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Full-Day Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem with Masada and Ein Gedi

Discover an ancient fortress and explore the ecology of the Dead Sea
From US$1,830 privately
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Tour Details
10 hours
Product Type
  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
  • The Dead Sea
  • Masada
Photos & Highlights
  • Float in the Dead Sea and walk atop ancient Masada
  • Private car and expert guide
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Tour Description
On this 10-hour private tour from Jerusalem, we will visit the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, the Dead Sea, and Masada, three magnificent historic and religious sites. With the guidance of a local expert, we’ll discuss the history and importance of each location, as well as the complex ecology of the area. While most of the day will be dedicated to these three unique sites, we may stop at a few lesser-known locations on the way, such as an abandoned Hilton hotel and an art gallery with a political message. Our tour will not only take us to vastly varied sea levels, but will also leave us with a comprehensive understanding of the people, culture, history, and significance of the region. 

Private Ein Gedi Excursion

We’ll begin at your hotel in Jerusalem before setting off for our full-day excursion with our guide and a private driver. As the drive commences, we’ll discuss the West Bank and the numerous checkpoints seen along the way. The order of the day may vary. We’ll make a stop at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, an oasis of clear blue springs, pools, and waterfalls. We’ll talk about biblical references to the site throughout a gorgeous desert hike, and have the chance to dip our toes and cool off in the very waters where David took refuge from King Saul. 

Expert-Led Tour of the Dead Sea

Our route continues down to the lowest place on Earth—417 meters below sea level to be exact⁠—the Dead Sea. Our expert will talk about the unfortunate receding of the Dead Sea, covering the intricate ecology of the area and the government’s involvement (or lack thereof). We’ll have the chance to go for a swim/float in the dense salty expanse if we so choose before we break for lunch. Our journey will continue upward to Masada, an arid expanse and the former site of King Herod’s private fortress following his escape from Jerusalem in 70 BC. We’ll take a cable car to the top of the impressive stronghold, with our expert sharing tales of fortification and battles, as well as discussing the symbolism of this site as an example of strength and heroism. At the end of the day, we’ll return to Jerusalem. 

Looking for additional tours in Jerusalem? Try our Jerusalem in a Day tour or Jewish Jerusalem tour!


Where do we start and where do we end? 
We start and end at your accommodation in Jerusalem.

Can I do this excursion starting from my Tel Aviv accommodation?
Please contact us.

Can I change my tour start time?
We designed this tour to take into account the long day and the heat depending on the season that you book so changing the start time isn't advised. 

What is included? 
Your transport, entrances, and private tour guide are included. The cost of lunch and refreshments are not included. 

What should I bring? 
We recommend bringing a bathing suit, comfortable open-toed sandals that you don’t mind getting wet (for the Dead Sea and water pools), sunscreen, a hat, and a towel. 
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9 Reviews (5.0)

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Segev is so knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great day with him discussing everything from the water system at Masada to potential solutions for Middle East peace. 100% recommend!
Elisha is an absolute treasure. Superb from start to finish. And, while we appreciate that the hotel supply is limited by the Dead Sea access, the hotel is sub-par.
Everything was great and Segev was fantastic. He was very knowledge and he fit right in with our group and we enjoyed his company. I highly recommend Segev for all future groups.