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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.

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,309 reviews

These are really nice tours this company has brand new buses beautiful bus and the guide is very informative and very nice they do not rush you they even stop for party break coffee break if they see something interesting beside the road they pull over and stop it's very interesting there's a lot more added than what they actually say on the itinerary they're very good people I like them since I did that tour I have booked two more with them to go to Golden Heights and Jerusalem well worth the money pick up and drop off is a big advantage. Side Chief Warrant Officer Ian M Garland First Texas Medical battalion rla airborne

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

The trip was very well organized. Dapha's (the guide) enthusiasm and professionalism made the day memorable. I would have liked to spend more time at the Dead Sea.

much better than over tours.. spent plenty of times in both sites and the lunch wasn't bad eaither.

It was just amazing, specially our guide Haya, she was wonderful person, amazing atmosphere!!