The Dead Sea & Ancient Masada

AS1-120 | Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod), Israel | See Special Notes

from $249.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Masada
  • Dead Sea

You will see:

Strenuous Includes meal

Excursion Length:
Approx. 10.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 45

Tour Overview

Set forth on this amazing and rigorous full-day tour by meeting your professional guide at the pier and boarding an air-conditioned motorcoach. Then sit back and relax as you embark on a two-hour scenic drive from the verdant coastal region of your port city Ashdod through rugged rocky terrain in the Negev Desert.

On the way, you will pass the ruins of the ancient settlement of Qumran where, in 1947, a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of 972 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible.
Visit Masada, the most spectacular ancient archaeological site in Israel!  This breathtaking fortress and palace built by Herod the Great around 37 B.C. on a tabletop mountain towers 1,450 feet above the Dead Sea. It was here that for three years Jewish Zealots made their last stand against Roman armies during the Jewish Revolt. With the Romans on the verge of breaching the walls, the Zealots, in a last act of defiance, chose mass suicide in 73 B.C. Ascend this mountaintop fortress by cable car for the opportunity to explore the magnificent ancient ruins of this moving site, which include Herod's three-tiered palace, the synagogue, the baths, the defending walls, and the water cisterns that are an engineering feat still today.

Continue your journey through the desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth at 1,276 feet below sea level. As its name evokes, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to an extremely high content of minerals which give its waters the renowned curative and therapeutic qualities recognized since the days of Herod the Great, more than 2,000 years ago.

Stop at a leading hotel situated on the shores of the Dead Sea to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet accompanied by wine. Then slip into the warm, sea waters to experience firsthand the exquisite sensation of floating effortlessly upon the waters so filled with salt that even non-swimmers can remain buoyant without even trying.

As you embark on your return journey along the shores of the Dead Sea you will drive Via Arad a thriving Negev town.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


The drive between Ashdod and Masada is approximately two hours each way.

Walking shoes are recommended; bring a hat and water. Don't forget a bathing suit and a towel if you wish to swim in the Dead Sea.
Please do not bring any jewelry with you, as it is not recommended to go into the Dead Sea with it and the only place to leave it is in the lockers. It is not recommended for children under the age of 10 to go into the Dead Sea, as the water may sting their eyes.

Sequence of tour stops may vary.

Due to Israeli security regulations, all persons going ashore are reminded not to take with them any items that could be considered weapons or would not be allowed through airport security. To avoid possible delays or difficulties at security checkpoints, check the contents of any backpacks, bags, etc. before leaving the ship.

This tour uses headsets.

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