Price range
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Upcoming Date
23 Nov 2020 - 23 Nov 2020
Dead Sea, Judean Desert
Starting at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
Ending at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
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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.
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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 full of water. Both natural springs and periodic flashfloods waters that were collected in cisterns, enabled the 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 its impressive Herodian remains and dramatic story, with the leisure and of tranquility of the Dead Sea - the Lowest Place on Earth.


  • 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


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

The rules regarding COVID-19 are fluid and change often, based on what is happening around the globe. We will continue to update you regarding current guidelines. Currently, the State of Israel does not require one to present a COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate, or a negative test result in order to enter or leave the country. It is advised that you check with your airline to confirm their requirements, as they may differ. As of October 9, it is no longer required to complete an entry form to enter Israel. Please note the following:
  • Health Insurance It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19. Please note that you may be denied boarding of your flight to Israel if you cannot show proof of this when you check in for your flight.
  • Travel Insurance In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this coverage is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking. You can purchase travel insurance through our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.
**Please note that if one tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during their stay in Israel, a minimum of a full 5 days of isolation is required, with the possibility of this being extended to a full 7 days.** We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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?

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 pre-paid SIM card including data, text message, calls in Israel and a US/Canadian number for people back home to contact you.  Alternatively, your carrier may offer international services for a daily or monthly fee. Please make sure to check the rates for international cellular usage before your trip so you don’t incur any unnecessary charges.

What's the weather like in Israel?

In Israel, the northern and coastal areas enjoy a Mediterranean climate, meaning summers are hot and dry, while winters are cool and rainy. Down south and in the east, it's much drier. Rainfall usually comes between October and early May, with the most rain falling from December to February. It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand. 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.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 


Cancellation Policy

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

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

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
“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
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