We start our day early by driving around Jerusalem, through the Judean desert and downhill to the northern tip of the Dead Sea. We turn right, southward on Route 90 and drive along the lake until we get to the entrance of Ein Gedi Oasis, a nature reserve where we may meet some wildlife like Ibex and Hyrax walking around without fear.
We walk into the oasis for a short hike of about 1.5 hours (round trip) with optional swim or dip in 1-2 springs and waterfalls.
We leave the Oasis and drive shortly further down south to Masada. We mount up the famous site by a cable car ride (3 minutes) and walk around the fortress ruins for about 1.5-2 hours, exploring the Palaces, Bathhouse, Water cisterns, Synagogue, the "Lots Room", the Breaching Point and more.
After all that "hard work", we deserve to have some fun at the Lowest Place on Earth with the Dead Sea Experience.
We drive shortly from Masada to a nearby Dead Sea Spa where we can float, bathe and swim in the incredibly salty waters of the famous lake.
Instead of the hike in Ein Gedi Oasis we can visit the ruins of Ein Gedi's ancient synagogue with its unique mosaic floors, telling the town's mysterious secret and also, time permitting, visit Kumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
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