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Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

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Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

We (family of 5 incl. 3 teenaged kids) would like a 2 day stay at Kibbutz Ein Gedi. I can't seem to find a direct website or contact info for them (tried Google, Kayak). Is Ein Gedi Hotel same as Ein Gedi Kibbutz? Are reservations made only via the link " http://www.ein-gedi.co.il/en/"? Also, can we take bus from Jerusalem to Ein Gedi kibbutz or need to rent car in Jerusalem? I was hoping to rent car in Ein Gedi for travel use in the area, then take bus back to Ben Gurion airport for 1pm departure to USA. Or can Ein Gedi be explored without a car...?

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1. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

The hotel is at the Ein Gedi Kibbutz. This is different from the Ein Gedi youth hostel and the Ein Gedi Field School which also offers accommodations.

Here is the link for staying at Kibbutz Ein Gedi.

http://www.ein-gedi.co.il/en/

I strongly recommend you rent a car if you are staying there. It is somewhat isolated with infrequent public bus service. Ein Gedi isn't a town or built up area. There are no car rental agencies there. You would need to rent a car in Jerusalem which you could return at the airport. There is a drop fee for returning the car to the airport but this is a small price to pay for the convenience of a vehicle in the Dead Sea area.

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2. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

Reservations for the hotel should be made directly to the hotel. Your only real choice with transportation is to rent a car as mentioned above. If you are coming this summer you should prebook a minivan already this week to ensure that you will be able to transport your entire family and luggage in a single vehicle for your trip to the Dead Sea.

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3. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

How are driving conditions between Jerusalem and Ein Gedi? Good signs? Some in english? Complicated near Jerusalem? A valid USA drivers license is enough?

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4. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

Once you leave the city it's easy to find Ein Gedi on route 90. It will take you just over an hour to drive there. You can get directions to exit city from car rental or GPS. US driver's license sufficient

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5. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

Driving is easy, most signs are clearly marked in English.

Once you leave Jerusalem on Hwy 1 east you keep going straight till you reach Hwy 90. That's the only turn. You will turn right (south).

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6. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

Just to clarify, taking route 1 east you will turn right when the road ends, with the Dead Sea right in front of you.

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7. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

Easy driving. All signs you will be needing are in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

Not so complicated out of Jerusalem, roads are marked, and you will be leaving on a major highway. Just get directions in advance. The minute you leave the city, it is very simple. You won't get lost.

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8. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

Chana,

When you take hwy 1 east, the road does not end - you just keep straight and after Beit HaArava junction you're suddenly on hwy 90 (southwards), heading the Dead Sea.

So, essentially it's just all-the-way straight from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

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9. Re: Visiting Ein Gedi from Jerusalem

Just to make clear my last line, as requested by one of the fellow DEs:

>>So, essentially it's just all-the-way straight from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

While the shift from hwy 1 from Jerusalem to hwy 90 to the Dead Sea (southwards) is done with no turns (you just continue straight), there is one mandatory turn on hwy 90 itself (i.e you can't really turn otherwise) - at the part just to the northern tip of Dead Sea.

Here it is on a map + photo:

http://goo.gl/maps/ALVDi

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