Be aware, you have to spend up to 7 hr total ONLY on a way to and from destination vs 6 or less hrs of sightseeing itself. I was picked up in JLM at 550am and dropped of at 850pm. Waited up to 15 min for each person to pickup, more than 1 hr for shuttles to gather ppl from hotels. Did not leave to Tel Aviv - 1 hr ride - to pick up TLV group till 730am. Guide joined only there. Unpleasant surprises: nothing in tour description was said ab a stop at baptismal site at Jordan, heard that first time from guide, many could get prepared instead of paying $25 for a robe or $10 for renting it. On the way back instead of sending TLV group by a separate van as we were told, we drove all the way back to almost TLV - 5 min from it, where the split took place. And we were only 30-35 ppl total on a bus, JLM group was even larger than TLV. AWEFUL service and ugly attitude of servers? they looked like crooks, at the lunch restaurant at Galilee Sea - $11 for salad bar and $22 for same with kebab or fish. American kind of coffee in thumbnail size plastic???? cups, no milk no sugar. Well, fresh dates. Half group waited for 50 min for meat/fish after salads, still were charged. Guide did not check on our tables until we came up to complain, he and driver sat at separate table and had the whole meal served right away. We had to wait for coffee, dates, separately as they dont serve until everyone is done w their meal. Bootcamp rules. Guide did not stand for us to demand refund or no charge for late meals. VERY poor logistics
Great trip, perfect timing/pace/logistics. Overpriced though good meal at Masada - $37 for soup/salad/chick w rice and a cake n coffee. I was fortunate to be in JLM as for Tel Aviv group that day trip turned at least 3 hrs longer with driving/waiting for uniting both groups time. Due to unusual low tourist flow on Passover we did not have to wait for meals/cable cars. Dead sea stop is great, enough time to soak in water and silky black mud full body mask. Overall we were given 1.5 hr there, minus changing/walking to beach time it was at least an hour to enjoy the wonders of Dead Sea. Stop at famous Ahava Dead Sea product factory/store was only 30 min, on the way to Massada. TOO short to wrap your mind on what to choose and look through products. No time for store presentation. Thank God, there were enough assistance to help you w choices. But haste was stressful. Guide Menashem was very knowledgable and brought additional illustrative materials for Massada story. One could tell he really cares personally about the Israeli history and Massada in particularly. Trip is VERY worth of money value and time.
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