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Masada and Dead Sea shore excursion - starting from Ashdod

  • Masada National Park- cable car ride to the fortress of King Herod; the World Heritage Site
  • Dead Sea beach- floating and relaxing
  • Pass by the Qumran Caves- discovery site of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Judean Desert - drive by Jericho
  • Small group of up to 18 people
Our tour guide and mini-bus will meet you in the arrival hall of the Ashdod port, once your ship has docked and according to the time stated after you booked your tour. We will be in contact with the port authority to confirm arrival time. From the port, we will embark on a two-hour drive, passing through Jerusalem and begin our descent through the Judean Desert into the Valley of the Dead Sea. On a clear day, you will be able to enjoy the superb view that stretches well into Jordan.
After about an hour drive, we will enter the great plateau of the Dead Sea and we will officially be in the lowest place on earth.

Our first stop will be Masada. The Fortress of Masada sits atop a table shaped mountain built by King Herod in 31 BCE and is now considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This was the last stronghold of Jewish warriors and their families during the great rebellion against the Romans. After a long siege, the Romans managed to build a ramp up the mountain, and it was clear that the battle was lost. The Jewish rebels then made a communal decision to commit suicide and not fall to the Romans’ sword.

We will go by cable car to the top of Masada, walk through its magnificent ruins, and enjoy its wonderful views.

From Masada, we will continue to Ein Bokek, where there will be an option for “lunch & swim” at one of the local hotel beaches. You will have time to enjoy a buffet lunch and experience the floating sensation of the sea while enriching your skin with nature’s greatest natural cosmetic healing invention. The beach includes changing rooms and showers, beach chairs, and a swimming pool.

After our refreshing time at the beach, on our way back, we will pass by Jericho, the oldest city in the world and continue to the port in time for your departure or overnight stay.
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  • Comfortable, air-conditioned tourist mini-bus
  • Top rated, licensed and English speaking tour guide.
  • A small group of no more than 18 persons guaranteed.
  • Entrance fees to Masada (including two-way cable car)
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Entrance fee to Dead Sea beach
Not included
  • Massages and treatments
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Lockers and towels at the Dead Sea
  • Other personal expenses.
Meeting Point
Upon arrival to the dock in Ashdod, you will meet our tour guide outside the Reception Hall. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name.
Dropoff Point
The tour guide and driver will guarantee that you make it back to the port in time for your cruise departure or overnight stay.
Additional Info
Note that some places might not accept credit cards. You will be able to change money or some shops may accept foreign currency.

The drive to Masada can take up to 2 hours.

We recommend bringing a bathing suit, water shoes or flip flops, a towel and an extra set of clothes for the Dead Sea.

Travelers with special needs, (i.e. limited mobility and wheelchair-bound persons) must inform us prior to booking their excursion.

The tour itinerary might be adapted or subject to change due to limitations of arrival/departure of your ship.

Up to 14 days before the tour there will be no cancellation fee, except for a $10 processing fee.
7-13 days before the tour, there will be a 25% cancellation fee, with the additional $10 processing fee.
2-6 days before the tour, there will be a 50% cancellation fee.
48 hours prior to departure, there will be a 100% cancellation fee.
*If there is an unforeseen circumstance, such as your ship does not dock in our port or for any sort of security reason, you will be refunded the full amount.