3. From Jerusalem: Masada and Dead Sea Private Tour
See Masada, float in the Dead Sea, and descend through the Jordan River Valley on this private day tour from Jerusalem. Learn about the history of each site and experience the beauty and rich history of the area. Begin the Masada and Dead Sea private tour by descending through the Jordan valley with Jericho in the distance and imagine the Israelites crossing the Jordan River into the promised land. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to reach Masada and ascend via cable car, taking the opportunity to look down at the snake path used thousands of years ago by King Herod. Learn the history of Masada, and how it was one of the last Jewish strongholds against the Romans, where they were under siege atop the mountain. See the well-preserved synagogue, proving that synagogues existed during the second temple period, and see the first piece of parchment discovered by Israeli archaeologists. Explore the famous bathhouse, swimming pool, and storehouses, and gain a real insight into the lives of those under siege on Masada. Following the descent from Masada, visit Ein Gedi, where David is said to have taken refuge, hiding from the wrath of King Saul. Make a stop to see beautiful waterfalls and freshwater pools. Next, stop with the guide at the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Experience the Dead Sea resort, where visitors can enjoy the floating sensation in the waters of the Dead Sea and cover their bodies in the mineral-rich muds, said to have maintained Cleopatra’s youthful looks. Wash the mud off in a Sulphur pool nearby before returning to your hotel.