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Masada
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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Ein Gedi and Masada Day Trip from Eilat

Take a full-day trip to Masada and Ein Gedi from Eilat, with a professional driver-guide. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, trace the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, where the ruins of King Herod’s palaces litter a mountaintop. Ride a cable car up to witness the awesome views and archaeological ruins including the well-preserved bathhouse, Roman barracks and more. Continue to Ein Gedi, an idyllic mountain oasis with waterfalls, cliffs and springs. Pamper yourself in the mineral-rich waters and thermal pools, and enjoy time for lunch before returning to Eilat.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$369.00
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Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Trip from Jerusalem

Enjoy the natural beauty and history of Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea on this self-guided, all-day tour. Early in the morning, head to the top of UNESCO-listed Masada, one of Israel’s most popular attractions, to see, perhaps, the greatest sunrise in the world. Bring a camera to capture the incredible view. Then, hike to one of the most beautiful places in Israel, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, followed by a rejuvenating dip in the legendary Dead Sea. Transportation to and from Jerusalem plus printed guiding materials included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$82.00
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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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$108.00
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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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$117.00
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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. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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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, the Dead Sea, and Jericho. Enjoy independent time at Masada and Ein Gedi, swim in the hyper-saline water of the Dead Sea, then explore the historic streets of Jericho 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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Holy Land 5 days Jerusalem Stopover tour - Bethlehem, Masada & Dead Sea

Biblical Highlights of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & Dead Sea and Beer ShebaExplore Israel’s highlights site, This 5 day adventure covers Jerusalem Holy Land top tour sites. Begin in Tel Aviv on your way to Discover the New Testament sites of Jerusalem and Jesus’. In Jerusalem explore Old City, Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. Visit Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Visit Masada & Dead Sea archaeological park and More.... • 4-night biblical and historical of Jerusalem tour. • Explore Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea. • Stay one night in Tel Aviv, three nights in Jerusalem • Entrance fees to places of interest while touring.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$960.00
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Premium Off-Road Massada Adventure from Tel Aviv

Visiting Masada is a must while in Israel, but getting to the remote desert location can be tricky, especially if you’re on a time budget. This private Masada tour from Tel Aviv makes visiting easy. Not only does it include all transportation from the coast to the desert, but it also includes an off-road ride on Maale Yair trail and a traditional Israeli lunch.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Dead Sea, Masada and Qumran - the Lowest Place of Earth Private Tour

Avoid the crowds and enjoy a personalized experience on this private tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. In the company of just your party and guide, visit Qumran National Park, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and the historic but tragic site, Masada. On your return journey enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Trip of Masada and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Watch the sun rise over the Judean Desert on a full-day, private tour of Masada and the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv. Walk or ride to the top of the plateau, then hear the legend of the Jewish rebels who defended Masada against the Romans. Tour Herod’s palace complex and the excavated Jewish quarter and visit the onsite museum. After a meal, create the perfect afternoon with your guide: hike an oasis, explore an ancient synagogue, visit a kibbutz or swim in the Dead Sea before returning to Tel Aviv.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour: Masada at Dawn, or Later, from Jerusalem

Experience Masada at dawn — or later — on a fully-customizable private tour from Jerusalem. Watch first light illuminate the mesa as you climb a classic path to the summit, or step onto a cable car as the desert air begins to warm. Explore cliff top fortifications with commanding views, and walk the narrow paths of the ancient fort. Take in the carefully restored wall paintings from King Herod’s fortress, then gaze into the ruins of a millennia-old synagogue and a Byzantine church.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Israel Trip to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada, Nazareth, Golan Heights - 8 days

Our Highlights of Israel tour is a journey for all faiths, opening a window to the country’s history - past and present, as well as its people and diverse cultures. With a professional guide, explore the iconic sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, Nazareth and Bethlehem; ride the cable car to the fortress of Masada and float at the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. In the north of the country, visit the serene Galilee and the Golan Heights. Other key sites visited on the tour include Haifa, Caesarea, the crusader fortress of Acre, Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.. • 7-night biblical and historical Israel tour • Explore Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Golan Heights and the miracle sites of the Sea of Galilee • Stay three nights in Jerusalem, two in Tel Aviv and two at a Galilee kibbutz hotel • Visit Haifa, UNESCO-listed Acre and ancient Caesara • Entrance fees to places of interest while touring.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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Masada and Dead Sea Group Tour

Our first stop on this tour is Masada, a “mesa” or flat-topped rock outcrop rising 450m from the desert plains. We take a cable car to the plateau summit of Masada where there are breathtaking views of the Dead Sea. The tour leaves Masada and takes you to the nearby Dead Sea past Ein Gedi and Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. Our final stop on this tour is the Dead Sea where you can relax on the beach and unwind. Enjoy the natural health benefits of the Dead Sea environment including the salt-rich water, oxygen-rich air and mineral-rich black mud that you can use as a natural skin mask. Don’t leave before you have a shot of yourself floating in the Dead Sea!
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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US$130.00
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Masada and The Dead Sea Day Tour from Dead Sea Hotels

Ride through the Judean Desert to Masada and the Dead Sea on this full-day, guided tour. Visit the lowest point on Earth, Qasr El Yahud and see the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend to Masada for a tour of the fortress overlooking the desert before visiting the Ein Gedi oasis. Float in the Dead Sea, rejuvenating your skin with a silky mud bath.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$850.00
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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.
  • Duration: 3 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 10 hours
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Holy Land 8 days biblical Trip- Holy Jerusalem, Galilee, Dead Sea, Bethlehem

Explore Israel’s highlights site, This 8 day adventure covers Holy Land top tour sites and the New Testament. 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 Hights and to finish your trip through Israel’s culture and history in modern Haifa, ancient Caesarea and Tel Aviv’s bustling port.   • 7-night biblical and historical Israel tour • Explore Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Golan Heights and the miracle sites of the Sea of Galilee • Stay three nights in Jerusalem, two in Tel Aviv and two at a Galilee kibbutz hotel • Visit Haifa, UNESCO-listed Acre and ancient Caesara • Entrance fees to places of interest while touring.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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Self Guided Sunrise Masada, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and Dead Sea Tour from Tel Aviv

Ideal for independent travelers, this 10-hour, self-guided tour allows you to visit three of Tel Aviv’s top attractions in only one day. Relax as a driver transports you between the UNESCO-listed Masada, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and the Dead Sea, all of which are difficult to reach autonomously. At each attraction, you’ll have free time to enjoy the majestic fortress of Massada, the desert oasis of Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and the healing properties of the Dead Sea with a self-guiding app. Entrance fees to the Dead Sea beach are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$85.00
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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, the Dead Sea, and Jericho 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, then visit one of the world’s oldest cities with a guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Masada and Dead Sea Tour from Herzliya

Visit two of Israel’s most iconic sites on a Masada and Dead Sea day trip from Herzliya. Venture through the Judean hills as you hear intriguing facts about both attractions from your professional guide. Admire the rugged scenery and start your explorations with a cable car ride up to Masada, the mountaintop home of a ruined fortress-palace built by King Herod. Take a guided tour of the timeworn relics, and then descend to the Dead Sea to ‘swim’ in the salty waters, and perhaps take a therapeutic mud bath.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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