Masada Sunrise & Dead Sea Tour from Eilat
On this tour, we will explore some of the most iconic sites in Israel from the southernmost point Eilat.
We will depart from Eilat in the early morning and drive north through the desert to the foot of Masada. As we begin the moderate, 45-minute hike up the Snake Path, the sun will emerge in the east over the mountains, providing a breathtaking view of Jordan and the Dead Sea. You’ll reach the top just in time to relax in front of the stunning desert landscape and shimmering sun on the still waters of the sea.
With time to explore the ancient fortress of Masada, we will view the archaeological remains of a castle built by King Herod in 30 BCE, and the place where the Jewish rebels famously decided to take their own lives rather than fall into the hands of the advancing Roman armies. After descending the same path, you will find the bus waiting to bring you to the next stop.
Driving back south, we will stop at Ein Bokek, the southern beach of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Float in the salty waters and enjoy the rejuvenating mud before heading back to Eilat.
Our must-see Masada Sunrise tour from Eilat allows you to visit some of Israel’s most beautiful and unique places, which can be difficult to get to on your own, whether you are just passing through or vacationing in Eilat. For many travelers, this experience becomes the highlight of their trip in Israel.
- Climb to the top of Masada
- Witness the magnificent sunrise over the Dead Sea and desert mountains of Jordan
- Float in the salty water of the Dead Sea
- Cover yourself in the therapeutic mud found in the area
- Take in incredible views as you drive through the desert
- Day Tour
02:00 – 03:00 (changes seasonally) – Pickup in Eilat (Shfifon Street 3)
04:30 – Arrival at Masada and climb Snake Path
08:00 – Arrive at Dead Sea
09:30 – Head back to Eilat
12:00-13:00 (changes seasonally) – Arrive back in Eilat
*Please note that all times are approximate.
**The departure time for this tour does change seasonally, so check your confirmation for the correct time for your departure.
Good to Know
- This is a self guided tour, meaning it includes full transportation and free guiding materials, but no actual guide.
- Self-guiding materials are available for FREE - Abraham Tours App (available on Google Play and App Store).
- We recommend bringing a packed breakfast with you or to eat before the tour, as there is nothing available to purchase at Masada.
- Start times will vary seasonally
- We will be hiking both up and down the Snake Path at Masada. There is no cable car available on this tour.
- Pickup Points; Shfifon Street 3
- Things to bring: Breakfast, Passport, Hat & Sunscreen, Bathing Suit, Towel, Walking Shoes, Camera, Water and Snacks
- Dead Sea Mud
- Masada Entrance Fee (31 ILS)
- Food & drinks
- This is a self guided tour, meaning it includes full transportation, but no actual guide
- Self guiding materials are available for FREE – Abraham Tours App (available on Google Play and App Store).
Is it possible to take the cable car to Masada on this tour?
The cable car is not open at this hour, and the only option is to hike both up and down the mountain.
Which Dead Sea beach are we going to?
We will go to Ein Bokek, the southern beach of the Dead Sea.
Will we stop in Ein Gedi?
Ein Gedi will not be included on this tour.
Will we have access to the Dead Sea mud?
While the mud is not naturally in this area, you will still have access to the therapeutic, mineral-rich mud.
Are there showers, lockers, etc. at the Dead Sea Beach?
There are public showers available so you can rinse off the salt water. You can leave your bags on the bus which will be locked nearby.
How to get to Eilat from Jerusalem using public transportation?
The distance from Jerusalem to Eilat is 314 km (195 miles), you can easily travel to Eilat using the bus run by Egged Public Transportation. The ride from Jerusalem to Eilat is around 4-5 hours long. Unfortunately, there is no train service at the moment but direct domestic flights are available from Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 1.
From Jerusalem Central Station: Bus line 444.
How to get to Eilat from Tel Aviv using public transportation?
The distance from Tel Aviv to Eilat is 350 km (217 miles), you can easily travel to Eilat using the bus run by Egged Public Transportation. The ride from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is around 4-5 hours long. Unfortunately, there is no train service at the moment but direct domestic flights are available from Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 1.
From Tel Aviv Central Station: Bus lines 390, 393, or 394