My Recommendation Tip
Every visitor to Israel must see Jerusalem – the cherry on the cake – but if you have at least one more day, why not see the icing? When you see the salt deposits at the Dead Sea you’ll think of whipped cream!
Combining the Dead Sea with Masada and the stunning oases and rock formations of the Judean Desert makes for a thrilling on/off road experience you will not find anywhere else in the world.
I recommend approaching the area from Arad – if you can, why not spend the afternoon in Arad and sleep there? There are many attractions in the area, which we can visit in an afternoon: Tel Arad, the remains of a typical Israelite fortified town, the Yatir Forest and the Yatir Winery (which will guarantee you a good night’s sleep!). For beer and sports lovers, the legendary Muza Pub.
From Arad, we can go directly to Masada, or time permitting, detour through the refreshing oasis of Ein Gedi, (where King Solomon composed the ‘Song of Songs’) with its sulphur springs, waterfalls and nature reserves, and occasional sightings of endangered desert creatures.