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From Massada to Ein Bokek Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Drive   |   Itinerary duration: About- 7 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
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The area of the Dead Sea is full of fascinating attractions. The tour includes a visit to Massada- the famous ancient fortress which is considered today one of Israel’s most popular tourists sites, and continues to the charming Ein Bokek Nature Reserve for a pleasant splash in the cool water pools.
Itinerary properties:   ●  Families  ●  Wet Tour   ●   Non-circular tour
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It was only a matter of time until someone realizes that one of the most toured sites in Israel needs a museum for the better preservation of its heritage. And thus, a few years ago, at the feet of this fascinating mountain a no less fascinating museum has opened. The museum, named after Yigael Yadin (an Israeli archeologist, politician, and the second Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces), includes hundreds of archeological finds from the mountain and its close vicinity. Most fascinating are a rebels’ Jewish prayer shawl from the time of the Second Temple, a preserved braid of hair and 12 pieces of clay with different names written on them, supposed by some to signify the rebels’ method of deciding who will be responsible for whose death and who will be the last standing to take his own life, as a part of the rebels’ plan to commit mass suicide rather than fall into Roman captivity after the rebels’ Great Revolt against the Romans has failed. The exhibits are presented according to the various periods they belong to and the presentation style is theatrical and suits also children who like history and archeology.
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Masada is located on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is an ancient fortress built on an isolated rock plateau, the royal citadel of King Herod the Great and the last post of the zealots at the time of the Great Revolt against the Romans between 66-73 CE. The most famous story about Masada is of course the story of the Great Revolt, the First Jewish–Roman War, when after the Jewish warriors lost all hope of victory against the Romans, just before Masada would fall into Roman hands, the leader of the rebels, Eleazar ben Ya'ir, managed to convince those under Roman siege to commit mass suicide rather than fall into Roman captivity. The site was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001 and it is filled with archeological remains from the time of King Herod the Great, such as palaces, bath houses, storage rooms, cisterns and a uniquely preserved Roman siege fortification system, the best and most complete example to have survived to date. Beside all these, this site offers breathtaking and impressive views and, as said before, a complex and fascinating historic tale. Arrival to the site is done by cable car or by climbing the snake path. On site one can tour among the archeological remains, watch the films and the audio-visual presentation and of course enjoy a magnificent and magical desert sunset or a picturesque and romantic sunrise.
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Ein Bokek’s unique healing and vacation site is located in the heart of the Judean Desert, on the shore of the Dead Sea. Ein Bokek is a beautiful nature reserve which includes clear pools of water, a small beautiful waterfall and tropical stream flora. Every-once-in-a-while one can see groups of rock hyraxes which look for a hiding place from the heavy heat and ibexes which peek from among the rocks. The water of Ein Bokek flows all year round and it is clear and shallow and allows for a cool and refreshing dip.


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The Dead Sea Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 8 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 5 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
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