From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea
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The 21 hour trip is hard because of the driving (appx. six+ hours each way ),and a slow, very disorganized border crossing, but the Petra experience is worth it. We loved that we were able to go and next time, will plan a two-day trip with one night at a hotel. There is so much to see and nowhere near enough time to enjoy it all. Petra is absolutely astounding! Also, the "lunch" bag had terrible food - a plain, dry bagel with nothing inside, a very brown banana, one apple and one orange, a juice drink box (not real juice, but sugar and water), and an expired-date wafer bar. Our bar said it was good until December 2019 and clearly we are way past that . Considering we paid $300 pp, plus the extra fees of $125pp, a better lunch would have been reasonable to expect. Perhaps a quick lunch at a plaza cafe?
The travel is early, no problem is not near from Tel Aviv, as expected that time. But the visitors are usually in hotels and they don’t serve the breakfast so early. I pass until 2 o’clock without eating nothing, because in te moment that we stoped to take a coffee, and the place that the guide stoped didn’t have anything to eat, of course we didn’t know the places there ro take things to eat. So I just have something to eat at lunch that was so late.
Great and safe driver who told us a lot about the places we passed. He stopped several times to let us make pictures. He made the trip very comfortabel and interesting for us. We had a great local guide in Bethlehem who told us a lot about the history and the local situation and showed us around to the interesting places. The Dead Sea was a special experience and so was Jericho. We had a long and exciting day. Thank you all for making this happen.
Super friendly, fun and knowledgeable guides. Lots packed in but never rushed. So many little extras from the Aramaic reading of the Lord’s Prayer to the date cakes. Souvenir shop not the usual ripoff place and the driver looked after us well at the Dead Sea. Nice bonus visit to Jericho. There were 13 of us in the morning with 8 staying on for the afternoon. Has to rate as one of the best value and all round excellent tours ever!
Our driver / guide Samuel was excellent and very helpful. The only suggestion I may have is that the Ein Gedi trip felt a bit redundant, because of the time allocated to it, especially after very enduring rise to Masada.