Day trip

From Ashdod Port: Masada and Dead Sea Guided Day Trip

From Ashdod Port: Masada and Dead Sea Guided Day Trip

From US$ 120 per person

Join a day trip led by a guide from the Port of Ashdod and head out to explore Masada, Ein Bokek, and the Dead Sea, before returning to Ashdod port in time for your cruise ship departure.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Tour the archaeological remains on Masada’s summit overlooking the Dead Sea
  • Relax and swim at Ein Bokek Dead Sea beach for approximately 1,5 hours
  • Take advantage of the natural therapeutic properties of the Dead Sea water
Full description
The moment you disembark from your cruise ship in Ashdod port you’ll be in the capable hands of a professional tour guide. The day begins with a drive south through ever-changing landscapes until you reach the Judaean Mountains. Then enjoy the thrill of the winding road that takes you down below sea level to the lowest point on Earth. We pause for a moment to enjoy the view and take a photo of the sign indicating that we are now going beneath sea level. Our first stop is at Masada, a massive rock outcrop 434m-high (1,424ft). Ride the cable car to Masada’s flat summit where there are incredible views of the desert and the Dead Sea below. Your guide will give you a tour of the remaining structures from King Herod’s palace-fortress. Find out about the history of Masada, and how it served as an untouchable refuge for Herod and later for Jewish rebels. Learn how King Herod built this palace complex in 37BC-31BC, and see mosaics and archaeological remains of a Roman bathhouse, storerooms, guardhouse, palaces, and more. At the end of the Masada tour, you can spend time in the Masada Museum located at the foot of the mount. The museum holds more than 500 artifacts discovered at Masada, and there is an informative movie about Masada’s history. We continue from Masada to Ein Bokek, a hotel and resort area on the shore of the Dead Sea. Here you can enjoy the Ein Bokek beach. The tour will stop for a lunch break either at a restaurant at the foot of Masada or at the beach. Spend the remaining time relaxing on the beach, and enjoying the unique environment of the Dead Sea. Try smothering your skin in the mineral-rich black Dead Sea mud, or float in the hypersaline water. The water is so thick with salt that you can’t sink! The Dead Sea water, mud, and even the Dead Sea sun are known to be therapeutic to the body and soul. After a satisfying day of new experiences, we drive via the city of Arad back to your cruise ship in Ashdod port.
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from Ashdod cruise port
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Food and beverages
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

When you arrive at the port, a guide from Bein Harim will be waiting for you, holding a sign that reads “Bein Harim”.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • When making your booking it is important to include the name of your ship and the scheduled time of docking.
  • The above itinerary is planned for a 9-hour Masada and Dead Sea tour from Ashdod port with an 08:00 pick-up time and 17:00 drop-off time.
  • We are obligated to get you back to your cruise ship for the scheduled departure. In order to do this, day tours starting from Ashdod cruise port after 8:00 will be shortened and some of the sites planned for this itinerary may not be included.
  • The tour is available for customers that arrive on cruise ships in Ashdod port only.
  • Occasionally we cannot visit specific sites due to limited accessibility, security issues, holiday festivities, etc.
  • We recommend that you bring water, a hat, sunscreen, a bathing suit, a towel, and wear comfortable shoes. Bring sandals or other suitable footwear for wearing in the water, as the Dead Sea seabed can be slippery. This tour is not advisable for people with limited mobility.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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The guide Radian really made the trip. He had great English and was very knowledgeable and helpful. He remained very calm under difficult circumstances., this trip is great value for the price as same trip on the ship was 300 usd. Big problem at start, 1.5 hours of our time lost due to the bus not being allowed into port to pick us up. this made the day rushed at the end. When we arrived at the dead sea the resort was closing in 45 minutes. Would suggest no lunch break is taken at Masada and more time given at the dead sea. The restaurant at Masada was rubbish very unorganised and expensive. We had to eat over 1.5 hours to get the gondola but it was worth it. Despite all these small issues it was a great day and I would Do it again. Take sunscreen, hat , water and good shoes. Thank you Radian, we missed you in Jerusalem.

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October 26, 2022

Our tour with Rafi was great. He was informative, entertaining and handled a few complainers well. My only suggestion would be to change the lunch stop from Masada. They were slow, and food wasn’t good. I know this is difficult with a bus full of tourists. I would have preferred to bring a packed lunch from the ship. Very minor suggestion, I would highly recommend this tour.

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October 24, 2022

The transport was quite good, but I would have liked the bus to be more recognizable. It felt like there were 100 buses there. Otherwise everything went smoothly, unfortunately the tour guide was very difficult to understand, the US fellow travelers also said so. Masada is a great experience, as is bathing in the Dead Sea. The trip was good value for money! Overall recommended!

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October 15, 2022

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