Drive to the Dead Sea area and visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Walk through the ruins with their signs illustrating how people used the various buildings, and see the audiovisual presentation that shows how the ancients lived and prospered in the desert and also has an exciting “flyover” segment.
Take the cable-car up to Massada 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.
Continue to Ein Gedi and hike through its Nature Reserve to the beautiful waterfall.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea, the lowest, saltiest body of water on earth.