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Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Day Tour

1. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Day Tour

After being collected from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, you will make your way to Masada On. This area is an isolated clifftop in the heart of the desert, a lofty plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and the untamed landscape of the Judean Desert. Whilst in this area you will learn how there was once a magnificent palace that stood there. You will then venture toward Ein Gedi, a wonderful nature reserve which contains various natural wonders. You will encounter David Waterfall, a year-round waterfall along the course of the David Stream, to which there is access by a hiking trail. You will also discover Arugot Stream, a hiking trail for walkers which runs along the length of the stream and flows all year round. Next you will explore the En Gedi Spring, which rises from the mountainside and sustains abundant vegetation. By the spring you will also discover the remains of an ancient flour mill. Next up you will encounter the Dodim Cave, a small and intimate cave at the head of the David Waterfall, before you finally explore the Chalcolithic Temple. Following some free time for relaxation in the Dead Sea, you will return to your point of origin.

From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

2. From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

After a pre-sunrise departure from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, drive through the rolling hills of the Judean desert. At 5:30 AM, you’ll arrive at Masada, a set of mountaintop fortifications that date back to the 1st century BCE. Hike to peak to watch the sunrise from the summit, painting the surrounding valleys in rich hues. Continue to the En Gedi Nature Reserve, which covers an astounding 3,500 acres. A massive oasis in the desert, it includes vast streams and rivers that spill out from impressive waterfalls. Amble through the mountainous terrain, marvelling at the lush greenery in the heart of the desert. To cap things off, head to the Dead Sea, where you’ll have 1.5 hours to relax. Coat yourself in its iconic black mud, famed for its restorative qualities, and float in the highly saline water. After your time at the lowest point on earth, you’ll head back to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour

3. From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour

You will be picked up early in the morning at 2:00 AM from Tel Aviv. Travel to Masada mountain arrive at 5:30 AM and begin your hike to the top. On the way up to the top, enjoy the extraordinary desert sunrise, one that can only be seen in the right place at the right time. Once at the top you will enjoy some time to experience the site. Head back down the mountain and travel to Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. At 8:00 AM arrive at the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Enter the reserve to watch the desert wildlife in the magnificent green Ein-Gedi Oasis. 10:00 AM continue your journey to the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and enjoy bathing and floating on it's therapeutic waters. After floating and covering yourself with mud your driver will begin the trip back to Tel-Aviv. At approximately 2:00 PM arrive back in Tel-Aviv.

From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

4. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

From Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Day Trip

5. From Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Day Trip

Depart Jerusalem in the early morning at 3:00 AM. Travel for 1.5 hours to Masada mountain and begin your hike to the top. On the way up to the top, enjoy the extraordinary desert sunrise, one that can only be seen in the right place at the right time. Once at the top you will enjoy some time to experience the site. Head back down the mountain and travel to Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. At 8:00 AM arrive at the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Enter the reserve to watch the desert wildlife in the magnificent green Ein-Gedi Oasis. 10:00 AM continue your journey to the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and enjoy bathing and floating on it's therapeutic waters. After floating and covering yourself with mud your driver will begin the trip back to Jerusalem. At approximately 1:00 PM arrive back in Jerusalem.

Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

6. Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

From the Old City of Jerusalem, drive to Southern Israel for a brilliant day amongst nature. Hike in the cool darkness to the very top of the ancient desert fortress of Masada before bathing in the healing, salty waters of the Dead Sea. You will watch the day begin with a spectacular sunrise over the Moab Mountains and the Judean Desert. Then at the top of the mountain, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride. You will ascend and descend the mountain fortress by the famous Snake Path. Then, continue on to the real highlight of the tour, a walk through the stunning Ein Gedi nature reserve with its natural springs, waterfalls and amazing desert plants and wildlife. After your long walk you will be ready to rest your tired feet and float effortlessly in the healing waters of the Dead Sea or take a bath in the therapeutic mud at the lowest place on Earth: A truly unique experience that will leave you relaxed and fortified. Once fully refreshed and treated, you will be ready to make your homeward journey to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

7. Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and departs Jerusalem via the Judean Hills, heading towards the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. As you descend below sea level along the route, pass through the Biblical wilderness of the landscape and learn about the history-rich region from your guide. On the way, keep an eye out for the ‘Inn of the Good Samaritan’ and stop on route to admire the desert that stretches out before you and marvel at the ancient city of Jericho that can be seen in the distance. Upon arrival at the shores of the Dead Sea, notice the salt encrusted shores and follow the coastline towards Masada. Although it's impossible to climb the Snake Path up to Masada as the Romans did 2000 years ago, there is a convenient cable car to the top of the mountain plateau. Learn about how King Herod built a fortified palace here, with a swimming pool and even a synagogue. Head back down to the Dead Sea and pass the desert oasis of Ein Gedi, home to lush foliage and gorgeous waterfalls and the place where David hid from angry King Saul. The tour will also pass by Qumran, where the 2000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves. The tour ends at the Dead Sea, which was once a contender for a title of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a swim in the sea, which is world-famous for its therapeutic mineral-rich waters, and float around as you relax after a busy day of sightseeing.

