Two clarification questions - when and are you aware that you'll be able to visit Massada only? You could do that by bus too.
We're arriving April 19, the day before Independence Day (unfortunately or so I've been told). We're leaving Ben Gurion around 10 a.m. in private car for Ein Bokek.
Is that what you were asking?
We are also looking for a guide from our Ein Bokek hotel for a tour of Massada and Ein Gedi. It seems that most tours leave from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv and do it all in a whirlwind day, including the Dead Sea. We wanted to take our time. But now am having a hard time finding a tour - private or group. We'll be there May 4th, arriving the day before and leaving the day after. Four adults. thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
I actually think that Independence Day celebrations are interesting to watch and take part of.
About your question- If you can afford a private tour, you can arrange a licensed guide that will take you from wherever it is you're staying to Massada and Jerusalem. I know a few great guides that would be happy to help.
Let me know if you want their emails...
it is no problem to arrange a private guide from Ein Bokek to Masada and Ein Gedi, it is all a matter of cost since the Ein Bokek area is a resorts area and any guide you'll pick will have to come to your hotel from somewhere else.
It will be easier for a guide living in Ein Gedi or Arad and even in Jerusalem.
Try contact Ein Gedi using this email: email@example.com
I know at least one licensed tour guide there who also do Jeeps tour, his name is Dani Afik and he is guiding in English and German.
Any licensed tour guide can take you there. Why not start you own thread or look through this site to find the numerous names that have been recommended.