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;

Eshcolot Tours. This Jerusalem-based company runs tours of the region, including around the Dead Sea. 02/566–5555; 052/321–1377.

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