From ancient temples to markets and landmark museums, Jerusalem invites travelers to explore the past, sample local cuisine, and discover traditional culture. Since key sites are found in the compact center, you can cover the essentials with just one day in the city. Here’s how.
Many travelers visit the Dead Sea on a day trip from Amman in Jordan, or from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Herzliya, or Eilat in Israel. A full-day tour to the area makes getting there simple, and offers plenty of time for swimming, sunbathing, and soaking in a therapeutic mud bath. You can also combine a quicker visit to the Dead Sea with other regional highlights, including Masada, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Jericho, Jerusalem, or Bethlehem.
Unique tour to Massada
Great experience, especially thanks to the best guide I ever had in my life: Amir (with the ponytail)
Maria_M, Feb 2020
Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem
Mira was the best, had a great trip
Rorris_B, Nov 2021
Jerusalem, Dead Sea and Bethlehem from Jerusalem
Mira took her time to explain each stop and was very patient with everyone. The Dead Sea was the highlight of the tour
great tour guide and organization
Lauren_R, Nov 2021
Dead Sea and Masada 1 day tour
very kind and accommodating people. great trip overall. Would definitely recommend. Itamar was a great tour guide!
Paul_C, Oct 2021
Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full Day Tour - Trip from Jerusalem/TLV
A great day! All of the staff and the tour guides were so nice and always ready to help and answered all our question, they took good care if us. We are more than happy that we booked this tour.
Good single day trip
Marc F, May 2019
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Well run trip by Bein Harim. The guide, D'or, was knowledgeable and balanced in his presentation. The vehicles were clean and in good condition. The tour ran on time, even though one couple was 40 minutes late returning to the bus from the Dead Sea. Overall a fair price for a full day tour.
Great experience for a good price!!! Must Do!
Ronald_R, Nov 2021
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
On this tour you actually visit all 3 places Jerusalem first, Bethlehem second and Dead Sea last. The tour guide we had was Mira and she was phenomenal and genuine. She is passionate about what she does which make the experience real. She was also the driver which was great because she gets you to your destinations very quickly just fasten your seat belt and hold on. Lol.. Going during the pandemic time actually worked in our favor because it wasn't busy or crowded and we were the only ones in the view areas such as tomb or the Manger. The Wailing Wall was easily accessible and the Dead Sea was only a few people which gave more space and peace to enjoy. Overall great experience.
Marlowenh, Dec 2020
Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Cable car ride, walking tour of Masada, trip from Jerusalem to Masada The place we stopped at the Dead Sea was horrible. I’ve been there before and faked our guide not to go there but he refused to go to another place.
Fun trip to Masada and Dead Sea
Maria_H, Mar 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Our tour guide, Dan Porges was incredible. He had a lot of information and was very engaging the whole tour. The tour was fun and the timing between locations was planned out perfectly. The only thing was we were made to wait at the sales pitch places way too long (the dead seas soap shops), but it had nothing to do with the guide. Great trip!
History Lesson in Beautiful Surroundings
MarcellineL_F, Mar 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Anna was a wonderful tour Guide! She is very knowledgable in the history of Masada and Engedi. The Day was a history lesson and a beautiful nature hike all in one:) I want to go back and do it again, but this time walk up the mountain instead of taking the ride up:) I'd definitely need more time for that. The dead sea was a beautiful sight too, but as it was winter, it was too cold for me to do anything but stick my toes in. I highly reccomend this tour. You will not be disappointed.
Consuelo_Z, Feb 2020
Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour
The tour guides from Judah’s Tours provided us with an amazing trip to Bethlehem and Dead Sea, crew was very organized and very attentive to our requests.
Easy way to see some sights
Courtney_G, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Itamar was a great guide! Although they had many tours going all over it was very organized. He was very clear where, when, and how long we had for everything as well as being knowledgeable about the area. We had so much fun at the Dead Sea, just wish we had more time!
Great tour with Abraham Tours
genibre, Feb 2020
Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
Great tour overall!! The pickup was smooth and there was a good amount of time allowed for exploring Masada (AMAZING sunset views and ruins). I wish we could have explored Ein Gedi a bit more as Wadi David is not that impressive, but the visit to the Dead Sea was stellar. Could have stayed for hours more!!
Beautiful Jerusalem but short stop at Dead sea
Dominika_C, Feb 2020
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea Tour from Eilat
It was a very great experience and thanks a lot to our guide Joseph. We visited Jerusalem during sabath and I think it was better because the city was not so full of tourists. Unfortunately, we have a little time in Dead sea and stay there shoul be a little bit longer.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Dead Sea is a must-see for any first-time visitor to the region.
Dead Sea tours can last upwards of 10 hours.
Pack some water shoes to protect your feet from the rough salt at the bottom of the sea.
Wear an old bathing suit, as the salty water and mineral-rich mud can discolor fabrics.
Don’t shave for at least a day or two before your Dead Sea swim, as the salt can sting.
How to Get There
The remote Dead Sea is pretty far away from any major city, making arriving independently via public transportation somewhat tricky. There are bus services from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but most visitors find it more convenient to join a guided small-group or private tour with round-trip transportation included.
When to Get There
The best times to visit the Dead Sea are during the spring and autumn months, when milder temperatures make it a good time to explore some of the Judean Desert’s other outdoor sights. Expect temperatures over 100°F (38°C) during July and August.
A Dead Sea Skin Routine
The water and mud of the Dead Sea are believed to do wonders for your skin, and there’s a set routine followed by those in the know. Start by getting into the water (fall backward, not forward) for a 10-minute float. Make your way toward shore and give yourself a mud rubdown. Once the mud dries on your skin, get back in the water for another floating session before rinsing off in the showers.
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