Explore the Dead Sea and the ancient ruins of Masada on a full-day tour. Ascend by cable car to King Herod’s mountain fortress, before floating in…
Discover the wonders of Bethlehem and Jericho on this engaging, guided tour. Travel back in history as you explore the life and times of Jesus in the…
What people are saying about Judaean Desert
My experience was fantastic. A really fun day meeting very friendly people and gaining a lot of insight into past and current socio-cultural climate in Israel and Palestine. You can see so much in one day! The driver was especially kind, and had a lot of interesting things to say about life in the region today. It took away a lot of the misconceptions given by western media. It was a really informative day, yet very chill and relaxing. One thing to keep in mind is that the stops on the tour are subject to change depending on weather, problems at the checkpoint and groups. They kind of mixed a few people together and combined our tours (also because it was raining so some stops were closed). If you're flexible and dont mind that things could change on the day, it's a great experience. However, if you have a very specific need to see a certain site, I would recommend getting in touch with the tour company the night before the tour to check what their plans are.
Zahi Shaked was an amazing tour guide! He gave us the perfect mix of personal space and interesting information while we bussed to the various destinations. I respected his unbiased point of view on the contested relations in the country - it made the tour more interesting and feel informative rather than one sided. Masada, the Elvis Diner (a very cool plus) and the Dead sea were incredible. Do yourself a favor and take this tour. Zahi was amazing because he made this tour specific to us. And when he realized my drop of location was far away from where I was staying, he compared the bus route to my destination and created a new stop specifically for me. All around a great day. Thank you Zahi!!!!!
The tour guide in Bethlehem, was in too much in a hurry, when we are in the Church of Nativity, everything was so fast and we were not able to see the actual cave, I told him I want to pray a bit but in the end he always say we need to go like it is only 9:15am so in the end I was not able to pray and it’s frustrating, plus he brings us to a very expensive souvenir and he always pressured me to be faster in paying, this guide is indeed in awful, it’s not nice, it horrible, just wish that he do his job better.
Good experience in both interesting sites, but what blows it for me is having the guide constantly market products for the tourists to purchase so he can get a commission. Also the Dead Sea was fun but the entire facility is a complete tourist trap with too many promotions for products that take away the spirit of the entire experience.
Guide was very kind and knew the history. She told us enough to understand and could easily answer questions but did not overwhelm us and lose our interest. The bus was clean and comfortable and the driver was excellent.