Float, Hike, Climb and Relax by the Dead Sea

August 5th 2012

A tour to Israel is not complete without a stop at the Dead Sea, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. But that’s not all there is to do in the area! Visit the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, take a cable car to the top of Masada to enjoy incredible views, take a nature walk through the beautiful nature reserve at Ein Gedi, or relax at one of the area’s world class spas.

As much as you may have read about the Dead Sea, nothing can ever prepare you for the experience of floating in it for the first time. Experience complete weightlessness while you soak up the benefits of the mineral-rich, super-salty water, all at the lowest place on Earth. With the Judean Desert on one side and Jordan across the water, it’s an experience like none other. Of course, while you’re there, take advantage of one of the incredible spas where you can soak in Dead Sea mud or enjoy other treatments that will leave you relaxed and your skin glowing.

Next, hike or take a cable car up to the top of Masada, the ancient Herodian fortress where the Judean residents all took their own lives in 73 CE rather than surrender to the Romans. Stroll through this ancient and well-preserved fortified city to gain a glimpse into life thousands of years ago. Also enjoy the sweeping, unparalleled views of the entire region from this high vantage point.

For a beautiful retreat into nature, head to the oasis of Ein Gedi, a kibbutz, nature reserve, national park and spa. There are numerous references to Ein Gedi in the bible, and you can see why the Song of Songs speaks of its beauty. Check out the hundreds of species of plants and vegetation that make the park a lush wonderland, as well as the many birds that call the park home. There are several trails throughout the park for every level and mood, with sensational waterfalls along the way.

Finally, head to Qumran, the nearby archeological site famous as the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. The Hellenistic settlement has been excavated and offers significant insight into the period during which the world-renowned scrolls were written.