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.
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.
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My husband and I had a wonderful tour with Shmuel. He was very knowledgeable, kind, and quickly to adjust to all of our requests. Also, something that we enjoyed was that he was our official photographer. We were able to soak up the sites and experiences without having to take pictures. Shmuel provided us with all of great photos he took of us and the sites. Such a treat! His knowledge of Masada and a quiet, special place at the Dead Sea made this tour extra special. We would highly recommend Shmuel!
Glenda Lisa Robison