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Itinerary

Your tour begins with pickup from the Mamilla Hotel on Shlomo ha-Melekh Street at 4am in winter time and 3am during the remainder of the year. Following a 1.5-hour drive — a perfect time to catch up on sleep! — you’ll arrive at the base of Masada Mountain, crowned by the UNESCO-listed Masada Fortress.

While your driver waits at the mountain’s base, you’ll embark on a challenging 1-hour hike to the mountain’s summit to watch a desert sunrise. Enjoy free time to explore the ruins before making your descent and reconvening with your driver.

Your next stop, following a 1-hour drive, is the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Follow your choice of well-marked hiking trails independently, admiring waterfalls, caves, and wadis, for approximately two hours and then return to the vehicle for the journey to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on planet earth.

On arrival at a private Dead Sea beach resort, you’ll have ample free time to float and flounder in the salt-saturated water, which are reputed to have healing properties. After drying off and showering, you’ll return to your original departure point in Jerusalem at 1pm.
Locations visited
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Dead Sea
Masada National Park
Overview
Designed with the time constraints of travel in mind, this 12-hour tour allows you to tick off Masada Fortress, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and the Dead Sea — three of Israel’s most popular attractions — in just one day. Departing Jerusalem with your driver, you’ll be rewarded with a majestic desert sunrise from the UNESCO-listed Masada Fortress after a strenuous hike. Observe exotic wildlife in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and bathe and be buoyant in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Entrance to Masada and Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve are not included.
Highlights
  • 12-hour tour of Masada Fortress, Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve, and the Dead Sea from Jerusalem
  • Idea for travelers with time constraints
  • Watch a desert sunrise from the UNESCO-listed Masada Fortress after a challenging hike
  • Visit an oasis and look out for wildlife in Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve
  • Float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Here comes the sun!

This was actually a very good tour. From start to finish Nathalie Karavani was extremely helpful. She answered my questions immediately, regardless of the time, and always gave suggestions when asked. She even went as far as providing maps to show me how to get...More

Thank Lizzie B
Kylie G, Guest Relations Manager at Tourist Israel, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much, Lizzie for this great review. We will certainly pass your kind words onto Nathalie, and we are proud of our reservation team who is available 7 days a week to provide assistance with booking tours and answer any questions you may...More

Reviewed 3 days ago
Great Tour

This is a self-guided tour. The driver picks you up in Jerusalem at around 3:00 a.m. and takes you to Masada for a sunrise hike, followed by a drive to Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea. The tour ends back in Jerusalem at around 1:00...More

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Kylie G, Guest Relations Manager at Tourist Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your great feedback on your Masada Sunrise tour. This self-guided tour is intended to allow travelers to explore at their own pace and visit several sites in one day. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and that Ron...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018
Very good value

This tour started at 3:00 AM and ended at about 1:00 pm. It was a very good value for the number of activities completed in the short time span that was allocated. I woldl recommend this tour if you want very good value fdor what...More

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Kylie G, Guest Relations Manager at Tourist Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great recommendation! This tour is intended for exactly that purpose to offer travelers transportation and enable you to visit these sites all in one day! It is also a special experience to hike Masada at sunrise, and an amazing way to...More

Reviewed 8 June 2018
Amazing Sunrise trip to Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea

Everything ran perfectly on time, the driver was friendly and informative. The places were beautiful and the schedule allowed us enough time to take in all the sites and enjoy our surroundings. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Israel.More

Thank tami48
Kylie G, Guest Relations Manager at Tourist Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you for the great recommendation! We are so glad to hear that everything ran on time and that the driver was friendly and informative! We are so happy you enjoyed all the sites and the tour experience. We would love to have you join...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Incredible Trip

What an incredible way to see the sunrise. Loved the hike in the morning, and enjoyed the other travelers in the group. Everything ran smoothly on time, the driver was friendly and overall really happy with this tour. Highly recommend.

Thank Nisso S
Kylie G, Guest Relations Manager at Tourist Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thanks for your great feedback! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the hike, as well as the company of the other travelers on the tour. Many thanks for your kind recommendation, we hope you will join us for more tours in the future!

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Yes, you can! I did that. You’ll pay the price for Tel Aviv, and you just need to let them know that you’d like to do this route when booking it.
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