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Fantastic well organised tour - the right mixture of travel and sightseeing, information and fun. The driver was very knowledgeable, and he pointed out lots of landmarks, combined with information from Israel's history, politics and stories from the Bible. His guided tour of Massada was excellent. My little girl age 11 loved the cable car ride up and loved listening to all the information. And the dead sea, fun and relaxing. The best tour of our Israel holiday!
I'll start with the standard not enough time in the day trip complaint. That being said, what made this trip 5 stars was the tour guide. Amir was simply amazing. His pride in his country added credence to all the history he shared with us on the long bus ride from Tel Aviv to Masada. But more than that, he was a well trained orator that easily captured our attention as he pointed out landmarks during the ride as well as once we were at the site. Handouts on a bus trip? It was like a school trip for adults. If Amir isn't a teacher, he should be. Add in humor and an engaging personality and it just made for a the best day possible I just can't stress enough how great he made the trip. So now some items of note: Masada was the lunch stop, lots of food choices, no worries there. Every trinket in the region is available no haggling but prices were competitive. The place itself was incredibly clean and well maintained considering it's literally in the middle of nowhere.
Half way to Masada the bus stopped at a Ahava mineral/cosmetic store. That being said, it was perfectly timed for walking around and snacking, and the place was clean especially the bathrooms and it was an incredibly low pressure sale - worth it. I would stop there if I had my family in a car by way of comparison.
Time at the dead sea was at a premium. 90 minutes seems like a lot of time, but the water has receded so it's a 10 minute walk, so nearly a third of your time lost walking and putting on swim clothes. It's a 40US deposit for the locker key, ouch! you get it back when done, but surprise. Given the two main items are covering in healing mud and soaking in the sea change and get moving. Don't forget water shoes, rocks and minerals are not like soft sand and moving quickly barefoot..nope.
All the staff was pleasant at both locations, no rude people anywhere. I ordered this trip at 9pm the day before due to a surprise day off, everything went exceedingly well. No problems with anything.
We really enjoyed our trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. We had to go via Jerusalem to pick up some travellers which was the reason for the early start from Tel Aviv. It was a relatively small group which our marvellous guide, Yael, kept informed and entertained. Masada is hotter than the coast so remember your sunscreen and hats. There is also a lot of walking and stairs. You will have a chance to shop and have lunch before going on to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is a smelly but surreal experience! For preference take jellies or wet shoes rather than flip flops if you are going to go into the Sea itself. Flip flops develop a life of their own. Towels are available to rent or buy if you forget to take one, and ladies avoid shaving anywhere delicate that morning, the salt finds everything. Really enjoyable trip.
Great tour! The story of the Masada is incredibly interesting even if the ending was a bit sad, and it was neat to see all the fortification that went on, as well as the engineering of the day to bring water to the desert. Cable car ride up and back was a novelty, but you really need to get into the car first in order to get the good views otherwise, the sardines err, folks packed in the middle are not going to see much of anything but the backs of other people's heads.
If you love history and archaeology...... TAKE THIS TOUR!!!!!!
The trip was excellent. From the pick up at our hotel to the arrival at Masada, it was excellent. This is a must see site.
The pickup at the hotel was perfect and Osi was a wunderful guide also pointing out many things while travelling through the country side (the many many fences, walls, busses where men where seperated from women, the beduines along the road,...). The group was small (10 persons) so the tour was much "family like".
Everything was well planned. The bus was very comfortable. There was not a minute to spare between activities and information. The guide, Norbert was excellent. His information was presented in an interesting and understandable way.
My two negatives are: The stop at the Dead Sea products store was too commercial and boring. Also, the bus drived took the curves too fast. Also, while driving, he talked to the leader continually and turned his head to look at him whenever he talked. I didn't feel he was concentrating on driving!!
very, very, very exiting! the ruins of masada are amazing, but the best part of this tour is to "swim" in the dead sea. it is unbelievable. no other words can decribe that feeling, that your body is floating on the water. DO THIS TOUR
Nice tour. Guide was professional. We have managed to see everything as expected. Explanations were interesting. The sites were wonderful.
Everything was excellent, the guide was professional and stories interesting and entertaining.
However, don't by anything from the factory store where we stopped buy for half an hour, you can get everything much cheaper in the airport :)
A well, organized, informative tour of Masada and the surrounding region. Lots of consideration for the comfort and well being of participants from a morning coffee break to a comfortable van, to a good mid-day meal at Masada. The one disappointment was the Dead Sea spa - I've wondered about floating in that water my whole life, and when I got there the surroundings were dingy and not entirely clean so I demurred. At the waterfront people were coating themselves with the foul smelling mud and then wading into a very small roped off section of water which looked disgusting and was unpleasantly crowded.
Absolutely magnificent our guide was extremely knowledgably and made the entire journey a memorable journey back through time. .
I'll keep it Short and Sweet...... It was AMAZING!!! Our tour guide was the best. Always a pleasure booking with Viator!
Great tour and our Guide was a lovely guy with excellent knowledge. Highly Recmmended!!!!
Was very informative. Amir our tourguide was absolutely wonderful. He knows so many things! It's quite a long day, start 07;15 a.m. and we arrived in the hotel after 08:00 p.m. Put we have seen a lot and had also fun in the dead sea.
Excellent tour which gives an insight to the history of Israel - guide was very good and helpful giving lots of info throughout the day. Breathtaking senary at Masada and the Dead Sea - we had plenty of time at both locations - would defo recommend
This tour was very informative and interesting. There was ALOT to see and to take in, so like all tours, you need to keep your ears and eyes open to enjoy everything but it was extremely fascinating to see the ruins of King Herod's fortress and to see how the land was lived in centuries ago, and to see how nomads, slaves and kings lived together and apart at the same time. First we travelled through the Valley of the River Jordan, going past the Qumran -the caves of the dead sea scrolls, although we did not go inside. Still in the coach we travelled through En Gedi - a nature reserve, to see the nomadic ways of life, still being followed today. After king Herod's fortress we got a quick chance to relax of the coach down to the dead sea, where you can change into your swimsuit, beautify yourself with mud and relax your weary feet in the salty water. we all managed to master the art if floating! "Isaac" (real name Zahi Shaked) and "Eve", the tour guides were very friendly and approachable, distilling the history and culture of the sites very well to a group of people from many different countries. The coach was air conditioned and large too! Very grateful for their organisation and help, could not have seen or enjoyed it as much!
Everything took place as planned, we were picked up on time, arrived at our destinations as promised, buses were clean and comfortable . We very much enjoyed being with Chaya, our guide, who who was knowledgable, professional and had a good sense of humor.