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Dead Sea and Southern Israel
  • At 417 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is lowest spot on the face of the earth, and the biggest natural health spa. It is called the Dead Sea because its salinity prevents the existence of any life forms in the lake. That same salt, on the other hand, provides tremendous relief to the many ailing visitors who come here on a regular basis to benefit from its healing properties.

  • Standing among the 2,000 year-old ruins of Qumran, overlooking the Dead Sea on the edge of the Judean Wilderness, visitors gain deeper appreciation for the Dead Sea Scrolls, that were discovered right here. The Dead Sea Scrolls, containing the oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible ever found and scrolls describing the life, times and beliefs of the Dead Sea Sect called the Essenes

  • Masada is one of the most exciting and frequently-toured places in Israel, and relates a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions, and a tragic end. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the remains of the impressive palaces built by King Herods the Great, ritual baths, storerooms and watchtowers.

  • Yair Experimental Station An R&D center for high-tech agricultural developments in vegetables, flowers, water crops, and other realms. The center provides guided tours that give you a peek at the world of modern agriculture: climate-controlled greenhouses, water recycling and more, all in the middle of the desert.

  • Beer Sheva, the modern-day capital of the Negev, has a history going back all the way to Abraham, father of the Jewish people. Not to miss the Bedouin market and the old city.

  • Avdat was founded by Nabataean traders, the masters of the caravans of this Incense Route, bringing the riches of the East – frankincense and myrrh – to market via the Mediterranean. Together with its Negev sister-cities of Mamshit and Shivta, Avdat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • A makhtesh (crater) is a geological landform considered unique to the Negev desert of Israel, and not actually an impact crater from a meteor. Ramon Crater is the world's largest makhtesh. The visitors’ center on the edge of the crater offers an amazing view of the crater’s beauty and its treasures, and the zoological garden houses local desert animals.

  • Timna Park, located some 25 km (about 17 miles) north of Eilat, combines beautiful scenery with special antiquities and history and a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. Timna is the site of the world’s first copper mine, with remains of smelting furnaces dating back to ancient imperial Egypt. You’ll also see exciting finds at the Temple of Hathor near the spectacular Solomon’s Pillars, at the Mushroom, the impressive Arches, and of course, the ancient rock-drawings depicting hunters of ostriches and ibexes, Egyptian battle chariots and other images.

  • Over the years, the city of Eilat has become the ultimate resort city with hotels and beaches packed with thousands of Israeli vacationers and tourists from around the world, who come to relax in the country’s southernmost spot. In the winter it mainly attracts tourists from Europe who prefer vacations in a warmer and more pleasant climate while Israelis flock to the city in the summer.

  • A marine underwater observatory and nature museum exhibiting the rich corals and colorful fish of the Red Sea. Shark and sea turtles swim in large open-air custom built tanks.

  • Coral Beach Nature Reserve Eilat is one of the most beautiful and famous in the world due to the amazing coral reef. Diving in the coral reef you can see the delicate natural habitat where fish live in a variety of beautiful colors shapes and shades, as well as amazing water plants.