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From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

1. From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

Embark on a full-day guided tour from Tel Aviv to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea by bus. Visit the ancient palace of Masada, ride a cable car, and admire the Qumran caves on your drive back. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans, until the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but we will ascend by cable car to make life easier. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths, and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features is the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet. Following the tour of Masada, you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach located in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank. It is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Take a mud bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to Tel Aviv, with an on-route view of the Qumran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

2. Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

Snorkel the underwater world of Eliat's colorful coral reefs, and admire the more than 10,000 different kinds of fish, sponges, coral and other sea creatures that live there. Take the option for an underwater photo shoot to take some great memories home with you, if you like. Assemble at the meeting point, and rent or purchase your mask, snorkel, and fins from the local partner's diving center. Then, set off an unforgettable journey to Eliat's coral reefs. Receive brief instructions on swimming techniques and equipment safety rules from your experienced instructor before plunging into the water. Capture the experience by ordering an underwater, digital photo shoot from the diving center, at additional cost. Make fantastic souvenirs with photos of your friends and family with the abundant sealife and vibrant corals in the background. Please note that you cannot touch anything while you are underwater so as not to harm the natural balance. For the same reason, it is prohibited to feed the underwater inhabitants.

From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

3. From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

After a pre-sunrise departure from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, drive through the rolling hills of the Judean desert. At 5:30 AM, you’ll arrive at Masada, a set of mountaintop fortifications that date back to the 1st century BCE. Hike to peak to watch the sunrise from the summit, painting the surrounding valleys in rich hues. Continue to the En Gedi Nature Reserve, which covers an astounding 3,500 acres. A massive oasis in the desert, it includes vast streams and rivers that spill out from impressive waterfalls. Amble through the mountainous terrain, marvelling at the lush greenery in the heart of the desert. To cap things off, head to the Dead Sea, where you’ll have 1.5 hours to relax. Coat yourself in its iconic black mud, famed for its restorative qualities, and float in the highly saline water. After your time at the lowest point on earth, you’ll head back to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

From Jerusalem: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

4. From Jerusalem: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

Enjoy a full-day bus tour from Jerusalem to ancient ruins in the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea. See the archeological site of Masada and a fortress built by King Herod. Go for a dip at the Dead Sea Mineral Beach and uncover the cave where the dead sea scrolls were found. Visit the Masada National Park ruins which are perched on a high plateau. View the ancient fortified palace of Masada which became a refuge for zealots who took a stand against the Romans, which ended in the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. Follow your guide and ride up on a cable car to 1,300 feet above sea level to the plateau where the immense Masada ruins rest precariously. Look out at extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in Masada in around 37 BC. Stroll through the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors and Roman baths. Uncover the oldest synagogue in Israel and admire remarkable features like the 12 water cisterns that each had a capacity of 140,000 cubic feet. Drive to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea Mineral Beach which is located in the Jordan Rift Valley. Experience the high density of the salt in the water as you float with ease on the surface of the aquamarine water. Take a mud-bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud before heading to the Qumeran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Return to your accommodation in Jerusalem at the end of your tour.

From Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Guided Tour

5. From Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Masada Fortress and take in the sweeping views of the Judean Desert. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned van to the nature reserve of Ein Gedi before floating in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Depart Tel Aviv. Be driven through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, the lowest on earth. Heading south alongside the Dead Sea, reach the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress which was constructed in Roman times and is famous as the location of an iconic story of heroism. At 9:00 AM ascend Masada by cable car and explore the site. At 11:00 AM continue to Ein Gedi, a beautiful nature reserve and oasis where you will have a chance to take a short hike or walk through the cooling and beautiful surroundings. After Ein Gedi, continue to the Dead Sea where you will access a private beach and have a chance to float in the famous waters and immerse in the muds that are so famous all around the world. Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv in the early evening.

Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

6. Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and departs Jerusalem via the Judean Hills, heading towards the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. As you descend below sea level along the route, pass through the Biblical wilderness of the landscape and learn about the history-rich region from your guide. On the way, keep an eye out for the ‘Inn of the Good Samaritan’ and stop on route to admire the desert that stretches out before you and marvel at the ancient city of Jericho that can be seen in the distance. Upon arrival at the shores of the Dead Sea, notice the salt encrusted shores and follow the coastline towards Masada. Although it's impossible to climb the Snake Path up to Masada as the Romans did 2000 years ago, there is a convenient cable car to the top of the mountain plateau. Learn about how King Herod built a fortified palace here, with a swimming pool and even a synagogue. Head back down to the Dead Sea and pass the desert oasis of Ein Gedi, home to lush foliage and gorgeous waterfalls and the place where David hid from angry King Saul. The tour will also pass by Qumran, where the 2000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves. The tour ends at the Dead Sea, which was once a contender for a title of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a swim in the sea, which is world-famous for its therapeutic mineral-rich waters, and float around as you relax after a busy day of sightseeing.

Eilat: Sailing Experience on the Red Sea

7. Eilat: Sailing Experience on the Red Sea

Leaving Eilat’s northern marina, you will begin your journey by heading southbound on a sailboat. Powered mainly by the wind, the sailboat provides an exceptional experience for everyone. Guided by experienced sailing staff, you will learn the geography and nature of the gulf as well as expert boating techniques. After you anchor in proximity to the coral reef, you can easily jump ship to snorkel and observe the Red Sea’s colorful sea life, cool down in the deep blue water, or chill with refreshments on board. On your way back to the northern marina, you will enjoy beverages and music as you soak in the stunning landscape. This must-see sailing tour takes you into the Red Sea, where you can enjoy the unique contrast between the deep blue sea and the towering desert mountains. Enjoying the rich kaleidoscope of underwater life and sailing on an authentic sailboat is bound to be one of the highlights of your vacation to Israel.

From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour

8. From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour

You will be picked up early in the morning at 2:00 AM from Tel Aviv. Travel to Masada mountain arrive at 5:30 AM and begin your hike to the top. On the way up to the top, enjoy the extraordinary desert sunrise, one that can only be seen in the right place at the right time. Once at the top you will enjoy some time to experience the site. Head back down the mountain and travel to Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. At 8:00 AM arrive at the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Enter the reserve to watch the desert wildlife in the magnificent green Ein-Gedi Oasis. 10:00 AM continue your journey to the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and enjoy bathing and floating on it's therapeutic waters. After floating and covering yourself with mud your driver will begin the trip back to Tel-Aviv. At approximately 2:00 PM arrive back in Tel-Aviv.

Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

9. Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

Discover the underwater world of the Red Sea without getting your feet wet with this glass-bottom boat tour. Departing from Hananya Beach, travel in the comfort of a boat with all of the luxuries including shaded seating, a snack bar, and sun deck. Spot an array of underwater life such as different species of fish and coral.  Sail along the Gulf of Eilat in a 3-deck ship, with the lower deck located 2 meters underwater for optimal viewing. During your tour, see sights such as the Eilat Coral Reserve, the military port, and the Jordan border. Benefit from an informative commentary from the ship's captain along the way.

From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

10. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

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What people are saying about Southern District, Israel

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,007 reviews

An excellent trip. The guide Dan of Bein Harem was excellent as was the driver. The trip was packed and while it started about 30 minutes late it was comfortable, with good commentary and a historical place to see. The Dead Sea is a surreal experience. One can see photos of others but this is one yo experience yourself. Definitely recommend.

Wonderful trip with great tour guide Anat and driver Yosheley (unsure of spelling). They made the tour fun, interactive, full of history and exciting!

SO COOL! Our instructor was so kind and patient. He explained everything calmly and with instruction until we felt comfortable.

A fun and interesting trip for those that love natural environs

Simple and good induction, good spot for scuba starters