Option 1: Wake up before dawn and drive 20 minutes to the western slopes of Massada. Ascend by foot as the sun rises to enjoy its full glory from the top of the Mountain.
Tour the fortress, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was a fabulous palace of Herod the Great, and became world-famous as the last Jewish stronghold during the great Jewish Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago.
Option 2: Drive from the Arad area to the eastern side of Massada (about one hour) and ascend the mountain via the Snake Path or the cable-car.
After touring Massada, drive north to Ein Gedi National Park for a hike through its lush oasis to a beautiful waterfall.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure at one of the spa hotels or country-style accommodations in the Dead Sea area.
Overnight in the Dead Sea area