Attractions

Free Cultural Program for Hotel Guests

Free Cultural Program for Hotel Guests

A fixed annual cultural program for hotel guests guarantees that your Ein Gedi experience will not be complete without experiencing at least some of the surrounding nature.
To this end, we prepared a list of trips that we conduct regularly, providing our guests a small taste of the beauty around them. The program is intended for hotel guests only at no additional cost.
In addition, you are welcome to tour the area on your own – For a list of the trip routes in the region and to schedule a private tour on a day and time that suits you and at a convenient price, press here. To schedule a private tour, contact Reception upon your arrival or schedule it in advance when reserving the room.
Following is the hotel’s planned cultural program, which usually takes place on the dates below.

Please note, the program is subject to change. For updates, contact the Reception Desk at the lobby. Have a pleasant vacation!

Mondays

Guided tour of the botanical garden (in Hebrew)

09:00 – Tour of the botanical garden (in Hebrew) – A guided tour along the trails of the lowest botanical garden in the world and the only one to exist in a settlement. You will learn how a group of gardening enthusiasts, supported by research institutions and universities, created the garden in the wilderness. You will see the giant baobab trees, the adenium bushes coloring the garden in pink and the changes that the garden underwent over the years. Most importantly, you will enjoy the wondrous beauty of the greenery thriving in the heart of the oasis. Tour duration: ~90 minutes.

Tuesdays

Guided tour of David Stream (in Hebrew and English)

08:10 – Guided tour of David Stream (in Hebrew and English) – We will enter the reserve as it opens, when it is still teeming with the wild animals that drink the water. The Ein Gedi Natural Reserve is the most popular reserve in Israel, and this is a golden opportunity to enjoy its beauty in peace and quiet. You will enjoy the beauty of the stream, the rare junction between the desert and sweet water and you will hear the story of King David who hid in the stream. You will observe the wild animals and our local guides will show you rare and unknown corners of the famous stream. Feel free to bring a bathing suit in the summer and enjoy the cool water.

Tour duration: ~2 hours. Admission fees: 25 NIS for adults, 13 NIS for children. Free for Matmon cardholders. Discounts to senior citizen cardholders.

Wednesdays

Guided Tour of the Ancient Synagogue (in Hebrew)

08:10 – Guided tour of the ancient synagogue (in Hebrew) – Two millennia ago, Ein Gedi was home of a large and thriving community. The spiritual center of the ancient settlement operated in the heart of the Ein Gedi Reserve. Today, you will find traces of the structures that surrounded the synagogue, along with a restoration of a beautiful and fascinating mosaic floor from the synagogue itself. The inscription on the floor reveals a mysterious text with hidden meanings, revealing an ancient mystery of the communal life of the ancient Ein Gedi community.

Adjacent to the synagogue is the “Date House”, established by Michal Raz –  a kibbutznik who lived with the barbarian tribes of the Sahara Desert that taught her how to utilize all parts of the date tree for human use. The structure is made entirely of gravel and various parts of the date tree – its trunk, fronds, stalks and more. It is a beautiful structure overlooking the Kibbutz date groves.

Tour duration: ~90 minutes.

Admission to the ancient synagogue: ~14 NIS per person. Free for Matmon cardholders. Discounts for senior citizen cardholders.

Thursdays

“The Kibbutz Story” (in English)

08:30 – “The Kibbutz Story” (in English) – A tour that reconstructs Ein Gedi’s establishment by a small group of pioneers that transformed a barren hill in the middle of the desert into a thriving and prosperous residence. This is a story of pioneers, faith and the human spirit. The tour is conducted on the trails of the botanical garden, concurrently telling the intertwined tales of establishing the kibbutz and botanical garden. The tour is led by Daniella Cohen, an American who came to Ein Gedi as a volunteer, got married and built her home here. Daniella has many stories about the early years, about raising children in a distant location, about the transformations over the years, and more. Highly recommended! Tour duration: ~2 hours.

Guided Tour of the Perfume Garden (in Hebrew)

09:30 – Guided tour of the perfume garden (in Hebrew) – The perfume garden is a special plot of the botanical garden with herbs, remedies and perfumes from biblical times. The plot overlooks the Ein Gedi nature reserve, toward the ancient village where these plants were grown two millennia ago, reflecting the historical and continuous bond between the ancient settlers and those living here today.

On the tour, you will hear fascinating stories of plant use in the Temple, like myrrh and frankincense, about medicinal plants and herbs. You will learn the ancient “persimmon secret” and you will see the remnants of a structure that probably served as a factory for the famous persimmon perfume. The unique plot also overlooks the Dead Sea, and we will take this opportunity to tell the story of the Dead Sea and explain more about the sinkhole phenomenon.

Tour duration: ~90 minutes.

Fridays

Guided tour of the Ancient Synagogue (in Hebrew)

08:10 – Guided tour of the ancient synagogue (in Hebrew) – 08:10 – Guided tour of the ancient synagogue (in Hebrew) – Two millennia ago, Ein Gedi was home of a large and thriving community. The spiritual center of the ancient settlement operated in the heart of the Ein Gedi Reserve. Today, you will find traces of the structures that surrounded the synagogue, along with a restoration of a beautiful and fascinating mosaic floor from the synagogue itself. The inscription on the floor reveals a mysterious text with hidden meanings, revealing an ancient mystery of the communal life of the ancient Ein Gedi community.

Adjacent to the synagogue is the “Date House”, established by Michal Raz –  a kibbutznik who lived with the barbarian tribes of the Sahara Desert that taught her how to utilize all parts of the date tree for human use. The structure is made entirely of gravel and various parts of the date tree – its trunk, fronds, stalks and more. It is a beautiful structure overlooking the Kibbutz date groves.

Tour duration: ~90 minutes.

Admission to the ancient synagogue: ~14 NIS per person. Free for Matmon cardholders. Discounts for senior citizen cardholders.