Day 1 – Rappel into the Crater
Reaching the region from Tel-Aviv, On the way to the crater it is recommended to visit Ben Gurion’s Tomb and Desert Home. This is where the first prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, retired, in hopes of attracting more people to the Negev by setting a personal example.
Nearby, we will ascend to the Ancient Nabatean city of Avdat. About 2,000 years ago, Avdat was an important caravanserai station along the incense route between Yemen and Gaza. Later, it developed into a Roman city and military base. Eventually, it was abandoned. A wealth of finds made at the site illustrated its fascinating history up to the collapse of the Byzantine Empire.
Upon reaching the Ramon crater it will take our breath away, as the view is simply that incredible! Nearby, we will join a tour at the visitors center, partially devoted to the memory of the first Israeli Astronaut, Ilan Ramon. Outside the visitors center is a popular semi-extreme attraction, rappelling 15 meters down the crater. Due to the minimal light pollution, the crater is also a great place for stargazing, which can be arranged after dinner.