Price range
From 0 per person
Upcoming Date
23-23 November 2020
Location
Dead Sea, Judean Desert
Starting at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
Ending at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
Blurb right here
Take a journey to the lowest place on earth, visit the incredible Masada (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and float in the Dead Sea!

Visiting Herod's fort in the desert, and learning the dramatic tale of the Jewish rebels in Masada, that faced the mighty Roman army in the 1st century AD.
Relaxing in the Dead Sea, washing away all worries while floating in the rich minerals.
Gallery of Trip
The Judean Desert - on the Eastern slopes of the Judean Mountain Range, is like no other desert in the region: despite the fact that it receives no more than 200 mm of precipitation a year (1/3 of an inch), it is of full of water. Both natural springs and periodic flashfloods waters that were collected in cisterns, enabled sustenance of human activity in the Judean Desert. That, together with the fact that it is so close to central cities atop of the mountains (such as Hebron, Bethlehem and of course Jerusalem) turned it into the "backyard" of Judea in ancient times. No wonder that there are so many archeological sites around, and fascinating past events which took place right here - the most famous one being the story of the Jewish rebels in Masada, besieged by the Roman army in 74 AD. Masada was the last stronghold during a devastating Jewish Revolt against the Romans, and the only refuge left for the survivors of the destruction of Jerusalem (70 AD).

On this incredible day tour - we will combine the historic site of Masada with it's impressive Herodian remains and dramatic story, with the leisure and of tranquility of the Dead Sea - the Lowest Place on Earth.

Activities:

  • Your guide will meet you at the Ashdod port

  • Masada National Park - Atop a lone rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert lies Masada, combining natural beauty and deep meaning. Ascend by cable car or hiking up and tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BC, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome by siege, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender. Masada has come to symbolize the fierce determination of the people of Israel, but its tragic history also raises questions about the price of freedom.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lake in the world - with about 34.2% salinity. Venture into the waters for a “float”. Lather yourself in the mineral mud and return glowing at the end of the day.

  • Return to the ship at Ashdod Port

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

Can I use my cell phone in Israel?

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Yes you can use your cellphone in Israel if it is unlocked, or if you have roaming services on. Your mobile carrier should be able to unlock your smartphone for you. It is possible to purchase a preloaded SIM card including data, text message, calls in Israel and a US / Canadian number for people back home to contact you. Please contact us to arrange a SIM card. Alternatively your carrier may offer international service for a daily or monthly fee. Please make sure to check the rates for international cellular usage before your trip, it will save you a bundle.

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – May): Daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

Starting at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
Ending at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
Take a journey to the lowest place on earth, visit the incredible Masada (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and float in the Dead Sea!
What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Testimonials
“In 1968, I spent 2 wonderful months in Israel, and in 2018, with Via Sabra's invaluable help, I went back They helped us plan our 2-week trip, made hotel and even dinner reservations -- some amazing restaurants! -- and arranged 3 terrific one-day guides. Avihai Tsabari and his team made my return everything I had hoped it would be -- and more! ”
Geoffrey H
2020
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