Masada Guided Tour from Eilat with Dead Sea Experience and Buffet
- Cable car ride: Take the aerial Masada Cableway up to the ruins of the ancient fortification of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while you take in views of the rocky desert and the Dead Sea below.
- Guided tour: Your knowledgeable guide will take you to the top of Masada, where you will see the ruins of King Herod's palace complex and learn of its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish fighters in the face of the Roman Army.
- Dead Sea: After a refreshing and delicious cold buffet in a modern hotel, you'll have the chance to enjoy the unique experience of floating in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.
About this Eilat tour
Take an excursion to Masada, an ancient fortification overlooking the stunning natural vistas of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. Considered the symbol of Jewish national identity, Masada is a rugged natural fortress on which Herod the Great, the Judean King who ruled from 37 B.C. to 4 A.D., constructed a sumptuous palace complex in classical Roman style. After Judaea became a province of the Roman Empire, Masada served as the refuge of the last survivors of the Jewish revolt, who "chose death rather than slavery" when the Roman Army broke through their defenses.
A cable car will take you to this natural defensive site, where you will take in dramatic views of the rocky desert and the Dead Sea. Your knowledgeable guide will give you all the juicy details regarding the site's dramatic history and archaeological significance. The remarkably intact Masada complex is an outstanding example of opulent architectural design, elaborately engineered and constructed in extreme conditions.
With your thirst for knowledge satisfied, enjoy a delicious cold buffet, then have the chance to relax in the renowned healing waters of the Dead Sea. Also known as the Salt Sea, this amazing body of water, one of the world's saltiest, is the lowest point of elevation on Earth and boasts sunny skies and warm, dry air year round. The waters of the Dead Sea are almost ten times as salty as the ocean and contain the highest concentration of minerals in the world, allowing visitors to float effortlessly in the water. The mud and salt water are also prized the world over for their therapeutic value.
Life of the Dead Sea
Did you know that the Dead Sea was one the world's first health resorts? While sodium accounts for about 80 percent of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. Due to the water's high concentration of minerals, very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, reduced ultraviolet rays, and high atmospheric pressure, the Dead Sea is recognized worldwide as a major center for health research and treatment. Now that's one body of water that can float your boat!
On a cruise ship? Meet your guide on the pier, in front of the ship. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
There is a souvenir/snack shop inside the cable car terminal. The walkways of the top of Masada are gravel and you need to be sure-footed. Leave the high heels for another day and pack your water shoes for the muddy bottom of the Dead Sea. The photo opportunities on the top of Masada are incredible. There are changing facilities/lockers at the Dead Sea swimming area. Don't forget the sunscreen and a towel and remember shampoo, shower gel and body lotion for after your swim.
Plan to walk for less than a half mile, over paved/gravel/cobblestone paths and up steps. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Lunch - Local Favorites
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have a fear of heights, this may not be a suitable excursion for you. Any swimming is at each participant's own risk.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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