Visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, famed as the home of a community of Essenes 2,000 years ago. It is possible that John the Baptist spent some time with the community here.
Stop at the oasis of Ein Gedi along the shore of the Dead Sea and walk along through the Nahal David stream to a beautiful waterfall.
Next, continue to Massada to take the cable-car to the top of Herod’s magnificent fortress, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to the Jewish historian Josephus, we have the dramatic record of the last stand of the rebels at Massada against the Romans during the Great Revolt in 73 CE that took place at this very site, which has become an important modern symbol.
Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure at one of the spa hotels on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Overnight in the Dead Sea area