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

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

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Overview

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.
  • Private day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
  • Cross the rugged Judean Desert past ancient Jericho and the Inn of the Good Samaritan
  • Take the cable car to UNESCO-listed Masada, the mountaintop fortress-palace built by King Herod
  • Explore the relics and hear about the Jewish zealots who killed themselves here to evade the Romans
  • Experience the unique floating sensation of a swim in the Dead Sea
  • Enjoy a mud bath in the mineral-rich Dead Sea clay to feel its therapeutic benefits
  • Receive the undivided attention of a private guide on this private tour
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Pickup and drop-off around the city
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8:30 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

Meet your guide at your central Tel Aviv hotel or another central location in the city, hop inside your air-conditioned vehicle and set off through the rugged Judean Desert to Masada and the Dead Sea.

On route, hear about the region’s ancient past and let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more of during the day. Since this is a private tour, the itinerary can be adjusted around your particular wishes.

Pass by the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the location associated with the biblical parable, and see the ancient city of Jericho in the distance as your guide recounts the Old Testament story of how its walls were felled by the trumpets of the Israelites.

Catch sight of the shimmering Dead Sea as you near Masada, the mountaintop fortress-palace built by King Herod in 350 BC.

Catch the cable car up to the UNESCO World Heritage site and explore the ruins as you hear tales of Herod and the 960 Jewish zealots who committed suicide here in the 1st century AD to escape besieging Roman forces. View the well-preserved relics of Herod’s chambers and the synagogue constructed by the zealots.

Back on the road, pass Ein Gedi oasis and the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, on route to the Dead Sea. This extraordinary lake sits at the lowest point on Earth—1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level — and boasts waters that are over 10 times saltier than seawater.

Arrive at a Dead Sea resort and get free time to relax at leisure. Take a ‘swim’ in the salt-rich waters and perhaps enjoy a therapeutic mud bath at the world’s richest source of natural salts.

Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your Tel Aviv hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Jordan Valley
Travel through the Jordan Valley
Stop At:  
Masada National Park
Ascend to Masada by cable car and explore the National Park.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Travel Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Qumran Caves
Stop at the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dead Sea
Relax and float in the Dead Sea
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • 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
  • This itinerary is only a proposal; we can customize this private tour according to your wishes
  • We recommend to bring comfortable walking shoes, swimwear, water, towel and sun protection.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • On Saturday and holidays, an extra charge of $125 applies
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip 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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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip 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
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv.

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The best tour ever
Elli A
, Aug 2019
Sarah took us to Mesada, Dead Sea and Ein Gedi and gave us so much knowledge. She was wonderful. Husband, me, two 50 yo sons and their ladies private tour. She accommodated our needs every step of the way.
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Informative and fun trip
Cliveindy
, Apr 2019
This was a great day for our group of 9. We drove from Tel Aviv to Masada which was a fascinating and awe inspiring site with interesting history and important to Israeli national sentiment. Amazing views of the Dead Sea and into Jordon. We then drove further to the Dead Sea itself and had huge fun floating around and covering ourselves in mud, managing to avoid the rain and enjoying the perfect temperature of the water. Great experience and a wonderful guide who was like a friend, knowledgable and interesting. Brilliant day.

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