Hike up to Massada via the Snake Path right after sunrise while the weather is still cool, (or sleep in a bit and take the cable-car up!) and explore the fortress built by Herod the Great, which was the scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the visitor’s center reveals the secrets of the rebels’ daily life, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.
Drive south along the Dead Sea and the Arava Valley. Stop at the Hai Bar Nature Reserve, where biblical animals are being fostered and take a safari-like drive through the reserve and see its reptile enclosure, nocturnal animals and other four-footed and winged surprises.
Visit Timna Park to see the multimedia presentation “the Mines of Time,” and climb through “Solomon’s Pillars” among other attractions.
Overnight at a bed-and-breakfast near Eilat, or in a hotel in Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea