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From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

1. From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

After a pre-sunrise departure from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, drive through the rolling hills of the Judean desert. At 5:30 AM, you’ll arrive at Masada, a set of mountaintop fortifications that date back to the 1st century BCE. Hike to peak to watch the sunrise from the summit, painting the surrounding valleys in rich hues. Continue to the En Gedi Nature Reserve, which covers an astounding 3,500 acres. A massive oasis in the desert, it includes vast streams and rivers that spill out from impressive waterfalls. Amble through the mountainous terrain, marvelling at the lush greenery in the heart of the desert. To cap things off, head to the Dead Sea, where you’ll have 1.5 hours to relax. Coat yourself in its iconic black mud, famed for its restorative qualities, and float in the highly saline water. After your time at the lowest point on earth, you’ll head back to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

2. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Day Tour

3. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Day Tour

After being collected from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, you will make your way to Masada On. This area is an isolated clifftop in the heart of the desert, a lofty plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and the untamed landscape of the Judean Desert. Whilst in this area you will learn how there was once a magnificent palace that stood there. You will then venture toward Ein Gedi, a wonderful nature reserve which contains various natural wonders. You will encounter David Waterfall, a year-round waterfall along the course of the David Stream, to which there is access by a hiking trail. You will also discover Arugot Stream, a hiking trail for walkers which runs along the length of the stream and flows all year round. Next you will explore the En Gedi Spring, which rises from the mountainside and sustains abundant vegetation. By the spring you will also discover the remains of an ancient flour mill. Next up you will encounter the Dodim Cave, a small and intimate cave at the head of the David Waterfall, before you finally explore the Chalcolithic Temple. Following some free time for relaxation in the Dead Sea, you will return to your point of origin.

From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

4. From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

Start your tour at 3:00 AM with pickup at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Then, drive through the desert in a comfortable vehicle until you reach the Arava Border. Cross the border with assistants, a procedure which may take up to an hour.  At 8:30 AM, transfer from the border to Petra in a new air-conditioned vehicle. This ride takes approximately 2-3 hours.  Enjoy the scenic route along the mountainside before arriving at Petra's historical site, known as one of the New7Wonders of the World.   At approximately 11:30 AM, begin your tour of Petra at the entrance to the site with a maximum group size of 25 people. Explore the highlights of this impressive site with your guide. Next, start your journey towards Aqaba at 4:30 PM. Make a few stops at certain observations points along the way to appreciate the beautiful landscapes that Wadi Rum has to offer. At 7:30 PM, return to the Israeli territory with the assistance of your guide and arrive back at the pickup location in Jerusalem by midnight.

From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

5. From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Tel Aviv you will travel to the Old City of Jerusalem. Your first stop will be at the Mount of Olives where you will have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. Then take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley where you will see the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of the Agony, and the ancient burial tombs of Absalom and Jehoshaphat, BeneiHezir and the tomb of Zechariah. Then enter the Old City through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. After you will head to the Jewish Quarter to reach the Western Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish faith. Continue on to the Way of Sorrows where Jesus walked towards his crucifixion. Along the way, you will stop at several Stations of the Cross before finally reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. To end your tour take a walk through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs from the holy city.

Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

6. Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

From the Old City of Jerusalem, drive to Southern Israel for a brilliant day amongst nature. Hike in the cool darkness to the very top of the ancient desert fortress of Masada before bathing in the healing, salty waters of the Dead Sea. You will watch the day begin with a spectacular sunrise over the Moab Mountains and the Judean Desert. Then at the top of the mountain, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride. You will ascend and descend the mountain fortress by the famous Snake Path. Then, continue on to the real highlight of the tour, a walk through the stunning Ein Gedi nature reserve with its natural springs, waterfalls and amazing desert plants and wildlife. After your long walk you will be ready to rest your tired feet and float effortlessly in the healing waters of the Dead Sea or take a bath in the therapeutic mud at the lowest place on Earth: A truly unique experience that will leave you relaxed and fortified. Once fully refreshed and treated, you will be ready to make your homeward journey to Jerusalem.

From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

7. From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

Our two fully-packed days begin in Jerusalem, as we head toward the Jordanian border. We cross at the King Hussein / Allenby border, and enter Jordan, driving through the Judean desert for about an hour. We continue towards Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city, and go up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo. Then we will have lunch and go visit Kerak known for its Crusader castle, the Kerak Castle. The castle is one of the three largest castles in the region. From here we will go to a Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea. On the second day, we will tour Petra. One of the seven wonders of the world, and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again. We will enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge, and tour the Treasury and Amphitheater with our guide who will explain the sites and history as you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Then you will have free time to continue individually as you wish: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo, hike up to the Monastery, and explore the different sites. We will meet up for lunch in Wadi Musa before returning back to Jerusalem via the Allenby border crossing. This fully guided tour, including full transportation and comprehensive information, can be further enhanced by using our travel app for smartphones and tablets. The app provides you with maps, information, and pictures that can be downloaded for free on our site before you embark on the trip so it will not require an internet connection. You can also explore the sites on your own, without the guide, if you prefer to do so.

Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Bethlehem and Jerusalem Private Tour

8. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Bethlehem and Jerusalem Private Tour

Visit the most important Christian sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem accompanied by a private guide. After being picked up at your accommodation, travel back in time and discover the sites of Jesus’s birth, death, and resurrection. Learn from your expert guide, who will be there to answer your questions and give you local recommendations. Start your trip with a visit to Bethlehem and learn about its importance in Christianity. Walk through colorful Bethlehem and see the Nativity Church and St. Catherine Church. Marvel at the Nativity Grotto, the place where Jesus was born, and Manger Grotto. Continue to Jerusalem and enjoy panoramic views of the Old City and Mount of Olives on the way. Explore the Old City of Jerusalem and admire several sites of religious importance, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Christian quarter. At the end of the day, get dropped off at your accommodation.

Jerusalem: City of David, Underground Jerusalem Day Tour

9. Jerusalem: City of David, Underground Jerusalem Day Tour

Discover Jerusalem's most important historical sites on this packed full-day tour. Start with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem from the Temple Mount area, after which you drive along the Kidron Valley towards the Zion Gate. Get magnificent views from the Mount of Olives and the Jewish cemetery. At its base are the ancient burial tombs Yad Avshalom, Beni Hazir and that perhaps of Zechariah. Alongside are the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. On Mount Zion, stop at the amazing Tomb of David. Enter the Old City through the Zion Gate on your way to the Cardo, and stop at the four beautifully restored seventeenth and early eighteenth century Sephardi synagogues. Continue to the excavated fifteen hundred-year-old Byzantine Cardo.  As you wander through the Jewish Quarter, marvel at the excavated and exposed foundation of the 2700-year-old wall of biblical Jerusalem built by King Hezekiah. Descend a few meters and find yourself in a two-thousand-year-old complex of homes with their original mosaic floors and mikveh. A brief stop at the Western Wall (Kotel) allows you to place a note between its stones. Leave the Old City through the Dung gate and visit the remarkable excavations of the three thousand year old City of David.

From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Jerusalem 3-Hour Walking Tour

10. From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Jerusalem 3-Hour Walking Tour

Explore the major attractions of the Old City of Jerusalem on this half-day walking tour. Offered every day, with guaranteed departures, this comprehensive tour will offer a memorable and insightful combination of the city’s highlights in one morning of touring. The walking tour will visit highlights including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. One of the holiest cities, important to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this highlights of Jerusalem walking tour is one of the best ways to see the four quarters of the city and major attractions with a knowledgeable and licensed guide. The tour ends in Jerusalem, but there is a pickup option for customers staying in Tel Aviv.

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What people are saying about Jerusalem

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Really enjoyed the trip! Especially Masada sunrise, that was amazing! The timing is perfect for hike, when in summer it’s not to hot. Seeing the sky slowly turning purple, orange and the sun finally rising was just breathtaking. All the tour is well organized. Exactly enough time to enjoy each place. And they give free water and caps with logo, which was cute and unexpected. The tour gide Daniel took care of each traveler, helping and making sure we liked it. He can tell more about history and interesting facts as well.

The guide was friendly and informative. The hike was beautiful and moderately strenuous, which I liked. All of the excursions were well worth going. If you plan to go to Ein Gedi, make sure to have water shoes/ sandals to be able to walk through the waterfall. I highly recommend this tour!

This tour is very impressive and it was optimally organized. Our guide Anat was able to provide exhaustive information on all sightseeing points. She even took photos and sent them to us after the tour. Very high praise.

It was a lot of fun. Make sure to bring snacks. Beware lunch was at the Dead Sea (at 2:30) which made the Dead Sea portion tightly packed and the lunch options at the resort aren't that great.

Guide was very friendly and helpful. Tour was well coordinated and the sites were good.