Your tour begins with pickup from the Mamilla Hotel on Shlomo ha-Melekh Street at 4am in winter time and 3am during the remainder of the year. Following a 1.5-hour drive — a perfect time to catch up on sleep! — you’ll arrive at the base of Masada Mountain, crowned by the UNESCO-listed Masada Fortress.
While your driver waits at the mountain’s base, you’ll embark on a challenging 1-hour hike to the mountain’s summit to watch a desert sunrise. Enjoy free time to explore the ruins before making your descent and reconvening with your driver.
Your next stop, following a 1-hour drive, is the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Follow your choice of well-marked hiking trails independently, admiring waterfalls, caves, and wadis, for approximately two hours and then return to the vehicle for the journey to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on planet earth.
On arrival at a private Dead Sea beach resort, you’ll have ample free time to float and flounder in the salt-saturated water, which are reputed to have healing properties. After drying off and showering, you’ll return to your original departure point in Jerusalem at 1pm.