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Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Travel Guide

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Plan Your Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Vacation

The Judean Hills that encircle Jerusalem, together with the wilderness that slopes precipitously eastward to the Dead Sea, offer an astonishing range of scenery: springs and oases, forests and fields, caves, hiking trails, and impressive archaeological sites such as Masada. West of the city, farmers are coaxing grapes from the valley where David once battled Goliath. The area is becoming

more popular with a wide range of travelers, thanks to its wineries, breweries, and boutique cheese and olive oil producers.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Ein Gedi This oasis rich in flora, fauna, and archaeology—praised in the Bible for its beauty and today one of Israel's most impressive national parks—offers spectacular hiking near waterfalls and canyons.
  2. Masada The awe-inspiring remains of this mountaintop palace overlooking the Dead Sea recall its history as a retreat for Herod the Great and as the last stand of the Jewish rebels against Rome in AD 73.
  3. Dead Sea At the lowest point on Earth, float effortlessly on one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, renowned for its therapeutic qualities. In Ein Bokek, cover yourself with the mud, exported as a beauty treatment.
  4. Bethlehem Follow in the footsteps of Jesus from the Church of the Nativity to the grotto where Mary nursed him.
  5. Judean Hills wineries Close to Jerusalem, this area is home to more than two dozen wineries that produce some excellent and highly prized wines.

When To Go

When to Go

The Dead Sea region is pleasant between October and April, but suffers from searing dry heat during the summer. Beginning the day with a tour of Mas...

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