Please remember to bring your hats, swimming suits and suntan lotion with you today!
Early morning departure to the Dead Sea area traveling south through the Judean Wilderness - a place of refuge and shelter for Jews since time immemorial.
Drive south and stop off at the desert oasis of Ein Gedi with its lush greenery and cool waterfalls. You will be able to appreciate the unique and flourishing flora and fauna of this area and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a few beautiful Ibex and Orex hiding in the surrounding mountains. Hike deeper into the coolness of this desert oasis to enjoy the rush of a cascading waterfall in all its natural beauty. This is the place where King David hid from King Saul during Biblical times.
Arrive at Massada - Ascend the cliff top fortress by cable car. As you explore the ancient remains of fortifications, King Herod's palaces, storerooms and baths, you will hear about the spirit of its last Jewish defenders. These Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva and chose to die as free men at their own hands in preference to Roman slavery. From the top of Massada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below. Descend by cable car. It is possible to descend on foot via the old Roman Ramp, or snake path.
In the Dead Sea area, we will stop at Mount Sdom, made of salt and see the column of salt traditionally believed to be Lot's wife. According to the Book of Genesis, she was turned into a pillar of salt when she glanced backward at the cities of Sdom and Gmorah while they were being destroyed.
Continue along the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and arrive at a lovely hotel, located on the shores of the Dead Sea. Here we will have lunch and enjoy a swim in the hotel's swimming pool or go down to their private beach to experience a therapeutic dip in the Dead Sea. Let the buoyant waters support you as you relax on your back and think of nothing else but the sea and salt all around you.