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Guided tour – Masada and the Dead Sea
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Guided tour – Masada and the Dead Sea

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Departure Date: Daily

Trip Duration: One Day

There are a variety of ways to explore Israel’s Dead Sea and Masada sites on our Dead Sea and Masada Tours. We at Tourist Israel have tours to suit every taste, whether you are looking for an adventurous trip or a tour based on history. Masada’s best-selling tour combines history, nature, and adventure on the Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tour. Our Masada and Dead Sea Tour, also available in small groups, is the perfect place to start if you’re looking for a more classical or history-focused tour. The Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tours are ideal for those seeking an adventure-based tour experience. These three trips are just a sample of what these sites have to offer. Below you’ll find more. In addition to Masada tours and Dead Sea tours, Tourist Israel offers other experiences that can provide a unique perspective on the region. The tours to these desert attractions depart every week. No matter which tour you choose, our team is waiting to make your experience a great one.

Trip Schedule: Depart from Jerusalem and drive through the Judean Desert to the vicinity of the Dead Sea. Visit Masada, which was King Herod’s fortress and the last sanctuary of the zealots. The tour will continue along the Dead Sea shore – the lowest point on Earth, until we reach the Ein Gedi Spa for an enjoyable dip in the hot mineral springs, cover our bodies with therapeutic mud and bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.
Must Bring: Hat/head covering, comfortable walking shoes, bathing suit, towel and sandals.

When you take a Dead Sea and Masada Tour, what will you learn and experience? There are many places to visit in Israel, including Masada and the Dead Sea. The history of Masada, built in 30 BCE, continues to this day. There are adventure tours and history tours available at Masada. Visiting the mountain’s summit before sunrise is recommended, since the temperature is too hot afterward. Visitors can also take a cable car to the top. The ruins from King Herod’s period and the historical story of this site are inspiring. From the top of the fort, you can see the Dead Sea and desert mountains beyond, while the views across the Dead Sea are spectacular from the top of the fort. The history of Masada will be brought to life by an experienced guide while explaining the region’s unique geography. Alternatively, The Dead Sea is more of a relaxing experience. Use therapeutic mud that has healing properties and float in the salty water. We offer guided and self-guided Dead Sea Tours. It’s a must-do experience either way!

Dead Sea scrolls and Qumran

Dead Sea scrolls and Qumran

The Qumran Ruin is a complex of structures located in the Yehuda Desert on the verge of the Dead Sea. It can be found on a barren terrace between the Dead Sea and the cliffs where the long-untouched Qumran Caves reside. The Qumran Ruin is located just next to the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, some 1300 feet below sea level and several kilometers south of Jericho, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the Dead Sea area. The design of the Qumran ruin is unique, with many large halls that used to serve public functions, and a relatively small number of living quarters. The main structure used to have several rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Additional building complexes, to the south and east of the main building, have contained long halls, rooms and ritual baths. A large number of mikva'ot (ritual baths) were found throughout the site, as was typical of public and private buildings in Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Beside the spectacular archeological value of these ancient ruins, Qumran is best known as the nearest settlement to the burial place of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves around the area, and have been considered to be the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times. The scrolls consist of about 825 to 870 separate documents of great religious and historical importance that include the only known existing copies of Biblical documents created before 100 AD. The Dead Sea Scrolls were most likely written by the Essenes, a strict Torah observant, Messianic, new covenant Jewish sect during the period lasting from about 200 B.C. to 68 A.D. They enhance our knowledge of both Judaism and Christianity, and represent a non-rabbinic form of Judaism alongside a wealth of comparative materials for New Testament scholars. Visiting the Qumran National Park is an exciting and inspiring experience. The most important findings in the area are the ones from the end of the Second Temple period and from the Bar-Kochva rebellion era. It is possible to see the cave in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and other structures that were excavated nearby. An audio-visual presentation tells the story of the site and the people who used to live here. In addition, it is possible to take a short walk up the Qumran canyon, in a nice desert surrounding, and appreciate the one-of-a-kind surrounding of the lowest place on earth.

