From Jerusalem: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up
- Pickup available
- Duration: 10 hours
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.
A trip well worth doing. The coach was comfortable and the driver and tour operator were great, informative and knowledgeable. Just one query - the operator asked us where we wanted to be dropped off and we told him Little House in Rehavia. When we stopped he said that he had organised and paid for a taxi to take us to Little House. We asked the taxi driver to drop us off at Alfasi 35 which is where we were staying and charged us 53 NIS - we are not sure whether the operator had paid him and we paid him again instead of the difference. Just left a bad taste as we had paid 50 NIS from the bus terminal all the way to Alfasi, this seemed excessive.
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.
If you want to just to have a feel of immersing yourself into the Dead See and exploring Massada fortress, this excursion is excellent. The time in the see is short, the Massada part is explored very thoroughly. Overall, nice experience.
A long bus ride into the desert... it was very interesting to see. Yoav (our guide) was FUN to listen to, and very knowledgeable on every aspect of Israeli history and current events.