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.
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 region...read more
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 known...read more
Things To Do in Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
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... Read more
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 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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Finally posted my Jordan & Israel trip (April 2012) report. Read more
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