Luxury and Relaxation at the Herbert Samuel Hood Dead Sea Hotel

Luxury and Relaxation at the Herbert Samuel Hood Dead Sea Hotel

If you're looking for a luxurious and relaxing getaway, the Herbert Samuel Hood Dead Sea Hotel is the perfect destination. This hotel is located in a stunning location where the yellow of the desert meets the blue of the sea, making for breathtaking views. The hotel's warm and welcoming atmosphere will make you feel right at home, and the attention to detail in every corner is impressive. The lobby invites you to sink into one of the soft sofas and enjoy a drink while taking in the silence. The pool is large and well-kept, and the view of the Jordan mountains is captivating. The spa complex is one of the most beautiful in Israel, and the treatments offered will allow you to disconnect and reconnect. The hotel offers a variety of rooms, including double rooms, family suites, and luxury suites with an attached pool. The Herbert Samuel Dead Sea Hotel is the ideal starting point for many trips and attractions in the area, including Ein Bokek, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and Masada. The swimming pool is surrounded by open, green, and well-maintained areas, and the lobby bar is a pleasant and relaxed space where you can enjoy a quiet break, a light meal, and a drink from the diverse collection. The Herbert Samuel Restaurant serves seasonal products, culinary adventures, and a celebration of flavors throughout the day. The spa complex includes sauna rooms, a jacuzzi, a salt pool, a sulfur pool, 16 treatment rooms, and changing rooms. The hotel also provides bicycles for guests to use, and a gym is located in the spa complex. The seaside is a few minutes' walk from the hotel, and guests can enjoy the beach promenade at the lowest point in the world. The hotel also offers conference and event halls, advanced technical equipment, audio systems, lighting, and wireless communication. The Sunrise Hall is perfect for theater-style seating arrangements for up to 50 people, around a table for up to 40 people, and classroom style for 30 people. Overall, the Herbert Samuel Hood Dead Sea Hotel is an excellent choice for a vacation, personal break, or family vacation. The warm hospitality, luxurious amenities, and breathtaking views make it an unforgettable experience. Reviewers say: The Herbert Samuel Hood Dead Sea Hotel received generally positive reviews from guests. Many praised the hotel's fantastic location, amazing food, and friendly staff. The spa area, with its hot Dead Sea water and sulfur pool, was also highly rated. Some guests had concerns about the renovation of the hotel, the cleanliness of the towels, and limited parking space. However, overall, the hotel was considered a great option for a relaxing break or an unforgettable family vacation. Guests highly recommend the hotel to those looking to rest, relax, and replenish.

The Dead Sea Mall

The Dead Sea Mall

The "Dead Sea Mall" opened for the first time in the Dead Sea, one of the ten wonders of the world. The mall is a tourist attraction and provides an answer to a decades-old shortage. In the new shopping mall, located on a private and amazing beach, there are dozens of stores offering international brands in a variety of fields - clothing, footwear, luxury jewelry, special concept stores and more - as well as cafes and restaurants that provide tourists with additional entertainment places in the hotel area. The mall covers an area of about 15,000 square meters over two floors, and is one of the most beautiful seen in the country. The Dead Sea Mall caters to the Dead Sea area, which is the most visited area in Israel. There is currently no answer for a shopping and entertainment center in this area, and the mall offers an extraordinary tourist experience. The mall is located in the heart of the hotel area in Ein Bokek on the Dead Sea, and is close to the seashore. "The Dead Sea Mall is one of the most original and prestigious commercial projects ever established in Israel. In addition to the extraordinary architecture that corresponds with the environment of the Dead Sea, which has been declared one of the eight wonders of the world, a particularly prestigious mix of stores has been chosen that includes the most well-known and leading chains in the world in order to be able to serve the public in the best possible way."

The Dead Sea: A Unique Tourist Destination with Healing Properties
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