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

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

This full day tour from Tel Aviv takes you to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea, and 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 the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but we will ascend by cable car to make life easier! 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. Following the tour of Masada you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach. 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. Take a mud-bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to Tel Aviv, with an on route view of the Qumeran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

2. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

On this full-day tour of the Holy Land, enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Tel Aviv in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and travel along highway no' 1 to Jerusalem. You’ll be accompanied throughout the day by a knowledgeable, professional guide. You’ll enjoy a panoramic overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the new city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. As you travel along the Kidron Valley, you’ll be able to take in views the Garden of Gethsemane as well as the walls of the city. On reaching the Armenian Quarter you'll enter the Western or Wailing Wall square via the local bazaar. You’ll see the Christian Quarter and the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is considered to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. You'll also walk along the 1700-year-old Byzantine Cardo, the main street, and see the renovated Jewish Quarter. Transfer to Bethlehem (Palestinian guide and vehicle). Bethlehem, meaning “City of Bread”, was the birthplace of Jesus according to Christian tradition. Your drive to Bethlehem takes you by way of Nativity Circle. Visit the Church of Nativity, and also the cave where Jesus was born. You’ll see Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Before completing the tour, visit St' Catharine - a Roman Catholic Church. You’ll enjoy an overview of the Shepherd's Fields on the return drive to Tel Aviv.

Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv

3. Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv

See the famous sites of the Holy Land on this amazing historical day tour! You will begin your journey by travelling along Israel’s scenic coastal plain via the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. In Nazareth, visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph's carpentry. Traveling on, you will see the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Be amazed by the famous Sea of Galilee and the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Finally, overlooking Tiberias, you will visit the site of baptism on the Jordan River, where you can have a baptismal service. You will return driving along the view of Mt. Tabor, the site of transfiguration.

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

4. From Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Masada Fortress and take in the sweeping views of the Judean Desert. Visit the nature reserve of Ein Gedi before floating in the warm waters of the Dead Sea. Depart Tel Aviv. Be driven through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, the lowest on earth. Heading south alongside the Dead Sea, reach the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress which was constructed in Roman times and is famous as the location of an iconic story of heroism. At 9:00 AM ascend Masada by cable car and explore the site. At 11:00 AM continue to Ein Gedi, a beautiful nature reserve and oasis where you will have a chance to take a short hike or walk through the cooling and beautiful surroundings. After Ein Gedi, continue to the Dead Sea where you will access a private beach and have a chance to float in the famous waters and immerse in the mud's that are so famous all around the world.  Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv at 5:30 PM.

Tel Aviv Street Art Tour

5. Tel Aviv Street Art Tour

Weave throughout the streets of southern Tel Aviv taking in the extensive street art that can be found throughout learning about the subculture and often political undertones and protest behind the artwork. Learn about both the history and the artistic culture in Tel Aviv and the stories told through the art installations found all over the city. Common motifs, symbols, and alphabetic letters can mean a multitude of things and each tells their own narrative. Explore with a knowledgeable guide and gain a deeper more insightful understanding of the street art in Tel Aviv. When possible, the tour guide has collaborated directly with the local street artists to promote accurate information and support of their work. After the tour information of artists whose work has been seen on the tour will be provided, including social media information and where possible, opportunities to purchase work directly from the artists.

Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Tel Aviv

6. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Spend a day exploring Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast on this full-day tour departing from Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. An expert guide will take you in a climate-controlled bus to visit ancient cities and monuments along the coast. To begin, your guide will take you to discover the splendid harbor city of Caesarea. This ancient Roman city boasts impressive Roman ruins, including one of the largest amphitheaters built in the Roman era. Next, you will journey to Haifa to visit the Baha’i Gardens. The Baha’i gardens feature stunning terraces and are one of Israel’s top attractions. Your guide will make sure that you have the opportunity to photograph the terrific UNESCO-protected gardens before continuing on to Rosh Hanikra. In Rosh Hanikra, you can explore the area’s limestone grottoes. Rosh Hanikra also features beautiful white-chalk cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. From the cliffs, you can peek over the border into Lebanon before continuing to Acre, in the north. The Old City of Acre is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features impressive city walls, a charming port, and an oriental bazaar. Your guide will detail the ancient city’s fascinating history, as you wander the historic streets that were known to the Greeks, Byzantines, and, Ottomans. 

