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Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

1. Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

Start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Jerusalem and head to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Arrive at Masada, where your guide will tell you about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. You’ll ascend Masada by cable car and then tour the mountain fortress that was built by King Herod. This is the spot where the Zealots of the 1st century made their last stand against the Roman troops. You’ll explore the site to see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths. When you've completed this part of the tour, descend Masada by cable car. Your next destination is the Dead Sea. Its shores are the lowest point on dry land on earth! You’ll have the opportunity to float and swim in the Dead Sea waters that many believe have special therapeutic effects. Please note: from 17th to 23rd January 2019, the visit to Massasa will be replaced by a visit to Qumeran and Ein Gedi nature reserve.

Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

2. Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

From the Old City of Jerusalem, drive to Southern Israel for a brilliant day amongst nature. Hike in the cool darkness to the very top of the ancient desert fortress of Masada before bathing in the healing, salty waters of the Dead Sea. You will watch the day begin with a spectacular sunrise over the Moab Mountains and the Judean Desert. Then at the top of the mountain, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride. You will ascend and descend the mountain fortress by the famous Snake Path. Then, continue on to the real highlight of the tour, a walk through the stunning Ein Gedi nature reserve with its natural springs, waterfalls and amazing desert plants and wildlife. After your long walk you will be ready to rest your tired feet and float effortlessly in the healing waters of the Dead Sea or take a bath in the therapeutic mud at the lowest place on Earth: A truly unique experience that will leave you relaxed and fortified. Once fully refreshed and treated, you will be ready to make your homeward journey to Jerusalem.

From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

3. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

Petra and Wadi Rum: 3-Day Guided Tour from Tel Aviv

4. Petra and Wadi Rum: 3-Day Guided Tour from Tel Aviv

See everything Jordan has to offer on this three-day tour from Tel Aviv. See Petra, visit a Bedouin camp, and marvel at the clear, starry skies of the desert. Day 1Begin your tour in Tel Aviv, and head toward the Jordanian border. Enter Jordan at the Allenby Bridge border, and drive through the arid desert for about an hour before enjoying a delicious local lunch. Continue through the stunning desert landscape of Wadi Rum, virtually untouched by humanity. Travel through the moon-like landscape in a 4×4 Jeep and marvel at the red sand dunes, towering cliffs of weathered stone, and desert animals in the light of a beautiful sunset. End your first evening at a Bedouin camp near Petra with an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea. Day 2Early the next morning, enjoy a quick breakfast before heading to Petra. Explore this world-famous archeological site in the morning with your guide before taking a lunch break at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore the other areas of Petra, including the monastery, on your own, before heading back to the Bedouin camp for another delicious dinner. Day 3Enjoy breakfast at the campsite and then head to Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city. Walk up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo for a panoramic view. Relax with lunch and then head back to the Allenby Bridge border crossing, arriving back in Tel Aviv in the afternoon.

Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Dead Sea Private Tour

5. Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Dead Sea Private Tour

Meet your private guide at your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Drive to the Old City of Jerusalem and start a leisurely walk through the city. Enter the Old City at the Jaffa Gate and enjoy the views of King David's Citadel. Walk through the Armenian neighborhood and see the Last Supper Room and King David's Tomb at Mount Zion. Visit the Jewish Neighborhood to see the Western Wall. Explore the colorful Arab Markets of the Muslim neighborhood of the city. Continue through the Christian neighborhood and visit the Holy Sepulcher Church. Visit the Mount of Olives to visit the Gethsemane Garden. Then, drive across the Palestinian border to visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit the ancient Nativity Church and explore the Nativity and Manger grottoes.  Continue the tour by driving across the Judea Desert to the Dead Sea. Visit the famous Dead Sea Resort at Kalia to enjoy a swim in the salty Dead Sea. Afterwards, be returned to your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv.

From Tel Aviv: Petra 1-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

6. From Tel Aviv: Petra 1-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

Meet your guide at the central pickup point in Tel Aviv. Start your trip at 3:00 AM so that you can arrive in Petra early enough to enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Travel to the Arava Border. At the border, your guide will assist you with entering Jordan. Drive from the border to Petra in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy the ride across the vast highway known as the “desert way.” Journey down a scenic mountain route along the mountainside. Arrive at Petra at approximately 11:30 AM and embark on a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Explore the sandstone city built in the 3rd century by the Nabataeans. Discover the palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms, and stable that were all carved into the soft stone cliffs. Marvel at the Greek-style pillars of the Treasury– a masterpiece of masonry work. Walk through the tombs known as the Street of Facades. Visit the 7,000-seat theater.   Journey back towards Aqaba at 4:30 PM. Stop along the way at observation points and take in the beautiful landscape of Wadi Rum. At 7:30 PM return to Israel.

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What people are saying about Tel Aviv

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Wissam was outstanding and I would recommend this tour to anyone. I was not able to walk as much as required and Wissam went out of his way accommodate my special needs.

Fabulous guide Ali who made the trip memorable and exciting. Lovely coffee and incredible views with adrenaline thrown in along the way

It is an excursion with spectacular views, you do not expect to find an oasis in the middle of the desert, the impressive Dead Sea.

Very good guide. We felt save. And he shared a lot of information and interesting history of he sights and along the way.

It was a great experience. I recomend this tour! Enough time at Dead sea; 2 hours... Guide was excelent! All the best!