wife, the Sodom hills on our right and the salt stalactites of the Dead Sea to our left.
Proceed west through the Negev wilderness to the Small Crater- a geological erosive landform that is indigenous to Israel's Negev desert. One of five craters in Israel, and seven in the world, it is the third largest in Israel measuring 5 km by 7 km and was charted in 1942 by Jewish explorers. The crater is known for it's colored sand stones varying from white to gray- yellow – red and purple.
Continue through the modern day city of Dimona, all the way back to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.