Judean Desert Tour: Masada and the Dead Sea
On this daylong tour, you'll make an ear-popping descent from the cosmopolitan bustle of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv into the stark and harshly beautiful wastes of the Judean Desert, popular through the ages among religious ascetics of all stripes and home to the Dead Sea, the world's lowest spot.
First you'll visit Masada, a mesa overlooking the Dead Sea where King Herod built an impressive winter palace, and where more than 900 Jewish men, women and children held out against the Romans in the wake of the Great Jewish Revolt before committing mass suicide in 73 CE just as Roman troops were about to finally break through the fort's walls.
You'll then follow the shoreline of the Dead Sea to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach, where you can slather yourself in the sea's mineral-rich mud (excellent for your skin) and then partake in a grand Israeli tradition: reading a newspaper while floating on your back in the sea's bouyant, salty water.
The desert is extremely hot and extremely bright. Be sure to bring water, a head covering, comfortable shoes, swimsuit, towel and beach sandals.
This tour's itinerary is subject to change. All local operator contact details are included on the confirmation voucher, and the operator will gladly answer all of your questions after booking.
Departure from Jerusalem: $100
Departure from Tel Aviv: $109
A 10% discount applies to children under the age of 12 and students with a valid international student ID.
- Pickup from and drop-off at hotels
- Air-conditioned bus
- Bilingual guide
- Site and museum entrance fees, including for the cable car at Masada
What's not included
- Massages and treatments at the beach
- From Jerusalem: approximately 7.5 - 8.5 hours
- From Tel Aviv: approximately 9.5 - 10.5 hours
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DetailsFor more information prior to booking, contact GoJerusalem.com's tour and attraction booking customer service center by emailing email@example.com or calling 03-523-8818 (+972-3-523-8818 from outside of Israel).Departure from Jerusalem: $92 | Departure from Tel Aviv: $99 | 10% discount for children under the age of 12 and students with a valid international student IDDepartures: Daily | Departure from Tel Aviv hotels: 7:15 AM | Departure from Tel Aviv United Terminal: 7:45 AM | Departure from Jerusalem hotels: 9:00 AM