No trip to Israel is complete without visiting the Dead Sea, an iconic spot at the lowest point on Earth. There are beaches along the Dead Sea shore where you can bathe in the salty water, and relax on the sand. At Ein Bokek there are fantastic hotels facing a wide beach. Kalia Beach lies at the northern end of the Dead Sea and has a range of facilities. Other popular Dead Sea beaches include Neve Zohar, