- Dawn and morning trip to Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea from Jerusalem
- Leave before dawn to witness an unforgettable sunrise from atop Masada
- Climb the historic mountain and ogle the dawn views over the Dead Sea and desert mountains
- Explore the fascinating UNESCO-listed archeological ruins at the summit
- Walk through idyllic Ein Gedi to see its breathtaking waterfalls
- Visit the Dead Sea to float in its salt-rich waters and enjoy a revitalizing mud bath
What You Can Expect
After roughly an hour, pass by the shores of the Dead Sea as you near Masada, a mountain crowned by a ruined ancient fortress that was built by King Herod and became a tragic Jewish stronghold against the Romans. Head through the entrance and climb the famous Snake Path to the summit just as the dawn light appears. When you reach the top, the sun will have risen, casting the mountains of Jordan and Dead Sea in a stunning, ghostly glow. Ogle the views and explore the archaeological ruins, walking around long-ago stone houses, bathhouses and Roman encampments.
Later, descend on foot or by cable car and continue to Ein Gedi, an idyllic paradise-like oasis with waterfalls. Enter the tropical reserve and trace the trails past springs to the spectacular falls. Absorb the scene and perhaps cool off in the falls before heading back. You can also buy snacks and drinks here to refuel your energy if need be.
Next, drive to the Dead Sea. Head for a private beach that is lapped by this salt-rich sea and sits at around 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level — the Earth’s lowest point. Experience the unusual floating sensation as you ‘swim’ and perhaps enjoy a therapeutic mud bath.
Afterward, rejoin your minivan and return to Jerusalem, where your tour ends with a drop-off at the original departure point in the early afternoon.
This tour was amazing!
For a first timer to Masada, the sunrise visit is probably not a good option because facilities are closed and you do not know what you are seeing or what parts of the site are best to go to. The hike along the snake path is too strenuous for all but the fittest--even if you manage to make it all the way, most of us end up feeling sick from the exertion. On the other hand, Ein Gedi is a paradise even in extreme summer heat. The Dead Sea resort is also nice. I wish I had chosen another one of the tours offered by Viator, but I am very satisfied with the professionalism and friendliness of the tour operator Abraham Tours, Jerusalem.
This was an awful trip. I signed up for a tour not a taxi. They drove us to each of the locations - dropped us off - nothing about the history of the site - and said I will pick you up in 45 minutes. It was a waste of money.