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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

This full day tour from Tel Aviv takes you to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea, and to the site of one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. 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 are 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 Qumeran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

2. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

On this full-day tour of the Holy Land, enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Tel Aviv in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and travel along highway no' 1 to Jerusalem. You’ll be accompanied throughout the day by a knowledgeable, professional guide. You’ll enjoy a panoramic overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the new city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. As you travel along the Kidron Valley, you’ll be able to take in views the Garden of Gethsemane as well as the walls of the city. On reaching the Armenian Quarter you'll enter the Western or Wailing Wall square via the local bazaar. You’ll see the Christian Quarter and the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is considered to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. You'll also walk along the 1700-year-old Byzantine Cardo, the main street, and see the renovated Jewish Quarter. Transfer to Bethlehem (Palestinian guide and vehicle). Bethlehem, meaning “City of Bread”, was the birthplace of Jesus according to Christian tradition. Your drive to Bethlehem takes you by way of Nativity Circle. Visit the Church of Nativity, and also the cave where Jesus was born. You’ll see Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Before completing the tour, visit St' Catharine - a Roman Catholic Church. You’ll enjoy an overview of the Shepherd's Fields on the return drive to Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv: 2-Hour Carmel Market Tour in English with Lunch

3. Tel Aviv: 2-Hour Carmel Market Tour in English with Lunch

Carmel market features a fascinating variety of culinary riches, colorful spices and intriguing characters. This Carmel market tasting tour will introduce you to the flavors and scents of old Tel Aviv as well as the energetic and bustling atmosphere of the city’s central market. Join this tour and hear fantastic stories about the market's history. Visit hidden alleyways, speciality shops, try oriental cuisine and shop for unique handicrafts. Come and experience this authentic market’s magic through from a local's point of view.

Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv

4. Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv

See the famous sites of the Holy Land on this amazing historical day tour! You will begin your journey by travelling along Israel’s scenic coastal plain via the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. In Nazareth, visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph's carpentry. Traveling on, you will see the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Be amazed by the famous Sea of Galilee and the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Finally, overlooking Tiberias, you will visit the site of baptism on the Jordan River, where you can have a baptismal service. You will return driving along the view of Mt. Tabor, the site of transfiguration.

From Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Guided Tour

5. From Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Masada Fortress and take in the sweeping views of the Judean Desert. Visit the nature reserve of Ein Gedi before floating in the warm waters of the Dead Sea. Depart Tel Aviv. Be driven through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, the lowest on earth. Heading south alongside the Dead Sea, reach the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress which was constructed in Roman times and is famous as the location of an iconic story of heroism. At 9:00 AM ascend Masada by cable car and explore the site. At 11:00 AM continue to Ein Gedi, a beautiful nature reserve and oasis where you will have a chance to take a short hike or walk through the cooling and beautiful surroundings. After Ein Gedi, continue to the Dead Sea where you will access a private beach and have a chance to float in the famous waters and immerse in the mud's that are so famous all around the world.  Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv at 5:30 PM.

Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Tel Aviv

6. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Spend a day exploring Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast on this full-day tour departing from Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. An expert guide will take you in a climate-controlled bus to visit ancient cities and monuments along the coast. To begin, your guide will take you to discover the splendid harbor city of Caesarea. This ancient Roman city boasts impressive Roman ruins, including one of the largest amphitheaters built in the Roman era. Next, you will journey to Haifa to visit the Baha’i Gardens. The Baha’i gardens feature stunning terraces and are one of Israel’s top attractions. Your guide will make sure that you have the opportunity to photograph the terrific UNESCO-protected gardens before continuing on to Rosh Hanikra. In Rosh Hanikra, you can explore the area’s limestone grottoes. Rosh Hanikra also features beautiful white-chalk cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. From the cliffs, you can peek over the border into Lebanon before continuing to Acre, in the north. The Old City of Acre is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features impressive city walls, a charming port, and an oriental bazaar. Your guide will detail the ancient city’s fascinating history, as you wander the historic streets that were known to the Greeks, Byzantines, and, Ottomans. 

