Nature, antiquities and botany at the Dead Sea Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Drive   |   Itinerary duration: About- 8 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
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A tour which includes the fascinating antiquities of the Qumran National Park, the area in which presumably lived the members of the Judean Desert sect that is described in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oasis of Einot Tzukim (Ein Feshkha)- one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Israel, and the Botanical Garden in Ein Gedi- the only Botanical Garden in the world that is home to a kibbutz.
Itinerary properties:   ●  Families  ●  Wet Tour   ●   Non-circular tour
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The Qumran National Park is where the fascinating connection is made between the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found in the Qumran Caves, and the people of the sect of the Essenes who lived here. The Qumran Scrolls were discovered in 1946 by a Bedouin shepherd who went to look for a missing goat and instead found a cave which contained scrolls hidden inside pottery jars. This find led to the discovery of more than 700 scrolls in the area. These findings shed light on the lives of the people of the Dead Sea sects who lived in the area at the time of the rule of the House of the Hasmoneans. These people led here secluded and ascetic lives, far from any human settlement. Among the scrolls are the earliest manuscripts of the Old Testament and they were preserved exceptionally well due to the desert weather conditions in the area. The tour at the Qumran National Park, located within the powerful landscape of wild cliffs and the Dead Sea, starts with a film that is displayed at the Visitors Center and describes the lives of the people of the sect of the Essenes who lived here. After that one can go on a tour of the ritual baths, dining room, writing room and pottery workshops, from which one can learn about the communal way of life of the sect’s members. The Qumran National Park is visited by Christian tourists to the Holy Land, as some connect between John the Baptist and this sect.
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Between the barren cliff and the blue of the Dead Sea is the green enchanted oasis of Einot Tsukim, or in its additional name, Ein Fashkha. This is the lowest Nature Reserve in the world and one of the most beautiful in Israel. In this beautiful place, fresh water flows into several pools and from there into the Dead Sea. Here you can find pools for dipping the feet or for swimming, which are filled with natural spring water. Between them are streams and channels and also an archeological site from the time of the Second Temple, featuring an estate house, watering pool, a garden and a rare and unique installation with the help of which the persimmon perfume was produced. The reserve’s streams flow among shaded picnic tables, which allows for eating while dipping one’s feet in the cool water. The southern part of this nature reserve is called the "Hidden Reserve" and here one can go only with a guided tour.

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When people think of an Oasis, they must be seeing in their mind’s eye a place like the Botanical Garden at Ein Gedi, between the desert landscape of the brown cliffs, on the one side, and the surface of the Dead Sea, on the other. Here are planted about a thousand species of plants, including a great variety of cacti, herbs, exotic flowers and a great baobab tree, which invites one to sit next to its protruding roots. And all of this is located in the midst of the kibbutz and its houses. In between, there are vivid green lawns which contrast the distant landscape. In the garden itself are paths in which it is a great pleasure to try and get lost and find unfamiliar corners. One can walk around individually or join a guided tour, in which fascinating information is revealed about some of the species which grow here.
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The Dead Sea Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 7 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 5 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
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