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Masada & Dead Sea: Small Group Tour from Tel Aviv

4.3 / 5

77 reviews

Activity provider: Rent-a-Guide | est.1985

Masada & Dead Sea: Small Group Tour from Tel Aviv

Activity provider: Rent-a-Guide | est.1985

From US$ 135 per person

Explore the Dead Sea and the ancient ruins of Masada on a small group day tour. Ascend by cable car to King Herod’s mountain fortress, before floating in the saline rich Dead Sea waters.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotels in: Netanya at 06.30 ; Herzliya at 07:00; Tel Aviv 07:20. Pick up is provided from centrally located hotels only. The supplier will confirm the pick-up time and address. If your hotel is not central, you will be sent the address of the closest meeting point.

Experience

Highlights
  • Drive through the Judean desert
  • Ascend Masada by cable car and tour King Herod's mountain fortress
  • Learn about one of the most remarkable chapters of Jewish history
  • Swim and float in the Dead Sea
Full description
This full day tour takes you to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea, to the site of one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans until their mass suicide in 73 AD. In a “business class” environment of a small group with personal service, you will depart from Tel Aviv for the Judean Hills and the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada to learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. High above the sea, the former palace sits precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level. It measures 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide and boasts commanding views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but luckily since King Herod’s time a fast-track cable car has been installed, allowing you to ascend the mountain in minutes. Once at the top, explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features are the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet, that were hewn into the cliff. Descend by cable car and drive to the Dead Sea, or “Sea of Salt.” Located in the Jordan Rift Valley between Jordan and the West Bank, it is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. You will stop to relax at one of the resorts on the shores of the Dead Sea and enjoy the opportunity to float while covering yourself with the mineral-rich, therapeutic Dead Sea mud. Its health-giving properties have turned it in to a major spa destination with a variety of unique bath products for sale in the hotels and shops. Purchase some bath salts and skin creams to take home, before heading back to your hotel in Tel Aviv, Netanya or Herzliy.
Includes
  • Pick up/drop off from centrally located hotels
  • Transportation
  • Government licensed tour guide
  • Entrance fees to sites.
  • Meals
  • Tips

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Know before you go

  • Modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering are required for visiting holy places.
  • Bring sun protection lotion, a bathing suit and towel
  • Hotel pick up is provided from centrally located hotels only. The supplier will confirm the pick-up time and address. If your hotel is not central, you will be sent the address of the closest meeting point
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Masada is a wonderful place with stunning views of the Judean desert and the dead sea. Our guide Sharon was very knowledgeable and knowledgeable and kind. The experience at the dead sea was good but it is a busy place and feels like a tourist factory. Overall we had a great day and recommend this excursion.

December 26, 2022

Hurry, hurry,hurry! there should be more time allotted for Masada (the object of this trip). The pick up and drop off is too large a portion of the entire time. The description of the dead sea "resort" is a stretch! it is a poor, disorganized activity. There should be details about change rooms, the exorbitant extra tower rental charges, the absolute need for beach footware, and the third world nature of the facility. Bottled water should be provided throughout the bus trip (other tour companies do). Having a driver/guide may be economical, but it sure gives an insecure feeling for the passenger.

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November 25, 2022

The small group tour was very good but better not the day before Yom Kippur. Everything is on the move, closing earlier, there is a hustle and bustle. We were surprisingly picked up an hour earlier. Nevertheless, it got tight in the afternoon. Lunch was done in a hurry to have time for swimming. But Guido and driver were very competent.

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October 4, 2022

Product ID: 20583