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Masada

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Masada National Park, Masada

The Basics

Ride the cable car up to Masada or hike the Roman Ramp or the Snake Path. At the top, explore remnants of Roman encampments, synagogues, homes, and ruins of Herod’s Palace complex, with its ancient bathhouses and well-preserved mosaics. Most impressive are the views, which span the vast Judean Desert and the Dead Sea.

Full-day tours to Masada run from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat, or Herzliya, and typically combine a visit to the mountaintop fortress with a soak in the Dead Sea and a hike through the nearby Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
star-4.5
$120.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Unique tour to Massada
Great experience, especially thanks to the best guide I ever had in my life: Amir (with the ponytail)
Constant, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

star-4
Mostly good.
Marlowenh, Dec 2020
Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Cable car ride, walking tour of Masada, trip from Jerusalem to Masada The place we stopped at the Dead Sea was horrible. I’ve been there before and faked our guide not to go there but he refused to go to another place.
star-5
History Lesson in Beautiful Surroundings
Marcy, Mar 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Anna was a wonderful tour Guide! She is very knowledgable in the history of Masada and Engedi. The Day was a history lesson and a beautiful nature hike all in one:) I want to go back and do it again, but this time walk up the mountain instead of taking the ride up:) I'd definitely need more time for that. The dead sea was a beautiful sight too, but as it was winter, it was too cold for me to do anything but stick my toes in. I highly reccomend this tour. You will not be disappointed.
star-4
Great tour with Abraham Tours
genibre, Feb 2020
Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
Great tour overall!! The pickup was smooth and there was a good amount of time allowed for exploring Masada (AMAZING sunset views and ruins). I wish we could have explored Ein Gedi a bit more as Wadi David is not that impressive, but the visit to the Dead Sea was stellar. Could have stayed for hours more!!
star-5
Five star experience!
tbsanders, Jan 2020
Day Tour of Masada and the Dead Sea - Small Group
This is an excellent tour; I highly recommend it. The transportation was well organized. The tour guide was extremely informative and hospitable with well shared facts but not over-bearing. The pace was excellent so we were not rushed. Seeing the "Masada" and the Dead Sea" in one day was the highlight of my entire trip; wonderful experience!
star-5
Great tour
FrancoisGM, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Wonderful tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The History of Masada is truly enriching. Bathing in the Dead Sea at 430 meters below sea level in extremely salty water is quite an experience.
star-5
Dead Sea is a must!
mjcook419, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
I took several tours in Israel and this was by far my fav. It’s nice to see Masada and get to know the history. And the Dead Sea is incredible - perfect amount of time to mud yourself and float and enjoy.
star-5
Amazing
Emilios, Dec 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi, and The Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
It was really well organized but the big difference has made our guide , he was amazing!!! Worth it 100%!
star-5
Fun trip to Masada and Dead Sea
Maria_H, Mar 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Our tour guide, Dan Porges was incredible. He had a lot of information and was very engaging the whole tour. The tour was fun and the timing between locations was planned out perfectly. The only thing was we were made to wait at the sales pitch places way too long (the dead seas soap shops), but it had nothing to do with the guide. Great trip!
star-4
Would recommend
April_C, Mar 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Reliable pick up and prompt responses to questions about the tour. The guide was knowledgeable, and overall it was worth the time.
star-5
Great day out
Antony_M, Mar 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Wonderful day out with a truly excellent and knowledgable guide, Eli. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who wants to take in three important and interesting Israel experiences in one day.
star-5
Yael was “Yonderful!”
Ingrid_M, Mar 2020
Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Yael was so lovely! She was a treasure trove of history! She was so professional and friendly. She spoke of her own life on a kibbutz and made us feel like old friends. Can’t wait to recommend her to my friends in the States!
star-5
Unforgettable!
Ben_E, Mar 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Trip from Jerusalem
A special day I shall never forget! A great guide and a privilege to visit such remarkable landmarks.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Snake route is the most popular and easily accessible hiking route to Masada and takes around 45 minutes, but it’s a steep uphill climb with many steps.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunscreen and plenty of water, especially if you plan on hiking; temperatures can reach 100°F (38°C) in the summer months.

  • The cable car and viewpoints at Masada are fully wheelchair accessible, although some of the ruins may be tricky to reach.

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How to Get There

To reach Masada, take bus 486 from Jerusalem or Ein Gedi, or bus 421 from Tel Aviv. Or, travel on either Road 90, which runs along the coast of the Dead Sea, or Road 3199 from Arad by taxi or private vehicle. There’s a parking lot near the Masada Visitor Center at the bottom of the cliff, from where you can set out by cable car or the Snake Path.

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When to Get There

Sunrise is the best time to watch stunning views from the mountaintop, and an early start is recommended to avoid the midday heat, especially during the summer months (June–August). On Tuesday and Thursday evenings between March and August, the open-air theater on the western side of Masada holds a sound and light show, which tells the story of the ancient fortress.

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History of Masada

In AD 68, Jews took over the fortress of Masada to seek refuge from the Romans. They held out for several years, until the Romans used a ramp to reach the fortress. Once defeat was inevitable, around 960 Jews chose mass suicide over captivity. Today, the Israeli people look at the fortress as a symbol of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of adversity.

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