Private Tour: Masada And Dead Sea Day Trip From Jerusalem

Overview

Marvel at the natural and historical splendors of Israels Dead Sea region on this private day trip from Jerusalem. Traveling in a private vehicle, drive south to UNESCO-listed Masada, where a fortress-palace built by King Herod tops a mountain plateau. Ascend via cable car to see the ruins and hear about the Jewish zealots who killed themselves here in the 1st century AD. Next, visit the Dead Sea for a revitalizing mud bath and swim in the salt-rich waters. Enjoy in-depth attention from a guide on this private tour.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Details about this tour

Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located hotel or prearranged location in Jerusalem and settle into your private minivan with meet your private driver-guide. Enjoy views of the rugged Judean Desert as you drive south, and feel free to ask your guide to customize your itinerary to suit your interests, perhaps with more time at a particular site.

Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the location linked with the biblical parable, and catch views of ancient Jericho as you hear the Old Testament story of its conquest by the Israelite tribes. Then, drive along the Dead Sea to UNESCO-listed Masada, the mountain fortress-palace built by King Herod and later used by Jewish zealots as refuge against Romans in the 1st century BC.

After a roughly 1.5-hour journey, arrive at Masada and ride the cable car to the top, viewing the Snake Path, the route climbed by Herods builders more than 2,000 years ago, as you go.

Explore the ruins as you hear tales of Herod and the zealots who ended a three-year Roman siege by committing mass suicide here. See Herods bathhouses and other rooms, and inspect the 1st-century synagogue built by the zealots.

Next, pass the oasis of Ein Gedi and catch glimpses of the Qumran Caves, where the 900 or so ancient religious texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the 1940s.

On arrival at the Dead Sea situated at the lowest point of Earth at 1,312 feet (400 meters) enjoy a swim in the salt-rich waters to experience the famous floating sensation first hand. Then, if you wish, enjoy a therapeutic mud bath, coating yourself in the revitalizing, mineral-rich clay.

When the time comes, return to Jerusalem, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional driver-guide
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Up to 10 hours

Exclusions

  • Toll and parking fees
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees for the Dead Sea (approx. 10 USD per person)
  • Round trip to Masada by cable car (approx. 20 USD per person)
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Entry fees, parkings, meals and gratitudes are not included.

Pick up time: 08:30.If you would like to depart in a different time, please contact local supplier.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • rafael m
    10-Jul-2019

    Yuval is an incredible tour guide who is a walking encyclopedia and has a great sense of humor.

    Was absolutely fantastic and highly recommend to anyone.

  • Sarah Marie F
    19-Sep-2017

    This was a great tour. If you have 5 people, the cost of a private tour is virtually the same as a group tour. Our guide was Moshe and I cannot say enough good things about my new friend. Not only is he fully versed in the history of the land, sites and people but he can also bring in the relevance and context of the different religious beliefs for any site. Moshe brought the site and struggle into focus and taught us about how the site of Masada survived in such a remote and harsh region. The other advantage to a private tour is flexibility and we were able to view Qasr el Yahud which was important to us because this was the site of the Baptism of Jesus as well as the site where the people entered the promised land. Because we have a small child that could not go into the Dead Sea, there was a different site that offers a fresh water pool to relax in so again, it's great to have the flexibility of a private tour.

    We will visit again, and we'll only do tours with Moshe in the future!

  • Brian B
    21-Jul-2017

    Tour guide was excellent! Masada and the Dead Sea were great and very hot. We had a great time.

  • Daniel Ramirez
    06-Jul-2017

    This tour is long but is so rich in sights and history, our guide made it better. he was very knowledgeable and worked with us in our schedule. very very pleased.

  • Sharon B
    10-Oct-2016

    Great experience travelling with a guide that has a thorough knowledge of the country.

  • Linda G
    07-Dec-2015

    The day we went to Masada it started to rain and so I decided to leave early. Our guide was so nice, he substituted several basilicas that turned out to be as exciting as Masada. One was carved into the side of a mountain. It was breathtaking. The day was very full and exciting despite the dizzle.

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