This full day, self-guided, small group tour to Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea will take you from Jerusalem to the top sights in the Judean Desert. With a hike around an ancient fortress, time to relax and float in the Dead Sea, and a visit to desert oasis, you won't be disappointed.
Starting out early in the morning, head east from the city of Jerusalem and into the desert hills. 'As you travel towards the first stop, Masada, you will get an amazing view of the mountains in Jordan across the Dead Sea, and a chance to take a photo at the lowest place on earth.
Once you arrive at the ancient Masada Fortress, your driver will leave you to explore the site as you take a cable car to the top of the mount. With a long history dating back to the time of Herod, this ancient fortress was the site of the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion, and remains a well preserved Roman ruin.
The next stop is the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve which is a beautiful desert oasis in the middle of Judean desert, and on the banks of the Dead Sea. You will have a chance to explore and time to purchase lunch at the cafe. Ein Gedi is the site'where David once hid from King Saul, and with cool streams of fresh spring water, and a large variety of plants and animals, this oasis is rich with history and beauty.
Our final visit is to a Dead Sea beach where you'll be able to float in water, relax in the mineral rich Dead Sea mud, or simply enjoy the sun at the lowest place on earth, before we head back to Jerusalem in the late afternoon.