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Private Masada and the Dead Sea

From $199.00/person to $524.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your private group
Private Masada and the Dead Sea Tour from Ashdod (Negev Desert)
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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.

Shore Excursion Size
Private Tour
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration
11 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier. Full details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Comfortable clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Those guests wishing to swim in the sea should wear a bathing suit under their clothing and bring a towel and water sandals.
Restrictions
Walking atop Massada is on semi-paved, packed earth, and gravel surfaces. There are inclines and numerous steep steps at the site. Participants taking part in any water activity do so at their own risk and responsibility.