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- Tour number: 1553
The adventure starts when you’re met by your guide at Ashdod port and driven south through the breathtaking Judean Desert landscape to the lowest point on Earth. Enjoy a guided tour of Masada and see the remnants of Herod’s hilltop fortress. Visit the Masada Museum where there is a short film about Masada’s history. Next, we travel to the Dead Sea Ein Bokek beach for lunch and free time swimming and floating in the Dead Sea. The tour ends with a drive via Arad back to Ashdod cruise port.
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Your tour guide will meet you at Ashdod cruise port and your day trip will begin with a drive south in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. We take the winding road down through the mountains of the Judean Desert. You will be traveling below sea level to the lowest point on Earth. Along the way, we drive parallel to the Dead Sea towards Masada.
At Masada, you’ll take a cable car to the plateau summit of this massive rock outcrop that stands 1,424ft (434 meters) high. Take a guided tour of the remnants of King Herod’s palace-fortress. Learn about the elaborate complex and see the well-preserved archaeological remains including mosaics, storerooms, palaces, and a bathhouse. Also visit the Masada Museum at the foot of the mount, where there are over 500 artifacts found at Masada. And learn about Masada’s history from an audiovisual presentation.
Leaving Masada we drive to Ein Bokek beach at the Dead Sea. You will either have a lunch break at Masada or at the beach. Then spend the remaining part of the afternoon at your leisure, relaxing on the beach and floating in the Dead Sea. Get revitalized by the rich minerals and salts of the Dead Sea water, or purchase some of the Dead Sea mud as a natural skin treatment. After a day packed with adventure, history, and fun, we take the route via Arad back to Ashdod Port and your cruise ship.
Docking time - the estimated time the ship will arrive at the port dock.
Disembarkation time - generally, disembarkation time is 1 hour after docking time. It is the time when passengers get off the ship.
Pickup time - the scheduled time that our tour guides will meet you after disembarkation (8 am).
No worries, you can book the tour and mention your docking time. We will change the pickup time accordingly. Please note that in this case the itinerary will be shortened and will not include all the sites listed
If your docking time changes, we will move the pickup time accordingly. The tour is approximately 8-9 hours but will be shortened if the ship’s docking time is delayed. We monitor the docking times and if something changes we will be notified. However, it’s very important to let us know of any changes in advance via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or via WhatsApp at +972-52-6588834.
No worries. Our guide will wait for passengers to disembark at the earliest disembarkation time. There may be several disembarkation times. Please make sure you disembark at the earliest possible disembarkation time, which is approximately 1 hour after docking. Regrettably, the whole group cannot be delayed if you miss the earliest possible disembarkation time.
As we are obliged to return you to the port on time, day tours from the port starting after 8:00 will have to be shortened to meet the ship’s schedule. (A shorter itinerary will not include all the sites listed in the tour description).
Our guide will be waiting for you at the port after you get off the ship. He will be holding a sign that reads “Bein Harim”.