Judaean Desert, West Bank

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From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

1. From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

Embark on a full-day guided tour from Tel Aviv to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea by bus. Visit the ancient palace of Masada, ride a cable car, and admire the Qumran caves on your drive back. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans, until the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but we will ascend by cable car to make life easier. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths, and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features is the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet. Following the tour of Masada, you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach located in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank. It is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Take a mud bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to Tel Aviv, with an on-route view of the Qumran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Bethlehem Old City and Jericho City Guided Tour

2. Bethlehem Old City and Jericho City Guided Tour

After being picked up form the meeting point in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, you will start your journey through the Judean Desert to the oldest city Jericho. A local guide will meet you at the walls of the old city and take you to see the Mount of Temptation Sight and the Sycamore tree. Later on, you will head to Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus Christ. You will begin with a stroll in Manger Square and enter the Church of the Nativity with an expert tour guide. On the way out of Bethlehem, you will stop at the Wall where you will be able to take in the atmosphere and see some art from Bansky on the Wall.

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What people are saying about Judaean Desert, West Bank

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,001 reviews

Actually, after many bus tours in different countries, we had vowed not to do any more bus tours :) But since we wanted to visit the Dead Sea and Masada on a Saturday (Shabbat), this was by far the easiest way. And we have not regretted it. The organization was great, our guide Aviva and the driver Kosta were super nice and the group was really good. Between Masada and the Dead Sea beach, we stopped at a "restaurant" and had lunch in a huge canteen. The food was of course much too expensive and at most okay. But it served its purpose ;) The beach doesn't have the capacity to serve that many people. But you could buy small things there. However, we used the time to swim in the Dead Sea. The time in Masada and at the Dead Sea was enough for us, even if everything had already been calculated.

The tour was great and Siv was a great tour guide. Learnt so much about Masada, the Dead Sea and Israel in general. The tour didn't feel rushed and we felt like we got to spend a decent amount of time at Masada and the Dead Sea - very convenient way to see both sites from Tel Aviv. Maybe bring your own lunch as canteen lunch stop isn't the best for the price...

Very suggestive place, the tour is perfectly organized: there is time to do everything, Masada with the relative explanation of the guide, buffet lunch in a place recommended by the guide and time to swim and sunbathe in the Dead Sea. STRA RECOMMENDED

itamar was our guide and he is really great! He gave us a lot of interesting information about masada, the dead sea and the region & is very friendly. swimming in the dead sea was a unique experience! Very recommendable :)

Lovely Charming tour guide called Ben was lovely and always made sure everyone was together. Ben was very knowable in everything and when anyone asked a question he answered it with passion.