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Masada/Dead Sea

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Masada/Dead Sea

We're arriving by cruise ship to Ashdod port. Is it doable to rent a car and drive to Masada and Dead Sea? Is it recommended? Tours seem to be expensive, and we're travelling on a budget.

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You could feasibly rent a car and tour on your own but I don NOT recommend it. You will be in Israel for a limited amount of time for one day only. You don't know the roads or how traffic is going on one route or the other. Also renting a car including gas and insurance will cost no less than $100 for a day. Add the amount to get into the sites at no less than $50, plus you need to eat lunch, the cost is not much less than the ship offers. I suggest taking the ship land excursion to the Dead Sea or rent a car and visit Jerusalem or Caesarea on your own which is much more doable and less expensive than your proposal.

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Google maps is showing that the distance is approx. 100 miles and it will take approx. 2 hours to drive.! When you figure that rental cars need to be returned by 5PM you are putting together a very intense day. Is it possible--most certainly, can you follow the map and not get lost--most certainly--do you want to do it--only you can decide.

If you followed Chana's idea and went to Jerusalem I would just take the bus. You do not need a car in Jerusalem and it would be more of a hinderance than an asset.

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If you haven't yet done so, go to cruisecritic.com and get on your cruise's roll call. There are always some passengers putting together day trips in your ports of call and you may get lucky. You will also get ideas for alternatives. You can also check out other roll calls that went to the same ports to see what they did.

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If you could add up t 6 -7 pax together, you could easily hire a private tour including an exclusive car and private guide and it would cost you approx. $ 100 per person.

Zvika Bar Or,

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Edited: 27 February 2011, 11:28
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I strongly recommend that you consider the ship's excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea. The ship's excursion will include lunch and a spa visit - both of which would be added expenses if you do it yourself.

If you rented a car you would have to allow time to get to the rental agency from the port which will cost you for the taxi, time to process the paperwork, etc. and only then to set out. As already mentioned, you would have to leave enough time for driving to insure that the car is returned before the office closes at 5 pm - this cuts your time significantly. And as Chana mentioned, the overall, out of pocket expense would be about the same as the ship's tour.

Definitely check out the roll call at cruisecritic.com - you may find other passengers who want to do the same thing and join them for a private tour.

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Thanks so much, everyone, for your prompt replies. Cruise Critic roll call is our next step.

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Dear Chana and Rdglady,JPM 19 is asking about visiting Massada and the Dead Sea and you are sending him/her to Jerusalem and Caesaria???

I suggest that they join the ship's tour or go with Tzvika's suggestion and arrange their private trip with some other people they meet on the ship.(There are forums that allow you to find people before the cruise begins)Both options are ,in my openion,better than renting a car.In addition to what other said about the "risks"of renting a car (traffic,not knowing the roads,where to rent and where to return the car etc..)You have to remember that you must be on the ship on time and therefore ,you can not take chances by going on your own.

Entrance fees to Massada is approx. $ 16.00 and to float in the Dead Sea you can use the open beach for free or go to a private beach and pay approx.$ 10.00/person(Do not forget to bring your towel)

Have fun and welcome to Israel

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