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A series of natural and artificial caves found throughout the archaeological site of Qumran, the Qumran Caves are set in the Judaean Desert and were fortuitously revealed in 1947 by a local Bedouin boy while searching for a stray animal. Many archaeological digs have taken place since the discovery, with specialist Roland de Vaux conducting the principal excavations in the 1950s.

However, the real reason why the Qumran Caves are so famous is due to the fact that the oldest scriptures of the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, were discovered here in 1956. The caves, named after the Arabic word meaning 'crescent moon,' are located on a plateau about a mile from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, near the Israeli settlement of Kalya. Studies have shown that the first settlement in the area dates back the eighth century BCE and remained active until the destruction of the Temple in 586 BC.

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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Visit Masada and the Dead Sea on a full-day trip from Tel Aviv. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the Judean desert from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea, and visit Masada on route. Ride the cable car to the mountaintop for a guided tour of the 2,000-year-old ruins, and continue to the Dead Sea to ‘swim’ in its salt-rich waters and, if you wish, take a therapeutic mud bath. The day trip also passes the site of the New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan, and ancient city of Jericho.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Masada and the Dead Sea Trip from Jerusalem

Masada and the Dead Sea Trip from Jerusalem

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Organizing a trip to Masada and the Dead Sea on your own can get complicated; this day trip from Jerusalem takes care of the details. Travel by coach through the Judean Desert and ascend Mt. Masada by cable car to see the UNESCO site with your guide. After a mud bath and a dip in the Dead Sea, view the Ein Gedi oasis, the caves at Qumran, and Jericho.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.00
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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Combine a Masada tour and Dead Sea trip into one memorable full-day tour from Jerusalem. Travel through the Judean desert by air-conditioned coach and pass the site of the famous New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan. Arrive at Masada and ride the cable car to the legendary mountaintop ruins of King Herod’s palaces. After a guided tour, drive to the Dead Sea. Relish the surreal Dead Sea floating experience and choose to take a therapeutic mud bath. Then, return to Jerusalem, passing the ancient city of Jericho on route.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.00
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5-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Nazareth, and Masada

5-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Nazareth, and Masada

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Experience Israel’s best on a 5-day tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Nazareth and Masada, and visit the country’s historic and holy sites. Explore Jerusalem’s atmospheric Old City then visit the Mount of Olives, Western Wall and City of David. Walk the ruins at Masada, float in the Dead Sea’s salt-rich waters then discover Nazareth’s biblical landmarks. Sleep in a kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee, travel through Caesarea, Haifa and Rosh Hanrika, and make a final stop in Acre to stroll the Mediterranean city’s ancient fortifications.
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  • 5 days
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$902.00
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Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Leave Jerusalem on a full-day private trip to Masada and the Dead Sea, and discover Israel’s remarkable history and landscapes. Drive deep into the Judean Desert, explore Masada’s fortifications and palaces alongside your personal guide, and learn about a dramatic, 1st-century battle between Roman troops and Jewish Sicarii rebels. Descend to the shores of the Dead Sea to walk along salt-encrusted beaches, bathe in mineral-rich mud and float in one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. 
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  • 10 hours
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$380.00
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Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Discover the magnificent ancient ruins of Masada and delights of the Dead Sea on this unforgettable private day trip from Tel Aviv. With your own private guide, cross the Judean Desert and ride a cable car up to Masada, a rocktop fortification built by King Herod in 350 BC. Explore the well-preserved ruins as you hear the tragic ancient tales of the site, and then drive to the Dead Sea. Experience a ‘swim’ in the salt-heavy waters and enjoy a skin-replenishing mud bath here before your return to Tel Aviv.
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  • 10 hours
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$478.00
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$478.00
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8 Days Footsteps of Christ Holy Land Tour to Israel

8 Days Footsteps of Christ Holy Land Tour to Israel

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Join us on a spiritual journey focusing on the Life and times of Jesus, “walking where Jesus walked.” Imagine yourself in the Galilee, and in Capernaum – referred as Jesus “own town” (Matthew 9:1), where Jesus began his ministry (Mark 1:21 John 6:59), and recruited his first disciple (John 21:15-17). Stand on the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew 5, Matthew 6, Matthew 7, Matthew 8) and make believe you are listening to the Lord preach the Sermon on the Mount. Submerge yourself in the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (John 1:29-33). Continue on to the Golden City of Jerusalem, and walk the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, where you can take time to reflect the Lords sacrifice for all of us, and what an incredible moment it will be when you stand on the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem, where Jesus ascended in to heaven (acts 1). We invite you not just on another trip, but a spiritual journey you will never forget.
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  • 8 days
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$2,265.00
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Desert Safari and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Desert Safari and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Set out on a desert safari and explore the Dead Sea on a full-day trip from Jerusalem that goes deep into Israel’s wild and rugged landscape. Traverse the Judean desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in dusty caves, then head cross-country in a 4x4 to the Murbaat Caves and Dragot Cliffs. Steer for the shores of the Dead Sea to take a mineral-rich mud bath, walk along the salty beach and float in the world’s deepest hypersaline lake. 
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.00
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$155.00

