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  • Location:Jerusalem, Israel
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Combine a Masada tour and Dead Sea trip into one memorable full-day tour from Jerusalem. Travel through the Judean desert by air-conditioned coach and pass the site of the famous New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan. Arrive at Masada and ride the cable car to the legendary mountaintop ruins of King Herod’s palaces. After a guided tour, drive to the Dead Sea. Relish the surreal Dead Sea floating experience and choose to take a therapeutic mud bath. Then, return to Jerusalem, passing the ancient city of Jericho on route.

Highlights

  • Full day trip from Jerusalem to Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Guided tour of the popular Holy Land sights by local experts
  • Ascend to the top of Masada by cable car
  • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Leave your central Jerusalem hotel by air-conditioned coach and travel through the Judean desert, a barren wilderness in the heart of the Israel.

Pass the site of the New Testament’s famous parable, the Good Samaritan, and enjoy views of the Dead Sea as you near Masada. Some 2,000 years ago, King Herod chose this remote mountain as the site of two vast fortified palaces.

Take the cable car up to mountaintop ruins of the palaces, and set out on a guided tour. Hear about the site’s history as you explore and then descend to drive on to the Dead Sea.

As you travel, pass the Ein Gedi oasis and aeons-old settlement of Qumran. Stop to absorb views of the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls —around 900 ancient parchments of religious manuscripts — were discovered in the 1940s and 1950s.

Continue to the Dead Sea, the salt lake located 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Enjoy around two hours to relax on a mineral beach and float in the salt-rich waters. If you wish, follow your ‘swim’ with a therapeutic mud bath and perhaps purchase some Dead Sea skin care products (own expense) at duty-free prices.

Back aboard your coach, relax on your return journey. On route, trace some of the route of the old Roman road to Jerusalem and enjoy views of the ancient city of Jericho. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Jerusalem hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Guide was really excellent, spoke to almost everything relavent. Also gave u a little quiet time. Perfect number of bathroom/water stops.

jandjntx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

fabulous trip. tour guide absolutely the best.

Yitz G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Knowledgable and informative guide.

Carol C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was one of the best tours I've ever been on, bar none. The guide, Ossi Kaufman was engaging and knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. If you're interested in understanding the historical significance of this site while having a bit of fun, this is the tour for you.

Tsutomu A Japan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

An amazing, impressive tour for the first time Israel tourist. Qumran and Masada I saw, and I could float in Death See.

Zachary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour guide was very informative. Very glad I did the tour and I felt that I learned many things I would not have had I traveled alone. Also, the tour is very convenient with hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Brian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A very worthwhile tourwell organized, informative tour guides and an interesting combination of history and archeology Masada and geomorphology and recreation Dead Sea. A great day. Interestingly, on the day of our tour, we happened upon the aftermath of a road accident in the West Bank which turned out to be a terrorist attack on an Israeli settler's car.

l2k2 Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic day tour ! Masada is a must see and our guide made the tour even better with his knowledge ! Highly recommend it !

Inna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We did 4 tours with Bein Harim during our honeymoon in Israel, and this was by far our favorite! Masada is absolutely stunning, and it was great having some time to float in the Dead Sea. The tour took about 12 hours from pick up to drop off. Ozzy was our tour guide - he conducted the tour in German and in English and did a fantastic job. He was funny, and full of great information. The bus was large and very comfortable, and made plenty of bathroom stops! Lunch at Masada was delicious and inexpensive. Having done a few of these tours, it seems to all be in the tour guide Masada and the Dead Sea are of course so beautiful, they speak for themselves. Ozzy was organized and had great time management, we felt we had enough time places and didn't feel too rushed though I would have preferred less time at Ahava and more time at the Dead Sea - but others might have wanted to shop, like we did on some of the other tours maybe because the other tours had more stops?. We would definitely recommend this tour and Ozzy, and would go again!

Connie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The trip was great. Went to Masada and then the Dead Sea. Was a beautiful day and the guide on the bus kept us informed of what was where and interesting tid-bits. Glad we did the trip!

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