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Masada & Dead Sea: Small Group Tour from Tel Aviv

1. Masada & Dead Sea: Small Group Tour from Tel Aviv

This full day tour takes you to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea, to the site of one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans until their mass suicide in 73 AD. In a “business class” environment of a small group with personal service, you will depart from Tel Aviv for the Judean Hills and the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada to learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. High above the sea, the former palace sits precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level. It measures 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide and boasts commanding views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but luckily since King Herod’s time a fast-track cable car has been installed, allowing you to ascend the mountain in minutes. Once at the top, 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 are the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet, that were hewn into the cliff. Descend by cable car and drive to the Dead Sea, or “Sea of Salt.” 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. You will stop to relax at one of the resorts on the shores of the Dead Sea and enjoy the opportunity to float while covering yourself with the mineral-rich, therapeutic Dead Sea mud. Its health-giving properties have turned it in to a major spa destination with a variety of unique bath products for sale in the hotels and shops. Purchase some bath salts and skin creams to take home, before heading back to your hotel in Tel Aviv, Netanya or Herzliy.

From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem And Bethlehem Small Group Tour

2. From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem And Bethlehem Small Group Tour

Your guide will be waiting for you with your name on the sign as you arrive at the port of Ashdod. Join a small group of 6-16 people for the drive to Jerusalem in a new, air-conditioned van. While in Jerusalem, you'll visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Jaffa Gate. You'll see both Christian and Jewish Quarters of Jerusalem, for a complete experience of this famed city. See the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, and the Western Wall or Wailing Wall. To round out your visit to the Holy City, you'll have a chance to explore the colorful Arab Souk. In Bethlehem you'll visit the Church of Nativity, and The Grotto if queues and accessibility allow. Then you'll have time for local Palestinian shopping. This is a mandatory requirement from the Palestinian Tourism Service, and might be the only time you'll ever be able to claim that you just had to shop! After your visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, you will be returned to the port at Ashdod.

Masada & Dead Sea: Small Group Tour from Jerusalem

3. Masada & Dead Sea: Small Group Tour from Jerusalem

Start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Jerusalem and head to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Arrive at Masada, where your guide will tell you about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. You’ll ascend Masada by cable car and then tour the mountain fortress that was built by King Herod. This is the spot where the Zealots of the 1st century made their last stand against the Roman troops. You’ll explore the site to see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths. When you’ve completed this part of the tour, descend Masada by cable car. Your next destination is the Dead Sea. Its shores are the lowest point on dry land on earth! You’ll have the opportunity to float and swim in the Dead Sea waters that many believe have special therapeutic effects.

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We depeartured in time and arrived also back good in time. Guide was a nice elderly man. Unfortunately the mic did not work on the minibus but than he sat in the middle of the bus and that solve the issue. Was nice, informative. Had the usual shop stop but was no pressure to buy and we did not spent too much time with that. Masada was great, was a bit fast for me but I am a guy who likes to read everything but actually he explained everything. We had nice 3 hours for the dead sea which was actually just the perfect time for that. The spa was OK, way back too. Thanks.

we had a brilliant time on this trip. Learned a lot in Masada and had a great tour guide Yousef. We travelled from Tel Aviv, being picked up at hotel, then drove to Masada then went on to the Dead Sea where we had around 2 hours. Great experience. Make sure you take waterproof footwear as the salt is hard on your feet and makes it difficult/painful to walk on. Highly recommend you do this trip and its so much better in small group of tourists.

Short phone call the evening before the visit to confirm the place and time of pickup. The same day the minibus was on time, very clean and comfortable. Guide/driver (same person) very friendly. Extraordinary Masada and swimming in the Dead Sea will remain an unforgettable experience.

Everything fine, Ossie very good--informed, charming. The Dead Sea was a challenge for an older person. It was not nearly as pleasant as I remember it

Pick up right outside the ship and seamless travel at a nice constant pace