Masada And Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip From Jerusalem

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    Your location 8:30am, Dan Hotel 08:45am
  • Departure Details :
    Your centrally located hotel in Jerusalem or our alternative pickup location is at Dan Hotel in Jerusalem
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm

Overview

Visit Masada and Ein Gedi, two must-see wonders of the Judean Desert, on a full-day tour from Jerusalem, led by a local guide! After traveling past the Dead Seas shores, ride by cable car to the ancient mountain fortress of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the excavations of King Herods magnificent palace complex, and then travel to the nature reserve of Ein Gedi for a walk through the stunning natural oasis, nestled deep in the desert.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Start your day with a pickup from your central Jerusalem hotel, and then travel south along the dusty roads of the Judean Desert. Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan the setting of one of the New Testaments most famous parables and watch the sultry barren hills of the desert give way to the stone towers of Jericho, one of the worlds oldest cities.

Continue alongside the shores of the Dead Sea, admiring its serene blue water juxtaposed against the sun-baked desert canyons, and then stop at the cable car station that leads to Masada. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the ruins of King Herods ancient fortress, a palace complex that later became a besieged Jewish stronghold against a bloody Roman invasion.

Hop inside the cable car and ride to the mountains flat-topped summit while gazing down over Snake, a winding walkway that leads to the top. Explore Masadas excavations with your guide, discovering ruined stone houses, bathhouses and a 1st-century synagogue and more. After learning about the site during the days of King Herod and during the Roman attack of 73 AD, return down the mountain by cable car.

Enjoy a quick break for lunch at a cafe at the base station (own expense), and then travel through the desert to Ein Gedi, a tropical nature reserve where youll spend your afternoon. Pay your entrance fee, and then head inside for a walk, following the streams that trickle past waterfalls, lush tropical foliage and rare birdlife. The oasis is said to have been the place where King David once hid from Kind Saul, and your guide will recount biblical stories from the site as you walk.

After exploring Ein Gedi, return to your coach and travel back to Jerusalem, passing the Qumran Caves where ancient biblical scrolls have been found. Your day trip then finishes at your central Jerusalem hotel.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Round-trip cable car ride

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fee to Ein Gedi
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Please note that Ein Gedi nature reserve walk is along the signed mountain path without a guide