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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, an ancient fortress built by King Herod the Great, dates back to 37 BC. It’s location on a cliff overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea is a spectacular spot from which to watch the sunrise.
 
The Basics
Ride the cable car up to Masada or hike the Roman Ramp or the Snake Path. At the top, explore remnants of Roman encampments, synagogues, homes, and ruins of Herod’s Palace complex, with its ancient bathhouses and well-preserved mosaics. Most impressive are the views, which span the vast Judean Desert and the Dead Sea.
Full-day tours to Masada run from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat, or Herzliya, and typically combine a visit to the mountaintop fortress with a soak in the Dead Sea and a hike through the nearby Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Snake route is the most popular and easily accessible hiking route to Masada and takes around 45 minutes, but it’s a steep uphill climb with many steps.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunscreen and plenty of water, especially if you plan on hiking; temperatures can reach 100°F (38°C) in the summer months.
  • The cable car and viewpoints at Masada are fully wheelchair accessible, although some of the ruins may be tricky to reach.
 
How to Get There
To reach Masada, take bus 486 from Jerusalem or Ein Gedi, or bus 421 from Tel Aviv. Or, travel on either Road 90, which runs along the coast of the Dead Sea, or Road 3199 from Arad by taxi or private vehicle. There’s a parking lot near the Masada Visitor Center at the bottom of the cliff, from where you can set out by cable car or the Snake Path.
 
When to Get There
Sunrise is the best time to watch stunning views from the mountaintop, and an early start is recommended to avoid the midday heat, especially during the summer months (June–August). On Tuesday and Thursday evenings between March and August, the open-air theater on the western side of Masada holds a sound and light show, which tells the story of the ancient fortress.
 
History of Masada
In AD 68, Jews took over the fortress of Masada to seek refuge from the Romans. They held out for several years, until the Romans used a ramp to reach the fortress. Once defeat was inevitable, around 960 Jews chose mass suicide over captivity. Today, the Israeli people look at the fortress as a symbol of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of adversity.
Address: Masada, Israel
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Cultural Tours

Masada and Dead Sea Tour from Tel Aviv

Cover two of Israel’s most iconic, history-packed attractions on this double-duty day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. Full-day tours include pre-booked admission tickets to the famous hilltop fortress, invaded by Romans in 73 CE, and entrance to the nutrient-rich resort, home to salty waters. Travel comfortably between sights by air-conditioned coach, with complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Jerusalem and Dead Sea Private Tour from Tel Aviv

Holy Jerusalem and Dead Sea Private Tour Start with an overview of Jerusalem from Mount Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. See the Garden of Gethsemane and the monumental burial tombs while driving along the Kidron Valley. Walk past the Armenian Quarter and along the 1500 year old Byzantine Cardo to the Jewish Quarter and on the Western Wall (Kotel). Follow the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Drive through the Judean Desert, passing Jericho, to the northern coast of the Dead Sea to swim and float in the mineral rich waters and enjoy a mud bath. . • Receive the undivided attention of a private guide on this private tour • Tour the city of Jerusalem Old and New. • Learn about the city’s 4,000-year-old history • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea • Hotel pick up and drop-off 
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Day Tour to Masada and the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Check off two of Israel’s signature sights, the clifftop fortress of Masada and the hyper-buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, in just one day on this time-saving guided tour. Learn about Masada’s tragic history as you ride the cable car, then wade in the Dead Sea’s soft clay and float in its mineral-rich waters. Along the way, catch sight of Jericho, Qumran, Ein Gedi, and the Inn of the Good Samaritan.
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Masada and Dead Sea Private Tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem

Masada and the Dead Sea Tour Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan on the descent through the Judean Desert  to the Dead Sea. Ascend Masada by cable car and see the remains of the Herodian fortress where the Zealots were overcome by the Romans in 73 CE. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a mud bath and a swim in the Dead Sea. On the return journey view the oasis of Ein Gedi, the caves at Qumran in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and Jericho, the oldest city in the world. . • Receive the undivided attention of a private guide on this private tour • Full day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea • Guided tour of the popular sights by local experts • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea
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An unforgettable day in the Judean desert and visit of Mount Herod

Why visit the desert of Judea if it is not to relax, relive the history of biblical characters including that of King David who crossed this desert many times and one of the caves is still there? if not to breathe a unique air, feast his eyes and his soul on a breathtaking landscape? to find oneself with the nature .... a few kilometers from the dead sea moreover visible from certain places envisaged in the circuit ...
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Private Tour to Jerusalem, Masada and Dead Sea by Minivan

