Private Masada and the Dead Sea
Thousands of years and millions of memories. That's what you'll experience when you visit some of the most important religious sites in the world during this private excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea.
After meeting your professional guide at the pier in Ashdod, you will set off on the approximate 2 hour drive through the Negev desert and descend 3,600 feet toward the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth!
First, you will stop at Masada, the most spectacular ancient archaeological site in Israel. You will ascend by cable car to this mountaintop fortress, built by Herod the Great. Explore the magnificent ancient ruins, which include Herod's three-tiered palace, the synagogue, the baths, the defending walls and the water cisterns that are an engineering feat still today.
After a morning of extraordinary vistas, travel to the Dead Sea where you will have time for lunch on your own at a seaside resort and free time to experience the exquisite sensation of floating effortlessly upon the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. With more salt and minerals than any other body of water in the world, the Dead Sea is claimed to be a natural health and beauty spa. During your free time you may wish to indulge in one of the local "treatments" being sold using the minerals from the sea.
Re-boarding your transportation, you will travel along the shores of the Dead Sea to arrive at the point from which the Qumran Caves are clearly visible. It was here in 1947 that a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts in the world.
Departing Qumran, ascend the Judean Hills to the north, where you will see Jericho before traveling back to the ship. The impact of these remarkable sites will remain with you for a lifetime.
Please note: Lunch and entrance fees are not included in this tour. This tour includes transportation and guide ONLY. Due to traffic or crowds at the sites, the tour itinerary may be altered in an attempt to avoid delays. All sites mentioned in the tour will be visited and crowds are to be expected. Tour times are approximate due to crowds and traffic.