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Masada, Ein Gedi, and The Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Combine a guided tour with independent time
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Includes admission to a private, Dead Sea beach
  • Pickup and drop-off from a central location in Tel Aviv
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What's Included

  • All transportation in air conditioned vehicles
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entry fees at Masada (76 NIS approx.), Ein Gedi (29 NIS approx) & Dead Sea beach (35NIS approx)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kaufmann St 2
    Kaufmann St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

    Israeli Textile Center, Kaufman Street 2 (Corner of Shenkar & Kaufman St)

Start time

06:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet a driver in Tel Aviv hotel for an early-morning departure, then enjoy views of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea on the 124-mile (200-km) trip to Masada.

On arrival, board a cable car to the fortress and explore on your own, visiting excavations that bring the ancient world to life.

Continue to Ein Gedi, then enjoy an oasis and nature reserve that’s perfect for a short hike; watch for animals such as the Nubian ibex and rock hyrax as you walk. Meet back up for a trip to the Dead Sea, where you’ll have access to a private beach. Float in the salty water, cover your body with mineral-rich mud, and take in the sun at the lowest point on earth.

Your tour concludes at the original departure point in Tel Aviv.

Masada National Park

Take the cable car up the hill to reach the ruins of Masada fortress, enjoy a guided tour of the site

