12:15 - MEETING POINT

The desert guide meets the guests at the entrance of the Biblical “Tamar” archaeological site, presently called: “Ir Ovot” in the Arava valley. The guests park their vehicle. (At the end of their sojourn, the guests will be returned to their vehicle). 
The ancient stones of the Caravanserai speak. The guests float around this labyrinth of time where little “pick-me-ups” await them before their “grand departure”.

13:45 - FAREWELL CIVILIZATION

The travellers leave civilization behind and enter the fascinating desert wilderness. The direction: To the end-of-the-world…and turn left.

14:00 - UNIQUE CAMEL EXPEDITION

The infinite landscape is the only audible music. The camels, loping between earth and sky, generously leave their footprints on the sand. Riding the noisy, indigenous animals, the expedition drifts along a strange mineral ocean. The sun fights its last battle for the day. Finally, the travellers “come ashore”. Facing the far horizons and nameless plains, a proud Acacia tree has, long ago, dropped its roots and gave up continuing its journey…

16:45 - TEA BREAK, A LONELY ACACIA TREE AND VENUS

With an incandescent ballet of ambers and purples, the twilight welcomes the distinguished “Desert Vessels” at an ephemeral “home port”: A lonely and strange mountain, in front of the now setting sun. Our Bedouin camel driver stops the Caravan and unfolds carpets and cushions around the wood fire on which the tea is being prepared. The surrounding hills dress in their most beautiful golden finery. The sun softly vanishes. Venus hangs up its white pearl in the glory of a dethroned day.

17:15 - THE CAMEL EXPEDITION CONTINUES INTO THE TWILIGHT

Equipped with head torches and parabolic saucers to detect hidden animals, the travellers observe the vanishing hills caressed by the first stars. Maybe, the evasive silhouette of a desert gazelle can be seen, merging into the night. The desert from above meets the desert from below. At this moment, you have the rare feeling that a dream is still possible. The majestic Milky Way is finally unveiled. As are the flames and fires of the MATE’ORA campsite…

18:30 - ARRIVAL AT THE MATE'ORA CAMP & REST AT THE "SALON UNDER THE STARS"

Sheikh Suleiman, honorable Chief of the Amrani Tribe – the smallest tribe of the smallest desert in the world – invites the travelers to the ancestral ritual Tea Ceremony. Tonight, the tea is perfumed with desert spices picked by the walkers only minutes previously. The privileged guests slip deep down into the heavenly soft Bedouin cushions scattered under the stars. The tea is boiling in a magnificent oriental teapot from which there is more water flowing than in all the ripples of the Wadi. The musician performs a unique recital on very uncommon instruments. As the “Sonata” withdraws its bow, the “Moonlight” remains and the stars below finally give way to those above. The sky guide invites the distinguished guests to a “Molto Andante” getaway in the unparalleled mirage of the desert’s nocturnal starry sky. The MATE’ORA telescope intrigues both camels and travelers. Fires and flames are ablaze in this unreal end-of-the-world lounge. Yet stories, told with love and passion, will prove that sometimes, words can be better dancers than the flames.

20:00 - DINNER BY THE FIRESIDE – MATE'ORA

A traditional Bedouin dinner is served at the foot of a majestic cliff shaped by the desert winds and the light of the flickering flames. A traditional Bedouin “Madfunah” is removed from the fire’s ashes under which it has simmered “à l’étouffée” for hours. Carefully, it is laid upon an elegant table – a precious “island of colors” in the middle of nowhere.

23:00 - A THOUSAND STARS AND ONE NIGHT - MATE'ORA

MATE’ORA now offers its distinguished travelers the possibility of sleeping in the large traditional tent at the foot of the illuminated cliff. A steward will ensure the maintenance of the fire and be at the guests’ disposal throughout the night.

AT DAWN - THE EXPEDITION CONTINUES

Early in the morning, the expedition leaves the camping site, which is immediately evaporated in the morning mists, as if it had never existed. The travelers climb on board the all-terrain vehicles for an ultimate off-road adventure, brushing against the sleeping curves of Mother Nature. With no hard feelings, one of the unnamed hills will lend its shade to a well-deserved Bedouin breakfast. The last adventures are often the most beautiful and it is these which will accompany the travelers back to the meeting point of the previous day.

POST SCRIPTUM - The above time schedule is liable to change according to the season.