Masada & the Dead Sea
Experience one of the world’s most incredible phenomena, the Dead Sea, and visit Masada, a national Jewish shrine on this full-day excursion.
DurationApproximately 11½ hours
Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.
Boarding your coach, travel through the Negev Desert before descending 3,600 feet toward the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth, over 1,300 feet below sea level.
Before arriving at the Dead Sea, enjoy a visit to Masada, the most spectacular ancient archaeological site in Israel. Ascend by cable car to this mountaintop fortress. Explore the magnificent ancient ruins, which include King Herod’s three-tiered palace, the synagogue, the baths, the defending walls and the water cisterns. Your Masada exploration complete, enjoy lunch at a hotel overlooking the still water of the Dead Sea.
After lunch, you will have the opportunity of a lifetime: to experience the exquisite sensation of floating effortlessly upon the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. With more salt and minerals than any other body of water in the world, the Dead Sea is claimed to be a natural health and beauty spa.
Re-boarding your coach after your swim, travel along the shores of the Dead Sea to a viewpoint of the Qumran Caves. It was here in 1947 that a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts in the world.
Departing Qumran, ascend the Judean Hills, passing Jericho before traveling back to your Crystal ship.
As this excursion involves some walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests bring a swimsuit, a hat and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Changing facilities including towels are provided at the lunch venue. As you will get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. The order of sights visited may vary. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.