Very nice trip. Highly recommended. Just enough time for everything. 2 h in Masada then 1.5 h in Ein Gedi and 1.5 h in Dead Sea. Although our driver was 1 hour late we manage to visit everything and get free drink at the end because of drivers late.
I think that a guided tour at Masada would have created a better experience for us. It would have given us more information vs. just dropping us there with no direction. On the other hand, strolling through Ein Gedi was fine along with dropping us off at the Dead Sea. The spa that they drove us to at the Dead Sea was packed with people. The dressing and shower area was not clean and was overcrowded as well.
I suffered in the intense heat and it stopped me from enjoying the tour. That is my issue and no fault of the tour organizers. the tour ran as advertised , scheduled well and ran on time. I felt ein gedi was a waste of time because of the heat and lack of anything interesting there personal view. The dead sea was enjoyable as well as an opportunity to cool off. The one negative I have is that there are no decent food stops, ein gedi has poor food choice, likewise Masada ...so bring your own food!
Certainly the tour stop off in Masada gave more than expected. Wonderful views from the plateau so great for photos as you could see for more than 30kM. Great ride in the cable car but the walk down looked formidable. Just wish we had more time as it was only a quick visit in the museum. Ein Gedi was a disappointment, good snack bar and convenience shop but the waterfall pool accommodated 5 as best and 50 were there. Also the 100 children in the park prevented seeing any animals but we managed that outside the park, question is why go in. The Dead Sea was fantastic and the choice of resort great, had everything needed for a great time 400m below sea level, just wish we had a bit more time. My advice scrap or shorten the Ein Gedi visit. OH great guide although the tour was advertised as un-guided.
The idea of offering just the transport and light information service by the guide is great and gives a feeling of independence for the tourist tours on the trip. Haim was a very nice and agreable trip companion and everything went very well.
A great tour with plenty of time to visit each site. Was surprised by the beautiful resort at the Dead Sea complete with swimming pool, beach, showers, bar, covered patios, views. Loved the hikes at En Gedi to see several waterfalls. Masada was so interesting. Haim our driver was excellent.