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King Herod the Great (72BC-4BC) is known as the Great Builder of ancient times; he initiated numerous construction projects in the Holy Land including the impressive palaces covered in this private tour. Tour the archaeological remains of Herod’s palace-fortress built on Masada’s 400m-high (1,300ft) plateau summit in c.30BC. See the excavated fortified walls, the northern palace, storerooms, guardhouses, and the bathhouses decorated with frescos. Your guide will tell you how and why King Herod had his desert fortress built on Masada and the events that followed.
Leaving Masada, the tour takes you past the Good Samaritan Inn which served as a travelers’ hostel on the ancient Roman road between Jericho and Jerusalem. Head towards Wadi Qelt, a valley that runs from the northwestern hills outside Jerusalem to Jericho. On route, you can look out across the valley to the cliff-hanging Saint George’s Monastery built in 500AD.
Visit the archaeological site of King Herod’s winter palace near Jericho. Herod chose to build his winter home here because of the plentiful water sources; the warm winter temperatures and the proximity to Jerusalem. Tour the excavated opulent palace and see where there once were sunken gardens, large pools, reception rooms, courtyards, living quarters, and bathhouses.
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Start the tour with a drive to Masada, an incredible rock outcrop that rises out of the Judean Desert and looms over the Dead Sea. Tour the archaeological remains of Herod’s palace-fortress built on Masada’s plateau summit. Masada was Herod’s first great fortress, constructed in c.30BC. The king chose this location for its natural defensive advantages and, as an escape from the city. Tour the site including storerooms, guardhouses, and traditional Roman bathhouses with beautiful frescos. See the fortified double wall, Herod’s northern palace, and the western palace that was intended for guests.
Following Herod’s death, Masada became a Roman garrison and the scene of a dramatic standoff between Jewish zealots and Roman troops in the Great Revolt of 63AD-70AD. See where the Jewish zealots turned Herod’s stables into a synagogue and where Roman soldiers broke through the fortified walls to end the standoff. Also, see the remains of a Byzantine-era church and learn about the ingenious water system that supplied fresh water to the remote fortress. Leaving Masada, the tour takes you past the site of the Good Samaritan Inn, where Jesus set his famous parable.
Approaching the Wadi Qelt gorge, you will have a view of the 1,500-year-old Saint George’s Monastery built into the dramatic Wadi Qelt cliffs. Continue to the archaeological remains of Herod’s palace at the entrance to Wadi Qelt near Jericho. Herod built his magnificent winter palace on the remains of earlier Hasmonean palaces. The elaborate complex was built in three stages with the largest section constructed on both sides of Wadi Qelt connected by a bridge across the valley. Tour the excavated site that reveals the luxurious lifestyle of Herod the Great with its swimming pools, ornamental gardens, reception rooms, courtyards, royal living quarters, and bathhouses.
Additional Options in the Area:
1. Visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
2. Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and a walk along the banks of David Stream or Arugot Stream.
3. Take a swim in the Dead Sea.
4. Visit Mount Sodom and the Flour Cave.
5. Take an exhilarating desert jeep safari.
6. Watch the Sound and Light Show at Masada.
7. Full day at Masada, with an in-depth tour of the site including the southern section. You can include a hike to Masada; a walk up the Snake Path to the plateau summit or the longer, challenging hike trail that connected the Roman siege camps plus a visit to the cisterns on the northwestern cliff of Masada.
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Yes, the mentioned itinerary is a proposal only; we can customize private trips within the designated region and based on logistics. Please note that if the tour duration exceeds 10 hours, you will be required to pay $40 for every extra hour (up to extra 2 hours possible).
The tours are available in the most widespread languages. On our website, you can book the tours in English, Spanish, Russian, German, or French guidance (except for English, tours in these languages have an additional fee of 75 USD).
However, if you book a different language, a supplement of approximately 100-150 USD will be applied depending on the language and the tour.
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