You will meet our guide outside the reception hall of the port of Ashdod, from where we will head to Masada. On the drive to Masada, your tour guide will inform you about Israel’s rich history. The drive can be about two hours, depending on traffic.
Our tour begins in Masada, the fortress built on top of a mountain by King Herod in the Judean Desert. During the Roman Empire, this was one of the last strongholds of the Jewish people and their families, but the Romans were able to build a ramp up the mountain and the battle was clearly lost. Today, this is a World Heritage Site granted by UNESCO, and people visit here year round.
We will go up by cable car to the top of Masada, walk through its ruins, and enjoy its remarkable views.
From Masada, we pass by the archaeological site of the Qumran Caves, where a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Essenes, a strictly religious sect. of Jews, used to roam this area in the time of the Second Temple. Today, the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed in the Shrine of the Book, located in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
There will be an option for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will proceed to a Dead Sea Beach where you will have time to enjoy the mud baths or float in the sea. The beach includes changing rooms and showers, beach chairs, mineral-rich mud and the Lowest Bar in the World. The Dead Sea’s mud is famously used for cosmetic treatments.
After relaxing in the Dead Sea, we will pass by Jericho, the oldest city in the world, and then return you to the port of Ashdod.