The Wilderness of Judea is located east of the Judean Hills and west of the Dead Sea. This mountainous territory, almost completely devoid of any rainfall and vegetation, is the home of nomadic Bedouin families whose lifestyles have remained almost unchanged for several thousands of years. The land of the Wilderness of Judea brings into sharp focus various events that transpired in Biblical history - from the wanderings of the Israelites in similar rugged terrain, to the temptation of Jesus before he began his public ministry. The Wilderness of Judea has a prominent place in the Bible's historical recount of the land of Israel.
One of the most popular tourist sites of Israel is Mt. Masada (a UNESCO heritage) located in the southern part of the Wilderness of Judea. During the Masada tours you'll discover a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel known as the last stand of Jewish patriots as they faced the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The remnants of the Roman camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the only complete surviving set of Roman siege tactics known to date.
The nearby Dead Sea, at 400 meters below sea-level, is the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea is so called due to the high salt and mineral content of its amazing body of water, which inhibits the existence of most life forms. It is, however, these same salt & minerals that provide the perfect environment for those seeking to treat body and mind. During a Dead Sea day tour you'll be able to float effortlessly on the therapeutic water and enjoy reduced radiation sunbathing due to the extra layers of the atmosphere.
Our Dead Sea tours and Masada tours have been designed especially for the travellers who are interested in touring and exploring this unique part of Israel. For itineraries and prices click on tour options below.
Dead Sea Day Tour - Client's Testimonial:
"If someone thinks of visiting Dead Sea and Masada area without hiring a tour guide, it will be either a lot of pressure or simply a waste of time. Hiring a tour guide is not as expensive as many would be made to believe. In fact, it is quite affordable, considering that your guide will be there every step of the way. I believe that the reason why most people visit places like Masada is so that they get to experience what famous people of the past experienced; for instance how they lived and what their culture was. Our tour guide explained all the details to us in very professional and informative manner.
My experience at Masada was amazing from the beginning as I decided to hire Goldcarpet’s services. I had studied about the Dead Sea and was very excited to see it. What I studied or heard about the place was almost nothing, compared to the deep knowledge of our guide. He told us that the there are 340mg of salt to every liter (they measure in liters in Israel) of seawater. It is 1,368.11 feet below sea level and its evaporation rate exceed its filling rate of water.
After the Dead Sea day tour we went to Ein Gedi which has a very nice track for walking and a lovely waterfall area where we could cool down after the heat and sweating of the previous climb. Our tour guide told us stories about his life/limitations and shared some experiences of his 15 years career as a professional tour operator. No doubt the day was great, where we all learned about life in the desert.
Our guide was so friendly and entertaining and it was only because of him that we understood the culture and tradition of Israel. Masada is absolutely breathtaking. The places you will see will forever be engraved in your memory. I would recommend everyone to take a Dead Sea day tour."