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

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Discover two of Israel's must-see sights on this memorable day trip from Jerusalem. You'll explore the legendary ruins of Masada and King Herod's palaces, and enjoy a therapeutic visit to the famous Dead Sea. This unforgettable day trip also passes the setting of one of the New Testament's most famous parables, the Good Samaritan.


  • 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

Your day tour begins with a descent into the Judean desert, a barren wilderness in the heart of the Holy Land. En-route, you will pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, before ascending by cable car to reach the mountaintop site of Masada. The cliff's remoteness and difficult approach made it a perfect fortress, and it was here that King Herod built two fortified palaces over 2,000 years ago.

After exploring the archeological ruins of Masada with your guide, you will continue to the Dead Sea past the Ein Gedi oasis and the ancient settlement of Qumran. Here you'll have the opportunity to view the many caves where approximately 900 parchment documents of religious significance were discovered - the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Dead Sea is the next stop, where you'll have approximately two hours to relax on the mineral beach and enjoy the surreal experience of floating in the salt-rich water, 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level! Don't miss the chance to have a mud bath in the world's richest source of natural salts. You will also have the opportunity to purchase Dead Sea skin care products at duty-free prices from the famous Ahava laboratory.

The drive back to Jerusalem along the Old Roman road which links Jerusalem and Jericho, and see Jericho from the distance.

Combining ancient and natural wonders, Israel's top day trip is not to be missed!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone who comes to visit Israel. I love the history behind it all and being able to see these places in person makes it a million times better in my opinion. Driving through the Judean desert and seeing Jericho from afar was beautiful and hearing the stories made it even more interesting. You're at sea level and even below sea level which was pretty awesome... Then you make your way to Masada which is really hot, but i mean what do you expect, you're in the desert! It was such a beautiful place to be at. That high up and pretty much nothing around you except the desert and being able to see the Dead sea up there was an unforgettable view. Ma'ayan was a great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, informative, funny, and well organized and I would love to have her as my tour guide again since she knows what she is doing. Keep up the great work Ma'ayan! :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour - would definitely recommend. Really appreciated the personal perspectives and stories from the outstanding tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was an excelent tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about the sites and he was ready to answer to any request from us. Masada is a place that should not be missed during a visit to Israel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Incredibly beautiful area! A don't miss if you are in Israel!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The pick up from the hotel was a little tiring, because they transfer you to another hotel where they collect all the travelers and then sending them off to their tours. Tour itself was great with great explanation. Very professional driven guide. We had a great time, they dropped us off to the hotel directly at the end of the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent tour at competitive price. Hotel pick-up and return. This was my second Viator tour - there will probably be others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I don't normally give a review but I will make exception to this trip in Masada and Dead Sea. My family was really amazed and enjoyed every moment of the tour. The tour guide Miri and Oleg are well-experienced and knowledgeable to tell us the history and archeological details of Masada. Recommended.

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