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

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58 reviews

Activity provider: Eliaatours

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

Activity provider: Eliaatours
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Enjoy a technicolor sunrise from the fortress of Masada. Explore the cliffs and springs of the Ein Gedi Reserve. Relax in the healing waters of the Dead Sea.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Hike to the top of Masada to view an impeccable sunrise
  • Explore the gushing waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Reserve
  • Enjoy a restorative sojourn on the beaches of the Dead Sea
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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.

  • Round trip transfers from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
  • Dead Sea products from the Ahava Store
  • Food and drinks
  • Masada entrance (28 NIS)
  • Ein Gedi entrance 28 (NIS)
  • Entrance to a Private Peach in the Dead Sea (35 NIS)

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4.4 /5

based on 58 reviews

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Good morning, great experience. Departure at 3 am all on time. I emphasize not by all. You have to be inclined to climb towards the masada fortress. The effort, about 50 minutes of climbing, is worth the spectacle of dawn accompanied by the stories of our guide Envid. Very good, fast and accurate. Afterwards we went to the En Gedi nature park I recommend the penultimate waterfall. Last stop is a swim in the dead sea. I highly recommend this sunrise tour because it allows you not to meet many people and to experience everything at an acceptable temperature. Comfortable shoes. Costume. Return around 2pm. Excellent guide. Shumacher driver I highly recommend

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August 4, 2022

The guide was friendly and informative. The hike was beautiful and moderately strenuous, which I liked. All of the excursions were well worth going. If you plan to go to Ein Gedi, make sure to have water shoes/ sandals to be able to walk through the waterfall. I highly recommend this tour!

August 2, 2022

All in all a good trip! First ascent to Masada, then cooling off in Ein Gedi and finally a swim in the Dead Sea. There is a star deduction regarding the timing, which was a bit tight. Instead of starting at 3 a.m., we only got off at 3:30 a.m. The bus didn't arrive until 3:10 am and then they waited until 3:30 am for a latecomer (which is nice, but the train doesn't wait either). So we had the sunrise during the ascent and not at the top of the plateau. That was too bad! Also with regard to getting up early. Waiting 45 minutes in the middle of the night is not very edifying. Our trip didn't last until 3 p.m. either. We were back in Jerusalem at 1:30 p.m. Nonetheless, it was a good tour! Our guide was very nice, helpful and accommodating. You have three highlights, what more could you ask for!

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July 31, 2022

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