The Dead Sea
Duration One day
Group Size Small-Large
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, borders Israel and Jordan. Its surface is 422 meters (1,385 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on dry land. It is 378m (1,240 ft) deep, the deepest saline lake in the world. Since it is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean, no sea life can live in it. Located in the Jordan.
Qumran – Dead Sea Scrolls
The Qumran area contains remains from various periods, of which the most important are findings from the end of the Second Temple period.
TEin-Gedi is an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea, and one of the most important archaeological sites in the Judean Desert. It is actually a spring that flows from 656 feet above the Dead Sea. In the Bible, the wasteland near the spring, where David sought refuge from Saul, is called ‘the wilderness of Ein-Gedi’, and the enclosed camps at the top of the mountains are called the ‘strongholds of Ein-Gedi’. Kibbutz Ein-Gedi, established nearby in 1953, successfully developed farming adapted to local conditions. The area features a nature reserve, a field school of the Society for the Preservation of Nature, a youth hostel, and a recreation area.
- Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, almost 400 meters (1300 ft) below sea level.
- Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
- Enjoy a walk through the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and listen to stories of Kings David and Saul.
- Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car, and tour the ancient fortress, where the Zealots fought the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD.
- Float in the Dead Sea!