We will be in Israel at the beginning of November and I'm planning a day trip to Masada and Ein Gedi and would like to get some advise on itinerary, timing and how feasable it is (as last time I was there it was many years ago and I don't remember the details).
We will be driving from Ashkelon (3 adults and two kids 14 and 9) - it looks like 2 hours drive to Masada. I guess we can be there around 10AM. I'm planning to use cable car and to spend at Masada around two hours. After that we would like to go to Ein Gedi Reserve first (as I know that all National parks close at 4PM). We'll need some quick lunch either at Masada or on our way to Ein Gedi - all in all I think we should be able to make it to Ein Gedi Park before 2PM. Will 2 hours be enough at Ein Gedi park? How challenging are the climbs there?
After the park we would like to go to the beach at Ein Gedi - to show kids how different Dead sea from everything they saw before. So a quick dip would be good, however - will it become cold around 5PM in November - will we be really able to go into the water?
Thanks a lot in advance for any recommendations/updates on my itinerary.