We set out from Eilat (Or from the Port of Eilat for those arriving by cruise ship to Eilat), and drive along the Arava Valley towards the Dead Sea. We drive through the wild area of Sodom (yes, THAT Sodom!!!) and after a short stop by the Salt Pillar that is said to be Lot’s Wife, we arrive at the bottom of the cliff of Masada. Here, on top of this steep cliff, overlooking the Dead Sea, King Herod the Great built a magnificent fortress in the middle of the desert. This fortress became the last refuge for some Jewish rebels, who fought here a heroic war against the Romans – a war that made Massada to a national symbol for the modern State of Israel & as well a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site . We climb the mountain with cable-car, visit its archaeological remains, and hear about its past. Then we return to the bus, and head for one of the beaches of the Dead Sea, where we have the opportunity to float (not swim!) in its unique waters, that contain an unusual amount of healthy minerals. We return to Eilat via the Arava Road. End of our tour.