Judaean Mountains

Judaean Mountains: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Jerusalem: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

1. From Jerusalem: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

Enjoy a full-day bus tour from Jerusalem to ancient ruins in the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea. See the archeological site of Masada and a fortress built by King Herod. Go for a dip at the Dead Sea Mineral Beach and uncover the cave where the dead sea scrolls were found. Visit the Masada National Park ruins which are perched on a high plateau. View the ancient fortified palace of Masada which became a refuge for zealots who took a stand against the Romans, which ended in the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. Follow your guide and ride up on a cable car to 1,300 feet above sea level to the plateau where the immense Masada ruins rest precariously. Look out at extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in Masada in around 37 BC. Stroll through the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors and Roman baths. Uncover the oldest synagogue in Israel and admire remarkable features like the 12 water cisterns that each had a capacity of 140,000 cubic feet. Drive to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea Mineral Beach which is located in the Jordan Rift Valley. Experience the high density of the salt in the water as you float with ease on the surface of the aquamarine water. Take a mud-bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud before heading to the Qumeran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Return to your accommodation in Jerusalem at the end of your tour.

From Ashdod Port: Masada and Dead Sea Guided Day Trip

2. From Ashdod Port: Masada and Dead Sea Guided Day Trip

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.

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What people are saying about Judaean Mountains

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 445 reviews

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.

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.

Our guide and driver were both excellent. Guide was extremely informative and driver had a very high quality vehicle with added extras such as water sweets etc. A very fair price we’ll travel with you again.

Tomer was an excellent guide and everything was very well organised and he was very well informed will definitely recommend him. Thanks Tomer warm greetings from South Africa

Great Guide (Dorit), a lot of climbing at Masada, Great adventure