Masada & AHAVA Factory and/or Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Israel Museum
Masada and AHAVA Visitors’ Center
Day 8 – Monday 15 May
We are offering a Day Tour for your free day at $125.00 per person
Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. There you will learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, roman baths and other findings. Descend by cable car.
Continue the tour with a visit to the AHAVA Visitors’ Center - the international brand-name Dead Sea cosmetics products. You will be introduced to the fascinating manufacturing process and enjoy intriguing exhibits that tell the fascinating story behind the pioneers of the Dead Sea cosmetics industry. You will also have the opportunity to purchase the AHAVA products at attractive prices.
The Visitors’ Center also offers spectacular views dotted with pretty corners, unique and rare vegetation nurtured by ecological pools, and many migratory birds that drop in to rest and drink. This led to UNESCO’s recognition of this spot as a recognized bird-watching site.
Yad Vashem and Israel Museum
Day 10 – Wednesday 17 May
We are offering a Day Tour for your free day at $114.00 per person
Our day begins with a somber visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust where tour members take part in a Yizkor service. See the poignant Children’s Pavilion, the new Holocaust Museum and the Valley of Destroyed Communities where the names of 5000 lost communities have been inscribed in the stone walls.
Continuing to the Israel Museum which was founded in 1965. The white domed Shrine of the Book represents the lids of the jars in which the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found near Qumran. Across the way is the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden, a unique blend of Zen and Western art principles. Marvel at the meticulously recreated 1:50 Scale Model of Ancient Jerusalem during the Second Temple period which was transferred to the Israel Museum in 2006 at a cost of $3.5 million dollars.