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

7. 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, marveling 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 & Dead Sea Hike

8. From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Hike

From Tel Aviv, hop on the minivan early in the morning, and drive towards the Jordan valley, passing magnificent desert landscape. Follow the famous Snake Path up to the top of the cliff of the Masada fortress, while the cool night slowly turns into day, and watch a spectacular sunrise over the Dead Sea and the Jordanian mountains. You’ll have plenty of time to unravel the history of one of the biggest tales of Jewish heroism among the excavated ruins, before descending again. The journey continues at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a green oasis situated in the middle of the surrounding Judean Desert. Walk past its refreshing springs, waterfalls and wildlife, or even dip into one of the many freshwater pools to cool off. Eventually, you will get to rest your feet in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, experience the unique sensation of floating effortlessly, and cover your skin in its healing mud. In the afternoon, you will arrive back in Tel Aviv fully refreshed, with many memories to take home!

Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

9. Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

Start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Jerusalem and head to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Arrive at Masada, where your guide will tell you about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. You’ll ascend Masada by cable car and then tour the mountain fortress that was built by King Herod. This is the spot where the Zealots of the 1st century made their last stand against the Roman troops. You’ll explore the site to see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths. When you've completed this part of the tour, descend Masada by cable car. Your next destination is the Dead Sea. Its shores are the lowest point on dry land on earth! You’ll have the opportunity to float and swim in the Dead Sea waters that many believe have special therapeutic effects. Please note: from 17th to 23rd January 2019, the visit to Massasa will be replaced by a visit to Qumeran and Ein Gedi nature reserve.

Tel Aviv Urban Tour: Architecture, Food & Street Art

10. Tel Aviv Urban Tour: Architecture, Food & Street Art

Walk the famous Rothschild Boulevard and surrounding streets admiring the diverse buildings and architecture in Tel Aviv. Known as the “White City”, Tel Aviv has the largest collection of Bauhaus buildings worldwide and tells a rich historical story through the buildings. Learn about both the past and future of the Tel Aviv cityscape while exploring the areas. Next, you will explore the Carmel Market, a cornucopia of flavors, smells, sounds and sights brimming with fresh, local ingredients. Marvel at the colors of fresh fruit and vegetables piled high, vibrant spices, artisan baked goods, local meats and cheeses, olives and sweets. The market is the heart of the city and is filled with energy. Enjoy several food samplings along the way including Dolmas - a Druzian style rice wrapped in vine leaves, Ghat and etrog juice - a local ingredient with a history, Garinim - a mix of roasted seeds, a popular Israeli snack, Zaatar with Lahuh - a middle eastern herb blend with a soft Yemei fermented bread, Halva - a sweet confectionery made from sesame seeds, and a seasonal market item. (Items are subject to change based on availability/seasonality). Then you will continue on to the southern Tel Aviv district of Florentin, a graffiti and street art haven filled with many works of art both large and small. The artwork tells a story, often with historical and cultural relevance. Gain a deeper insight and awareness to the subculture in Tel Aviv and the importance of the street art scene. When possible, we have collaborated directly with the local street artists to promote accurate information and support of their work. After the tour, we will provide information of artists whose work has been seen on the tour providing social media information and where possible, opportunities to purchase work directly from the artists.

Frequently asked questions about Tel Aviv

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    March through April and September through November will provide you with the most pleasant weather for your holiday. In the summer, the city is incredibly hot, and you'll get some better deals in the spring and autumn!

  • How many nights?

    Most people combine a trip to Tel Aviv with a tour of other regions, spending 3 nights here, and a total of 10 in Israel.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hebrew
  • Currency
    Shekel (₪)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +972
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and autumn will offer milder temperatures and better deals!

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What people are saying about Tel Aviv

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 6,387 reviews

Everything happened on time and as expected. Our wonderful driver went above and beyond. The experience was a once in a lifetime moment we will never forget. Hiking Masada was challenging but worth every damn step. Dead Sea was fun and invigorating!

Lovely Charming tour guide called Ben was lovely and always made sure everyone was together. Ben was very knowable in everything and when anyone asked a question he answered it with passion.

Ithamar our guide was beyond expectation, very professional, kind and knowledgeable. Made our experience unforgettable. Also our driver was very careful, polite and professional as well

The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the sites. We had plenty of time. And he even helped us skip the long lines by purchasing our tickets for us!

Long day but a fascinating one. Well worth the trip.