Our day begins with a view of the pillar of salt known as “Lot’s Wife” before riding a cable car to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous sea lot stand. Afterward, we proceed to Ein Gedi, “Spring of the Goat,” an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat.
Next, we visit Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land and Dinner in Abraham’s Tent, where we get to enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of the life in the time of the patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food.
Our lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem. This evening we have a wonderful night visit to the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels, leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply, and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel, we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders.