Israel: Ports of Haifa and Ashdod

Ashdod: If you are interested in this excursion while we are at the Port of Ashdod (best port to experience Dead Sea tours), please contact me at I will add you to the list until our list reaches the maximum of sixteen people. The owner of GTI will add another van if we have many. After you contact me, please go to Guided Tours Israel and register and pay on their site.

Private Excursion to Masada, the Dead Sea, and Qumran (from Ashdod) NCL Epic Nov 14, 2022

I contacted Guided Tours Israel and they set up a tentative excursion if we can get at least six people. This is who we used in Israel before and originally chose them based on so many Cruise Critics giving them top ratings. We had a tight group who traveled together for those three day in Dec 2019 when the NCL Spirit was in Israel. I also arranged for a customized trip to Akko (Acre), B’hai Gardens, and Maritima Caesarea. Because we were so efficient and always on-time, we were also able to visit the Aqueducts. (TVNews… You may want to contact them about going to Akko, etc.)

We may try arranging a trip for a day to Tel Dan and Caesarea Philippi with Guided Tours Israel. I’ll let you know more.

BTW, for those of you who aren’t used to doing small, independent excursions like this one, I can tell you it is FAR superior to those from the cruise ship.  Passengers left notes on our cabin door and voice mails begging me to add them if we had any openings. The word about our travel group got around the ship!  We didn’t know each other before the cruise, but everyone clicked. Also, you don’t pay me, you pay directly to GTI.  I would just submit the names of our travel group.

Here are the details for the tour based out of Ashdod on Nov 14th from Guided Tours Israel

Dead Sea & Masada Excursion

Price: $115 per person

In our small-group tour of 6-16 persons (private tours also available)

Any group size welcome – sign up and join others from ship

Personal pick-up and drop-off – 100% on time guarantee

Full day excursion to Qumran, Dead Sea, and Masada

Admissions to sites are extra (payable directly on day of travel)

English speaking expert guide for the day

Great excursion or money back policy!

Visit the lowest place on earth and travel back in time for a history lesson like no other.

We will meet you as you arrive at the Ashdod port and together will make the drive down to the Dead Sea.  Enjoy a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned van for the 1.5 hour drive to the lowest point on the planet.

It is stated that Jesus was baptized along the point where the Jordan River meets the Dead Sea. It’s where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are thought to have been located and it’s the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found – the oldest copies of biblical text! We will start with a visit to Qumran to discover the city where John the Baptist and his followers made their home.

Next its time for a unique sensation that cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world – a float at the Dead Sea.  Change into your bathing suit and take your towel as you head towards the salty waters of this unique place, and follow it up with some great photos to take home as you cover yourself in curative muds.  

We will then make our way to the Fortress site of the Jewish Zealots – Masada.  We will ascend by cable car to the top of the mountain to visit the ruins and enjoy the great panoramic views.  Enjoy a unique experience learning about the story of the Zealots while you are standing at the place where it all took place!

Our rates are unbeatable and our tours are conducted in small intimate groups for a better experience.  Please use the short form below to contact us for your specific dates and we will be happy to email you more information.