Your local expert and driver will pick you up and drive you to the Dead Sea and Massada in a private 10-hour tour, driving eastward through the Wilderness of Judea. Book a private custom tour in a fully equipped private vehicle, Sedan Car up to 3 pax, Minivan up to 7  and Minibus up to 13.
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Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Masada Fortress, Israel

Welcome to Masada. Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001, Masada was discovered by archaeologists in the 1950's. The term 'Masada' means 'a strong foundation' in Hebrew. 960 Jews committed suicide atop Masada as they would rather die rather than be captured alive by the Romans.The tour will dive in-depth with stories of the fortress and the seige that followed after it was built.---- After the booking, you will receive iPhone & Android App. The password will be sent on a successful booking. You can use that password to turn your phone into a tour guide.----- How does it work?Use the app and drive hands-free like Google maps. On approaching an attraction, the app will automatically narrate the story. Just like having a local guide sitting with you. No worries about a human guide’s accent, volume, exaggeration, and tips. ---- Our guide is easy to use. Simply follow the GPS map & the routing line. Fully Automatic & Hands-Free Tour at your own pace:
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi nature reserve

A desert experience, in the lowest and most salty place in the world, an amazing historical story at Masada with the possibility of climbing the snake path to Masada.On our way, we will stop to see a special desert monastery. If we can, we can enter the Old City of the world, which Joshua conquered 3250 years ago, "Jericho", which is now within the borders of the Palestinian Authority.
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Day Trips

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Visit Masada and the Dead Sea on a full-day trip from Tel Aviv. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the Judean desert from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea, and visit Masada on route. Ride the cable car to the mountaintop for a guided tour of the 2,000-year-old ruins, and continue to the Dead Sea to ‘swim’ in its salt-rich waters and, if you wish, take a therapeutic mud bath. The day trip also passes the site of the New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan, and ancient city of Jericho.
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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Combine a Masada tour and Dead Sea trip into one memorable full-day tour from Jerusalem. Travel through the Judean desert by air-conditioned coach and pass the site of the famous New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan. Arrive at Masada and ride the cable car to the legendary mountaintop ruins of King Herod’s palaces. After a guided tour, drive to the Dead Sea. Relish the surreal Dead Sea floating experience and choose to take a therapeutic mud bath. Then, return to Jerusalem, passing the ancient city of Jericho on route.
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Masada, Ein Gedi, and The Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Visit some of Israel’s ancient and scenic highlights on a full-day tour from Tel Aviv to Masada, Ein Gedi oasis, and the Dead Sea. Enjoy independent time at Masada and Ein Gedi, swim in the hyper-saline water of the Dead Sea on a guided tour. This full-day tour includes admission to a Dead Sea beach and round-trip transport from a central location in Tel Aviv.
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Cultural Tours

Masada and the Dead Sea Trip from Jerusalem

Organizing a trip to Masada and the Dead Sea on your own can get complicated; this day trip from Jerusalem takes care of the details. Travel by coach through the Judean Desert and ascend Mt. Masada by cable car to see the UNESCO site with your guide. After a mud bath and a dip in the Dead Sea, view the Ein Gedi oasis, the caves at Qumran, and Jericho.
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Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem

Explore the highlights of the Judean Desert on a full-day tour to Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea with transport from a centrally-located point in Jerusalem. Enjoy independent time to learn about Masada’s dramatic history, hike into Ein Gedi, and swim at a private beach by the Dead Sea.
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Masada ,The Dead Sea and Ein Gedi Day Trip from Jerusalem

In 2001 Masada was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is a top tourist attraction due to its historical significance and magnificent views of the Judean Desert and Dead Sea.Leaving from Jerusalem early in the morning, we’ll drive south, to the foot of Masada. the site of one of the greatest tales of Jewish heroism. The excavated ruins are fascinating to explore, and the remarkable location high above the surrounding desert and Dead Sea, makes this a might impressive experience. After exploring the magnificent fortress, the next stop is Ein Gedi , beautiful nature reserve with waterfalls and the last stop is at a 'private beach' on the Dead Sea for a float & enjoy the unique opportunity to float in the waters and immerse yourself in the famous mud.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Leave Jerusalem on a full-day private trip to Masada and the Dead Sea, and discover Israel’s remarkable history and landscapes. Drive deep into the Judean Desert, explore Masada’s fortifications and palaces alongside your personal guide, and learn about a dramatic, 1st-century battle between Roman troops and Jewish Sicarii rebels. Descend to the shores of the Dead Sea to walk along salt-encrusted beaches, bathe in mineral-rich mud and float in one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. 
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Day Trips

Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Eilat

Travel from Eilat to two of Israel’s most iconic sites on a day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. Take the ancient path — or a cable car — to Masada’s summit and explore King Herod’s millenia-old hilltop city; take in the restored palace murals and Roman baths, then learn the poignant story of a Jewish rebellion. Wash off the dust in the hyper-saline water of the Dead Sea, wallow in mineral-rich mud, and stroll salt-crusted beaches at the lowest point on earth.
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Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Watch the sun rise at Masada and visit Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea on this day trip from Tel Aviv. Hike up Masada mountain in the early hours to see the sun emerge over the mountains and Dead Sea, and inspect the mountaintop ancient fortress ruins. Then, explore the Ein Gedi oasis and visit the Dead Sea to float in its waters. Return air-conditioned transport with central Tel Aviv pickup and drop-off included.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Highlights of Israel and Jordan - 11 days

Explore Israel’s and Jordan highlights site, This 11 days adventure covers highlights Israel and Jordan top tour sites. Begin in Tel Aviv make your way to Visit the archeological sites atop Masada plateau then immerse yourself in the Dead Sea; Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Northern Israel and sleep at a kibbutz near Galilee and to continu to the Golan Heights and to visit culture and history in modern Haifa, ancient Caesarea and Tel Aviv’s bustling port. Our next destination is the Kingdom of Jordan spend 3 days in Petra World Heritage Site, Wadi Musa Amman and Madaba..• 10-night biblical and historical Israel & Jordan Trip• Explore Nazareth, Golan Heights and the miracle sites of the Sea of Galilee• Explore Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & Dead Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site.• In Jerusalem, City of Gold, see world famous Christian and historic landmarks.• Explore the Rose City of Petra, a symbol of Jordan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day Trips

9-Hour Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem

Experience mountains, desert and sea all in one day on this full-day tour from Jerusalem. Ride the cable car to the cliff-top Masada Fortress and enjoy spectacular aerial views, then journey to the desert oasis of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. After lunch (own expense), continue to the Dead Sea, famously the lowest landmass on earth, where you can take a dip in the mineral-rich muds or enjoy free time to explore independently.
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Masada Sunrise Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem

Designed with the time constraints of travel in mind, this 12-hour tour allows you to tick off Masada Fortress, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and the Dead Sea — three of Israel’s most popular attractions — in just one day. Departing Jerusalem with your driver, you’ll be rewarded with a majestic desert sunrise from the UNESCO-listed Masada Fortress after a strenuous hike. Observe exotic wildlife in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and bathe and be buoyant in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Entrance to Masada and Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve are not included.
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Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Every year, millions of people visit Israel to experience the world-famous Dead Sea, historical Masada fortress, and astonishing Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Masada is an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. It's on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, an ancient fortress built by King Herod the Great, dates back to 37 BC. It’s location on a cliff overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea is a spectacular spot from which to watch the sunrise.Hike or take a leisurely walk, through the Ein Gedi nature reserve, cooling waters of deserted oasis, and bath in the beautiful waterfalls and enjoy permanent spring pools amazing desert plants and wildlifeRelax yourself in rejuvenating mineral rich mud which are sold worldwide and by floating in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, at the lowest place on Earth.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Discover the magnificent ancient ruins of Masada and delights of the Dead Sea on this unforgettable private day trip from Tel Aviv. With your own private guide, cross the Judean Desert and ride a cable car up to Masada, a rocktop fortification built by King Herod in 350 BC. Explore the well-preserved ruins as you hear the tragic ancient tales of the site, and then drive to the Dead Sea. Experience a ‘swim’ in the salt-heavy waters and enjoy a skin-replenishing mud bath here before your return to Tel Aviv.
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Cultural Tours

Qumran, Masada & Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Explore the Judean Desert on a full-day tour of Masada, Qumran, and the Dead Sea from Jerusalem. Visit the site where the the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, then board a cable car to Masada to explore the ancient mountain fortress with your guide. Continu from Roman baths to King Herod’s palace, and hear the legend of the Jewish rebels who held the plateau against the Romans. Explore the Dead Sea to wallow in nutrient-rich mud and swim in hyper-saline water. • Full-day tour of Judean Desert sites from Jerusalem • Hear the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. • Guided tour of the popular sights by local experts. • Ascend to the top of Masada by cable car • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea. • Includes all entrance fees
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Dead Sea and Masada 1 day tour

The Dead Sea is located at the lowest point on Earth in the South of Israel. No plant or animal can live in the Dead Sea due to its high salt content which is about 33%. The waters of the Dead Sea are said to be very therapeutic for all sorts of skin ailments, due to the high mineral content in the water. Masada resides on a plateau in the middle of the desert. King Herod was the first to come and build for himself 2 palaces on Masada. Masada is known for the Jews residing here and how the Romans built a huge ramp and finally with fifteen thousand troops conquered Masada. They did it by building a ramp that was 375 feet from bedrock stones.
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