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.


Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Hotels

Visitors, both national and international, who come to "take the waters" and enjoy the serene desert scenery, heavily use the lodgings in the Dead Sea more


Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Restaurants

Some Judean Hills wineries offer fancy meals along with their tastings, but these should be reserved in advance. Abu Gosh, on the way to Latrun, is more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

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Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Experiences

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  • The Last Stand of Jewish Freedom Against Rome

    Masada was first used by the Hasmoneans in the 2nd century BC, but it was Herod the Great—King of the Jews by the grace of Rome and his buddy... Read more

  • The West Bank

    The West Bank is that part of the onetime British Mandate of Palestine, west of the Jordan River, that was occupied by the Kingdom of Transjordan... Read more


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