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Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
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Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

By Tourist Israel
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Watching a new day dawn from Israel's Masada mountaintop is a highlight for many travelers. With this tour from Tel Aviv, you get to climb the mountain independently to see the sunrise and summit ruins, and visit Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea—all in a single day with an early start. Return air-conditioned transport and time independently at each site are included, with Masada and Ein Gedi entrance fees as extras.
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Ages 12-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 11h
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Highlights
  • Enjoy three of Israel’s must-see sights in a day from Tel Aviv
  • Rise early, climb Masada, and see the sunrise—something many visitors miss
  • Explore Ein Gedi’s trails and float in the Dead Sea from a private beach
  • Self-guide at each site: only Dead Sea entry and transport included

  • Bathing in a private beach at Dead Sea
  • All transport
  • Entry/Admission - Dead Sea
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Masada entrance (29 NIS)
  • Ein-Gedi entrance (29 NIS)
  • Dead Sea beach entrance (35NIS)
  • Entry/Admission - Masada National Park
  • Entry/Admission - En Gedi Nature Reserve

Your day starts with an early-morning pickup in central Tel Aviv by air-conditioned vehicle. Bring sturdy shoes and refreshments. Catch some sleep on the drive east through the Judean Desert and then arrive at Masada, a first-century BC fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head inside (own expense) and ascend on foot independently, following the path to the mountaintop ruins. At the summit, marvel at the views, as the sun rises over the Dead Sea and illuminates the mountainside, and then inspect the ancient ruins. Next, head to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve of palms, waterfalls, and pools. Go inside (own expense) and explore on your own before traveling to the Dead Sea, the Earth’s lowest point. Enjoy the salt waters and a mineral-rich mud bath at a private beach here before finishing your tour back at the Tel Aviv starting point.

Start:
  • Kaufmann St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
    Israeli Textile Center, Kaufman Street 2 (Corner of Shenkar & Kaufman St)
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 26254P4

