The perfect itinerary, visiting the Judean Desert, where natural beauty and history abound, allowing you to explore the ancient fortress of Masada. hike in the Ein Gedi nature reserve, and float in the mineral rich Dead Sea
Leaving Jerusalem, you’ll travel south through the beautiful Judean Desert to the foot of the Masada fortress which stands beside the Dead Sea. You’ll take a cable car to the top of the fortress, enjoy the special views, and explore the archaeological ruins, before continuing to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, an oasis in the desert, for a short hike, and the unique opportunity to float in the waters of the Dead Sea, and immerse yourself in the famous mud.
Masada is one of Israel’s most important archaeological sites, and the site of one of the greatest tales of Jewish heroism. The excavated ruins are fascinating to explore, and the remarkable location high above the surrounding desert and Dead Sea, makes this a might impressive experience. You’ll ascend to the top of Masada via the famous Snake Path, a moderate one hour hike requiring a degree of physical fitness, although if you prefer, you could ascend and descend via the cable car. After leaving Masada, we’ll travel the short distance to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Surrounded by desert, this beautiful reserve offers a beautiful hike alongside the cool waters which flow from the spring. Stop and cool off beside one of the pools which can be found along the way, before returning to the entrance and heading to our final stop of the day. The lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is really a lake with water so salty that it allows you to float. Read your newspaper whilst floating in the water and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud which is sold around the world as beauty products before returning to Jerusalem having enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget.
The tour is self-guided. Our lovely driver provides you with basic information about the sites that you are about to visit, but there is no actual guide. A professional guide is available upon request at an additional price.
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