A private tour is a great way to explore the Masada and Dead Sea region.
Our AERO VIP private tour guide will take you to a spectacular and unique experience – the Masada sunrise tour. The Masada tour will reveal the story of the famous battle on the mountain and will include a trip to the Dead Sea that will soothe not only your body, but also your soul.
Descend 3,600 feet toward the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth, over 1,300 feet below sea level.
As you travel south view Ein-Gedi on your right. The En-Gedi Antiquities National Park encompasses a Jewish settlement of 3rd – 6th Centuries AD, where dwellings and a synagogue have been excavated. The indigenous Jewish town was an important source of balsam for the Greco-Roman world.
Before arriving at the Dead Sea, enjoy a visit to Masada, the most spectacular ancient archaeological site in Israel. Ascend by cable car to this mountaintop fortress. Explore the magnificent ancient ruins, which include King Herod’s three-tiered palace, the synagogue, the baths, the defending walls and the water cisterns.
Ascend Massada by cable car and visit this world famous site, a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army in 73 AD.
The fortress of Massada was built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod, whose architectural feats have left their mark throughout the country. At the beginning of the great revolt against Rome in the year 68 BCE, the site was conquered by a group of Jewish zealots, and Massada became their last stronghold. In the year 72 the Romans besieged Massada and succeeded in reaching the steep fortress after constructing a huge earthen ramp on its western side. In the year 73, the 960 Jewish zealots living at the top of Massada chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans alive. Their deeds left behind a saga of courage, heroism, and martyrdom.
The remains of the fortress of Massada are well-preserved and have been reconstructed in an effort to pay homage to the site and its heroic inhabitants.
The most impressive structure on Massada is King Herod’s northern palace, built on three rock terraces overlooking the gorge below. Near the palace is a large Roman style bath house with a colorful mosaic floor and walls decorated with murals. Many other buildings at the site – such as the luxurious western palace, the Mikveh (a Jewish ritual bath), storerooms, watchtowers, and synagogue relate the history of Massada, especially when viewed with artifacts such as storage containers, decorated pottery, scrolls, and coins.
The beautiful embossments and murals that were discovered on the walls of buildings on Massada were restored by Italian experts to preserve them for years to come. This is the largest and most complete Roman siege camp that remains today, and in 2001 UNESCO declared Massada a World Heritage Site.
Option: have the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the exquisite sensation of floating effortlessly upon the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. With more salt and minerals than any other body of water in the world, the Dead Sea is claimed to be a natural health and beauty spa.
After your swim, travel along the shores of the Dead Sea to a viewpoint of the Qumran Caves. It was here in 1947 that a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts in the world.
The Dead Sea – public beach entrance, you can also enter to a Hotel Resort at the Dead Sea, pay for the facilities at the hotel including lunch.