Tel Aviv: 2-Hour Levinsky Market Tour with Full Lunch

7. Tel Aviv: 2-Hour Levinsky Market Tour with Full Lunch

Embark on a colorful and tasty tour around Levinsky market. Levinsky market was built as a trading center for the residents of the new city of Tel Aviv, attracting Bulgarian, Bukharan, Persian, Balkan, Polish, and North African newcomers and thus creating the rich and unique blend of spices and treats that make up the market as it is known today. The years have seen Levinsky Market change from a spice wholesale center to a lively, bustling market with high-quality stores and restaurants from a variety of flavors and cultures. Join a local guide to tour the market and taste different delicacies.

Tel Aviv Street Art Tour

8. Tel Aviv Street Art Tour

Weave throughout the streets of southern Tel Aviv taking in the extensive street art that can be found throughout learning about the subculture and often political undertones and protest behind the artwork. Learn about both the history and the artistic culture in Tel Aviv and the stories told through the art installations found all over the city. Common motifs, symbols, and alphabetic letters can mean a multitude of things and each tells their own narrative. Explore with a knowledgeable guide and gain a deeper more insightful understanding of the street art in Tel Aviv. When possible, the tour guide has collaborated directly with the local street artists to promote accurate information and support of their work. After the tour information of artists whose work has been seen on the tour will be provided, including social media information and where possible, opportunities to purchase work directly from the artists.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old & New City Bus Tour

9. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old & New City Bus Tour

This full-day tour explores the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia the Old City is so packed with sites that it draws visitors, whatever their spiritual leanings. You will leave with a comprehensive overview of the city, having walked in the quarters of the Old City, continue to the poignant, Holocaust Museum for the later part of the day. Start at the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the dusty city below. Then enter the Old City and tour the main attractions, such as the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. Walk through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the recently restored Roman road of The Cardo, visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Visit the bazaar and the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried and was resurrected. Ascend to Mt. Zion. On Saturdays you can visit the Hall of the Last Supper and David's Tomb. Continue to the new city by car and spend some time at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The sprawling complex contains several sections, but it is the Museum that draws thousands of visitors ever since it opened in 2005. The beautiful building stands in contrast to the horrific story told within. You will also want to see the Hall of Remembrance and the Hall of Names before your return journey to Tel Aviv.

From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Hike

10. From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Hike

From Tel Aviv, hop on the minivan early in the morning, and drive towards the Jordan valley, passing magnificent desert landscape. Follow the famous Snake Path up to the top of the cliff of the Masada fortress, while the cool night slowly turns into day, and watch a spectacular sunrise over the Dead Sea and the Jordanian mountains. You’ll have plenty of time to unravel the history of one of the biggest tales of Jewish heroism among the excavated ruins, before descending again. The journey continues at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a green oasis situated in the middle of the surrounding Judean Desert. Walk past its refreshing springs, waterfalls and wildlife, or even dip into one of the many freshwater pools to cool off. Eventually, you will get to rest your feet in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, experience the unique sensation of floating effortlessly, and cover your skin in its healing mud. In the afternoon, you will arrive back in Tel Aviv fully refreshed, with many memories to take home!

Frequently asked questions about Tel Aviv

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    March through April and September through November will provide you with the most pleasant weather for your holiday. In the summer, the city is incredibly hot, and you'll get some better deals in the spring and autumn!

  • How many nights?

    Most people combine a trip to Tel Aviv with a tour of other regions, spending 3 nights here, and a total of 10 in Israel.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hebrew
  • Currency
    Shekel (₪)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +972
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and autumn will offer milder temperatures and better deals!

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What people are saying about Tel Aviv

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 6,387 reviews

Everything happened on time and as expected. Our wonderful driver went above and beyond. The experience was a once in a lifetime moment we will never forget. Hiking Masada was challenging but worth every damn step. Dead Sea was fun and invigorating!

Lovely Charming tour guide called Ben was lovely and always made sure everyone was together. Ben was very knowable in everything and when anyone asked a question he answered it with passion.

Ithamar our guide was beyond expectation, very professional, kind and knowledgeable. Made our experience unforgettable. Also our driver was very careful, polite and professional as well

The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the sites. We had plenty of time. And he even helped us skip the long lines by purchasing our tickets for us!

Long day but a fascinating one. Well worth the trip.