• Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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You’ll venture into the vast beauty of the Judean Desert on this Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve day trip from Tel Aviv. Take in the splendor of two of the nation’s most incredible sites on this memorable journey. Make your way to Masada by cable car and take in epic sky-high views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your guide through King Herod’s palace ruins before spending the afternoon wandering the natural landscapes of Ein Gedi and making your way to the oasis waterfalls.


  • Day trip to Masada and Ein Gedi from Tel Aviv
  • Marvel at the scenery of the Judean Desert and look out for sights like the Inn of the Good Samaritan
  • Stop near the shores of the Dead Sea and ride by cable car to Masada's summit
  • Explore the excavations at the ancient mountain fortress of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Take a stroll through Ein Gedi, a breathtaking natural oasis in the desert
  • Relax with a hotel pickup and drop-off from central Tel Aviv

What You Can Expect

Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip from Tel Aviv

See the contrasting landscapes in Israel by visiting the Ein Gedi nature reserve

This Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve day trip from Tel Aviv kicks of with pick up from your hotel. Meet your friendly guide and professional driver as you make your way through the desert landscapes. You’ll pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the stone towers of Jericho and other biblical sites along the way.

Continue alongside the shores of the Dead Sea, admiring its serene blue water juxtaposed against the sun-baked desert canyons. A stop at Ahava factory, located in a Kibbutz named Mitzpe Shalem about 40 Km northern to Masada maybe included if time permits, however the stop is not a mandatory part of the itinerary. The duration of the visit is about 30 minutes and includes Cafeteria, restroom opportunity and a chance to buy the products from the Factory store for those who are interested.

Your driver will continue to wind along the Dead Sea before dropping you at the Masada cable car station. You’ll make your way to the top of this UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to the palace ruins of Kin Herod and a site of the Roman Invasion. Take in epic views from atop the incredible plateau before exploring the Masada excavations with your informative guide. You’ll return to the foot of the mountain by cable car after learning about King Herod, and visiting the 1st century synagogue located here.

Enjoy a savory lunch at a local café (own expense) before making your way over desert passes to the tropical nature reserve known as Ein Gedi. Enter the park (own expense) and spend some free time wandering the scenic paths near cool, fresh streams. Navigate through thick foliage and possibly catch a look at some rare and wild birds en route to raging waterfalls. Listen to stories from the bible as your guide points out sites from the great book.

Pass by the Qumran Caves, where biblical scrolls were once found, on your return trip to Tel Aviv and enjoy hotel drop off to end your tour.

Customer Reviews

Jennifer B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

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.

Matthias K

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Good organisation, helpful staff and guides with great knowledge

Richard J

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2017

The tour operator does not tell you that much time will be wasted driving into Jerusalem to pick up in the morning, and drop off tourists at the end of the day. When coming from Tel Aviv, this adds about 1 1/2 to 2 hours with the heavy Jerusalem traffic. Also, this tour is combined with tourists going to the Dead Sea, to the mineral Spa, and to Ein Gedi. This cut into the time we had a Ein Gedi, which was actually quite nice we saw a herd of ibex up in the hills. Could have spent another hour there, but had to pick up the other tourists from their destinations and then back to Jerusalem to drop those folks off, which added more time to the trip. Masada was well worth the hot sun.

Michael M

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2016

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.

Doris R

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2015

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.

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