2 Day tour of Jerusalem's highlights , The Dead Sea & Masada

2 Day tour of Jerusalem's highlights , The Dead Sea & Masada

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This two-day tour combines the Jerusalem Old & New Tour with the Masada & Dead Sea Tour and one night in a tourist-level hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 1 - Jerusalem Old & New

On the first day of this tour, we will visit Mount Olives, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, and the Old City of Jerusalem where we will see the Byzantine Cardo, the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Stations of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

As we stand above the Jewish cemetery on Mount of Olives we see the Old City and the Temple Mount where Solomon’s Temple, destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, once stood.

Below us is the garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations in the Kidron Valley with its ancient Jewish burial tombs.

Entering the Old City through the Zion Gate we pass the Armenian Quarter on our way to the Jewish Quarter and the fifteen-year-old Byzantine Cardo. Partially destroyed and unused during the Muslim conquest, it had a brief new period of life during the Crusader period. The excavated Crusader shops are now modern stores.

We stop at the Western Wall where Jews have prayed since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Built by King Herod it was the supporting wall enclosing the enlarged Temple Mount area.

The Via Dolorosa, also known as the Way of the Cross, is the route many pilgrims follow on their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church built over the place of the crucifixion of Jesus and the burial tomb. Although the Byzantine church was partially destroyed during the Persians and Muslim conquests, the rebuilt and redesigned Crusader Church preserved much of the earlier church.

We exit the Old City via the market and the Jaffa Gate for a short tour of the new city. A visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum, reveals artifacts and photographs documenting the discrimination, persecution, and finally the annihilation of the Jewish communities of Europe. It also remembers those righteous among the nations who risked their lives while trying to save Jews.


Day 2 - Masada & the Dead Sea

We begin our journey by taking the route down from Jerusalem descending below sea level through the Biblical wilderness towards the Dead Sea. On the way, we can see the Inn of the Good Samaritan and stop on route to look out across the desert as we pass the point marking "Sea Level". The ancient city of Jericho can be seen in the distance where Joshua's troops caused the walls to fall (Joshua 6) and where Jesus healed the blind (Mark 10:46-52).

We reach the shores of the Dead Sea encrusted with white salt and follow the shoreline towards Masada. Although it's possible to climb the ancient snake path up Masada as the Romans did 2,000 years ago, we take the convenient cable car up to the mountaintop plateau. It was here that King Herod built a fortified palace complete with every convenience including a swimming pool, water cisterns, two palaces, store rooms, and even a synagogue.

Following Herod's death, the mountaintop was the last outpost of Jewish zealots when the Romans tried to rid the land of Jews. The Jewish zealots maintained their position for three years before the Romans finally managed to scale Masada using a ramp built by slaves. The 960 Jews didn't wait for the Romans to successfully reach the summit. Instead, they killed themselves becoming religious martyrs. Shortly afterwards the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70CE.

It was on Masada that the first parchment from this era was discovered in an Israeli archaeological excavation.  On the parchment was the prophecy of Ezekiel "…I will take the children of Israeli from among the nations… and bring them into their own land…" (Ezekiel 37).

Heading back to the Dead Sea we pass the desert oasis of Ein Gedi where there is lush foliage and hidden waterfalls and where David hid from angry King Saul. We also pass by Qumran where the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves.

To end off a perfect day we stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth and a contender for the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. People come from across the globe to enjoy the therapeutic mineral-rich waters. And don't worry if you don't know how to swim, the high salt content will keep you afloat.

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Departure times

  • Jerusalem 8:20 am

  • Tel Aviv 7:15 am

  • Herzliya 7:00 am

Additional notes

What to bring and wear

  • Comfortable walking shoes 

  • Modest dress for holy places in Jerusalem

  • Bathing suit, towel, hat, sun protection, flip flops ro water shoes for the Dead Sea

  •  Age: 4+

Special notes

  • There is also a three day option for this tour. Contact us for more information.

  • Includes accommodations in a double room on a bed and breakfast basis

  • The sequence of the days, pick up times and hotel accommodation are subject to change

  • Single supplement $60 per person per night

  • High season supplement $60 per person per night

  • On Fridays, Saturdays & Jewish Holidays, when the Holocaust Museum is closed, the tour will include a visit to the Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane and to King David's  Tomb and the Hall of the Last Supper on Mount Zion.

  • Airport drop-off is available for additional $65 per person

  • Changes of vehicle required for transfers of pick up / drop off destinations to save time, avoid traffic and delay

  • The second day of Masada and the Dead Sea can be exchanged with a Dead Sea Relaxation Tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds will be provided for no-shows or cancellations on the day of travel
  • Cancellations are accepted 24 hours or more before tour begins.
  • No refunds for tours that include flights and accommodation
  • Cancellations will incur a 4% commission fee if booked by credit card or Paypal.

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