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Your day starts with an early-morning pickup in central Tel Aviv by air-conditioned vehicle. Bring sturdy shoes and refreshments.

Catch some sleep on the approximately 2.5-hour drive east through the Judean Desert and then arrive at Masada, a first-century BC fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Head inside (own expense) and ascend on foot independently, following the path to the mountaintop ruins—a roughly 1- to 1.5-hour trek. At the summit, marvel at the views, as the sun rises over the Dead Sea and illuminates the mountainside, and then inspect the ancient ruins.

Next, head to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve of palms, waterfalls, and pools. Go inside (own expense) and explore on your own before traveling to the Dead Sea, the Earth’s lowest point.

Enjoy the salt waters and a mineral-rich mud bath at a private beach here before finishing your tour back at the Tel Aviv starting point.
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En Gedi Nature Reserve
Dead Sea
Tourist Israel
Watching a new day dawn from Israel's Masada mountaintop is a highlight for many travelers. With this tour from Tel Aviv, you get to climb the mountain independently to see the sunrise and summit ruins, and visit Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea—all in a single day with an early start. Return air-conditioned transport and time independently at each site are included, with Masada and Ein Gedi entrance fees as extras.
  • Enjoy three of Israel’s must-see sights in a day from Tel Aviv
  • Rise early, climb Masada, and see the sunrise—something many visitors miss
  • Explore Ein Gedi’s trails and float in the Dead Sea from a private beach
  • Self-guide at each site: only Dead Sea entry and transport included
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Reviewed 5 days ago
Masada Summit

Our guide was Avishay Levy. He is an outstanding educator. I was so pleased that my grandson could benefit from his tour. Mr Levy knows the history and puts it into context. He also can explain the Latin and Greek origin of words which provides...More

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

Thank you so much for your great feedback on your Masada experience with Avishay. It is wonderful to hear that you and your grandson enjoyed the rich history and stories behind this landmark site in Israel. It was our pleasure to have you both with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
private tour was fabulous

Our family group of 5 (all adults) picked a private tour from Tel Aviv-- It was an amazing experience Saed, our driver was great Pick up was flawless at 2 am at our airbnb Arrived at Masada as it opened at 4:30 am. That walk...More

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

Thank you, Nina, for your kind recommendation and review of your private tour. We are so thrilled to hear that Saed made the experience extra special. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the hike of the snake path at Masada and the experience...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
HORRIBLE driver - I abandoned the tour and took the bus home

It started with the drive to Masada: The driver picked us up at 3am in Jerusalem. 30-45min after pickup, he took a 25min break to sit outside a rest station. Not super considerate for a bus full of people who got up at 2am... Masada...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are disappointed to hear that you were not completely satisfied with the tour experience. Please note that this tour includes visiting Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea as well as travel time in...More

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Amaaaaazing tour to the desert

I took this tour after a friend recommended it to me and I was so happy I did! This tour took care of everything, picked us up on time, dropped us at the sites and we were able to explore on our own which I...More

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Kylie G, Guest Relations Manager at Tourist Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thanks, Jill for your great feedback! We are so happy to hear your friend recommended the tour, and that you took their recommendation to join us. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed not only the tour experience but also the communication with our...More

Reviewed 2 July 2018
All in all it was great!

The hike of the snake is a bit exhausting. For someone with a weak knee it´s makeable, but also a bit difficult, especially the way back down isn´t easy. So remember to walk back early if you are slow. It´s unfortunate, that the cable car...More

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Kylie G, Guest Relations Manager at Tourist Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thanks, Thomas for your great feedback! We are glad you enjoyed all the sites as well as the hike. For those travelers that prefer to take the cable car, we offer a similar tour itinerary departing later in the morning when the cable car is...More

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Response from Nina H | Reviewed this property |
Our family took a private trip- comfortable well air conditioned minutes van Saed was a great driver— safe and informative
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