Masada and Dead Sea Tour from Tel Aviv

Masada and Dead Sea Tour from Tel Aviv

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Cover two of Israel’s most iconic, history-packed attractions on this double-duty day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. Full-day tours include pre-booked admission tickets to the famous hilltop fortress, invaded by Romans in 73 CE, and entrance to the nutrient-rich resort, home to salty waters. Travel comfortably between sights by air-conditioned coach, with complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Desert Safari and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Desert Safari and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Experience the stark beauty of Israel’s Judean Desert by 4x4 and visit the Dead Sea on this full-day trip from Tel Aviv. Enter the desert by air-conditioned coach and pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, Jericho and the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Then, take an exciting 4x4 drive through the desert canyons and plains to the towering Dragot Cliffs before descending to the Dead Sea. Take a ‘swim’ in the salt-rich waters and enjoy a revitalizing mud bath before your return to Tel Aviv.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.00
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$155.00

Day Tour of Masada and the Dead Sea - Small Group

Day Tour of Masada and the Dead Sea - Small Group

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Shun the expense of self-drive and experience the Dead Sea and Judean Desert highlights on this door-to-door guided day tour. Ride the cable car to the clifftop fortress of Masada and see Roman ruins from the Herodian fortress. Then, descend to the Dead Sea for a relaxing mud bath and a float in one of the world's saltiest bodies of water.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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5-Day Israel Tour from Jerusalem: Dead Sea, Nazareth and Masada

5-Day Israel Tour from Jerusalem: Dead Sea, Nazareth and Masada

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Discover Israel’s holy, historic sights on a 5-day tour from Jerusalem that includes the Dead Sea, Nazareth, and Masada. Walk Jerusalem’s Old City neighborhoods and monuments, visit the Mount of Olives and the garden of Gethsemane. Explore the Golan Heights, Masada’s ruined fortresses and Roman buildings and float in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea; take in Nazareth’s holiest landmarks then sleep at a Galilee kibbutz. Return to Jerusalem via the historic city of Caesarea, and Acre, a UNESCO-recognized walled city on the shores of the Mediterranean.
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  • 5 days
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$902.00
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GoKEDEM Masada, DeadSea Camel Ride & Beduin Feast Tour From Tel Aviv

GoKEDEM Masada, DeadSea Camel Ride & Beduin Feast Tour From Tel Aviv

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Visiting Masada is a must while in Israel, but getting to the remote desert location can be tricky, especially if you’re on a time budget. This private Masada tour from Tel Aviv makes visiting easy. Not only does it include all transportation from the coast to the desert, but it also includes an off-road ride on Maale Yair trail and a traditional Israeli lunch.
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  • 12 hours
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$458.00
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$458.00
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Dead Sea, Masada and Qumran Private Tour

Dead Sea, Masada and Qumran Private Tour

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Avoid the crowds and enjoy a personalized experience on this private tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. In the company of just your party and guide, visit Qumran National Park, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and the historic but tragic site, Masada. On your return journey enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea. Entrance fees are at your expense.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$899.99
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Heritage Of The Holy Land Tour

Heritage Of The Holy Land Tour

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Arrival: Thursday - 8 Days / 7 Nights Discover sites of biblical and historical importance on our Heritage tour - a 7 night guided tour of the Holy Land with a focus on Christianity. Visit sites that played an important role in Jesus’ life – Bethlehem; Tiberias and the shores of the Sea of Galilee; Nazareth and Cana, where he performed his first miracle; Jerusalem, where he was betrayed, crucified and resurrected, including the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa, Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Other key sites visited on the tour include Caesarea, Megiddo (Armageddon), Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea, Ein Karem.
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  • 8 days
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$1,329.00
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Masada and Dead Sea Private Tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem

Masada and Dead Sea Private Tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem

