After being picked up in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv the tour heads south by way of the Judean Hills descending along twisting roads through the desert. On route you'll pass the site where Jesus set the parable of the Good Samaritan. We pause at the sign indicating sea level and continue our descent. The first stop is at Masada; this massive rock outcrop or mesa rises from the desert floor with steep cliffs dramatically dropping on each side. Take a cable car to the plateau summit where Herod built an incredible fortress between 37 and 31BC. Your guide will show you the well preserved remains of Roman baths, palaces, storage rooms, cisterns and guard houses that date back more than 2,000 years. You guide will also tell you of the role Masada plays in Jewish heritage and how it became a symbol of national heroism, freedom and resistance when a group of Jews made a final stand against the Romans in the First Jewish-Roman War of 73AD. The stand-off ended with the Jewish rebels choosing suicide instead of capture by the Romans.
The tour continues to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve where brooks, natural pools and waterfalls are nestled among thick foliage and lush undergrowth all surrounded by the harsh desert environment. This slice of paradise can be explored by following paths alongside the oasis streams. Along the way you'll see small wildlife and ibexes balanced on the surrounding rock cliffs. You'll be able to explore as a group or enjoy this idyllic environment on your own.
Next we head for the nearby shore of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is famed for its many health and wellness benefits including the low UV-ray sunshine, the oxygen-rich air and the hypersaline, mineral-rich water. You'll have free time to relax on the beach, float in the water where the salty water keeps you buoyant and even try using the black Dead Sea mud as a natural skin mask. After an exhilarating day the tour comes to an end when you are returned to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.