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  • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Travel into the heart of the Judean Desert on a day trip from Tel Aviv, and visit two of Israel’s must-see sites: the mountain-top fortress of Masada and Edi Gedi – a stunning nature reserve and desert oasis. After riding to the Masada’s summit by cable car, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site with a guide, discovering the ruins of King Herod’s ancient palace complex. In the afternoon, travel to Ein Gedi, and cool down with a walk around the oasis’ waterfalls.


  • Day trip to Masada and Ein Gedi from Tel Aviv
  • Marvel at the scenery of the Judean Desert and look out for sights like the Inn of the Good Samaritan
  • Stop near the shores of the Dead Sea and ride by cable car to Masada's summit
  • Explore the excavations at the ancient mountain fortress of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Take a stroll through Ein Gedi, a breathtaking natural oasis in the desert
  • Relax with a hotel pickup and drop-off from central Tel Aviv

What You Can Expect

Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip from Tel Aviv

See the contrasting landscapes in Israel by visiting the Ein Gedi nature reserve

Leave your Tel Aviv hotel and travel through the barren Judean Desert that stretches around the city. Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan – the setting of one of the New Testament’s most famous parables – and watch the sultry barren hills of the desert give way to the stone towers of Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities.

Continue alongside the shores of the Dead Sea, admiring its serene blue water juxtaposed against the sun-baked desert canyons, and then stop at the cable car station that leads to Masada. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the ruins of King Herod’s ancient fortress, a palace complex that later became a besieged Jewish stronghold against a bloody Roman invasion.

Hop inside the cable car and ride to the mountain’s flat-topped summit while gazing down over Snake, a winding walkway that leads to the top. Explore Masada’s excavations with your guide, discovering ruined stone houses, bathhouses and a 1st-century synagogue and more. After learning about the site during the days of King Herod and during the Roman attack of 73 AD, return down the mountain by cable car.

Enjoy a quick break for lunch at a cafe at the base station (own expense), and then travel through the desert to Ein Gedi, a tropical nature reserve where you’ll spend your afternoon. Pay your entrance fee, and then head inside for a walk, following the streams that trickle past waterfalls, lush tropical foliage and rare birdlife. The oasis is said to have been the place where King David once hid from Kind Saul, and your guide will recount biblical stories from the site as you walk.

After exploring Ein Gedi, return to your coach and travel back to Tel Aviv, passing the Qumran Caves where ancient biblical scrolls have been found. Your day trip then finishes at your central Tel Aviv hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I happened to go on this day tour on a day that it was pouring rain in the desert. Despite the crazy weather while at Masada, we did have the chance to see a waterfall in the distance from the flash floods. Apparently this is something so rare and it was interesting to see. The rain did not stop our tour and it was still enjoyable. The only issue was that Ein Gedi was closed due to the rain earlier in the day. So instead, we had the option to go to the Dead Sea. This was a wonderful day tour that I would highly recommend.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2015

We were unable to go to Ein Gedi which was the main reason for choosing this tour. The stop at the Avaha factory was totally unwelcome. Masada was a good tour. We did not want to go to the Dead Sea and were obliged to go there with the rest of the trip. The resort was very second-class.

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