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Masada National Park, Masada

The Basics

Ride the cable car up to Masada or hike the Roman Ramp or the Snake Path. At the top, explore remnants of Roman encampments, synagogues, homes, and ruins of Herod’s Palace complex, with its ancient bathhouses and well-preserved mosaics. Most impressive are the views, which span the vast Judean Desert and the Dead Sea.

Full-day tours to Masada run from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat, or Herzliya, and typically combine a visit to the mountaintop fortress with a soak in the Dead Sea and a hike through the nearby Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
star-4.5
$120.00 per adult
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Unique tour to Massada
Great experience, especially thanks to the best guide I ever had in my life: Amir (with the ponytail)
Constant, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

star-4
This was a great tour - however - be...
Amie E, Jan 2018
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
This was a great tour - however - be prepared for going to the Dead Sea. The beach that is on this trip the bathrooms and showers are not clean. Pack bottles of water to drink as well. It’s easy to get dehydrated at Masada and water is not cheap to buy. The tour guide was fabulous.
star-5
It was an excellent trip...
ralph, Apr 2017
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
It was an excellent trip!! Masada was super clean, excellent view!! When they tell you buy water or put on sunscreen, do it and LISTEN!! its for your own good, there were some that didn't do it and they were struggling later. The tour guide was awesome and they did and stopped to take pictures at the best places when you asked them. Dead Sea It was everything that they brag about, or maybe even better. The water was awesome, I liked this trip very much!!
star-4
Mostly good.
Marlowenh, Dec 2020
Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Cable car ride, walking tour of Masada, trip from Jerusalem to Masada The place we stopped at the Dead Sea was horrible. I’ve been there before and faked our guide not to go there but he refused to go to another place.
star-5
History Lesson in Beautiful Surroundings
Marcy, Mar 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Anna was a wonderful tour Guide! She is very knowledgable in the history of Masada and Engedi. The Day was a history lesson and a beautiful nature hike all in one:) I want to go back and do it again, but this time walk up the mountain instead of taking the ride up:) I'd definitely need more time for that. The dead sea was a beautiful sight too, but as it was winter, it was too cold for me to do anything but stick my toes in. I highly reccomend this tour. You will not be disappointed.
star-4
It's a good trip and I would...
johnjx, Sep 2017
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
It's a good trip and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Israel. We saw lots of interesting wildlife on the drive and Masada was a great experience definitely hot and sunny, so dress appropriately. I was not as impressed with the Dead Sea spa that we visited which was crowded, worn and not really clean. But the tour operator does a pretty good job and our guide Arnator? was great!
star-4
Great tour with Abraham Tours
genibre, Feb 2020
Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
Great tour overall!! The pickup was smooth and there was a good amount of time allowed for exploring Masada (AMAZING sunset views and ruins). I wish we could have explored Ein Gedi a bit more as Wadi David is not that impressive, but the visit to the Dead Sea was stellar. Could have stayed for hours more!!
star-5
Five star experience!
tbsanders, Jan 2020
Day Tour of Masada and the Dead Sea - Small Group
This is an excellent tour; I highly recommend it. The transportation was well organized. The tour guide was extremely informative and hospitable with well shared facts but not over-bearing. The pace was excellent so we were not rushed. Seeing the "Masada" and the Dead Sea" in one day was the highlight of my entire trip; wonderful experience!
star-5
Amazing and good knowledge
MichelleM7507, Jul 2019
Masada and Dead Sea Tour from Tel Aviv
Zvika was an anazing guide who knew allot and talked in perfect tempo so it was easy to follow..and dead sea and masada is worth the visit!
star-5
No Masada due to closure but good day
Voyager27956713339, Jan 2019
Full-Day Masada and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
Masada was closed due to high winds and flash floods. Dan our guide gave us an excellent day instead visiting many other very interesting sites in the area such as the site of the dead sea scrolls and the river Jordan baptismal site . Dan was a great guide with a wealth of knowledge of the area and gave us an excellent day out - we felt very well cared for and enjoyed a day that could easily have been a disappointment very much.
star-4
Very good
Getaway35632692362, Jan 2019
Dead Sea, Masada & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
Very nice trip. Highly recommended. Just enough time for everything. 2 h in Masada then 1.5 h in Ein Gedi and 1.5 h in Dead Sea. Although our driver was 1 hour late we manage to visit everything and get free drink at the end because of drivers late.
star-5
Great tour
FrancoisGM, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Wonderful tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The History of Masada is truly enriching. Bathing in the Dead Sea at 430 meters below sea level in extremely salty water is quite an experience.
star-5
Dead Sea is a must!
mjcook419, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
I took several tours in Israel and this was by far my fav. It’s nice to see Masada and get to know the history. And the Dead Sea is incredible - perfect amount of time to mud yourself and float and enjoy.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Snake route is the most popular and easily accessible hiking route to Masada and takes around 45 minutes, but it’s a steep uphill climb with many steps.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunscreen and plenty of water, especially if you plan on hiking; temperatures can reach 100°F (38°C) in the summer months.

  • The cable car and viewpoints at Masada are fully wheelchair accessible, although some of the ruins may be tricky to reach.

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How to Get There

To reach Masada, take bus 486 from Jerusalem or Ein Gedi, or bus 421 from Tel Aviv. Or, travel on either Road 90, which runs along the coast of the Dead Sea, or Road 3199 from Arad by taxi or private vehicle. There’s a parking lot near the Masada Visitor Center at the bottom of the cliff, from where you can set out by cable car or the Snake Path.

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When to Get There

Sunrise is the best time to watch stunning views from the mountaintop, and an early start is recommended to avoid the midday heat, especially during the summer months (June–August). On Tuesday and Thursday evenings between March and August, the open-air theater on the western side of Masada holds a sound and light show, which tells the story of the ancient fortress.

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History of Masada

In AD 68, Jews took over the fortress of Masada to seek refuge from the Romans. They held out for several years, until the Romans used a ramp to reach the fortress. Once defeat was inevitable, around 960 Jews chose mass suicide over captivity. Today, the Israeli people look at the fortress as a symbol of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of adversity.

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