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Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem

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Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy the natural beauty and history of Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea on this self-guided, all-day tour. Early in the morning, head to the top of UNESCO-listed Masada, one of Israel’s most popular attractions, to see, perhaps, the greatest sunrise in the world. Bring a camera to capture the incredible view. Then, hike to one of the most beautiful places in Israel, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, followed by a rejuvenating dip in the legendary Dead Sea. Transportation to and from Jerusalem plus printed guiding materials included.
  • Dawn and morning trip to Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Jerusalem
  • Leave before dawn to witness an unforgettable sunrise from atop Masada
  • Climb the historic mountain and ogle the dawn views over the Dead Sea and desert mountains
  • Explore the fascinating UNESCO-listed archaeological ruins at the summit
  • Walk through idyllic Ein Gedi to see its breathtaking waterfalls
  • Visit the Dead Sea to float in its salt-rich waters and enjoy a revitalizing mud bath
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Food and drinks
Entrance fee to Masada National Park (31 ILS) and Ein Gedi (28 ILS)
Guide (this is a self guided tour with a driver and content)

Departure Point

Ha-Nevi'im St 67, Jerusalem, 9470211, Israel

Our meeting point is at Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem, HaNevi'im st. 67

Departure Time

3:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This full-day tour begins with an early morning central Jerusalem pickup in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy the trip through the Judean Desert, past biblical sites like the Inn of the Good Samaritan and Jericho, the oldest city in the world, along the way.

Stop at Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the Judean Desert and situated on top of an isolated rock plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. Walk along the famous Snake Path to the summit just in time for a beautiful sunrise view. Aside from the breathtaking view, spend some time exploring the archaeological ruins here. It was built as a palace complex in the style of the early Roman Empire by Herod the Great, King of Judaea.

Travel back down the mountain on foot or by cable car and continue on to the beautiful Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is one of Israel’s premier hiking spots with a wide variety of landscapes, waterfalls, and botanical gardens. Take a short hike along the springs, stopping to relax by the refreshing pools along the way. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase here as well.

Finally, spend some time relaxing on the beach at the Dead Sea. Feel years younger after applying mineral-rich black mud and floating or swimming in the ultra-salty lake water. It’s an experience unlike any other in the world.

The tour concludes here, where you'll board the minivan for a return trip to Jerusalem.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
En Gedi Nature Reserve
We will drive to Ein Gedi, a desert oasis where you can take a short hike, where you’ll likely encounter mountain goats and other creatures among the vegetation. The nature reserve includes a stream of cool running water, leading to various pools and refreshing springs, where you are welcome to bathe on hot days.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Masada National Park
Leaving Jerusalem, we’ll travel south through the beautiful Judean Desert to the foot of the Masada fortress which stands beside the Dead Sea. You’ll take a cable car to the top of the fortress, enjoy the special views, and explore the archaeological ruins. Masada is one of Israel’s most important archaeological sites, and the site of one of the greatest tales of Jewish heroism. The excavated ruins are fascinating to explore, and the remarkable location high above the surrounding desert and the Dead Sea, makes this an impressive experience. You’ll ascend to the top of Masada via a cable car.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Dead Sea
The last part of the tour is spent at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Enjoy the salty waters and rejuvenating therapeutic mud, floating and relaxing, before we return to Jerusalem.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Abraham Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-4
Great tour with Abraham Tours
genibre
, Feb 2020
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
Worth the early wakeup
49kenw54
, Nov 2019
We are in our 60s and handled the trail up in time for the sunrise. The small group was collegial and the driver engaging. The waterfalls at Ein Gedi were awesome.
star-5
Be prepared to climb in the...
Rebecca O
, Mar 2018
Be prepared to climb in the darkness. Wear appropriate shoes and bring drinks, a snack, and maybe a small flashlight wouldn't be so bad.
star-4
Fantastic view, but we missed the...
Glenio_N
, Jan 2017
Fantastic view, but we missed the sunrise because of the weather conditions. The tour guy was awesome. I recommend this trip.
star-4
Amazing.. Beautiful sunrise, the...
Priscila M
, Aug 2016
Amazing.. Beautiful sunrise, the bus was well air conditioned and I felt very safe and the tour guide told amazing stories. I just wish there was more information about the cable cars at Masada. THIS WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE..Ein Gedi was beautiful and the deadsea was also great. It was a private resort area by the Dead Sea with many amenities. I highly recommend this trip if you are into hiking.
star-4
It is the very best time to climb...
Emmie B
, Oct 2015
It is the very best time to climb the Massada rock. The view was breathtaking beautiful. The time for Ein Gedi was a little short, might be longer. Beach an bath in the Dead See was wonderful. But also this was a little short. Some time to relax and drink something will be nice.
star-3
For a first timer to Masada, the...
Jorge D
, Sep 2015
For a first timer to Masada, the sunrise visit is probably not a good option because facilities are closed and you do not know what you are seeing or what parts of the site are best to go to. The hike along the snake path is too strenuous for all but the fittest--even if you manage to make it all the way, most of us end up feeling sick from the exertion. On the other hand, Ein Gedi is a paradise even in extreme summer heat. The Dead Sea resort is also nice. I wish I had chosen another one of the tours offered by Viator, but I am very satisfied with the professionalism and friendliness of the tour operator Abraham Tours, Jerusalem.
star-1
This was an awful trip. I signed up...
Lawrence G
, Oct 2014
This was an awful trip. I signed up for a tour not a taxi. They drove us to each of the locations - dropped us off - nothing about the history of the site - and said I will pick you up in 45 minutes. It was a waste of money.

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