Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & the Dead Sea. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
A very good tour and without the hassle and danger of renting a car and trying to see the same sites. Would have liked to have had more time in the bazaars in Jerusalem, but then that would have cut the other sites short. Also, having a knowledgeable tour guide as we did makes the experience even better. Highly recommended for any first time traveler to the area who wants to see as much as possible in the shortest time.
Jerusalem, Masada and Dead Sea were great experiences. We learned a lot and got to see a lot of Israel and float on the Dead Sea. Bethlehem was another story. Our guide there was trying to get money from us so we wouldnt have to wait in line to see where Jesus was born and he got mad when we said no
Great trip, well organised and the hotel I was booked into was very flash. Well worth the money. Great trip would defiantly recommend it
These are all incredible places to visit and this trip covers them way better than youd be able to do yourself. Day 1 starts in Jerusalem which was completely overwhelming, its a complete shock to the senses, all this ancient history, incredibly diverse cultures and religions all crammed between the old walls, it was great to have the guided tour as you see and learn so much in the short time you have. Next is Bethlehem, and even getting there is quite an experience. Overnight in Jerusalem. Day 2 starts at Masada, amazing, then off for a mud bath and floating on the dead sea. A brilliant trip. The only negatives I would mention is the very average overnight hotel in Jerusalem (upgrade if you can) and the tour guide on day 2 must have been doing the tours in King Herrods time as she appeared pretty bored of doing the tour again.
Trip and locations were amazing. The tour company needed some work though. They didn't seem to have all their information together for the days activities. ie. which buses were going where, and the times when the buses were picking up passengers for that days trips.
NOTHING TO SAY, FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL STAFF, GOOD ORGANIZATION, BEAUTIFUL PLACES...!
Very good two days our guide was very experienced and interesting.
The tour hit the high points in a relatively short time. I could have done without the so-called "factory tour" near the Dead Sea, which was nothing more than a short film in a high-priced cosmetics showroom. I am SO not spending my hard-earned money to purchase mud.
The general choice of sights to visit was spot on, but the Jerusalem hotel used in at best mediocre. Both the dinner we opted for and the included breakfast were absolutely the poorest quality in ALL of our time in Jordan and Israel. The room was also noisy and the TV access "shut down" for almost 5 hours in the late afternoon and early evening.
Our tour guides were well-informed and competent, but on the Jerusalem/Bethlehem day, we moved too fast and did not get enough time for actual "trinket shopping" in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Masada was especially impressive and worth every penny of that day's cost.
I would recommend booking just the Masada/Dead Sea single day option and seeing the Old City of Jerusalem on your own with a guidebook at hand, so you could stroll at leisure and reflect more at sights of YOUR own selection. This is especially recommended as long as Viator uses the Prima Park Hotel as their overnight option in Jerusalem, as it is SO below the acceptable standard in terms of food options in the hotel.
Good tour, covered the basics, and included Bethlehem, but skipped some listed things like the Milk Grotto (because there was a 3 hour wait to view it). Guides were a mixed bag.
This tour fulfill my need: within limited 2 days’ time covered most of POIs. The tour guides have a sophisticated system. Pick-up and Send-back people from different hotels by different taxi. Changed guide at second day. It may cause incontinence, and during tour the guides have to make lots of phone calls to coordinate. But I suppose this arrangement saved time. Over all very well organized.
The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. I think the one and half hour long explanation of the history of Masada might be shortened while the one and half hour time spent at the Dead Sea might be extended.