Masada And Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip From Tel Aviv

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Travel into the heart of the Judean Desert on a day trip from Tel Aviv, and visit two of Israels must-see sites: the mountain-top fortress of Masada and Edi Gedi a stunning nature reserve and desert oasis. After riding to the Masadas summit by cable car, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site with a guide, discovering the ruins of King Herods ancient palace complex. In the afternoon, travel to Ein Gedi, and cool down with a walk around the oasis waterfalls.


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

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Leave your Tel Aviv hotel and travel through the barren Judean Desert that stretches around the city. 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. A stop at Ahava factory, located in a Kibbutz named Mitzpe Shalem about 40 Km northern to Masada maybe included if time permits, however the stop is not a mandatory part of the itinerary. The duration of the visit is about 30 minutes and includes Cafeteria, restroom opportunity and a chance to buy the products from the Factory store for those who are interested.

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 Tel Aviv, passing the Qumran Caves where ancient biblical scrolls have been found. Your day trip then finishes at your central Tel Aviv hotel.

Inclusions for Masada And Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip From Tel Aviv

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Cable car ride

Exclusions for Masada And Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip From Tel Aviv

  • 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

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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5 Traveler Reviews

  • The tour operator does not tell you that much time will be wasted driving into Jerusalem to pick up in the morning, and drop off tourists at the end of the day. When coming from Tel Aviv, this adds about 1 1/2 to 2 hours with the heavy Jerusalem traffic. Also, this tour is combined with tourists going to the Dead Sea, to the mineral Spa, and to Ein Gedi. This cut into the time we had a Ein Gedi, which was actually quite nice we saw a herd of ibex up in the hills. Could have spent another hour there, but had to pick up the other tourists from their destinations and then back to Jerusalem to drop those folks off, which added more time to the trip. Masada was well worth the hot sun.

  • Actual tour received was not the tour I had booked. I booked this tour expecting a visit to Masada and the Ein Gedi Nature Preserve. What I received was a shorter than expected visit to Masada, NO visit to Ein Gedi, an unexpected stop at a Dead Sea cosmetic factory, and an unexpected visit to the Dead Sea. This tour is falsely advertised! The visit to Ein Gedi was scrubbed because of a potential for flash flooding. On returning to Tel Aviv our driver was going to drop us off a couple of blocks from our hotel in the rain. This we refused and insisted on being taken to our hotel, which is in accordance with what is stipulated in the purchase price of the tour. We did not receive what was advertised.

  • Good organisation, helpful staff and guides with great knowledge

  • We were unable to go to Ein Gedi which was the main reason for choosing this tour. The stop at the Avaha factory was totally unwelcome. Masada was a good tour. We did not want to go to the Dead Sea and were obliged to go there with the rest of the trip. The resort was very second-class.

  • I happened to go on this day tour on a day that it was pouring rain in the desert. Despite the crazy weather while at Masada, we did have the chance to see a waterfall in the distance from the flash floods. Apparently this is something so rare and it was interesting to see. The rain did not stop our tour and it was still enjoyable. The only issue was that Ein Gedi was closed due to the rain earlier in the day. So instead, we had the option to go to the Dead Sea. This was a wonderful day tour that I would highly recommend.

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