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Bus tours pick you up and return you to your hotel in Jerusalem: very convenient. Egged and United have full-day tours of Masada, the Dead Sea, and Ein Gedi, daily for about $100 per person from Jerusalem. The Jerusalem-based Eshcolot runs private tours. Abraham Tours also offers packages to Masada and the Dead Sea, as well as to the West Bank.
Abraham Tours (02/566–0045. www.abrahamtours.com.)
Egged Tours (03/694–8888. www.egged.co.il.)
Eshcolot Tours (02/566–5555 or 02/676–3866.)
United Tours (03/617–3315. www.unitedtours.co.il.)