Tour code: 6540MASADASUN
Enjoy the natural beauty and history of Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea on this self-guided, all-day tour. Early in the morning, head to the top of UNESCO-listed Masada, one of Israel’s most popular attractions, to see, perhaps, the greatest sunrise in the world. Bring a camera to capture the incredible view. Then, hike to one of the most beautiful places in Israel, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, followed by a rejuvenating dip in the legendary Dead Sea. Transportation to and from Jerusalem plus printed guiding materials included.

Highlights

  • 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 archaeological 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

Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Trip from Jerusalem

Experience the sunrise from the summit of ancient Masada

This full-day (10-hours) tour begins with an early morning central Jerusalem pickup in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy a 1-hour trip through the Judean Desert, past biblical sites like the Inn of the Good Samaritan and Jericho, the oldest city in the world, along the way.

Stop at Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in the Judean Desert and situated on top of an isolated rock plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. Walk along the famous Snake Path to the summit just in time for a beautiful sunrise view. Aside from the breathtaking view, spend some time exploring the archaeological ruins here. It was built as a palace complex in the style of the early Roman Empire by Herod the Great, King of Judaea.

Travel back down the mountain on foot or by cable car and continue on to the beautiful Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is one of Israel’s premier hiking spots with a wide variety of landscapes, waterfalls and botanical gardens. Take a short hike along the springs, stopping to relax by the refreshing pools along the way. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase here as well.

Finally, spend some time relaxing on the beach at the Dead Sea. Feel years younger after applying mineral-rich black mud and floating or swimming in the ultra-salty lake water. It’s an experience unlike any other in the world.

The tour concludes here, where you'll board the minivan for a return trip to Jerusalem.

Customer Reviews

Emmie B

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

It is the very best time to climb the Massada rock. The view was breathtaking beautiful. The time for Ein Gedi was a little short, might be longer. Beach an bath in the Dead See was wonderful. But also this was a little short. Some time to relax and drink something will be nice.

SUSAN G

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing!

Jorge D

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

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.

Lawrence G

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2014

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.

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