Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour
Starting early in the morning, this Masada sunrise tour will have you picked-up in either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv before being driven south through the Judean Hills. Upon arriving at Masada, move up the winding snake path until you reach Masada’s summit. From here, you may enjoy watching the sun as it slowly rises over the Dead Sea and the desert, casting its light over the world below. Then, move on to Masada’s plateau summit, where you may visit the 2000-year-old Herod’s fortress and examine its remains. This is followed by a visit to the desert oasis known as Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where beautiful waterfalls and streams are complemented by rich vegetation. Afterwards, feel free to spend the remainder of the day relaxing at the beach, and floating along the abundant salty water of the Dead Sea. You will later be driven back to where you were picked up in either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, marking the end of the Masada sunrise tour.
Wake up before dawn and be met in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to begin the Masada sunrise tour. Start by moving through the Judean hills and beyond the point where Jesus spoke his parable of the Good Samaritan. Then, head through the magical desert landscape that descends below sea level– an especially lovely experience in the chilly, silent hours before dawn.
Your first stop will be at Masada, a stone plateau bordered by steep cliffs that fall into the Judean desert below. You will move to the top of the plateau by following a path named for its many winding turns: The Snake Path. At the plateau summit, take a break and appreciate the sun as it rises above the desert, illuminates the Moab Mountains, and shines across the Dead Sea. From here, move on to observe the preserved remains of Herod’s palace fortress complex, a structure that has been maintained since as early as 31BC. You will have the opportunity to learn about key historical events that took place at Masada, such as when Jews took refuge at the plateau following the end of the first Jewish-Roman war while the Roman’s had laid siege. Rather than be enslaved by the Romans, the 960 Jewish rebels opted to commit mass suicide, deeming death a better alternative. Ever since that day, Masada has been held by Jews as a symbol of national pride and personal sacrifice, as well as inspiration to resist oppression against the Jewish people.
Upon leaving Masada, the tour will lead you to the desert oasis known as Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where rich vegetation borders the paths of bubbling streams and breath-taking waterfalls, and is inhabited by local desert plants and wildlife. Seeing this lush landscape immediately followed by that of the dry desert is bound to leave you perplexed. Your final stop of the day will be at Dead Sea beach. Feel free to spend the rest of your day relaxing here, soaking in the oxygen-rich air and low-UV rays of the sun, thanks to the location’s geographical lowest point. Enjoy floating across the especially salty water, and make a natural skin mask out of the mineral-imbued mud of the Dead Sea. At last, finish the tour by returning to where you began the day in either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
Pickup Places and Prices
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- Pick-up and drop-off in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
- Air-conditioned transportation to all sites included in the tour
- Entrance fee for the Dead Sea beach and a brief introductory presentation about the Dead Sea
- Food and drinks
- Guide service is not included in this tour
- Entrance fees for Masada and Ein Gedi. The entrance fees will be collected from you on the tour bus and bought for you using the “Skip the Line” service to purchase your tickets. Entrance fees are 31 ILS / US$9 / 8Euro for Masada and 28 ILS / US$8 / 7 Euro for Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. You can pay in Israeli Shekels, US dollars or Euro. Please bring the correct amount in cash otherwise you may have to wait in line to buy your entrance ticket
- We recommend you bring water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, a towel and a bathing suit for the Dead Sea
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes
- This is a self-guided tour but you will be accompanied by a professional and experienced driver.
The driver is not a guide but will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have
- Booking is subject to terms and conditions
- Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance
- Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 1 days in advance
- Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification on the day of the tour
- Non Show – 100% Cancellation fees
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