June 27th 2016
The Judean Desert spans a large section of Israel, from Jerusalem straight across to the Dead Sea. With such a wide scope, you can understand why so many fabulous tourist spots fall into this region. The next time you’re in Israel, be sure to cross off some of these terrific opportunities from your bucket list!
The Dead Sea is famous for floating. That’s because the saline volumes within the sea are so high that everything floats to the top of the water, no matter how heavy or light you are! This is a fun activity to do with the family, and the healing properties of the water and air make the Dead Sea a must-visit location to help cure what ails ya.
While you’re there, enjoy some retail therapy that can actually be therapeutic! Visit the Ahava Dead Sea Cosmetics Factory, and partake in some of the most rejuvenating lotions, creams, and soaps in the world. This is also a great place to stock up on gifts for the folks back home.
Masada is an ancient fortress that dates back to the times of Herod the Great. Come explore the remains of this once proud citadel that housed hundreds of underground Jews revolting against the Roman oppression. In addition to an invigorating hike, a fascinating glimpse at a prominent historical event, and some breathtaking views from the top, the Masada journey comes complete with a museum and sound and light show. An attraction you are not going to want to miss!
Qumran National Park
If you enjoy nature, there is so much beauty to behold in this area. Within a few miles of one another there are the En Prat and Enot Tsukim Nature Reserves, but the piece de resistance in this neighborhood is the Qumran National Park. Here you can walk through ancient ruins of this Essenian town which the Romans laid to waste thousands of years ago. Amazingly, much of the city still remains intact, giving you a clear window into the lives and practices of people living at that time.
And of course, no Judean Desert tour would be complete without an authentic camel ride! Step back in time and into the nomadic world of the desert traveler in the days of Abraham. The Genesis Land Camel Ride will take you across the Judean Desert, imbue you with fascinating details about the area and era, and complete your experience with a drum circle as the sun goes down. It’s magical and unforgettable!
Israel is the home of the Jewish people, and the Judean Desert region holds so much of its long, proud history. Come walk in the footsteps of our forefathers, and relive their experiences firsthand.