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

En Gedi Nature Reserve

Have a guided walk through a real desert oasis! If you wish, bathe in the wadi (small river) and its waterfalls.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Needs to be done!!
Kyle_O, Jan 2023
Dotan was amazing!! And Sonny the driver was great! The three sites were perfect matches.. definitely a great day trip for those looking to experience the country side of Israel!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience!
Linda_S, Nov 2022
This is a long, but wonderful day! After a nice overview by our guide, we had time to wander around Masada on our own. The same with Ein Gedi, which is perfect since there is a beautiful hike there and some people did not or were not able to do the entire hike. Nice to go at our pace. The Dead Sea was a fun experience. Again, we had an overview, then time to experience it on our own. I do recommend bringing water shoes, as it is more rocky in the water than I expected. You can rent lockers and towels, and there are also showers.
From fortresses to the beaches - Something for everyone
Daphne_C, Sep 2022
Sammy (our driver) and Limor (our guide) provided wonderful commentary throughout the tour and created a great atmosphere on the bus. They also , streamlined the purchasing of tickets to allow us to avoid queues. There was no pressure to purchase anything. Masada, Ein gedi, the Judea desert, and the Dead Sea were each unique in their own way. From seeing ibex in the wild, to Bedouin camps, palm plantations and fortresses to the many interesting sites on the way from Tel Aviv and through Jerusalem every aspect of the trip had something to offer. It is best to do this trip when the weather is <32 degrees.
1 traveler found this review helpful
WOW JUST WOW
Angela_M, Aug 2022
What an amazing and interesting day out, this really was all due to our fabulous Guide Amir. We met him and he was full of interesting facts along the way,with a fabulous sense of humour. Masada was explained in a brilliant and interesting way, he always asked if we had questions and answered them fully. Ein gedi is very pretty an oasis in the desert then plenty of time at the Dead Sea to mud up and clean off! An added bonus at Dead Sea for people like myself who can struggle with steps there is a free shuttle to and from the beach. Amir and driver Yankele certainly made the day as fabulous as it was and kept us safe at all times - we would 100% recommend this tour - Tourist Israel were local agent and certainly do a great job
Great
betty_d, Jun 2022
The tour guide and the bus driver were the best. It was really an experience that I probably will never experience again
Okay
Daniel_L, Jun 2022
Overall sites were nice to see, but underwhelming guide. It’s just walking around Masada, or Ein Gedi without any real guidance or leadership
Horribly organized
Marianna_L, May 2022
We were at the meeting point at 6:25, there were other people, but no one from the company. In about 10 min I saw a bus parking around the corner, but again no one came to talk to us. Almost at 7am, a guy who barely spoke English waved everyone in, but didn’t check any reservations and only said that we were going to Jerusalem, which confused some of the tourists since everyone was there for different tours and some didn’t have it in the itinerary. The bus driver didn’t speak English at all and wouldn’t turn the AC off, so people were freezing. Once in Jerusalem it didn’t get much better, cuz there was still lots of confusion with who stays on the bus and who’s not. A guide finally showed up and was rather rude to my friend who just tried to clarify things. We ended up bringing a different group through the traffic on top of the mount Olive and at that time we’re 1,5 hours behind the schedule. When we asked our guide if there’s going to be a bathroom and coffee stop, he first refused because he wanted to catch in on time, but we reminded him, that we were on the bus for 3 hours at this point. The guide wasn’t very captivating and kept repeating himself which was distracting especially in comparison with the guide from a different company we had a day prior, so we opted to explore Masada on our own. We checked in with him what time do we need to be back and he was adamant that we need to leave not later than noon. We got back 10 min prior not hold the group back and ended up waiting for everyone till 12:35pm with some others who opted not to join the guide. We were worried they have left without us. Due to this delay we were told to cut short our time in Ein Gedi which had half of the group almost rebel. Most of the people felt disappointed and even we really liked the sites, I’d say we should have just booked a car to explore on our own.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Superb sights!
Joanna_M, May 2022
The experiences themselves were sensational but the organisation of the trip was diabolical. Were loaded onto a bus (late) from Tel Aviv without any explanation, 3 hours later after picking up others/ further delays we were on our way to Masada. Time spent at each location was ok for me but not as described in the itinerary as a result of the delays, so some disappointed travellers. I would do this trip again purely because as a lone traveller it’s easier, but if you have the option to drive yourself would throughly recommend it to avoid delays.
Just ok
Abby_M, Apr 2022
This tour is just ok. There is a lot left out and misleading information on this webpage: * If you leave from Tel Aviv, it will take 4 hours (instead of 2) to get to Masada because of stops in Jerusalem and a gas station. * The dead sea beach is not free. * The tour guide wants you to bring cash so he can pay entrance fees without waiting in line. * The tour limit is 50 people not 30! * no food or drinks on the bus (and no time for food stops on the tour) Bring lot sof snacks and meals. You stop at a gas station for a snack first thing in the morning, and there is no time to eat at the other stops if you want to do the activities. Only an hour at each stop. The tour guide wouldn't let us stop for food. The tour guide is ok, he threw in some interesting facts but was not especially enthusiastic, and kept lecturing everyone like we were school kids, because he was stressed about being able to do everything in one day. If it's too much for 1 day they should change the itinerary and consider a smaller group. Also the tour guide would tell us to meet a half hour before he showed up at the end of each stop. Basically, we saw everything we wanted to see but it was not an enjoyable day. This is our vacation, my kids first time in Israel, the tour guide and company should keep that in mind.
Must See
Isaac_G, Apr 2022
A once in a lifetime experience with the best tour guide in the business, I cannot recommend this trip enough.
Great locations, great guide!
Judith_W, Feb 2022
What a wonderful day! Nice group of interesting people, phantastic locations, and a kind and very well informed guide! Sivan is the rare kind of guide who has academic/historical background and can explain in a way that is easy to understand.
Amazing
Emilian_G, Dec 2020
It was really well organized but the big difference has made our guide , he was amazing!!! Worth it 100%!
Response from Host, Dec 2020
Dear Emillios, Thank you for taking the time to share this review! We glad to know you enjoyed your tour with us and especially our guide. We look forward to welcome you again!
Nice places - terrible guide and organization
John_Peters, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea was awesome experiences. Ein Gedi average+, but efficient. What made this trip terrible was the tour operator and the group. Firstly we were very delayed. Both due to certain people that did not keep the schedule and because of the organizer. We were probably a too big group for the guide to handle. This ended up with loosing 5 group members and the guide being grumpy and complaining. The worst thing was the guide. Eli. I don't doubt he is a man with a lot of knowledge and he is clearly able to teach it to others. The problem is that he rather want to be a comedian. I understand that telling bad jokes is a part of being a guide, but you can not tell them over and over again and force us to laugh. In stead of telling us about Israel and the places we passed and we're going to see, he told us a lot of non-related stuff, jokes and made a lot of grumpy noises. I also felt that he was really rude towards other groups and guides at the sides we were. Many people reacted on his behavior. The price on this trip was very low, but I rather pay twice (like I did the days after) for better guides, smaller groups and better organization.
No pick up, no refund.
Alenica_M, Jan 2020
We did not get picked up at the meeting point and therefore could not join the tour. We did not get refund. Things like that can happen but you definitely give refund then!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Just perfect
albertgalera, Jan 2020
Was exactly what we were looking for. Really nice walking with our tour guide Alan, who was explaining us very interesting historical facts with his perfect Peaky Blinders english accent. It ended up with a refreshing bath in the dead sea!
Bang for your buck
Justin_L, Jan 2020
You’ll get to experience Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea. You’re covering a lot of ground so be prepared to be on your feet. Because there are three attractions, you do not get too much time at the Dead Sea (the final stop). The tour guide, Orif, was kind, professional, and entertaining. I learned so much history of Israel and each of the locations we visited. He provided very interesting commentary about things we saw as we passed by on the bus (i.e. Jerusalem, Jericho, Jordan, etc). I think everyone on the trip had an excellent time.
Winter tour
Miroslaw_G, Jan 2020
This trip was excellent. We visited fantastic Masada and heard a lot about its history. Next place, was fabulous En Gedi. In this period it is beautiful, but in spring time must be paradise. At the end we swam in quite warm Dead Sea (about 23 Celcius degrees). Amazing experience/ Wycieczka była doskonala. Odwiedziliśmy fantastyczną Masade i usłyszeliśmy wiele o jej historii. Nastepnym miejscem było cudowne En Gedi. W tym okresie jest piękne ale latem musi być rajem. Na koniec plywalismy w calkiem cieplym Morzu Martwym (około 23 stopni). Zadziwiajace doświadczenie.
It was a beautiful day & amazing trip.The tour was really good,historical & well organized trip,very good explanations,
Josie_C, Nov 2019
We really liked the way our tourist guide told us the beautiful story of Masada.The tour was excellent!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect!!!
ANGELA_C, Nov 2019
The tour duide was sooooo nice and funny! He explain us everything about the places we visit! Certainly I will recomend this visit!
Amazing experience
Karen077, Oct 2019
Full of culture, history and magic! As an Israeli living abroad, I have visited these areas before but experiencing it with a tour guide who explains and teaches you the history behind it all is so enriching. The tour guides were friendly and kind and the bus drive is very pleasant as well. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

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