Dead Sea, Masada & Ein Gedi Tour
Pick up from your hotel.
Beautiful drive through the world’s smallest desert.
Option for a Jeeping tour through the desert- Anyone with a driver’s license can take the front wheel.
Qumran- Dead Sea scrolls were found here. We will tour the remains of the breakaway Jewish Sect called the Yachad (Josephus calls them the Essenes) who lived a monastic life here.
Masada- We will take the cable car up to Israel’s 2nd most visited site, famous for the Great Jewish Revolt which will climax with the destruction of the Second Temple. The last stand of the revolt took place here and with Masada’s fall came the Jewish Exile which continues to affect us to this day. Beautiful view of the Dead Sea from the top.
Swimming in the Dead Sea- More like floating. Feel free to read a newspaper while floating on the water. The saltiest body of water on earth and rich in minerals, the water is great for the skin. The Dead seas therapeutic waters have been known since the Roman Times. Cleopatra had this sea seized for her. Dead Sea skin products are sold all over the world.
Ein Gedi Tour- An easy, family friendly hike in a desert, freshwater oasis. Although the Judean desert is barren (50 mm of rain a year), plenty of water is found here. Besides the beautiful plants and usual spotting of Hyraxes (type of rodent) and Ibex (gazelles), there is an option for swimming in its cool natural pools. See why when King David fled from Shaul, he came here.
Ein Gedi Talmudic Synagogue- Ancient synagogue with original mosaic floor.
Drop off at your hotel.
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Tour package options:
* Full day Masada tour includes your private tour guide, personalized itinerary, and having us take care of your logistics. Admission & car rental is extra (for no extra charge, we can take care of those logistics for you). Bring as many participants as you would like. This costs $375.
** Full day tour Dead Sea tour includes your private tour guide, private driver, vehicle, pickup/drop off at your door, personalized itinerary, and having us take care of your logistics. Starts at $695 (dependent on size of vehicle needed). Admission extra (but minimal).