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From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

1. From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

Embark on a full-day guided tour from Tel Aviv to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea by bus. Visit the ancient palace of Masada, ride a cable car, and admire the Qumran caves on your drive back. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans, until the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but we will ascend by cable car to make life easier. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths, and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features is the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet. Following the tour of Masada, you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach located in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank. It is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Take a mud bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to Tel Aviv, with an on-route view of the Qumran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Bethlehem Old City and Jericho City Guided Tour / from TLV

2. Bethlehem Old City and Jericho City Guided Tour / from TLV

After pick up from meeting points in Tel Aviv, you will start your guided tour in Bethlehem at 08:30 AM (more or less) where you will spend around 20 minutes viewing the Bansky Art on the "Wall" that separates Israel from Bethlehem. Then, you will have a guided tour in the in the Manger Square and the Nativity Church (the holy place where Jesus Christ was born). If it is not crowded, you will be visiting the Chapel of the Milk Grotto (most of times it is not easy to get into the Grotto which means that we have to make an overview, in order to save time for your next station, as entering the Grotto may take long time waiting. Also, you will enjoy visiting one of the best "Olive Wood" Factories to see how olive wood is manufactured; too many families in this city depend on this industry for living. Then you will visit the Chapel of the Shepherd's Field in Beit Sahour City, the place where angels first announced the birth of Christ. Finally, you will move to the last station in Bethlehem which is the Souvenir Shop, and continue through the Judean Desert to Jericho the oldest City in the World dating back 11,000 years. On the way to Jericho you will stop at the Sea Level for few minutes to have some photos for memory. Arriving Jericho, you will have 30 minutes break then you will be visiting the most important Biblical sites such as Mount of Temptation Sight, Sycamore Tree and Elisha Spring; Finally, you will have some free time before returning to the 1st meeting point.

Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Relaxation Tour

3. Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Relaxation Tour

Experience Bethlehem's Sacred Sites: Embark on an unforgettable guided tour to Bethlehem, home to the Nativity Church—the world's oldest Christian church, where Jesus was born. Your local Christian guide will lead you to see Banksy Art on the wall and offer a refreshing break with Arabic coffee and tea at a charming local souvenir shop. Explore and Picturesque Desert Scenery: Journey through the enchanting Judean Desert, at the Dead Sea level Point stop point for a camel selfie against the backdrop of the sea level point’s stunning view, and Enjoy the view of the Judia desert overlooking ancient Jericho. at the Dead Sea Level Point, Pause for a camel selfie against the backdrop of the sea level point’s stunning view, and enjoy the Judia desert's view. Enjoy indulging in ultimate relaxation and floating effortlessly in the legendary Dead Sea’s healing waters. Experience the magic of its renowned mineral-rich mud for a revitalizing treat. the beach Has a Restaurant, Bar, Swimming pool, and a Dead Sea products shop you can also find a shop that sells swimming clothes, accessories, and showers. 1- Pick up from Tel Aviv (In front of the Grand Beach Hotel) 2- Pick up from Jerusalem (In front of the David Citadel Hotel) 3-Meeting our Local Guide after crossing the checkpoint and Heading to the Banksy Hotel to see the Graffiti artwork around the separation wall (optional visit to the Banksy Museum within 30 minutes) entrance fees ≈ (8$) 4- Heading to Bethlehem to a Biblical Birthplace of Jesus. 5- Visiting the Manger Square and entering the church of Nativity, visiting a 4th century AD Holly church that was built around the Jesus Born place. 6- Visiting the local factory for olive wood souvenirs to feel the local people's hospitality - (Coffee break and toilets). 7- 10 min for resting and taking photos at the Dead Sea level Point, Enjoying the view of the Judia desert. 8- Arriving at Dead Sae's to Experience floating in the salty mineral-rich waters that can lift your spirits as you effortlessly float. 9- Don’t miss the chance to indulge in the renowned mineral-rich mud for a revitalizing treat experience, a great magical healing experience. 10- Going Back to the drop-off points in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv - ( Pick-up and drop-off points are the same places ). -All times are approximate due to the traffic and weather situation *Hope You Enjoy our Tours

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Rocky was fantastic - given the circumstances since 07 Oct, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea are very difficult to get to. He went above and beyond and to be the only one in the Church of the Nativity (usually a 6 hour queue) was a blessing. In these dark times, do not give up on tourism and I’d recommend Rocky.

many thanks for the perfect organisation and our very nice and well informed guide. We enjoyed it very much and recommend the tour for everyone. for our swiss people: macht die Tour. Es lohnt sich sehr.

It was a very nice excursion, in Tel Aviv there are few people who pick you up in front of the hotel, they do it, good guide, and beautiful places

This activity was fantastic. Our guide was so knowledgeable and spoke in a strong clear voice. I would absolutely recommend.

Our guide, Nema, was very good. Terrible place for lunch. Poor food and much to noisy.