MASADA, EIN GEDI & DEAD SEA TOUR

A 2 am wake-up call in Tel Aviv took us all the way to the famous Judaean Desert with Tourist Israel. We were on our way to Masada Natural Park, a Unesco Heritage Site for a sunrise tour.

We are avid hikers, so there was no doubt we’d go up the Snake Path by foot instead of the cable car.

We started the ascension in pitch black but the grandiosity of Masada started to reveal with the first light.

As the path started to get steeper, the views became incredible. With the first hues of orange & purple, like slowly raising a curtain, we saw the Dead Sea in the distance and all the vast and rugged territory presented by the desert.

As the path started to get steeper, the views became incredible. With the first hues of orange & purple, like slowly raising a curtain, we saw the Dead Sea in the distance and all the vast and rugged territory presented by the desert.

By the time we got to the top, the silence was sepulchral, only the amazing and not so shy Tristram starlings chirping could be heard.

We patiently waited for the first rays of sun to peek through the horizon and the experience we were about to presence had no precedent.

A blanket of striking orange colour started covering the valley all the way until our sight couldn’t reach anymore.

All of the sudden we could feel the magnificence of a dessert. We saw some ibex, some palm trees, the crazy path we had climbed half hour before and the fortress we were standing on.

Masada was our most favourite experience in Israel.

Our favourite part of Ein Gedi was obviously the waterfalls (don’t worry, there is not much climbing anymore).

The soreness of our legs after Masada and the heat at midday, made for a perfectly amazing dip at this Natural Reserve.

Also, not only we saw ibex but rock Hyraxes!

 

The third part of the tour was the actual Dead Sea and here I have to be completely honest, despite the slimiest floor I have ever walked on and the itchiness all over my body wasn’t the best thing in the world, the experience of floating at the lowest point on earth was so worth it!

 

GALILEE TOUR

The second tour we took was around Galilee and the journey lasted for 7 hours.

Gary and I are not religious people but we wanted to see some historical sites and the architecture of some churches.

Among the places we visited were: Taghba, Capernaum- a fishermen village by the Sea of Galilee, where Peter’s house supposedly located, the Jordan river, Jericho and now one of our favourite churches in the world- the brutalist Basilica of the Annunciation.

It was established over the site which the Catholic tradition considers to be the house of Virgin Mary, and where angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that she would conceive and bear Jesus– an event known as the Annunciation. For this reason, the site and the city of Nazareth are among the most sacred places in the Christian world.

The tour guide happened to be super knowledgeable not only about the history of the place but about the architecture behind the building.

 

The first church was built here back in 427 A.D, and a few others were built and destroyed since. In the current building which was established on 1969, there are still remains of the previous churches and it is one of the largest and most impressive churches in the Middle East. 

We definitely recommend Tourist Israel if you ever visit. As a travel company- the organisation was good, the guides knowledgeable and drivers very cautious. 

 

 

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