As part of a two week trip to Israel, my husband and I will be spending one night in Massada. We'll be driving route 90 from Tiberius on the morning of Sunday 13th October.
Our plan is to get the cable car up Masada before sunrise on the Monday morning but I wanted to ask for your opinion on how to spend the day on Sunday. I presume we will aim to arrive in Masada by lunch time - would you suggest driving straight to Masada and checking in and then driving back to Ein Gedi for lunch and to float in the dead sea or will there be options to eat in Masada? Alternatively, would it make more sense to drive from Tiberius to Ein Gedi, eat there and spend the afternoon there (dead sea and gardens) and then drive on later to Masada just to sleep?
Sorry to be so specific but its really hard to know when you haven't visited before how to use your time well. We don't really want to be spending ages in the car driving back on ourselves but also don't know if its a great idea to spend the afternoon in Ein Gedi with our luggage left in the hire car.
Also any tips for eating lunch in Massada before driving onto Jerusalem on the Monday would be great!
Thank you knowledgeable ones :)