Our tour guide and mini-bus will meet you in the arrival hall of the Ashdod port, once your ship has docked and according to the time stated after you booked your tour. We will be in contact with the port authority to confirm arrival time. From the port, we will embark on a two-hour drive, passing through Jerusalem and begin our descent through the Judean Desert into the Valley of the Dead Sea. On a clear day, you will be able to enjoy the superb view that stretches well into Jordan.
After about an hour drive, we will enter the great plateau of the Dead Sea and we will officially be in the lowest place on earth.
Our first stop will be Masada. The Fortress of Masada sits atop a table shaped mountain built by King Herod in 31 BCE and is now considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This was the last stronghold of Jewish warriors and their families during the great rebellion against the Romans. After a long siege, the Romans managed to build a ramp up the mountain, and it was clear that the battle was lost. The Jewish rebels then made a communal decision to commit suicide and not fall to the Romans’ sword.
We will go by cable car to the top of Masada, walk through its magnificent ruins, and enjoy its wonderful views.
From Masada, we will continue to Ein Bokek, where there will be an option for “lunch & swim” at one of the local hotel beaches. You will have time to enjoy a buffet lunch and experience the floating sensation of the sea while enriching your skin with nature’s greatest natural cosmetic healing invention. The beach includes changing rooms and showers, beach chairs, and a swimming pool.
After our refreshing time at the beach, on our way back, we will pass by Jericho, the oldest city in the world and continue to the port in time for your departure or overnight stay.