Masada & the Dead Sea

Measuring more than 1400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest spot on Earth. The journey to Masada is 1.5 hours from Jerusalem or 2.5 hours from Tel Aviv. Scenic rest stops along the way allow for some prime photo ops.

The world-famous site Masada is where a band of Jewish rebels fought the Roman Empire. Built by Herod the Great as a refuge in the desert, 100 years later a group of Jews took it during the Great Revolt in the 1st century CE. The tour offers breathtaking views as well as the synopsis of what made this mountaintop Legendary.

We end the day by finally getting into the Dead Sea for a dip. It is 10 times saltier than the ocean so remember not to shave that day! The salt water has curative effects according to studies and the area has been frequented by visitors since the time of Herod for this purpose.