We leave Jerusalem in the early morning and head south through the vast Judean Desert to the entrance on Qumran National Park, next to the Dead Sea. The tour guide welcomes you here with tea and coffee and explains about the course of the tour, before you together enter the Park. Famous for the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, some of the oldest known biblical texts in the world, you’ll be introduced to the area’s significant history and geography.
As soon as you’ll start hiking up the cliff, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views across the desert as well as the unique geological formations inside the canyon. After about an hour, you’ll arrive at the top and have time for a short break while the guide sets up the gear for the first rappel. Extensive on-site safety instructions ensure a smooth experience, and one after the other, you start the first of three rappels. Before and after each of these, you have time to explore the immediate area for yourself, while the other participants are descending and the ropes are taken down and set up again.
After the last rappel, you’ll get the chance to crawl through a ancient tunnel system that once served as an aqueduct. Another 20 minutes of walking from here and you’re back at the entrance to the Park, where your guide will leave you and the shuttle will pick you up to drive you to the second and final stop at the Dead Sea. The lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is a body of water so saturated with salt that it allows you to float. After a self-packed lunch or food in the on-site restaurant, you can have your picture taken reading a newspaper while floating in the water, and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud that is sold around the world for beauty and health products.
Finally, we’ll head back to Jerusalem in the afternoon after an adventure-filled day that will leave you with many unforgettable memories and stories to tell.
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