Day trip

Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

4.6 / 5

29 reviews

Activity provider: Israel Click Tours
Day trip

Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

Activity provider: Israel Click Tours

From US$ 140.86 per person

Explore the stunning Masada National Park and the breathtaking Dead Sea on this day trip from Jerusalem. Visit the ruins of King Herod’s place, ride above scenic landscapes in a cable car, and float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German
Pickup included
Pickup from main hotels in Jerusalem. If you need to be picked up from elsewhere (like an airbnb), the local operator will send you details of the closest pickup point.


  • Enjoy a full-day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Ascend to the top of Masada by cable car
  • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Admire panoramic views of the Dead Sea and Rift Valley Qumran
  • Relax with hotel pick up and drop-off from Jerusalem
Full description
The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and departs Jerusalem via the Judean Hills, heading towards the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. As you descend below sea level along the route, pass through the Biblical wilderness of the landscape and learn about the history-rich region from your guide. On the way, keep an eye out for the ‘Inn of the Good Samaritan’ and stop on route to admire the desert that stretches out before you and marvel at the ancient city of Jericho that can be seen in the distance. Upon arrival at the shores of the Dead Sea, notice the salt encrusted shores and follow the coastline towards Masada. Although it's impossible to climb the Snake Path up to Masada as the Romans did 2000 years ago, there is a convenient cable car to the top of the mountain plateau. Learn about how King Herod built a fortified palace here, with a swimming pool and even a synagogue. Head back down to the Dead Sea and pass the desert oasis of Ein Gedi, home to lush foliage and gorgeous waterfalls and the place where David hid from angry King Saul. The tour will also pass by Qumran, where the 2000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves. The tour ends at the Dead Sea, which was once a contender for a title of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a swim in the sea, which is world-famous for its therapeutic mineral-rich waters, and float around as you relax after a busy day of sightseeing.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Cable car up to Masada
  • Includes entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Insurance not included
  • Tips (recommended)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  • Holders of diplomatic or foreign passports and 3-month entry permits are exempt from VAT payment per Israeli law. You will be required to provide valid passport details to avoid being charged VAT.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 29 reviews

Review summary

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Great tour as long as the guide does not talk too much about how great AHAVA products are. Masada, the desert, the drive, the dead sea...all worth a visit. It's quite impressive. Only annoying thing was how much the guide tried to sell us AHAVA products. You can buy them everywhere and there is no special price, tour guide should have just shut up about it.

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March 29, 2023

The experience was good, after a shaky start. The day starts very early with a 7.50 pick up from a hotel we needed to get a taxi to. Then a chap puts you in a bus to another meeting point, where you wait around for another bus. So you spend the first hour being transported from place to place and waiting around, until you finally get going. Once you are on the move, it was well done.

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March 29, 2023

Excellent guide. The logistics about the pickup and waiting for the bus/guide at the coffee shop was confusing and not a good way to start the morning. The views at the coffee shop over Jerusalem were fantastic, though. Bus was very fine. Driving was excellent and smooth. Guide around Masada was knowledgeable, but a bit long for the teenagers in the group. The Dead Sea location for the swim was excellent - no problems with access to water, very good changing facilities, bars, coffee-shops, souvenir shops. All very good - and with ample time for enjoying both the mud and the water.

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 231437