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for child aged 12 and under
    • The hike to the top of Masada Mountain requires a moderate level of fitness
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv?
    Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv price starts from $89.00. Discover and book Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv on Tripadvisor
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    Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea from Tel Aviv on Tripadvisor
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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Kaufmann St 2
      Kaufmann St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
      Israeli Textile Center, Kaufman Street 2 (Corner of Shenkar & Kaufman St)
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    • 1
      Masada National Park
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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    • 2
      Dead Sea
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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    • 3
      En Gedi Nature Reserve
      Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • yoyitr
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      Our tour guide Hanoch Young was very knowledgeable, thoughtful/mindful and genuine. There is integrity in his recount history of the places visited and tried to remember the important, salient related stories related to them. Even if we had to pay for an extra person to run the tour, it was all worth it!!! Thank you for running a tour that is authentic and enjoyable too!
      Written April 14, 2024
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      Avoid booking with them
      Absolutely avoid booking with tourist israel My recent trip with them was a nightmare, and I want to warn other travelers before they fall into the same trap. When I tried to negotiate, they started using the current situation in israel war as a reason to charge me extra. It felt incredibly manipulative and disrespectful.
      Written March 8, 2024
    • 619jeffry
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      Explore Petra, an ancient city
      The connection between Tel Aviv and Petra brings together two major Middle Eastern historic centers together. Petra is an ancient city that's truly memorable. It's well worth spending time here, you can explore the ancient capital of the Nabateans and the Treasury, an outstanding ancient building.
      Written February 3, 2024
    • Seaside56349257079
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      Do not book with Tourist Israel
      Do NOT book with this company. Could not go due to war NO REFUND. Outside of cancellation policy as flights cancelled due to war. Hotels were closed and tours cancelled but NO REFUND. Dishonest
      Written January 30, 2024
    • melanie142
      0 contributions
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      STAY AWAY: No refunds for cancelled tour
      Horrible company! They cancelled my tour because of the war and promised a full refund. This was 3 months ago and I'm still waiting for my money. They have stopped answering emails, Whatapp and phone calls. There is literally no one you can reach in this scam of a company. Do not book anything there, you will not get service nor your money back. I'm not the only one with this problem. They are keeping the money to stay afloat while defrauding all their customers.
      Written January 27, 2024
    • 713jonr
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jerusalem highlights!
      Great tour with a private driver. Very moving experience. Interesting stops along the way. Highly recommended.
      Written January 21, 2024
    • 910shahzebm
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Missing refund!
      While sympathizing with the business operators on the ongoing unrest in Israel, I will not hesitate in pointing out their poor practice in issuing refunds. They still owe us a portion of our refund. My wife purchased a tour (booking number TI22710933) for our family of wife. We obviously cancelled it. We were expecting that in compliance with their published refund policy they would deduct 5% and return us the remaining amount. In reality they still owe us $634 of the estimated refund. They do not realize that this is not a negligible amount and that they must keep their end of the bargain. My wife has written them several emails but has not received any response other than the bot-generated response. I am not here to malign them, but I think after having waited for over 3 months it's about time, they either tell us that they are giving us back our money or be bold and brazen enough to tell us that we should forget about it. BUSINESS OWNERS, PLEASE ADDRESS SO THAT WE SO NOT PERMANENTLY SHY AWAY FROM DOING BUSINESS WITH YOU.
      Written January 11, 2024
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      Dishonest business practices
      Warning. Do not book a vacation with “Tourist Israel” or “Tourist Journey”. The company and its CEO are dishonest. We had to cancel our vacation due to the war in Israel. The company and CEO promised that we would receive a refund but after 3 months of promises they have gone silent. Why not just come clean and admit that our money was gone and there wasn’t going to be a refund instead of stringing us along and then going silent. Very poor business practices. I would never use this company again.
      Written January 7, 2024
    • 619jeffry
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      Museum is ancient replica
      The Jerusalem Museum is a museum. It has the Book also has been l city is very city said out. The replica of the ancient City is fascinating.
      Written January 5, 2024
    • 619jeffry
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      Desert camp provides comfortable accommodation
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      Safe Drive
      This was just a drive from the airport to Jerusalem, but the driver was easy to find, and it was a quick and safe drive.
      Written December 28, 2023
    • Traveler43127863801
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      Majestic Masada
      This was an amazing overview of all three places. If you’ve never been, it’s great to see them all in one day. I would go back again and spend a whole day at each place, or hike Masada at sunrise and spend the day at the Dead Sea.
      Written December 28, 2023
    • Traveler43127863801
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      Perfection in Petra
      This tour was absolutely fabulous. Our guide Nizar could not have been better. Wadi Rum and Petra were both amazing, and so comfortable. I would highly recommend booking 2 days in Petra or more if you can!
      Written December 28, 2023
    • jsh326
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      RUSHED - LATE PICKUP
      We stood outside in the cold for over an hour starting at 3:00 A.M. All of us weren't sure the bus was ever coming. Finally, it did come, but with an hour and a half delay, our time in Petra was cut short. Some of the seats on the bus have broken levers, so you can't recline to sleep. It is a long ride, so pick a seat that works. After the tour, we had little time to look around or take advantage of other opportunities there. We are fast walkers, so we bee-lined it back (not enjoying the site) so we could quickly pick up a couple of t-shirts to take back (10 minutes). After rushing through lunch, we were taken back to the entry point. The person in charge was confused about which bus we were supposed to be on. We changed three times. People - double and triple check that you are on the right bus! We are glad we went, but we needed more time. We knew it was going to be a fast trip, but due to the starting delay, it was worse. And yes, there are delays at the border, etc. that one can never know. I found the ride in Jordan very interesting and fascinating. There is a lot to see if you keep looking and don't fall asleep! I say only take this quick trip if it is the only way it is possible to get there. Other visitors told us that two days was too long. It would be nice to have one day, but roughly three hours is too short. Our guide did the best he could with the time he had. No complaints there.
      Written December 10, 2023
    • N2570TVterryk
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      Highly recommend
      Although my trip to Jordan couldn’t happen because of the war, I want to highly recommend Tourist Israel. From the first contact, Christina was so professional and responsive. Other staff at Tourist Israel were also so helpful.
      Written November 10, 2023
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    Anthony G
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2020
    Terrible customer service. After having my trip cancelled due to COVID, they indicated I would be receiving a full refund. I followed up several weeks later after I had not seen the refund post to my card. They indicated that the process was being slowed by the banks. However, after nearly two months I followed up with them again to inquire when they anticipated I might see the refund. After almost two weeks, I have heard nothing back from them. I understand that their business has been severely impacted by these unique circumstances and would have been willing to forgo the refund for just rebooking when conditions improve but the total lack of communication leaves me with the impression that they are perfectly fine with just taking their customers money for services not rendered. I would not recommend this company and will not be booking with them when i travel to Israel at a later date.
    Written May 18, 2020
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    Hi L3053ORanthonyg, Thanks for reaching out-we are sorry to hear this and certainly want to assist you during this difficult time. While the process of issuing refunds does take longer than usual, due to the large volume of requests during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are welcome to send a *new* email to info@touristisrael.com as its possible that your follow-up email has been misplaced. We are answering customer emails so please reach out again so that we can assist you. We hope to welcome you in the future!
    Written May 20, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Charlotte S
    United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    We really enjoyed the hike - we did rush up as we thought we wouldn’t make it in time for sunrise, but in the end had plenty of time. The views at Masada are amazing. Ein Gedi was nice but we were pretty tired from the hike, but there’s an easy enough, short walk you can do there. The sun had disappeared by the time we got to the Dea Sea which was also freezing, but we braved it and had a quick dip.

