Get an early start this morning, driving down the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea. Your first stop can be Qumran, the ruins of an ancient settlement in whose nearby caves the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and whose Visitor Center tells its fascinating story.
Continue to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a biblical oasis with a spring and waterfalls, where David hid from Saul.
Then it’s on to Massada, taking the cable-car up to explore this fortress built by Herod the Great, which was the scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago.
The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the rebels’ daily life, the story of the excavations, and how Massada became one of Israel’s most important symbols.
End the day with a relaxing float in the healthful waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest, saltiest body of water on earth.
Overnight in the Dead Sea area