In the heart of arid desert, there is an amazing botanical garden featuring about
600 species of unique plants. Walk through the blooming garden and enjoy the
beautiful landscapes in the middle of the desert, or explore the unique fauna with the
on-site animal farm. During the stroll you will be accompanied by an audiovisual
presentation so that you will be fully immersed into the world of lush vegetation and
diverse wildlife. Take your chance and dive into a great experience with the whole
Take a walk through one of the largest canyons in the Judaean desert and
discover a blooming oasis with a rich variety of vegetation and wildlife. Thanks to
plentiful groundwater sources of this area, the Nahal Arugot creek is filled with water
all year round. There is an interesting fact: because of abundant water pouring into
the large Nahal Arugot pool, during rainy days there may be severe floods in the
southeast of the Hebron Highlands.
Your trip around the canyon will start along the red trail (marked in red),
through rocky red mountains and typical Ein Gedi scenery. After a short walk, the
trail divides in two. The blue trail dips down to the left for a walk through the waters
of Nahal Arugot. Those who want to stay dry can continue along the red trail or just
bring there a pair of waterproof shoes. After 300 meters, the blue trail joins back up
to the red trail leading to the entrance gate. There also is another “detour” path going
not only along the cost but also through the stream.
The Shulamit Spring
The Shulamit Spring is one of the four springs that flow in the Ein Gedi oasis.
The high quality water from the spring is partially used by the Ein Gedi Mineral
Water plant, and some flows into Nahal David giving life to the abundant wildlife
and providing exquisite beauty for visitors.
A Chalcolithic Temple
A beautiful temple, preserved almost untouched till today – this is what you can
observe on the way out from David Stream. What is really fascinating about this
temple is that samples of ancient scrolls similar to those discovered in Qumran were
also found here. The scrolls were divided into several parts for fear that they will be
discovered and sold to the highest bidder. During further excavations, a delegation
headed by Pesach Bar Adon found a cave by Nahal Mishmar, in which they
discovered a treasure of 444 cultic artifacts, most of them were made of copper.
These items belong to the Copper Age and were hidden, most likely, for fear that they
would be taken by invaders and destroyed during the ruination of the temple. All
artifacts are currently in The Israel Museum.
Masada was the royal fortress of King Herod and the last rebel stronghold
during the Great Revolt against the Romans in 66-73 AD.
Many of the fortress structures are still partially standing, giving a good idea of
what life was like there, both during Herod’s reign and during the rebel-controlled
period. Here you can find ancient remains of the palace, the bathhouses, storehouses
and the unique water reservoir, the defence equipment of the rebels as well as
incredibly preserved Roman siege works.
Nonetheless, Masada is famous not only for its incredible antiquities, but it is
also known for its being a dramatically located site of great natural beauty
overlooking the Dead Sea and, of course, for its symbolic importance of
determination and heroism shown by the Jewish soldiers during the rebellion two
thousand years ago. These courageous people proved that the most precious thing
given to us is freedom, it is so precious that it even worth dying for it.
In recent decades, theories have begun to appear that the legend of the mass
suicide of fanatics in Masada on the eve of Easter, 73 AD, the day before the Romans
captured Masada, is a myth.
But no matter what attitude you take, in any case, to see Masada will be an
interesting and useful experience for everyone.
Night Spectacular Light Show in Masada
The amazing story of Masada can also be seen in a fascinating audiovisual
performance. Those who will climb the mountain on Thursdays will be able to travel
through time and dive into the spectacular experience with the show.
Using the advanced Video Mapping technology, light and sound technology
together with large screens, the thrilling sound and light show is presented against the
dramatic backdrop of the western side of Masada and tells the story of the rebels’ last
days at the cliff-top fortress. The show is accompanied by a unique soundtrack
composed by the famous singer and composer Shlomo Gronich.
We advise you to arrive at least an hour before the show, so that you can enjoy
the unique light and shadow dance on the mountains at sunset. Sit back and enjoy as
the ancient stones reveal the story of Jerusalem!
The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Oasis on the Dead Sea
Featuring spectacular beauty, varied landscapes, and botanical gardens, the Ein
Gedi Nature Reserve is located in the east of the Judean Desert along the Dead Sea
on an area of 14,350 dunums. Four springs flow through and water the reserve all
year round: the David, the Arugot, the Shulamit, and the Ein Gedi springs. The
springs are fed by the rainfall in the Judean Hills, which seeps into the groundwater
and gushes up in the area of the nature reserve.
Along with breathtaking scenery, you will find here unique points of interest
such as the ancient synagogue and the Chalcolithic temple, as well as the abundant
wildlife featuring mountain goats, rabbits and many more. For those who are looking
for an adventure, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve offers several hiking trails of various
difficulty levels, from the simplest to the most extreme. When the weather gets too
hot, we recommend you to take a dip in the cooling pools to of the reserve.
With its beautiful scenery, breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife,
featuring mountain goats and rabbits, there’s no doubt that the Nahal David reserve is
one of the most beautiful places in Israel.
The lower stream passes through pools with waterfalls, the main of which is
David's Fall. The route is accessible for people with reduced mobility only to the
The upper Nahal David stream leads to the Shulamit stream, upper pools of the
David stream, and the Dodim cave, returning via the Chalcolithic temple and Ein
Gedi spring – altogether, it is an incredibly breathtaking route overlooking the Ein
Gedi oasis and the Dead Sea scenery. Take a stroll among the stunning natural
vegetation of the reserve and visit the famous springs.. Here you can also get to see
the remarkable karst cave Dodim located above the David's Fall. The trail goes past
archaeological sites: the Chalcolithic temple, mill, ancient stores and irrigated
In Tel Goren, the remains of a small settlement of the end of the era of the Kings
were discovered. Everyone who goes up from the foot of Tel Goren to the Ein Gedi
springs will be able to observe a monument of memory established in honour of the
members of the Hashomer Hatzair organization who died on this site in 1942 – six
male and one female were killed on their way to Masada.
Although archaeological artifacts were not found here, the site is still a place of
great historical value and is determined to be from 5500 to 6000 years old.
Archaeological excavations were conducted here in the 60s of the 20th century.
The ancient Ein Gedi Synagogue
Here you can also see the remains of the ancient synagogue found in Ein Gedi.
Ein Gedi was populated in ancient times and the settlement is mentioned in the Bible,
in the Song of Songs. Items found in the synagogue date back to the third century
A.D. Then, after being destroyed during the Bar Kochba Revolt, the synagogue was
restored, but burned again in the sixth century.
The most important discoveries were the perfectly preserved mosaic floor and the
later mosaic with inscriptions in Aramaic. One of the inscriptions tells about the
secret of the oil production from persimmon fruits. Eusebius of Caesarea, who lived
in the fourth century, describes Ein Gedi as a "very large Jewish village."
Masada Sunrise Tour
Nothing beats the unique experience of viewing magical sunrises at Masada!
We’ll take you on an early-morning adventure that will stay with you forever, the
only thing is that to get most of it, you will have to get up really early… The sunrise
will become even more beautiful if you get enough sleep the previous night, and your
way will be much shorter if you try to find a place near Masada!