Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & the Dead Sea. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
This was an amazing tour! Our guide named Rikki was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Masada was an amazing place to see. Floating on the Dead Sea was so much fun! I would recommend this to anybody. We were very lucky to get a great guide for Jerusalem and Bethlehem too, named Ron. He showed us all around and we had a fantastic day. Beware of the Orthodox Easter as we were nearly crushed in the crowds at the tomb. That was an experience in itself. All good fun.
A very good tour and without the hassle and danger of renting a car and trying to see the same sites. Would have liked to have had more time in the bazaars in Jerusalem, but then that would have cut the other sites short. Also, having a knowledgeable tour guide as we did makes the experience even better. Highly recommended for any first time traveler to the area who wants to see as much as possible in the shortest time.
Jerusalem, Masada and Dead Sea were great experiences. We learned a lot and got to see a lot of Israel and float on the Dead Sea. Bethlehem was another story. Our guide there was trying to get money from us so we wouldnt have to wait in line to see where Jesus was born and he got mad when we said no
Great trip, well organised and the hotel I was booked into was very flash. Well worth the money. Great trip would defiantly recommend it
These are all incredible places to visit and this trip covers them way better than youd be able to do yourself. Day 1 starts in Jerusalem which was completely overwhelming, its a complete shock to the senses, all this ancient history, incredibly diverse cultures and religions all crammed between the old walls, it was great to have the guided tour as you see and learn so much in the short time you have. Next is Bethlehem, and even getting there is quite an experience. Overnight in Jerusalem. Day 2 starts at Masada, amazing, then off for a mud bath and floating on the dead sea. A brilliant trip. The only negatives I would mention is the very average overnight hotel in Jerusalem (upgrade if you can) and the tour guide on day 2 must have been doing the tours in King Herrods time as she appeared pretty bored of doing the tour again.
Trip and locations were amazing. The tour company needed some work though. They didn't seem to have all their information together for the days activities. ie. which buses were going where, and the times when the buses were picking up passengers for that days trips.
NOTHING TO SAY, FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL STAFF, GOOD ORGANIZATION, BEAUTIFUL PLACES...!
Very good two days our guide was very experienced and interesting.
The tour hit the high points in a relatively short time. I could have done without the so-called "factory tour" near the Dead Sea, which was nothing more than a short film in a high-priced cosmetics showroom. I am SO not spending my hard-earned money to purchase mud.
The general choice of sights to visit was spot on, but the Jerusalem hotel used in at best mediocre. Both the dinner we opted for and the included breakfast were absolutely the poorest quality in ALL of our time in Jordan and Israel. The room was also noisy and the TV access "shut down" for almost 5 hours in the late afternoon and early evening.
Our tour guides were well-informed and competent, but on the Jerusalem/Bethlehem day, we moved too fast and did not get enough time for actual "trinket shopping" in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Masada was especially impressive and worth every penny of that day's cost.
I would recommend booking just the Masada/Dead Sea single day option and seeing the Old City of Jerusalem on your own with a guidebook at hand, so you could stroll at leisure and reflect more at sights of YOUR own selection. This is especially recommended as long as Viator uses the Prima Park Hotel as their overnight option in Jerusalem, as it is SO below the acceptable standard in terms of food options in the hotel.
Good tour, covered the basics, and included Bethlehem, but skipped some listed things like the Milk Grotto (because there was a 3 hour wait to view it). Guides were a mixed bag.
This tour fulfill my need: within limited 2 days’ time covered most of POIs. The tour guides have a sophisticated system. Pick-up and Send-back people from different hotels by different taxi. Changed guide at second day. It may cause incontinence, and during tour the guides have to make lots of phone calls to coordinate. But I suppose this arrangement saved time. Over all very well organized.
The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. I think the one and half hour long explanation of the history of Masada might be shortened while the one and half hour time spent at the Dead Sea might be extended.
Chalk and cheese between the organization of this trip and the Petra trip
Day one of the tour was great (Jerusalem and Bethlehem, specially Jerusalem). They will always take you to souvenir/traditional shops but I guess it's part of the tourism industry in the Country and it's unavoidable. Sometimes annoying for me to be honest.
Day two, Masada and Dead Sea, was a chaos in our tour. The group was too big to be handle only by one tour guide (50 people apron.). We spend half a day getting to Masada because of pick-up and shop stops (ridiculous). Very little time at the Dead Sea.
I would highly recommend to take a semi or private tour instead of this chaotic tour so you can enjoy proper time at the attractions.
Remarkable history. Perhaps due to off season, we did not have a consistent 2 day tour with the same group. We were shuffled around a few times to get on the right bus to the right location. Each day we did have one tour guide and main bus driver. The first day, the women was difficult to understand and her depth of knowledge seemed limited; and the pushed getting a tip. The second - trip to Jerusalem and Bethlem - our guide (named David?) was very knowledgeable and could go into to depth on many areas. He presented things in an entertaing and interesting way. There was no tip basket but we did have to pay extra to expedite through the line in the Bethlehem church. Hotel they put us in in Jerusalem was ok but not near anything and I would not stay there again. For the price, I would have expected a higher level of quality and service. I would still recommend going via tour group.