    We got picked up in Tel Aviv and dropped back in Jerusalem. This was the only tour I could see that this could be agreed in advance, others said it was down to the driver on the day. We did pay extra for this.

    It was all arranged well, we got back earlier than planned but nothing felt rushed. Would definitely recommend!
    Written March 3, 2020
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    Hi Charlotte S, thanks for your review. We are glad to hear that everything went on time and that even though the hike is early and can be tiring, you still enjoyed it. We hope you'll join us again!
    Written March 4, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Ananias Junior
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    Our guide was AMAZING! He made the tour nicer than it actually was. My only point is that for the dead sea, they take us to a VERY busy place. Not the experience I was expecting. Also, you have to pay for ALL the entrances of the tour, which makes the tour overall quite expensive.
    Written June 19, 2023
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    Dear traveler, We are very happy to hear you had a great experience on your tour and that you found our tour guide amazing (: Kindly note entrance fees are excluded and the entry fees are at Masada (76 NIS approx.), Ein Gedi (29 NIS approx) & Dead Sea Beach (35 NIS approx.) as shown on the tour's description. We are glad to hear you had a 4-star tour with us and we are looking forward to seeing you soon to make your next trip even better.
    Written June 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    FelipeM
    Orlando, FL53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    Well designed tour but somewhat disorganized. Leaving the encounter point took almost 1 hour in Jerusalem and the guide looked like he was upset with somebody that day. Putting us in a hurry all the time. Difficult to talk to him and get information from him. Too many people in the bus (53). Getting in and out was an ordeal. We felt somewhat rushed throughout the points to visit during this visit. This was the Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea tour.
    Written January 19, 2023
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    Lorena A
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023
    Excellent tour! Good bus, fun hiking up, beautiful sunrise. A bit of misunderstanding on the time and place it would start after sunrise on the top of the mountain, so I lost the begining of it. The guide Beni was very fun and clearly loves what he does. That makes all the difference! I whished we had more time in Ein Gedi, half an hour would have enhanced the experience. Also the guide said I wouldn't need my simming suit, so in the end I went in the waterfall with my colthes on, because I definately wanted to refresha dn there were many waterfalls for that! We also had little time in the dead sea, but there it was enough. It's fun to go in the water, put some mud on your body and go in the water again. Too hot to stay much longer anyway. Recommend!
    Written August 13, 2023
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    ego_eco
    Maroussi, Greece8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    The trip was a very good experience overall! Daniel (our tour guide) was amazing…. Very friendly, kind and motivating….

    Mendi and his bus was very kind as well….

