The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 3, & Boy age 2.
Hours: 8am to 5pm from April to September, 8am to 4pm from October through March. Closed on Yom Kippur.
Admission: Starting at 149 NIS per package
Description: Masada is the site of an ancient fortress that is located on top of an isolated plateau of rock, and it is a very important location. This location looks out over the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, and the structures date back to around 31 BCE. Masada is considered to be the most popular out of all the paid tourist attractions in Israel. Cable cars can be used to reach the top of the plateau or you can hike up the snake path instead.
Our Experiences: This is definitely an important site worth visiting for anyone who comes to Israel. We had a choice of taking a cable car up or hiking along the snake path, the same path used by the Romans in the past centuries. The hike is not an easy one but when you reach the top it is an accomplishment worth achieving. If you are outdoorsy and a family who enjoys hiking this is a must. The kids really enjoyed the Masada and were impressed by the view from the top.
Address: Ein Gedi, 86980, Israel
Phone: +92 786594230
Hours: Summer 8 am to 4pm, Winter 8 am to 3pm
Website: No official website. Google can display many sites with information on this attraction though.
Admission: 14 NIS for children, 27 NIS for adults
Description: The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve covers 5,250 acres of land, and it is close to the Dead Sea. There are four springs in the park that are responsible for the lush tropical oasis that Ein Gedi has become. Numerous hiking trails and scenic vistas combine with native wildlife species to create a beautiful landscape. There are many species of birds, reptiles, mammals, insects, and other animals that can be found here, and it is a nature lover’s paradise. There is also an historic synagogue that is very ornate which is on display in the park.
Our Experiences: There was great hiking when we visited the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and the scenery is beautiful. There were a few waterfalls that we came across, which thrilled all of the kids and the adults enjoyed going into these as well. Natural pools were found in abundance, and the kids really enjoyed hiking in this reserve. In the summer months the area can be extremely hot though, so make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather and bring along plenty of water. Comfortable hiking shoes and loose clothing are a must.
Hours: Always Open
Website: Many available, search the Internet.
Admission: Free, though if you want to access via a private beach area, that has showers, food and chairs, there may be fee
Description: The Dead Sea is the lowest location on the globe, and the high level of salinity means that nothing can live in the waters of this sea. This factor is what makes the Dead Sea so beneficial though, and it has gained a reputation as a natural health spa. The high salt level is the result of more water evaporating than what is flowing into the body of water at any given time.
Our Experiences: The Dead Sea is a must visit for any family, and our kids loved the experience. They want to go back each time we visit Israel. Make sure to warn kids that if they have cuts or bruises the salt will burn them. You should also explain that they will float because of the chemical composition and buoyancy of the water.The sea has receded a lot in recent years and that has caused a lot of mud sink holes, so be careful. One of our children lost his keans shoes in a sinkhole. Lots of sunscreen is needed because of the strong sun. Beach areas are not luxurious so do not expect more than the bare basics when you go. If you don’t mind mud, we recommend slathering your entire body in the dead sea mud. The kids will have loads of fun, and it is good for your skin. Do warn them that it may sting if they have cuts.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips