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Jerusalem, Massada, Dead Sea Tour

Country: Israel
City: Jerusalem
Duration: 2 Day(s) - 1 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Guaranteed Departure (minimum 2 persons)

This tour operates every day

Day 1: Jerusalem – Old city; Western Wall; the church of Holy Sepulchre; Yad Vashem –Overnight Jerusalem

Day 2: Massada; Swim in the Dead Sea – return to point of departure.

The sequence of touring days is subject to change.

The tour includes:

One overnight in Jerusalem on Bed & Breakfast basis.
Single supplement: upon request

High season supplement will apply on:
May 23-24; September 13-15; September 27-October 5; December 20-January 5.

Confirmation during holidays is subject to hotel availability.

Option for an upgraded hotel is available with supplement.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE DEAD SEA:

The Dead Sea is one of the most unusual lakes in the world. Located at the lowest point on Earth, tourists from around the globe flock to this hypersaline phenomenon, which borders Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Dive into these nine fascinating facts about the "Salt Sea."

1. THE DEAD SEA WAS FORMED BY A RIFT IN THE EARTH'S CRUST

The Dead Sea was formed as two of Earth's tectonic plates, the African and Arabian plates, began to pull apart more than 3 million years ago. That action created a graben (the German word for ditch), which then connected to the Mediterranean Sea. Over millennia, tectonic activity isolated the graben from the sea, forging an inland lake. Today the Dead Sea is fed by the Jordan River at its northern end.

2. THE DEAD SEA IS LOCATED AT THE LOWEST POINT ON EARTH

The surface of the Dead Sea is 1300 to 1400 feet below sea level (for comparison, Death Valley, the lowest point in North America, is 282 feet below sea level). The deepest part of the Dead Sea lake bed is about 2300 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea, measuring about 50 miles long and 11 miles at its widest point, lies between the Judaean Hills to the west and the Transjordanian highlands to the east.

3. DEAD SEA WATER MAY BE GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

The Dead Sea is about 34 per cent salt. For millennia, people have reported health and skin benefits from exposure to Dead Sea water and mud. Some studies have shown that taking a dip in Dead Sea water, which is rich in magnesium salts, can reduce inflammation and dry skin and increase the skin's ability to hold moisture.

4. THE DEAD SEA IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S SALTIEST BODIES OF WATER

No need for flotation devices here. People's bodies are more buoyant in the Dead Sea because of the high concentration of dissolved mineral salts. At its surface, the Dead Sea is five to nine times more saline than seawater; the deeper you go, the saltier it gets. Rather than swim, visitors simply float on the surface.

5. THE DEAD SEA MAY BE THE BIGGEST FREE SPA ON EARTH

The high salt and mineral content of the Dead Sea mean that this body of water has powerful healing properties. It’s a popular destination for treating skin problems such as acne, psoriasis and cellulite, as well as muscle ache and arthritis.

The Dead Sea is, therefore, the biggest free spa on Earth, drawing both tourists and locals alike. However, if you want to indulge further, you’ll find plenty of treatments at the hotels and spas along its shores.

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