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The idea of offering just the transport and light information service by the guide is great and gives a feeling of independence for the tourist tours on the trip. Haim was a very nice and agreable trip companion and everything went very well.
A great tour with plenty of time to visit each site. Was surprised by the beautiful resort at the Dead Sea complete with swimming pool, beach, showers, bar, covered patios, views. Loved the hikes at En Gedi to see several waterfalls. Masada was so interesting. Haim our driver was excellent.
Completely satisfied with the tour. Amir gives insight to some of the reasons and passions involved as well as conveying a fascinating presentation of the historical significance of the place. My number1 guy for Israel tours.
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.
Very good tour to Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Park. The lady guide was very good and took particular good care of the older members of the group.
Amir once again was AMAZING!! Masada and Ein Gedi were beautiful!
Good tour worth the workout.
Fantastic view, but we missed the sunrise because of the weather conditions. The tour guy was awesome. I recommend this trip.
Amazing.. Beautiful sunrise, the bus was well air conditioned and I felt very safe and the tour guide told amazing stories. I just wish there was more information about the cable cars at Masada. THIS WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE..Ein Gedi was beautiful and the deadsea was also great. It was a private resort area by the Dead Sea with many amenities. I highly recommend this trip if you are into hiking.
Comfortable transportation, just enough time at each location!
We are very glad that we went. The driver was well-informed and pleasant. The van was comfortable, and I like the smaller size-less people option. I would have rated it with 5 stars, except that it felt fairly rushed at each of the venues. Having said that, I would do it again!
Good organisation, helpful staff and guides with great knowledge
It is the very best time to climb the Massada rock. The view was breathtaking beautiful. The time for Ein Gedi was a little short, might be longer. Beach an bath in the Dead See was wonderful. But also this was a little short. Some time to relax and drink something will be nice.
This tour was amazing!
Yael, our tri-lingual guide, was fantastic. We were especially interested in Ein Geri but didn't get dropped off there until 3 pm. The guard didn't want to sell us tickets because they ask people to leave at 3:30and close at 4 pm. We argued our way in and had to rush to the first sight. Despite running we weren't able to make it to the upper waterfall. Staff at Ein Gedi made us leave the grounds and stand out in the street waiting for the bus to pick us up. The 5 of us on the tour for Ein Gedi felt that part of the reason we were so late being dropped off was because we were on a Spanish/ English tour. Everything had to be said twice which took twice as long. This also rushed us ridiculously through lunch. We enjoyed the Masada and our tour but felt slighted on what we wanted to be the focus of our excursion. Viator should not combine Spanish/English tours without informing customers and should not combine Ein Gedi customers on a bus with those interested in the Dead Sea.
Actual tour received was not the tour I had booked. I booked this tour expecting a visit to Masada and the Ein Gedi Nature Preserve. What I received was a shorter than expected visit to Masada, NO visit to Ein Gedi, an unexpected stop at a Dead Sea cosmetic factory, and an unexpected visit to the Dead Sea. This tour is falsely advertised! The visit to Ein Gedi was scrubbed because of a potential for flash flooding. On returning to Tel Aviv our driver was going to drop us off a couple of blocks from our hotel in the rain. This we refused and insisted on being taken to our hotel, which is in accordance with what is stipulated in the purchase price of the tour. We did not receive what was advertised.
the sites were fabulous to see. The lunch at the restaurant was eaten in the buffet line as there was not enough time to sit and eat. It was the worse meal I had during my entire trip. Wish we had known about the museum upstairs. That would have. been better time spent. Not much time to take pictures. The tour was rushed
For a first timer to Masada, the sunrise visit is probably not a good option because facilities are closed and you do not know what you are seeing or what parts of the site are best to go to. The hike along the snake path is too strenuous for all but the fittest--even if you manage to make it all the way, most of us end up feeling sick from the exertion. On the other hand, Ein Gedi is a paradise even in extreme summer heat. The Dead Sea resort is also nice. I wish I had chosen another one of the tours offered by Viator, but I am very satisfied with the professionalism and friendliness of the tour operator Abraham Tours, Jerusalem.
Christian S USA
An ok tour.
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.
Pick up was very late. We were then taken to a location where we had to get off one bus and onto a 2nd bus. It was after 10:00 AM by the time we left Jerusalem. Our 2nd bus had two tour groups on it; one for Masada and Ein Gedi and the other for Masada and the Dead Sea.
When we got to Masada the guide kept us moving fairly rapidly, with no time to explore on our own (missing places that others were going to). Often the guide moved quickly to a location and begun talking before the slower (older) part of the group caught up. I believe this was because of the late start and resulting time constraint.
After leaving Masada the Ein Gedi tour group was taken there and left on our own without a guide. The tour bus and guide continued on to the Dead Sea. The bus then came back to pick us up about one and a half hours after drop off. We then went to the Dead Sea and waited to pick up the guide and the people from that tour. Next we went to near Jericho and waited to meet another tour bus. People going to Jerusalem got on one of the buses and people going to Tel Aviv got onto the other bus (both buses had people from both locations). We ended up spending far more time waiting for buses and on buses than we did touring sites.
The description of Ein Gedi does not adequately describe the difficulty of the hike. A minor portion of the trail is on a blacktop path. The majority of it is on a rocky trail with steep slopes and carved steps with loose gravel and sand on them. Of course there were no railings. Many on the tour did not go on the entire trail and I (age 72 with so-so knees) felt it was too dangerous to hike more than a few yards as I quickly encountered downward steps where one was so small that I could not put both feet on the step. My very fit wife was extremely glad I didn't attempt it as the path and steps only got steeper in its undulations.
We did see Ibex, Rock Hyrax and a variety of birds and lizards, so not a total loss for me.
Joan United States of ...
The guide Hava was probably the worst guide we've ever had. She was rude to the passengers and was more concerned about her own wellbeing as opposed to the travelers. This was clearly the Tour from Hell. First, we were told about 20 minutes into the tour and after we left that we would not be able to go to Ein Gedi, one of the reasons we took the tour. She said it was flooded but my husband called the site and found out it was in fact open. We then had to spend an hour at the Dead Sea with nothing to be able to appreciate it as we did not think we were gong there so brought no swinsuit, etc. instead we were stuck sitting outside with a multitude of bugs. The tour of Masada was poor at best. She seemed to know very little about it and instead kept referring the group to a Hollywood movie for her explanations, and in many cases, she was wrong. Instead of actually seeing The Who,ecsite she made us go back down early because she was hungry so we missed important parts of the normal tour as she did not covered only about 3/4 of the site. Other guides we heard while walking the site had a far better tour than what we got. Finally, she put herself over her group. One family was the only one from Tel Aviv on the tour others were all from Jerusalem. She was unaware that they had no way back to Tel Aviv and then in the next breath said she was getting off the bus soon so she could go back to Tel Aviv at the same time as the family was wondering how they were going to get home but was making little attempt to give this family her slot. Eventually it all worked out but only after the group started speaking out. She is the worst! You need to do better and get people who are knowledgeable and experienced on the sites they guide that was not the case here. A major disappointment for all of us on that tour.
Horrible customer service.
This was an awful trip. I signed up for a tour not a taxi. They drove us to each of the locations - dropped us off - nothing about the history of the site - and said I will pick you up in 45 minutes. It was a waste of money.
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