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.
Full day trip from Jerusalem to Masada and the Dead Sea
Guided tour of the popular Holy Land sights by local experts
Ascend to the top of Masada by cable car
Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea
Leave your central Jerusalem hotel by air-conditioned coach and travel through the Judean desert, a barren wilderness in the heart of the Israel. Pass the site of the New Testament’s famous parable, the Good Samaritan, and enjoy views of the Dead Sea as you near Masada. Some 2,000 years ago, King Herod chose this remote mountain as the site of two vast fortified palaces. Take the cable car up to mountaintop ruins of the palaces, and set out on a guided tour. Hear about the site’s history as you explore and then descend to drive on to the Dead Sea. As you travel, pass the Ein Gedi oasis and aeons-old settlement of Qumran. Stop to absorb views of the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls —around 900 ancient parchments of religious manuscripts — were discovered in the 1940s and 1950s. Continue to the Dead Sea, the salt lake located 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Enjoy around two hours to relax on a mineral beach and float in the salt-rich waters. If you wish, follow your ‘swim’ with a therapeutic mud bath and perhaps purchase some Dead Sea skin care products (own expense) at duty-free prices. Back aboard your coach, relax on your return journey. On route, trace some of the route of the old Roman road to Jerusalem and enjoy views of the ancient city of Jericho. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Jerusalem hotel.
We were picked up at out hotel to the meeting point. On our way to Masada, our tour guide Yoel gave us basic background about the journey and tried to explain the things we saw on our way.
At Masada, we were told the story of both the architecture and the king. After that we had lunch, which was not bad. The afternoon belongs to the Dead Sea. It was great fun floating on the Dead Sea.
I would definitely recommend the tour to people who want to visit both the Dead Sea and Masada.
I had read some review about that such tour are rushed, but I was not taking this so much serious. Despite our guide Telma be a wonderful guide. The tour time schedule was very bad planned, and the tour was rushed. The problem is that it started to late and finished to early in the day. We had only 1h up in Massada, in 1:30h in Dead Sea. If you are able to drive and is not alone, I highly recommend to research about the history of the places in internet and to rent a car instead to book the tour.
Our guide - Dorit - is an exellent and very caring person I can really and honestly recommend for
English speakung participant. I was working in the tourbusiness for almost 20 years with KLM
Royal Dutch Airlines and know what I am talking about.
Same counts for the Nazareth. Lake Galilee tour the day before.
It was an extremely hot day 108 f (about 42c) but our tour guide made it bearable. I thought we spent way too much time in Masada and not enough time at the Dead Sea. We were in the Dead Sea for a little bit over an hour. There was a lot to do there, drinks, food, sun bathing/relaxation. We ended up going into the sea for 10 minutes and by the time you walk back , shower, change , we only had about 20 minutes left. We were rushing to do other things that we wanted to do. Like grab a juice (there was a long line) and ride the camel. I think the time could be better managed between both places . We were also picked up about 45 min late , which didn’t help.
I liked the overall tour and the guide was knowledgeable. Initially there were some issues with the tour not being able to take us to Masada first and then onto the dead sea but many people expressed dissatisfaction and they got us back on the right itinerary as advertised.
Tour was good and history ifo was good...But, the Tour saud we had to eat at the Masada Restuarant, which would have been OK except...the sign giving price did not give good details...example...Mini Salad, whuich they had a small salad bar, maybe 8 items...25 shekels...got to register 45 shekels, the manager screamed at us saying that is not the mini salad...I got an small saucer of fries, he wanted me to pay 68 shekels...that is like $20 dollars...he said it was part of the large meal program and i would have to pay all of it...They charged us 64 shekels for 2 soft drinks and my wifes small salad...thats over $20 when it was over...I complained to my iGuide and the Guide had to tell the Masada Mnager to calm down...TAKE YOUR LUNCH...OH, MY WIFE WAS ONLY ABLE TO EAT 2 OF THE VEGGIES...OTHER NOT GOOD..Only 1 person on our tour bus said it was good to him...They were really busy for me to ask..i saw others ask questions in line and they were turned away...Ask later they said...very very rude...
A comprehensive way to visit Masada and the Dead Sea
, May 2019
I was hesitant to book this tour due to some mixed reviews, but I am glad I did. Pick up was a little delayed, but not more than 15 minutes. Our guide, Danny, was EXCELLENT. He was so friendly and informative it made the whole trip come alive. He was very accommodating and made sure to keep the group on track. I did not feel rushed at the Dead Sea as others said, it was enough time.
Well run trip by Bein Harim. The guide, D'or, was knowledgeable and balanced in his presentation. The vehicles were clean and in good condition. The tour ran on time, even though one couple was 40 minutes late returning to the bus from the Dead Sea. Overall a fair price for a full day tour.
Guide Isaac was the best, very efficient and eyes for detail. A happy champ who generated positive spirits! Masada was interesting and the views of the Dead Sea/ desert amazing. Swim in the Dead Sea a great experience. Only thing missing would be to stop a few times for photo shoots of the shore if the Dead Sea and show some of the salt crusts. I asked Isaac about it and he stopped at a view point. Thank you
This tour was well organized and the bus driver & tour guide were super helpful. We first drove to Masada and along the way the guide did a great job of pointing out other landmarks along the way. We spent about 75 minutes at the top of Masada. We had lunch there then continued on to the Dead Sea. We spent about 90 minutes here. There were towels available to rent and if you are purchasing Dead Sea salt I would recommend doing it here instead of the shop at Masada.