Exploring Judean desert
This is a very popular tour and one of the classic tours in Israel, a day trip from Jerusalem and perfect for a shore excursion from Ashdod. We spend a very full day beginning with a visit to Herod's mountain fortress at Masada, then hiking in the Ein Gedi nature reserve to a series of waterfalls and end with a float in the Dead Sea, a unique experience not to be missed. Travel in air-conditioned comfort through the Judean desert to these three amazing sites.
Drive from Jerusalem or Ashdod.
Herod's palace fortress at Masada.
Nahal David in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
- We will have an opportunity to swim/splash in natural pools under a waterfall.
- Hopefully, we will see the animals that live in the reserve.
Float at one of Dead Sea beaches.
Locations are great for taking photographs.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at your hotel in Jerusalem or for shore excursions, at the port in Ashdod.
End location: Drop-off is same as pick-up unless you make other arrangements with me.
Duration: 10 hours
Note that this tour is a long day, includes about 3-4 hours of travel and 6 hours of touring at the 3 sites.
Transportation is in a 2012 Skoda Yeti (for 3 people), with air conditioning.
This tour includes my services as your personal guide and transportation from and to Jerusalem or Ashdod.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 NIS (New Israeli Shekel) - There are entrance fees to Masada (~$18. includes the cable car), Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (~$8. per adult), and Dead Sea private beaches (~$12. , possibility of free beach without facilities). Entrance fees and lunch can be charged to a credit card. Cash for a drink or snack afterwards.
Admission fees to sites are not included but paid by the client on a per person basis.
Lunch is paid by the client.
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We recent;y completed our tour to the Dead Sea with Guide Shmuel B and it was wonderful. The region, sights and locale we give a 10, but our guide deserves more than an 11. He was the perfect choice for us... fielding questions regarding places not even on the tour. Certainly a well versed guide with knowledge, integrity and a means of making the seemingly unrelated pieces... relate. His empathy was even able to bring a 47 year old memory back to life, making him a large part of a now lifetime memory.