Massada - Dead Sea - Komaran
Judean desert, starting for the eastern side of Jerusalem going all the way the Jordan river and the border with the kingdom of Jordan
Together, let’s explore the Judean Desert: starting at the Eastern side of Jerusalem, and going all the way to the Jordan River and the border with the Kingdom of Jordan.
This area holds over 3,000 years of history: from David and Saul, to the Dead Sea Scrolls until the modern history of Jordan, the Palestinians and the State of Israel.
Our tour includes some of the most beautiful places Israel has to offer; it is definitely not the “boring desert tour, all I see is sand” you might expect.
We’ll check out Masada, (meaning "fortress"), an ancient, fortified site looking out over the Dead Sea. The fortress was built by King Herod the Great in 37 BCE. Later, Masada became the last resort for the Jewish rebels against the Romans in 74 CE. Those two stories intertwined into one beautiful mountain top in the desert.
The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth at 435 Meters (1427 Feet) below sea level!!! With ten times more salt than the ocean, you will defy gravity as you literally float on the surface of the water. The sea’s water and its mud are full of minerals that are healing for your skin, and the dense air helps to filter the sun’s UV rays, helping your skin to look glowing and natural.
Depending on your interests, we can also make a stop in Qumran, the finding and (perhaps) the writing place of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest pieces of the bible ever found, dating back to the first century BCE.
Another great option is Ein Gedi National Park, an oasis with waterfalls, vegetation and wildlife. Historical and biblical stories as Saul and David in Ein Gedi happened in this gorgeous place ("David is in the Desert of En Gedi” 1st Samuel 24).
The Judean desert is full of a unique combination of nature and tradition, beauty and history. I'd be happy to show you around.
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