Our Masada Sunrise Tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem includes Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea and is the easiest, cheapest and most comprehensive way to visit this region of Israel. Start your day with a
Our Masada Sunrise Tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem includes Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea and is the easiest, cheapest and most comprehensive way to visit this region of Israel. Start your day with a sunrise climb of Masada, ascending to the top of the ancient fortress in darkness and gradually witness the lighting-up of the surroundings. Once reaching the top of the mountain, sit back, relax and take in the beauty of this extraordinary event. After the highlight of our Masada Sunrise Tour, head to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, an extraordinary oasis with magnificent desert plants, wildlife, and waterfalls perched between a barren and empty desert. Enjoy walking through the greenery and cooling off in the springs. And finally, float in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. The lake is made up of 34% salt and contains minerals and muds with special healing properties.
With stunning scenery, wildlife, fun and adventure, no trip to Israel could be complete without a visit! The Masada Sunrise Tour starts and ends conveniently in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and is self-guided, with direction but no accompanying tour guide for a more independent style of travel. The tour is available every day.
Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Tour – Reviews
“Amazing trip up Masada and to the Dead Sea at a very reasonable price. Also, the sunrise from the top was wonderful.” – Miriam, New Zealand
“The Masada Sunrise Tour really awesome! We had a very cool driver, very helpful, kind and caring. Of course, the places we’ve seen were amazing, especially the Ein Gedi waterfalls.” – Sara, Poland
“Overall, it was an excellent and expeditious way to see all 3 places on a day trip for a great price.” – Deborah, New Jersey USA
Masada Sunrise Tour highlights
Pickup from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv
Travel through the Judean Desert, passing the ‘Inn of the Good Samaritan’ as you descend towards the Dead Sea.
Hike up to the top of the ancient desert fortress of Masada in the cool sunrise via the famous snake path (named for its impressive route).
Watch the day begin with a spectacular Masada sunrise over the Dead Sea, Moab Mountains, and the Judean Desert.
Tour the top of the mountain to discover the history of one of the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride.
Hike or, if you prefer, take a more leisurely walk, through the Ein Gedi nature reserve, an oasis, with its permanent springs, waterfalls, and amazing desert plants and wildlife.
Restore yourself by floating in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, or bathe in the therapeutic mud at the lowest place on Earth.
Masada Sunrise Tour itinerary
02:00 – Pick up in Tel Aviv
03:00 – Pick up in Jerusalem
05:30 – Arrival at Masada, hike to top to see the sunrise
08:00 – Walk in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
10:30 – Relax at the Dead Sea
12:00 – Leave the Dead Sea, and return to your start point
13:00 – Arrive back in Jerusalem
14:00 – Arrive back in Tel Aviv
Pickup in one city and dropoff in another is possible for an extra charge (for example, starting in Jerusalem and ending in Tel Aviv). Please indicate when booking.
*NB Itinerary for Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Tour varies seasonally and all times are approximate
Essential Information: Masada Sunrise Tour
Things to bring: Hat and sunscreen, Walking shoes, Bathing suit and towel, water and snacks
Includes: Transportation to all sites from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Entrance to the beach at the Dead Sea, a short video presentation about the Dead Sea
Excludes: Masada and Ein Gedi entrance fees. Your guide will use a service called Skip the Line to purchase your tickets for these sites. They will collect cash for this on the bus. The Masada entrance fee is 31 NIS/9 USD/8 Euro. The Ein Gedi entrance fee is 28 NIS/8 USD/7 Euro. We accept all 3 currencies, so please be sure to bring the correct amount in cash. If you do not bring cash for this service, you may have to wait in line to buy your entrance tickets.
This is a self-guided tour. The group will be accompanied by an experienced driver who is on hand to answer questions. Please note that your driver is not a guide.
Cancelation policy: You may cancel via email up to 24 hours in advance of the tour start time for a 95% refund. If you cancel within 24 hours of the tour start time, no refund will be given.
This is a group tour but can be customized and taken privately for families or groups.
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Masada is a place of triumph and tragedy, a symbol of strength and resistance. What makes our tour so special is its early departure time in order to catch the incredible sunrise. The sunrise hike to the top of Masada is something of a national icon in Israel, with youth and groups of all ages taking this hike both for its beauty and historic significance. The amazing views across the surrounding landscapes are perhaps the ultimate highlight of our Masada Sunrise Tour. You will not be disappointed! Perched on top of a mountain, Masada, an ancient desert fortress, overlooks the Dead Sea on one side and the extraordinary landscape of the Negev desert to the other. It is famous for being the last stand of the Jewish revolt against the Romans. Here, the ancient Maccabi's withheld a brutal Roman siege for over a year. With the inevitable fall of the city, the Maccabis' committed suicide, preferring to die free than to become slaves of the Roman empire. What remains today are carefully maintained archaeological ruins that dot the ancient fortress, bringing to life the story of what once was.
terms and conditions
Booking is subject to terms and conditions of the tour operator. All passengers are advised to arrange travel insurance.