This is a private tour to Masada and the Dead Sea. Discover Israel’s remarkable history ,landscapes and Jordan Valley. Drive deep into the Judean Desert and explore Masada’s fortifications and palaces alongside your personal guide, and learn about a dramatic, 1st-century battle between Roman troops and Jewish Sicarii rebels. From here, stop at the caves of Qumran where the two-thousand-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Descend to the shores of the Dead Sea to walk along salt-encrusted beaches, bathe in mineral-rich mud and float in one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. • Receive the undivided attention of a private guide on this private tour • Full day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea • Visit the Dead Sea and take a therapeutic mud bath in the mineral-rich mud. • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Judean Desert past Jericho and the Inn of the Good Samaritan • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,130.00
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$1,130.00
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Jeep Trip and Judean Desert Safari Experience in Israel from Jerusalem

Jeep Trip and Judean Desert Safari Experience in Israel from Jerusalem

Only in Israel does a day full of adventure pair perfectly with ancient history. On this tour, ride through desert dunes in a rugged off-road Jeep en route to natural attractions such as the Murbaat Caves and Cliffs of Dragot, in addition to the historical site of Jericho and the Qumran Caves (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered). Cool off with a dip in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.00
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$155.00

Judean Desert Safari Jeep Tour from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

Judean Desert Safari Jeep Tour from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

See some of the top historic, biblical, and natural sites in Israel on a tour that visits the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. Exploring the desert in a 4-wheel-drive Jeep lets you see parts of Israel that are inaccessible by car or bus and therefore missed by most visitors. Plus, the combination of an adrenaline-filled Jeep excursion and a relaxing float in the Dead Sea create a well-balanced day.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.00
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Day Tour to Masada and the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Day Tour to Masada and the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Check off two of Israel’s signature sights, the clifftop fortress of Masada and the hyper-buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, in just one day on this time-saving guided tour. Learn about Masada’s tragic history as you ride the cable car, then wade in the Dead Sea’s soft clay and float in its mineral-rich waters. Along the way, catch sight of Jericho, Qumran, Ein Gedi, and the Inn of the Good Samaritan.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Private Day Trip to Dead Sea and Masada from Tel Aviv

Private Day Trip to Dead Sea and Masada from Tel Aviv

Get glimpses of the Dead Sea as you approach Masada, a mountain topped by a ruined fortress-palace built by King Herod more than 2,000 years ago. Ride the cable car to the mountaintop and take a tour of the fascinating archaeological ruins. Descend the mountain and drive to the Dead Sea past the Ein Gedi oasis and the ancient settlement of Qumran. Stop to enjoy the views of the famous Qumran caves, where approximately 900 ancient parchments, the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls, were discovered. Continue to the Dead Sea and enjoy relaxing on a mineral beach. This salt-rich lake sits at around 400 meters below sea level — the Earth’s lowest point. Wade into the waters to experience the bizarre floating sensation and enjoy a therapeutic mud bath. Our drivers are not licensed tour guides but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the ride, they will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$390.04
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$390.04
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GoKEDEM Premium Off-Road Masada & Deadsea Adventure from Jerusalem

GoKEDEM Premium Off-Road Masada & Deadsea Adventure from Jerusalem

Enjoy a unique 4x4 day trip and enjoy an off road adventure to encounter the Negev wild nature to discover Masada's unique story. Try a Bedouin Feast experience to taste authentic desert food surrounded with a 360 degree panoramic view of the Dead Sea.
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  • 1 day
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$440.00
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$440.00
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Qumran, Masada & Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Qumran, Masada & Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Explore the Judean Desert on a full-day tour of Masada, Qumran, and the Dead Sea from Jerusalem. Visit the site where the the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, then board a cable car to Masada to explore the ancient mountain fortress with your guide. Continu from Roman baths to King Herod’s palace, and hear the legend of the Jewish rebels who held the plateau against the Romans. Explore the Dead Sea to wallow in nutrient-rich mud and swim in hyper-saline water • Full-day tour of Judean Desert sites from Jerusalem • Hear the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. • Guided tour of the popular sights by local experts. • Ascend to the top of Masada by cable car • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea. • Includes all entrance fees
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.00
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What are Qumran Caves hours of operation?
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Qumran Caves hours of operation: SUMMER: Sunday-Thursday and Saturday: 8 am-5 pm Friday and Holidays: 8 am- 4 pm WINTER: Sunday-Thursday and Saturday: 8 am-4 pm Friday and Holidays: 8 am-3 pm Last entry one hour before closing . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Qumran Caves tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Qumran Caves can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Qumran Caves 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Qumran Caves costs USD 111.00. Guided Qumran Caves tours start around USD 111.00 per person.
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