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Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Watch the sun rise at Masada and visit Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea on this day trip from Tel Aviv. Hike up Masada mountain in the early hours to see the sun emerge over the mountains and Dead Sea, and inspect the mountaintop ancient fortress ruins. Then, explore the Ein Gedi oasis and visit the Dead Sea to float in its waters. Return air-conditioned transport with central Tel Aviv pickup and drop-off included.
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ancient fortress ruins on the mountaintop
  • Stroll around the waterfalls, caves, and pools of stunning Ein Gedi
  • Enjoy the salt-rich waters and therapeutic mud of the Dead Sea
  • Round-trip, air-conditioned transport including pickup and drop-off in central Tel Aviv
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Bathing in a private beach at Dead Sea
All transport
Short video presentation at the Dead Sea
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Drinks
Masada entrance (29 NIS)
Ein-Gedi entrance (29 NIS)

Departure Point

Kaufmann St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Israeli Textile Center, Kaufman Street 2 (Corner of Shenkar & Kaufman St)

Departure Time

2:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After early-morning pickup in central Tel Aviv, travel by air-conditioned vehicle through the Judean Desert to Masada, perhaps catching up on sleep on route.

Head through the gates (own expense) below the mountain: where a UNESCO-listed, ruined 1st century-BC fortress sits on the summit. Then, set out independently to make the challenging hike up a pathway to the top.

At the summit, absorb the spectacular sunrise: watching as the sun ascends over Jordan’s Moab mountains and the Dead Sea. Then, explore the fortress remnants before descending and continuing to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, an idyllic oasis of palms, waterfalls, and pools.

Enter the reserve (own expense), and enjoy free time to explore the trails. Admire the fairy tale-like waterfalls, caves, and springs, and watch for wildlife like the desert ibex.

Next, travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, and enjoy ample time to enjoy the unique setting. Visit a private beach to float in the salt-heavy waters and if you wish, slather yourself in the mineral-rich, therapeutic mud.

Finally, journey back to Tel Aviv, where your trip ends at your original starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Masada National Park
Hike up the hill to reach the ruins of Masada fortress
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Dead Sea
Enjoy free time on the shores of the famous Dead Sea, including access to private beach, possibility to bathe and apply the muds
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Have a walk through a real desert oasis! If you wish, bathe in the wadi (small river) and its waterfalls.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 12 and under
  • The hike to the top of Masada Mountain requires a moderate level of fitness
  • This is a self-guided tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tourist Israel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Massada
Dj19
, Feb 2020
It is worth going to Massada! The hike is very tough some people gave up. Take water with you. You got to go fast if you want to get there for Sunrise. Ein Geidi was very short the driver kept rushing us and was always in a bad mood. We only saw the first waterfall and had to go back. He shortened our time there. He told us to meet at a certain time and left 5 minutes prior leaving 2 people behind.
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A good but hurried experience
Lotti106
, Nov 2019
The Masada sunrise was worth leaving at 2am for and a certain level of fitness is required to ascend it in time. There was not enough time to explore Ein Gedi however and, while the Dead Sea experience was a joy, less time spent there and more time at Ein Gedi would have made the trip better balanced. There was also a distinct lack of tour guide throughout the trip - just the driver dropping us off without much interaction.
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For a 2am start, you are better off...
Kaz
, Jan 2018
For a 2am start, you are better off going during the day. It is a very long drive to get to Masada around 2.5 hours. Unless the bus gets you at the entrance early enough, you do not get to the top of the mountain in time for dawn breaking or the sunrise. You have to be very fit to walk up to the top, and it is done in darkness, so make sure you have a torch. The hike is at least 30-40 minutes and the path is not always smooth. There are some nice waterfalls at Ein Gedi, moer like a trickle, and they are not spectacular. It is a nice walk, but you dont have too much time there, around 1 hour all up. The Dead Sea location is very very basic, and not very clean. The clear water comes out of old rusted water pipes. Each location is deserving of its own day trip.
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Sunrise hike was incredible. One...
Steven G
, Nov 2017
Sunrise hike was incredible. One piece of advice depending upon time of year- bug spray.. lot of knats out. Breathtaking. Ein Gedi is a paradise in the middle of nowhere and the dead sea club- a chance to walk in the salt water and bathe in mud is simply fun.
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A truly amazing trip, very...
sarahwiggerham
, Jul 2017
A truly amazing trip, very exhausting but the sites you see are beautiful. 2 things to bear in mind or that could be improved. 1. You are given an hour in Ein Gedi, and it's just not enough. The waterfalls are beautiful and it takes 25 minutes to get up to the first one, so by the time you get down too you feel super rushed. 2. Water - note that none is provided for you, nor food. So remember to bring your own
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I really enjoyed this tour. Our...
Katarzyna M
, Apr 2017
I really enjoyed this tour. Our driver, Zvika, was an excellent guide, friendly and doing his best to deliver great service. Zvika was knowledgable and easy going, helpful too. Fantastic tour with great views and amazing experience. Highly recommend!
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Tour was really good when it comes...
pioterus
, Oct 2016
Tour was really good when it comes to the places we visited, but I wish we had a little more time to enjoy them because in the end we were a bit in a rush almost all the time.
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