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.
Abraham Tours. This well-regarded company offers a variety of packages to Masada and the Dead Sea, as well as the West Bank. 02/566–0045; www.abrahamtours.com.
Eshcolot Tours. This Jerusalem-based company runs tours of the region, including around the Dead Sea. 02/566–5555; 052/321–1377.