OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM: Massada – UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the Dead Sea

When you glance at it from the highway, Massada looks much like any other mountain in the Judean desert. Yet it was on these heights, and in the middle of this dreary landscape, that King Herod the Great erected a luxurious desert fortress. And it was here, as well, that a group of besieged and desperate Jews fought the Romans with inhuman valor, then placed their belongings in a corner, set each pile afire, and committed a well-documented mass suicide…

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Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, Massada is one of Israel’s most exciting national parks. Besides the stirring site itself, with its palaces, synagogue, and Byzantine church, it features a stunning Visitors’ Center which hugs the slopes and is colored like the sand, inaugurated at the beginning of this millennium. In addition, visitors enjoy an interactive museum that takes you back to the time of the Roman conquest, a thrilling audio-visual production and special wheelchair-accessible cable cars that lift you to the top of the mountain.



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Dear Aviva and Shmuel , Just a note to thank you for all of your help on our trip to Israel. Aviva .. your great ideas for the day we were on our own plus your help in booking everything was really helpful and made our first night and day very exciting .Shmuel ..apart from the fact that the kids thought you may actually be one of Supermans cousins .. we really had a fantastic trip. What you managed to show us in Jerusalem considering William is only 8 was amazing. Both the kids loved the water tunnel ( even after a small initial scare !). The day doing Masada ,En Gedi and the Dead Sea was really the most exciting day for us all . Our Israeli friends who came over to join us from Tel Aviv said there was no way they would have been able to fit in so much. Everyone loved it !
Regards, David Glazer .. (and Joel and William)

the Glazer Family