Day trip

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

Activity provider: Bein Harim Israel Tours

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

Activity provider: Bein Harim Israel Tours

From US$ 120 per person

Explore the Dead Sea and the ancient ruins of Masada on a full-day guided tour from Tel Aviv. Ascend by cable car to King Herod’s mountain fortress, before floating in the Dead Sea waters.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French
Pickup included
A confirmation email, including your final pickup time and pickup hotel, will be sent to you by the supplier (Bein Harim). Please make sure to read it carefully. If you don't receive a confirmation email from the supplier, please contact to confirm your pickup: reservations@beinharimtours.com.

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in the dramatic views from 1,300 feet at the fortified palace of Masada
  • Marvel at the scenery as you ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car
  • Take a refreshing swim or float in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Learn the history of King Herod's fortress at Masada from your tour guide
  • See the impressive Qumran caves, where the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls were found
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Entry fees to the Dead Sea
  • Round trip cable car ride
  • Entry fees to Masada
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and Drinks
  • Tips (recommended)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • A hat, bathing suit, towels, comfortable shoes, and flip flops are recommended
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 974 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Hello the tour is really interesting, I woud say an amazing experience. The guide and the bus driver were really professional and kind. The point is that the whole tour is to much commercial despite us paying, and we wasted at least 50 mins with an unnecessary stop (the 2nd one on the way from Tel Aviv to Masada) to watch a commercial spot inside an Ahava shop... Overall we spent about six hours for the transferts. I can tell you it was really disappointing!

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December 25, 2022

Pick up was on time and the whole bus transfer was done very professionally. Tour guide, Avi, was excellently and very informative. Time allocated for each major stop was adequate and the tour guide stayed with us for the Masada trip with the cable car. He highlighted the main areas and explained everything which saved us time from having to read all the displays and notices. Our guide also explained other aspects of Israeli life which is important to get an overall feel and understanding of the country and its neighbours. Tour bus was excellent with a good driver which made the overall experience very enjoyable

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January 8, 2023

What an amazing day we had. The Masada site is steeped in history and the landscape is just fabulous. We ended this day with a swim in the Dead Sea. It is a magical experience to do absolutely. Even on December 28, the water temperature was pleasant for the chilly person that I am. I recommend this activity

December 31, 2022

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