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Unforgettable Dead Sea and Masada Private Guided Tour

 

Your Ultimate Dead Sea and Masada Private Tour

 

 

The Dead Sea and Masada Private Tour is One of the most exciting tours possible to book in Israel. Discover exciting secret places of the Judean desert, hiking, mud, and Spa treatments at the Dead Sea.

Welcome to the desert, just 30 minutes from Jerusalem or 1 hour from Tel Aviv, where the landscape undergoes a remarkable transformation. Leaving the urban sites behind, we take a journey of the Judean desert and the Dead Sea on an extraordinary Dead Sea and Masada private tour. Experience Mud cosmetics from the Dead Sea crafted from healing mud and indulge in direct bathing in the waters of this remarkable and incredibly salty Lake.

My Dead Sea and Masada private tours are filled with non-standard information, stories about heroism, and untold legends. We will visit the unique historical Masada National Park, located in the middle of the desert at the top of the cliff, then visit the equipped beaches and swim in the waters of the Dead Sea and also try to figure out what attracted the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, to whom Mark Antony conquered these lands.

As your private tour guide to the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, I am ready to open this unique region of Israel to you from a new historical perspective and take you on the best Dead Sea tour.

Exploring the Legendary Mountain Fortress of Masada

 

Legendary Mountain Fortress of Masada

 

The main historical sight we will see during our Guided Masada and the Dead Sea day trip from Tel Aviv or any other location is the legendary Fortress of Masada built by King Herod. Constructed at the junction of the eras by Herod the Great, this serf building became an example of immense heroism and pride. After Jerusalem fell under the attack of the Romans, the fortress was held for more than three years by its inhabitants, who, even after the fall of the defense, did not surrender to slavery and committed a massive suicide. In memory of the vivid example of heroism, steadfastness, and courage, the soldiers of the elite Israeli army take their oath every year on top of Masada's ancient ruins.

Masada sunrise tour - The exciting option for adventurists

 

Masada sunrise tour

 

A unique visit to Masada will be great for people who love to wake up early and create amazing photos and memories. The Best way to do a Masada sunrise tour is to leave Jerusalem by 3 AM or Tel Aviv by 2 AM, drive 1.5\2.5 hours to the famous fortress, and then hike up the snake path for 40 minutes. Some people may think it's a waste of time but believe me, this will be one of the best experiences in your life! 

After a stiff climb, you will be watching an amazing sunrise and soft rays of light! This tour is good during warm Israeli summers but also in the Winters, so consider this option...either way on this day we will be able to explore all the other famous sites(on the way to the amazing sunrise you will be able to sleep in the car or eat your breakfast).

  

Side Trips to Desert Oases and Views Beyond

 

ein gedi on masada and dead sea private tour

 

During our Dead Sea and Masada excursion, we will visit the unique Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, the picturesque Ein Gedi oasis in the middle of the Judean desert. Here, nature has created a beautiful landscape with waterfalls and streams, tiny Hyrex, Ibex, which live in the reserve in natural conditions. We cannot only enjoy the landscapes of the oasis, sung in the "Song of Songs" of King Solomon but also swim in the waters of the second-largest waterfall in the country.

Also, we can visit the famous rock towering on Mount Sodom, with a column of rock salt, "Lot's wife", or the "Genesis Land " to experience the biblical times and ride camels, the perfect attraction for kids. During my private tours in Israel, you can see the main advantages of the services of a licensed tour guide in Israel.

The Dead Sea and Masada shore excursion from Haifa port and Ashdod port for tourists arriving by cruise ship start directly from the port terminal. Unlike a taxi, I have a special permit to collect you straight from the cruise ship, where entry is forbidden by private transportation. The tour program is made individually according to your wishes and needs. 

As a private tour guide in Israel, I commit to going above and beyond to ensure your stay is easy, cozy, and unforgettable.

  

 

Understanding the Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

the dead sea scrolls of qumran

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the Jewish manuscripts found in the Israeli Dead Sea region in many caves of the Judean desert of the north part of the Dead Sea located in the West Bank.

The Dead Sea Scrolls contain many manuscripts, including the oldest version of the Bible and external books and manuscripts, The scrolls preserve evidence and diversity of different Religious thoughts from the period of the second Jewish temple. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the Dead Sea area between 1947 and 1956 in 12 hidden caves, roughly 900 different manuscripts were collected In this area.

