Masada National Park
I have to say, going to Masada was a dream come true. It was an unbelievable feeling stepping foot on a place so historical. For years we've heard of it, then finally, we were there.
On our fourth day in Israel, we signed up for a tour to Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea offered by Abraham Tours. It was wonderful. More on Abraham Tours and their popular hostel in an upcoming blog post.
Very early Friday morning, we went to the hostel's lobby where a big crowd had already gathered eagerly awaiting to travel to their respective destinations. Our guide for the day was a bubbly and friendly young female Israeli college student named Mai who worked part time for Abraham tours leading groups to different points of interest in Israel.
On this trip, Abraham Tours took us to the site and then left us on your own to explore. Exactly how I wanted it to be.
Masada was not so far from Jerusalem. Once we reached the national park, we bought our admission tickets which were not included in the tour. We then had to watch a short film before we could go up via a cable car. Once up there, we roamed around and then met the group right at the same spot where they dropped us off earlier in the morning once we were done touring.
Just a quick note for those with active bladders, there are restrooms by the ticket office and right in the park at the very top.
I cannot remember the exact time we were given to spend here in Masada but it was sufficient.