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While it was a very long and hot, arduous trip in the desert, it was well worth the time it took to go there.
I would definitely recommend it. One comment I would have is there should have been more time given to checking out the dead sea cosmetics tour. I didn't have enough time to sample products. I did purchase two items but would have liked to get more. The tour director was very knowledgeable and I felt I learned a lot about the history of both Masada and the Dead Sea.
Emir was a terrific tour guide. He was very informative and enthusiastic. Made us feel very comfortable.
Absolutely brilliant tour. Very knowledgeable guide, well worth the money
I'm glad to see the Masada. It is a historical place. The tour guide was knowledgeable. My 2nd X in the Dead Sea and still love to be there. People enjoyed floating on the water. I would certainly recommend this tour to everybody.
I had a great time. It was a little bit rushed and I would have like to been able to see more of parts of Masada, but the tour guide was knowledgeable, informative, and organized. It's probably good to bring a water bottle, as both the (desert) mountain and the (dead) sea are pretty dehydrating.
The downside experience we had was we were not picked up at our hotel because it was "far" (our hotel was Hotel Yehuda which was outside the city center). So we have to take a cab on our own expense to go to the meeting place/start of tour with the understanding that it will be reimbursed by the tour operator when we get back to the United States. On the upside of things, the tour guide (a gentleman who I think his name is Amir) is quite knowledgeable (up to the point of over saturating us with information) and has sense of humor. He seemed to be passionate with what he was doing (highly recommended). The view from Masada is quite magnificent, which I've never seen before. The dead sea experience (floating on the sea and slathering ourselves with mud) was great and unique.
The guide was excellent. The trip was well planed out, and the visit to Masada was amazing.
Excellent tour - well organised, good value and the tour guide (Amir) was outstanding! The only (slight) downside is the enforced stop-off at 'HAVA' to buy beauty products/Dead Sea oils.
Remember to take water with you for the trip (no refreshments provided).
This was probably the best trip I did during my stay in Jerusalem. The scenery was very barren but stunning at the same time. Masada has such a fascinating history and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. We had lunch in the restaurant there - nice reasonably priced food but very chaotic finding somewhere to sit to eat. Then it was down to the shores of the Dead Sea - very unsurreal floating in the water but a wonderful experience - excellent trip - well done
I went on two tours with this company. My tour to Masada and the Dead Sea was excellent. It was organized, plenty of breaks (clean bathrooms, snacks, etc.). The tour guide was great and this day tour was one of my favorite days in Jerusalem. I had plenty of time to look around, shop, and explore.
I also booked the Bethlehem tour as well. This one was not as organized. I was told an 8:30 a.m. pick-up and was finally picked up at 10:30 a.m. I sat in the hotel lobby for 2 hours. My hotel kept calling and they said 5 more minutes, 5 more minutes. I waited it out because I wanted to go to Bethlehem. After the tour started, it was better. The guide was great, stops were cool (Bethlehem is much more dirty than I imagined, though). However, I did not like the shopping option. It is one of those stores that is geared to take advantage of tourists. All the prices in US dollar. There were numerous other shops, but we could not go to those.
If they tell you 8:30 a.m. pick-up-I'd go down to the lobby at 8:45 a.m. and I bet you'll still wait a bit.
My group throughly enjoyed this tour! We were with a good mix of tourists who I thought enjoyed it as well.
I was initially rather hesitant about booking this tour as I was concerned there might be lots of shopping stops. In the event there was only one which was reasonably brief. Our guide was absolutely first rate , very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would not have gained nearly so much if I had gone on my own and the whole trip was very efficient and well organized. Our guide ended her commentary with a beautiful Hebrew song about the area which she sang wonderfully. A day to remember.