The desert wilderness is misleading in its desolation, ensconcing former and present day flourishing communities and lush vegetation. This tour will reveal some of these unexpected and awesome enigmas.All entrance fees are included
Drive eastward through the Wilderness of Judea, see the Bedouin settlements along the way passing by the Inn of the Good Samaritan descending to the lowest point on earth - the Dead Sea, 400 Meters below sea level. Proceed south along the Dead Sea west coast, stop at Qumran where in 1947 in a nearby cave in the Judean Desert cliffs Bedouins found the first of the famous Dead Sea scrolls. Visit the ruins of the Essenes sect community center dating from the 2nd temple period, and view the scroll caves.
We continue further south along the Dead Sea, passing the nature reserve of Ein Fashcha, to arrive at Ein Gedi, a natural oasis in the desert, forming a green Garden of Eden in the wilderness. It is situated on the shores of the Dead Sea at the feet of majestic mountains and cliffs. We will take a walk to the spectacular Ein Gedi Nature reserve and visit the David Stream with Shulamit Waterfall, enjoying the wide variety of plant and animal species to thrive side by side.
We will then travel further south arrive at Mt. Massada. Ascend by cable car to the mount, enjoy the breathtaking view of the wilderness, tour the impressive ruins of the great fortress established by King Herod the great over 2000 years ago, which later on became the last stronghold of the Jewish rebels against the Roman Empire (73 AD). See the walls, the palaces, the storerooms, the Roman bath house, the old synagogue, the Roman encampments and the ramp.
We will drive back to the Kalia beach on the shore of the Dead Sea and stop for a swim in its therapeutic waters, experience the black mud and enjoy these unforgettable feelings of floating on the water.
We recommend to book the tour at least 24 hours in advance.
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