Jerusalem tours and excursions
Segway tours are an excellent and low-energy way to see large parts of Jerusalem. There are several companies offering tours outside of the Old City in areas such as the Armon Hanatziv Promenade and the area around the Knesset (government buildings), along with night tours through the Jaffa Gate and into the Old City.Tel: +972 2 566 1441; +972 58 648 0334.
There are dozens of walking tours, and some of the most worthwhile are around the Old City. Leaflets and information can be found at the Tourist Information Center at Jaffa Gate, Old City. Recommended tour companies include Zion Walking Tours and Sandeman’s free New Jerusalem Tour. The tourist office also offers downloadable pamphlets for self-guided walks of Jerusalem’s key sights on their website.Tel: +972 2 627 7588; +49 30 510 50030
A guided dawn trek to watch the sunrise over Masada, King Herod’s mighty mountaintop fortress, is an unforgettable experience. Walking up the winding ‘snake path’, followed by the cable car back down, allows you to enjoy the views of the Dead Sea and to witness the mountain’s extensive ruins, which include Herod's Palace, the synagogue, the fortress, and an elaborate bathhouse.Tel: +972 8 658 4207
Ein Gedi, Dead Sea
A high spot, or to be technically correct, the low point, of any trip to Israel is floating in the Dead Sea. The lowest point on earth at 430m (1,412ft) below sea level, the salty, mineral-rich waters make it impossible to sink. There are public beaches, but it’s easiest to take an excursion to Ein Gedi Sea of Spa resort with its sulphur pools, private access to the sea and changing facilities.Tel: +972 8 620 1030