Ascend in a cable car to the top of a 2000 year old fortress
Amazing view point over the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea
Visit the lowest place on earth
Swim and float in the salty water of the Dead Sea
Enjoy a mineral rich mud bath
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Local tour guide
Transport by new air-conditioned vehicle
Pick-up and drop-off from variety of hotels in the city
Entrance fee to the Dead Sea and Masada
Food and drinks
Cleaning and safety practicesSee all
- Masks required
- Contactless tickets
- Vehicles and venues disinfected
What you can expect
Descend 1,200 meters from Jerusalem through the wilderness to the Dead Sea and, with Jericho in the distance. We continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. As we ascend in the cable car, we look down at the Snake path which was used two thousand years ago when King Herod built this fortress cum palace. In fact, there were two palaces, as well as a swimming pool and a well-preserved beautiful bath-house.
Maintained by a small Roman legion after the death of Herod, it was seized by Jewish zealots at the beginning of the Jewish revolt against the Romans which culminated in the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE. We stand over the ramp, built for the Romans by their Jewish slaves, which facilitated the breaching of the wall after three years of siege.
On our return journey we pass the oasis of Ein Gedi where David hid from the wrath of King Saul (I Sam 24:1ff) and stop to see the caves at Qumran where the two thousand year old Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
At a Dead Sea resort we take the opportunity to cover ourselves with black mud, even our faces and bald spots! As long as two thousand years ago, Queen Cleopatra realised that it was the mud which kept her young and alluring for Mark Anthony! We wash the mud off in the sulphur pool, fed by the nearby springs.
Finally we enjoy a therapeutic swim in the Dead Sea. The water is 35 percent salt and even those who cannot swim can float. Tired but feeling and looking years younger we end the day!
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travelers
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Temperature checks given to staff
- Temperature checks available
- Masks required
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