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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

You will meet our guide outside the reception hall of the port of Ashdod, from where we will head to Masada. On the drive to Masada, your tour guide will inform you about Israel’s rich history. The drive can be about two hours, depending on traffic.

Our tour begins in Masada, the fortress built on top of a mountain by King Herod in the Judean Desert. During the Roman Empire, this was one of the last strongholds of the Jewish people and their families, but the Romans were able to build a ramp up the mountain and the battle was clearly lost. Today, this is a World Heritage Site granted by UNESCO, and people visit here year round.

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


From Masada, we pass by the archaeological site of the Qumran Caves, where a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Essenes, a strictly religious sect. of Jews, used to roam this area in the time of the Second Temple. Today, the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed in the Shrine of the Book, located in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.


There will be an option for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will proceed to a Dead Sea Beach where you will have time to enjoy the mud baths or float in the sea. The beach includes changing rooms and showers, beach chairs, mineral-rich mud and the Lowest Bar in the World. The Dead Sea’s mud is famously used for cosmetic treatments.

After relaxing in the Dead Sea, we will pass by Jericho, the oldest city in the world, and then return you to the port of Ashdod.
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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 (at your own discretion)
  • Towel(s)
  • Other personal expenses.
  • *There are limited lockers available at the Dead Sea, there is no additional cost but you will be asked to provide some collateral as a deposit.
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.