We will have a rental car for this excursion, so I don't need public transport suggestions. We plan to do this trip on a Wednesday. Is there a reason this is a bad choice? Is there a reason why a different day might be a better choice.
Based on reading itineraries published by tour bus companies, they always seem to go to Masada first and then head towards the Dead Sea. I'm assuming but not actually sure where these tours head to along the Dead Sea shore, but my research suggests that Ein Bokek is where we should head.
I'm guessing the reason they go to Masada first is because the morning will be cooler than early afternoon.
Given this, we were thinking of reversing our trip and heading towards the Dead Sea first and reaching Masada after the tour buses have left. Is this a bad idea because of the heat? (We will be doing this roughly in the very middle of April.)
I have seen suggestions that a good spot to experience the Dead Sea would be do use the facilities at the Crown Plaza, but am open to other suggestions, too. I had a look on their website and couldn't find the fee for day usage. Do all the hotels around there have day usage/access to the Dead Sea? Are they all likely to supply towels included in this fee? Provided we can have a hot shower to clean off the mud and smell, I can see no reason why we can't then spend the rest of our day heading off to Masada afterwards.
Please may I have some suggestions of where to stop for a light lunch? We would rather not use one of the hotels as they are always much more expensive.
Is the light show at Masada daily? Will we have a problem driving back to Jerusalem in the dark on roads we don't know?
Any other suggestions would also be appreciated.