From Jerusalem: Masada and Dead Sea Tour

8. From Jerusalem: Masada and Dead Sea Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then drive through the Judean Desert and Jordan Valley on the way to the Dead Sea, almost 400 meters below sea level. Travel along the shores of the sea to the ancient settlement of Masada, King Herod's desert fortress perched high on a rock above. Enter what was once a series of castles that formed the final stronghold inhabited by freedom fighters who courageously waged war against the Roman Empire. Listen to the remarkable tale about those who chose to die over enslavement under an enemy regime. Descend by cable car and continue to the shores of the Dead Sea to enjoy the therapeutic properties of the mud and salt-rich water. Experience the unique sensation of floating on water before driving back across the desert to your hotel.

Tel Aviv: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

9. Tel Aviv: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and departs Tel Aviv via the Judean Hills, heading towards the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. As you descend below sea level along the route, pass through the Biblical wilderness of the landscape and learn about the history-rich region from your guide. On the way, keep an eye out for the ‘Inn of the Good Samaritan’ and stop on route to admire the desert that stretches out before you and marvel at the ancient city of Jericho that can be seen in the distance. Upon arrival at the shores of the Dead Sea, notice the salt encrusted shores and follow the coastline towards Masada. Although it's impossible to climb the Snake Path up to Masada as the Romans did 2000 years ago, there is a convenient cable car to the top of the mountain plateau. Learn about how King Herod built a fortified palace here, with a swimming pool and even a synagogue. Head back down to the Dead Sea and pass the desert oasis of Ein Gedi, home to lush foliage and gorgeous waterfalls and the place where David hid from angry King Saul. The tour will also pass by Qumran, where the 2000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves. The tour ends at the Dead Sea, which was once a contender for a title of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a swim in the sea, which is world-famous for its therapeutic mineral-rich waters, and float around as you relax after a busy day of sightseeing.

From Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tour

10. From Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, your full-day tour begins with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Here you can ascend Masada by cable car and explore the site at your own pace.  Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to your accommodation in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 24 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour, despite our sunrise not being great. Contrary to some of the other reviews, we had a tour guide who was very interested in everywhere we visited and she gave good descriptions of the relevant history (which was important for Masada). The hike up Masada itself was a decent challenge for us, a male and female in our late 20s; it took us just over 30 minutes to climb to the top. Ein Gedi was a nice way way to cool off after the climb, though I would say you don't really spend long here. We also got lucky as it was empty when we arrived but bus loads of tourists turned up as we were leaving, so expect it to be busy if you arrive a bit later! The Dead Sea was the highlight for us, as it was like nothing else we had experienced. We spent 90 minutes here, which I would say is a good amount of time. I would advise that you bring water shoes due to the rock salt/mud in the water! Finally, as advertised, the entrance to the attractions aren't included in the pric

Ce tour est très bien fait. J'aurai aimé plus de temps à Masada. El Guedi était rempli de monde et j'y ai trouvé aucun intérêt ( mais si je ne l'avais pas vu, j'aurai pensé être passé à côté de quelque chose d'intéressant !). Nous avons passé 2 bonnes heures à la mer morte, ce qui pleinement suffisant. L'expérience vaut le coup. Yaelle, notre guide, était très conviviale et surtout très intéressante. Elle avait plein de choses à raconter. Une vraie guide! Le chauffeur aussi était extra, donnant qqes infos, et s'arrêtant ou ralentissant dès qu'il voyait des choses intéressantes à voir ( comme des petites gazelles en bord de route à la sortie d'El Guedi)

Nothing but great.....On this trip I was fortunate to be a part of a great group of people. A comradery was formed naturally which made the whole experience so much better. The sites were the best. Just be sure you bring comfortable hiking clothing and your swimsuit.

The tour guide ad drivers were very friendly and helpful. The visit to Masada was exceptional. The views were beautiful. To get to the top in the cable car was really wonderful. The experience at the Dead Sea was memorable.

Very informative, our guide was very knowledgeable in all three areas, and did a good job.