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Qumran: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River from Tel Aviv

1. Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River from Tel Aviv

After your 6:30 AM pick-up from Tel Aviv, head to Bethlehem to explore the city before it becomes bustling with other groups. Discover the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity. Descending through the Judean Desert, reach Jericho, the lowest city on Earth, and explore the Mount of Temptation.  Explore the Mount of Temptation, ascending by cable car. The cable car ticket is not included and costs approximatel $16. Stop at the Jordan River, Qasr al Yahud Baptismal Site, where according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  Return to Tel Aviv at around 6:30 PM. Note that the order of sites is subject to change.

From Tel Aviv: Masada & the Dead Sea Small Group Day Trip

2. From Tel Aviv: Masada & the Dead Sea Small Group Day Trip

On this full-day tour to the Judean desert and the shores of the Dead Sea including Masada, the site of one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. 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 you 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 are 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 the hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv with an en route view of the Qumran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

From Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Day Trip

3. From Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Day Trip

This tour heads to southern Israel through the Judean Hills and past the Inn of the Good Samaritan. We pause at sea level for an unforgettable photo-op then continue our descent further and further down beneath sea level towards the iconic Dead Sea. Our first stop is at Masada where we take a cable car to the plateau summit and tour the remains of Herod’s 2,055 year old palace fortress. We see remarkable structures including palaces and a bathhouse. From Masada the tour takes you past the desert oasis of Ein Gedi and Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We spend the rest of the day relaxing on one of the Dead Sea beaches. You can float in the salty-water that is 8.6 times more saline than the ocean creating natural buoyance. Use the Dead Sea mud as a natural skin mask and soak up the glorious Dead Sea sun.

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

4. From Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, your full-day tour begins 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. Here you can ascend Masada by cable car 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. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to your accommodation in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

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What people are saying about Qumran

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 160 reviews

An unforgettable tour!!! Great guide, who provided lots of background information but also left time to linger. The shared meal was priced really ok by Israeli standards and very tasty! The heat (38 degrees!) was the only negative - but that's how it is in July :-) The bus was super air-conditioned and you didn't have to walk as much as you would on a tour of Jerusalem, for example. The landscape was breathtaking, you see a lot on the tour! The Jordan River and the Mount of Temptation, which you can take a cable car to (with an incredible view!!), were my personal highlights! There are not enough stars to give for this unforgettable day!

Eithan was a great guide. It was an experience without a minute lost doing irrevelant activities. An experience I will remember and cherish.

Tour guide was brilliant and so was the driver! They made the tour more fun. Very informative tour and some amazing, memorable moments.

Excellent trip really enjoyed it well organized we had a good tour guide and the places we visited was an experience I'll never forget

Very well organized excursion. The driver guide came to pick us up on time. We then had an excellent Norbert guide who niu