Most of the texts are written in Hebrew and ancient Aramaic and few books are written in Greek, all the texts are written on papyrus and Copper.

Those ancient manuscripts are written by an ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes, A very strict community, the group had only men worshiping God and dedicating all their free time to praying.

The community members had to be baptized in a natural ritual baptism pool called a "Mikve", Before every step, dining, or writing any texts.

The discovery of the scrolls in the Qumran Cave happened by accident, the scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin Shepherd throwing stones into a well to find out how deep it was when suddenly he heard a strange noise, so he went down to the Cave to see how deep it was and he discovered the biggest treasure in the Jewish history.

Today, the Dead Sea scrolls are presented in the National Museum of Israel in Jerusalem inside the Shrine of the Book, and we will be able to see them during this Dead Sea and Masada experience if we have time to pass Jerusalem on our way back!

 
 

Floating in the Mineral-Rich Waters of the Dead Sea 

 
 
dead sea floating
 
 

When you wade into the Dead Sea’s warm waters, you’ll instantly float as the extreme salinity buoys you up for an otherworldly sensation unlike any other body of water on Earth. With salt concentrations around 40% - ten times saltier than the ocean - prepare ahead to safely enjoy the experience during our full-day Dead Sea and Masada trip.

 

I recommend wearing swim goggles and keeping your head above water since the stinging salt can irritate your eyes. Additionally, the high salt content corrodes swimsuits, so wear an older one if possible. For at least 48 hours beforehand, avoid shaving to prevent any scrapes or cuts from stinging. After floating, be sure to shower off and avoid towel drying for the most comfortable experience.  

 

While the high saline makes most marine life impossible, the Dead Sea’s minerals provide therapeutic relief for various ailments. The nutrient-dense black mud along shallow shores has anti-inflammatory properties to nourish skin conditions like psoriasis. Many also find the highly oxygenated air eases respiratory issues such as asthma.

 

We’ll have a few location options for our swim, ranging from free public beaches to private resorts.  My top choice is to book one of the Dead Sea hotel spas on the southern basin, with facilities like freshwater pools, restaurants, and air conditioning for afterward. In this below-sea-level basin on the Israel-Jordan border, the year-round warm waters average around 80 ̊F (27 ̊C) - perfect for soaking up the surroundings. Let me know your preferences and I can ensure our Dead Sea experience matches your ideal.

 

Why is the Dead Sea called the Dead Sea? 

 

dead sea name meaning

 
 
Since the salt concentration is higher than 40 %, nothing can live inside this salty body of water, not even bacteria! The Dead Sea in the Bible is mentioned as a very blessed place as many minerals and medicaments were extracted, also in the New Testament as the place to which the water from the Jordan River floated and that was the place in which people were baptized and their sins where washed away, therefore this salty sea was often called a cursed place.
 
 

Dead Sea and Masada Tour Duration and Pricing

 

Masada and Dead Sea private tour in Israel from Ashdod port

 

Our Dead Sea and Masada full-day private tour typically lasts 8-10 hours depending on exact stops and timing preferences. Pricing ranges between $800-$1000 per group up to 6 people. Please inquire for an exact customized quote.

 

Geographical Details and Driving Times

 

guided tour to Masada and the Dead Sea

 

The Dead Sea south basin lies only a 120-minute drive from Jerusalem or 180 minutes from Tel Aviv, making it an easy and hugely rewarding day trip from these gateway cities. Masada mountain fortress is 30km north of the Dead Sea beaches of Ein Bokek. Ein Gedi is 20 minutes away from Masada.

 

Meeting Points for Pickup 

 

As your private guide in Israel, I'm happy to arrange convenient pickup from your hotel or vacation rental anywhere in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv for a smooth journey to the Dead Sea region. 

 

Conclusion

Enjoy my Private day trip to the Dead Sea and Masada in the Judean desert with a private tour guide in Israel, whether you start the tour from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea or Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, the drive to this fascinating location is less than 2 hours, and the distance from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea is around 100km or 70 miles to the north beach! Satisfaction is guaranteed!

This is a recommended daily tour to see not ordinary sites isolated from man, terrific monasteries, and fascinating stories but also this tour day is perfect and very interesting for kids, couples, and seniors and not involved with a lot of walking and stiff paths. Nevertheless, we can adjust each day to your requests and needs, just let me know ahead!

 

 

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SLAVA BAZARSKY
PHONE: +972 53 4779797