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Masada is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located in the northern Jordan Valley near the Sea of Galilee, it falls under the jurisdiction of Emek HaYarden Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 360. Although stll called a kibbutz, it has privatised itself in 2006.

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1 - Jordan Valley

   12 km away
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2 - Tiberias

   14 km away

Tiberias is an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Established around 20 CE, it was named in honour of the second emperor of the Roman Empire, Tiberius. In 2018 it had a population of 44,234.

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3 - Archaeology Tours in Tiberias

   14 km away

Unique to this tour is the combination of the off road, jeep experience connecting the historical sites, and archaeological discoveries of the Golan Heights with the regions dramatic and pristine geography.

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4 - Sea of Galilee

   17 km away

The Sea of Galilee, Lake Tiberias, Kinneret or Kinnereth, is a freshwater lake in Israel. It is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world, at levels between 215 metres and 209 metres below sea level.

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5 - Mount Arbel

   18 km away

Mount Arbel is a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberias in Israel, with high cliffs, views of Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights, a cave-fortress, and ruins of an ancient synagogue.

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6 - Shore Excursions in Tiberias

   14 km away

Journey to Nazareth and Galilee on this full-day shore excursion from Haifa Port. As you travel by minivan, visit Nazareth’s Church of the Annunciation, one of Christianity’s holiest sites, and explore sacred locations around the Sea of Galilee. Roam the Capernaum ruins, where Jesus may have taught; visit the church that marks the feeding of the 5,000; stop at Yarendit, the Jordan River baptismal site; and view other biblical landmarks and captivating sights.

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7 - 40

   18 km away
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8 - Arbel Nature Reserve

   18 km away
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9 - Capernaum

   22 km away

Capernaum was a fishing village established during the time of the Hasmoneans, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a population of about 1,500. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A house turned into a church by the Byzantines is believed to have been the home of Saint Peter.

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10 - Tabgha

   22 km away

Tabgha is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus after his Crucifixion.

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11 - Beit She'An

   22 km away

Beit She'an, also known as Beisan, and historically known as Scythopolis is a city in the Northern District of Israel, which has played an important role in history due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley.

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12 - Beit She'an National Park

   22 km away
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Masada, which means fortress, is a site consisting of several palaces and ancient fortifications perched on a limestone base at 1300 feet (400 meters) of altitude, located in Israel atop an isolated mountain on the eastern slope of the Judean desert. Masada is located 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Jerusalem along the Dead Sea in a southern direction. It is also an archaeological site of great importance. This national park is under the administration of UNESCO, which will include it in the heritage of humanity. The fortress of Masada is part of the Masada National Park, and as such is a protected area. There is nothing like visiting a real gem of Herodian architecture. The remains of Herod's palace are exceptional and perfectly intact examples of this type of architecture, the most beautiful and complete in the Roman world. Visit Masada and the Dead Sea on a full-day excursion from Tel Aviv, ride the cable car to the top of the mountain for a guided tour of the 2,000-year-old ruins, then continue to the Dead Sea to swim in its unique salt-rich waters. There, you will enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich mud and the salty-water. For the most courageous, you can very well go to the top on foot by taking the Snake Path, which is free, the effort will be worth it, and you will admire the view. ​​To sleep near the site, there is The Masada West Campsite nearby, which will allow you to wake up with a breathtaking view on the mountain and see the sunrise over the Dead Sea. ​​This place is full of history, if you visit with a guide, he will tell you all the stories around the construction of this place and the events that happened there. But of course it remains an impressive geological and architectural beauty.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Masada

How can we access Masada summit? How long does it take to access Masada fortress?

The fastest and easiest way to reach the fortress is by cable car, it takes about 5 minutes
There are four routes you can take to reach the top: The most popular is the Snake Path. The path is 1150 feet (350 meters) long, it starts at the Dead Sea. It takes about an hour to 90 minutes, while the descent takes only 30 to 45 minutes. The Roman path is a ramp that was built by the Roman Empire. Considered the easiest hike to the top, the path is only 50 meters long. The longest and most challenging hiking trails to follow on Masada are the Elazer Path and the Runner Path.

The best option to get to Masada from Jerusalem is to take the bus, it takes about 1h30.

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