This morning, beat the heat (especially in summer!) with an early-morning climb to Massada via the Snake Path. Drive northeast to the Dead Sea, to explore Massada, 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’s center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.
Drive south to the central Negev to view one of nature’s most amazing creations: the Ramon Crater, or Makhtesh Ramon. Stop at the visitors center located in Mitspe Ramon to understand the processes that created this unique geological phenomenon. In the winter time hike one of the many trails in the crater itself. (For information click here).
Continue through the Arava Valley along the Peace Road, a 24 km road that stretches along Israel's border with Jordan. Farmers on both sides of the border are using sophisticated methods, turning the inhospitable terrain and conditions into a great advantage. Take a moment to stop and enjoy the view of the Edom Mountains, the large water reservoirs and the hothouses bursting with melons, tomatoes, peppers and watermelons.
Drive south along the Arava (route 90) all the way to Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat