From Tel Aviv: Masada & the Dead Sea Small Group Day Trip

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From Tel Aviv: Masada & the Dead Sea Small Group Day Trip

From US$ 136 per person

Enjoy a full-day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea on a small group tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
Starting time 7:15 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup from the main hotels in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. If you need to be picked up from elsewhere (like an airbnb), the local operator will send you details of the closest pick-up point. Pickup times: from Tel Aviv: 7:15 AM, from Herzliya: 7:00 AM, from Netanya: 6:30 AM and from Jerusalem: 8:30 AM.

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend a full-day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car
  • Float in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Visit the magnificent King Herod Fortress at Masada
  • Have a roadside view of the Good Samaritan, the symbol of the parable of Jesus on the Good Samaritan and Qumran
Full description
On this full-day tour to the Judean desert and the shores of the Dead Sea including Masada, 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 you 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 the hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv with an en route view of the Qumran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
Includes
  • Pick up and drop-off
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fee to the Dead Sea
  • Entrance fee and round trip cable car to Masada
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (recommended)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  • A hat, bathing suit, towels, comfortable shoes and flip flops are recommended
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • Small group of maximum 19 passengers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Tour plan and tour guides were excellent. Overall enjoyed a lot. Only complaint is that the “larger” tour travels in a very confortable bus, whereas the “small-tour” goes on a uncomfortable and tight van. So, overall, can’t really say the small tour was any better than the cheaper regular “large group” tour. As for the tour was totally worth it.

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27 December 2019

Overall a great tour with some obstacles

Unfortunately I only had to wait half an hour at the hotel. Only after tel. Contact came after 5 minutes, a taxi that took me 5 minutes. Brought later at the assembly point. My mistake, they had forgotten me. Then it turned out that I didn't book a small group tour, but Economy with a large bus, but with few tourists. Then it started. The tour guide was very competent and told a lot of details about Masada. She also responded flexibly to the needs. Then it went to the fool sea, or mass tourism. Nevertheless, this experience in the water was great. Overall, we had enough time to experience both highlights sufficiently. Back there were problems with the taxi transfer to the Hitels. However, the tour guide was able to solve this problem competently

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13 September 2019

Be prepared for a long day, take water, sunscreen and flip flops that can go in the water and the shower. Wear an outfit easy to change in and out of bathers and comfortable shoes as the change facilities at the Dead Sea are crowded and filthy. You cannot walk on the beach with bare feet, it is like stepping into a frying pan. The guide was excellent, the Masada experience was very interesting, just don't expect much for lunch for the price. The pick up is for multiple tours which took about 25 minutes before all buses meet at a central location. The whole day was well organised, however an hour and 40 minutes at the Dead Sea really was not enough time,an extra hour would be perfect. Our guide paced the information nicely, answered all questions and had a great sense of humour. Well worth doing, just go prepared

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7 June 2019

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