Originally built as a fortress by King Herod and now designated as a World Heritage Site, Masada National Park famously provided the setting for a Roman siege of Jewish rebels in 73 CE. The fortress, built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert, includes palaces, granaries, and a synagogue. According to the ancient historian Josephus' account, 960 Jews who escaped there during the Jewish-Roman War in 70 CE committed mass suicide rather than fall prey to their Roman captors. You can ascend and descend the mountain to tour the fortress either by walking a narrow steep path or by riding the cable car. Arrange your visit to Masada National Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Masada using our Masada day trip planning site.
Tours To Masada National Park
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $120
Duration: 12 hours
Masada, Ein Gedi, and The Dead Sea from Tel Aviv BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $69
Duration: 10 hours
Masada National Park Reviews
Must visit site in Israel. If you are an amateur photographer: access via the gondola to save time, the trail is for the religious and hiker; go early or late for best light since the mesa is... more »
You can hike up, down or both, but it is restricted to cool temperatures. The cable car is extra. There are lots of ruins on the plateau to see. The museum is interesting too. I really liked... more »
The view from the plateau is exceptional. You can take the cable car to the top, but during the winter season it is not a bad idea to climb up using the snake path that is really well built, and you can get up in 40-50 minutes max.
Loved this! So glad the tour stopped here as I am not sure I would have done it on my own. One of the most interesting things to do in the Dead Sea region.
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