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“Great climb up the snake path”

Masada National Park
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Masada and Dead Sea Tour from Herzliya
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 31°18'44.2n 35°21'53.0e
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This was great to do at 5am to watch the sunrise! We climbed with our 7 and 9 year old children and they LOVED the challenge. It was a little harder for me, but still was great exercise. I would not try this during the daytime in August however - our decent at 8am was extremely hot. Would have liked to have a guide or headphones available once on top of Masada,

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Kind like visiting a Holocaust museum: important but deeply unsettling. I suppose one could visit Masada and view it merely through an archaeological lens, but to do that would be to miss the pathos and tragedy of the history. It sits on the top of a desert plateau overlooking the Dead Sea (with its weird atmospheric pressure). Hot, hot, hot and very little shade. Suitable only for well-hydrated people in good health. I would never take young kids. Take the tram to the top, don't even THINK about hiking up unless you are an extreme outdoors-person. We had some older adults in our group nearly collapse from the heat and strenuous effort. Nevertheless, the tragic courage of the history is inspiring to anyone, Jew or not.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Well organized, great value for money. Recommend getting the audio guide also bring plenty of water.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

My third trip to Masada. It's hot in the summer so "pre" hydrate with lots of water before you go and keep drinking. Great way to get the kids to drink is to say...Mickey (Mickey Mouse) Mickey, Mickey, etc...until they have had a good belly full. Hats, sunscreen, water (obviously and you can refill your bottles at the top). Get the "audio" guides as they will greatly enhance your visit and make sense of it all. Well, as much as one can make of the tragedy of Masada. Let me comment on the "Snake Path". This is NOT for the out of shape or even marginally in shape. It's hot, it's hard and many people don't make it and must be rescued. Thing is, it's just as hard (or even harder) to stop and turn around and go back down the Snake Path than to continue up the path. The path is closed by mid day due to extreme temperatures. Young children are not allowed on the path. The shuttle is safe, fun and gives you an amazing view.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

It is unfortunate that Masada is such an Israeli propaganda vehicle and when you visit, you should try to understand what really happened there (I recommend Jerome Murphy-o'Connor's book, The Holy Land - Oxford Archeological Guides). But politics aside, Masada is exquisite lay excavated and the dry landscape has preserved much. The views are heart stopping. Can there be anything more moving than silence in the desert while you look at the remains of lives lived 2000 years ago? And lives constructed in such a marvelous, amazing spot? I actually like the south end best because it is more ordinary day-to-day life than the north end of Herod's place. The placed, baths, stores, and water works are, however marvelous.

Look over the edge and see the walls that surround, built by the Romans during the siege - and the look out encampments on neighboring hills. These structures are still clearly visible.

Listen to nothing but the desert wind and the crystal of the birds riding the hot up drafts. You will see why monks and hermits have favored the place.

On a prosaic note - bring a hat, unscreened, and plenty of water. Potable water is available on top but either you have your own bottle or you drink from the tap. The cable car is very nice and the view on the ride fantastic. The walk up only for the very fit and remember that only mad dogs and Englishmen attempt to walk up or down to Masada in the noon day sun.

Israeli efficiency is on display at the bottom with a tasteful complex with theatre, museum, shops, restaurants, and guides if you should want one.

Thank Br0wnster
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