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Masada, Ein Gedi nature reserve and the Dead Sea - Self guided day tour

  • Archaeological wonders of the Masada fortress
  • See the unique beauty of the Judean Desert
  • Hike in the Ein Gedi nature reserve and play in the natural springs, waterfalls and pools.
  • Float in the Dead Sea and relax on its salty shores.
Tour Itinerary (Subject to Change)

07:00 - Pick up from Abraham Hostel - Davidka Square
09:00 - Arrive at Masada. Hike or optional cable-car up the mountain
11:00 - Hike through Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
13:00 - Relax at the Dead Sea
16:00 - Arrive back in Jerusalem
NB: All times are approximate
No drop-off at Jaffa Gate (Abraham Hostel & in proximity to Damascus Gate only)
-This is a self-guided tour, meaning that it includes full transportation and printed guiding materials, but no actual guide.
-In the unlikely event of there being flooding at Ein Gedi, we will instead go to Qumran or a similar location

The first stop on the tour is the ancient fortress of Masada now a
UNESCO world heritage site. Masada is the site where 960 Jewish rebels fought against the Romans and in a final act committed suicide rather than surrender. Here, archaeological experts have painstakingly recovered and restored all sorts of treasures including the bath house, synagogue and other buildings. From here you can also enjoy stunning views over the Judean desert and Dead Sea

Following your descent down from the top of Masada you will drive a short distance to the Ein Gedi nature reserve. Here you will partake in 2 ½ hour hike through the amazing landscape dotted with waterfalls and pools to swim and play in. The reserve is also filled with amazing desert plants, vegetation and wildlife. 

The final stop on the tour will be to the world famous Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, where you can experience the feeling of floating. Due to the high salinity of the water in the Dead Sea it is impossible to sink. You can also take advantage of the mineral rich muds and cover your body in a therapeutic mask. If none of this takes your fancy you can also simply relax on the beaches or salt plains.
Weekly Availability
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  • Transportation to all sites
Not included
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Tour Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Ein Gedi entrance = 29 NIS p.p
  • Masada National Park entrance = 29 NIS p.p / or entrance including both ways cable-car = 76 NIS p.p
Meeting Point
07:00am - Pick up from Abraham Hostel - Davidka Square
Dropoff Point
Damascus Gate / Davidka Square
Estimated time of arrival back in Jerusalem is 4pm.
Additional Info
The tour is self-guided: it includes full transportation and printed guiding materials, but no actual guide.

Departs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Materials are available in English.

7:00am - Pick up from Abraham Hostel-Davidka Square
7:15am - Pick up from Carta Parking Lot (near Jaffa Gate)
9:00am - Arrive at Masada. Optional cable-car up the mountain
11:00am - Hike through Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
1:00pm - Relax at the Dead Sea
4:00pm - Arrive back in Jerusalem