The ancient fortress of Masada, built by King Herod the Great, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and not only contains breathtaking beauty, but also a fascinating story of bravery, sacrifice, and an arduous decision. It overlooks the Dead Sea and makes for gorgeous panoramic views of the Judaean Desert.
The excavations in the place tells us a 2,000-year-old story (told by Josephus Flavius). Before the Roman troops entered the fortress, the people of Masada were left with the ultimate decision, to choose their own destiny or a lifetime of servitude.
We will discuss whether this event can be thought of a tragedy, or a heroic story of fighters in the big rebellion. The heritage of the people who sacrificed their lives in this terrible dilemma is deeply rooted to the modern State of Israel. Ideally, Masada is one of the best places to see the sunrise. However, due to time constraints, this may not be an option (depends on your initial location, or in the case of cruise excursions, the port you arrive to).
Our next stop for some fun and relaxation is the Dead Sea, located 400 meters below sea level.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and, because of this, also has the lowest radiation on earth. Because of the low radiation, many cosmetics are developed using the healing properties of the mud in the area. Due to the high density of salt in the water, swimming becomes very much like floating, and resting in its waters is a sensation that cannot be described in words. You may even read your newspaper or a book while taking a swim.