    The only negative part was that unfortunately we had very little time to swim at the Dead Sea (no more than 50 minutes to get off the bus, swim, shower, get dressed and hop back to depart)…..
    Written August 18, 2023
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    ToucanDoit
    Metz, France23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A early wake-up for a wonderful sunrise. We left Tel-Aviv at 2 A.M and arrived at Masada at 5. Don't forget to take hiking shoes, the climb is sharp. At the top, the reward : a beautiful sight on death sea valley and a magical sunrise. After you have the time to visit the fortress before going back to the bus.
    Ein Gedi is a small and beautiful oasis with waterfall. It's a short walk (about 40 minutes).
    The last stop, the dead sea where you can take a little bath. Showers and fitting room are available free of charge.
    After come back to Tel Aviv at the middle of the afternoon. A great experience that we highly recommande.
    Written May 8, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hi Quentin_RX, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour to Masada, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea. We are proud to offer this bucket-list trifecta and are thrilled that you would highly recommend it to others. We thank you for traveling with us and hope to welcome you back in the future!
    Written May 10, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    robin r
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Solo
    I really enjoyed this trip. Most tours i have been in the past seem to be rushed but not this one which was a pleasant surprise. The tour guides managed the time well for each place we visited. The tour guide and his assistant were very knowledgeable and friendly too! I definitely recommend this trip!
    Written January 20, 2020
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    Hi C1333QOrobinr, thanks for your kind review! We're glad to hear that you felt that the tour wasn't rushed and that you got to really enjoy each place - that's exactly the experience we want for our customers! It's great to hear that your guide was also knowledgable and friendly. We hope you'll join us again!
    Written January 22, 2020
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    elizabeth l
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    Was reluctant to wake up at 3 am with my family but it was well worth it- for the views, the cool weather and the lack of a crowd on Masada. It was a great day. Well organized, the guide was informative and friendly. Right amount of time in each location. Wouldn’t change a thing. Highly recommend.
    Written August 6, 2023
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    eostraie
    Paris, France8 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    It started with the drive to Masada: The driver picked us up at 3am in Jerusalem. 30-45min after pickup, he took a 25min break to sit outside a rest station. Not super considerate for a bus full of people who got up at 2am...

    Masada and Ein Gedi were fine, though the 3h at Masada were too long given the rush he was suddenly in afterwards.

    At 10.07am, we arrive at the Dead Sea. Still inside the bus, he says, you have 90min, be back at 11.30am. I very politely said, "uhm, that's not 90min, could we please make it a few minutes later?"

    He grumpily replied "No! You will be back here 11.30am or I will leave without you!"

    Another girl from the tour later pointed out to him that the program states that we leave the Dead Sea at 12nn. Once more, he says he doesn't care. "Either you're back 11.30am or I leave without you."

    I then tell him I would like to get my stuff from the bus - I will take the public bus home and report to his company that he does not care about the program. Suddenly he says " Ok ok, you can have 5min more". By this time I have spent 15min argueing with him.

    We are then shoved into a room to see a short Dead Sea cosmetics video. He says this "pays for our free entrance". When we paid the $59 for our tour, we had been told
    that this includes the entrance fee to a private beach (note other dead sea beaches are free). There was no mention of mandatory promotional videos.

    In the end, the group had all of 70min at the Dead Sea - even 90min would have been extremely tight. In my case, I had 40min left after the driver passed me the phone with his manager, who clearly told me that there is nothing to complain about.

    At this point I was no longer willing to spend more time in this driver's bus, so I walked 30min through the desert to the public bus stop and went home.

    Dear Tourist Israel company, please consider it this way: We are tourists. For us, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 90min at the Dead Sea is extremely tight in any case (should be min 2h). Then shaving off any further minute simply because the driver wants to go home, or to show promo videos, is not very nice or respectful. In the end it was not even the time loss that bothered me most, it was the driver's complete lack of consideration, let alone care.

    I recommend doing the trip by yourself, on public transport. You'll pay a tiny fraction, have more flexibility, and won't have to put up with drivers like this.
    Written July 20, 2018
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are disappointed to hear that you were not completely satisfied with the tour experience. Please note that this tour includes visiting Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea as well as travel time in between the sites, and from Jerusalem/Tel Aviv. Timing is approximate taking into consideration external factors such as traffic, and our drivers work hard to keep everything on the itinerary according to the schedule. While we understand it is possible to spend much more time at the sites, in order to visit them all and keep on schedule, the drivers must inform passengers about the timing to stay on schedule. Entrance fees to the private beach at the Dead Sea are included in this tour. Entrance to Masada and Ein Gedi are not, as per your confirmation and as noted on our website. Please contact us directly as we would be happy to find a suitable solution.
    Written July 22, 2018
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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