Jerusalem: Small-Group Masada and the Dead Sea Tour

Jerusalem: Small-Group Masada and the Dead Sea Tour

From $128 per person

Explore Masada and enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea with a professional guide in a small group from Jerusalem. Together with your guide, you will also encounter many significant sites from Biblical history.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 10 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, German
Pickup included
Pickup service is provided from centrally located hotels only. A confirmation email will be sent to you by the supplier including the pickup time and address. If your hotel is not central, you will be sent the address of the closest pickup point.

Experience

Highlights
  • Ascend to Masada by a cable car
  • Float in the Dead sea, the lowest place on earth
  • Explore the Judean Desert
  • Enjoy a small group of no more than 22 passengers
Full description
As you descend 1,200 meters from Jerusalem through the wilderness to the Dead Sea, you will pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan and will also stop briefly at the “sea level” marker. In the distance you will be able to see Jericho, the oldest city in the world. You will then continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. As you ascend in the cable car, you can look down at the snake path which was used 2,000 years ago when King Herod built this fortress cum palace. Maintained by a small Roman legion after the death of Herod, it was seized by Jewish zealots at the beginning of the Jewish revolt against the Romans, which culminated in the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 C.E. You can stand over the ramp, built for the Romans by their Jewish slaves, which facilitated the breaching of the wall after 3 years of siege. The synagogue, which was built by Herod, proved conclusively to those who doubted that there were synagogues even while the Second Temple stood. You will see where the first piece of parchment to be discovered in an Israeli archaeological excavation was found. On this piece of parchment and legible to the naked eye were the words of the prophet Ezekiel, the “dry bones” prophecy. On your return journey you will pass the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid from the wrath of King Saul (I Sam 24:1ff) and Qumran where the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Finally you will enjoy a therapeutic swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, where the water is almost 35% salt and even those who cannot swim can float.
Includes
  • Entrance fees and cable car to Masada
  • Entrance fees to the Dead Sea
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup and drop-off (available from centrally-located hotels only)
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This tour is not suitable for babies and children under 4 years old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.0/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
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It felt a little rushed due to later departure and a road accident on the way to Masada, we spent just little bit over one hour at the Dead sea, and also at Masada we could have spent a little bit more, as we didn't have any free time there. But the guide Reut was very nice and helpful, and the tour itself was well organized and quite relaxed, which probably explains why we were little bit short on time at certain points.

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November 13, 2019

December 26, 2019

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Nice day out

October 28, 2019

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