Finding the Best Masada Tour

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Finding the best Masada tour can be confusing with such a big range of tour options so we’ve set out to answer the questions and provide you with the low-down of the Masada tour options so you can find the perfect tours. From privates to group tours, self-guided to professionally guided, hiking up or ascending via cable car, the choices are extensive. Here is how to choose.

Private or Group tour

Sunrise from the top of the breathtaking Masada is stunning by Flickr user Tmuna Fish
Sunrise from the top of the breathtaking Masada is stunning by Flickr user Tmuna Fish

Group tours to Masada start from $59 and range in price up to around $115 which includes transportation from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. There is a big variation in the schedule of these group tours, however they are the most popular tours to Masada that are available.

Travelling via a private Masada tour costs $350 for a day per group with a professional guide only (if you are renting a car), or from $600 per group for a day with a professional guide and transport from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Because of the nature of these tours as being private, they can be customized to your desires.

Selecting the best Masada Day Tour (Groups)

There are effectively three options for Masada group day tours:

1. Masada and Dead Sea Tour (the classical tour). Leaves from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya, and Herzliya every day of the week. Costs from $105 per person including all guiding and entry fees, depending on start point. Fully guided by a licensed guide. Ascend Masada via cable car, and swim in the Dead Sea. More details and book online here.

2. Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Tour. Leaves from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem every day in the early morning. Costs from $59. You hike Masada as the sun rises, swim in the Dead Sea, and hike at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Self-guided. More details and book online here.

3. Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, and more Tour. Leaves from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem every day. Costs from $59. You can choose to hike Masada or use the cable car, swim in the Dead Sea, hike through the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and more. Guided tour. More details and book online here. If you’re based in Eilat, book this Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tour from Eilat.

Selecting the best Private Masada Day Tour

The Masada Snake Path
The Masada Snake Path

By virtue of being private, these tours can be customized to your personal interests, but here are some of the most popular itineraries:

1. Masada before dawn, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea. Leaving from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (or nearby cities). With transport only, from $590 (from Jerusalem with 4 passengers). Hike Masada. Book here.

2. Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea. Leaving from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (or nearby cities). With transport and guided by a licensed tour guide, from $890. You can choose whether to hike to the top of Masada or ascend via cable car. Book here.

3. Masada, Dead Sea, and Qumran. Leaving from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (or nearby cities). With transport and ully guided by a licensed tour guide, from $890. Ascend Masada via cable car (or hike if you prefer), swim in the Dead Sea, and visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Book here.

4. Masada, Dead Sea, and Desert Agriculture. Leaving from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (or nearby cities). Fully guided by a licensed tour guide. Ascend Masada via cable car (or hike if you prefer), swim in the Dead Sea, and learn about the desert agriculture that Israel has developed. Book here.

5. Masada, Dead Sea, and Desert Jeep Tour. Leaving from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (or nearby cities). Fully guided by a licensed tour guide. Ascend Masada via cable car (or hike if you prefer), swim in the Dead Sea, and learn about the desert agriculture that Israel has developed. Book here.

This is just a selection of private Masada tours, they are totally customizable.

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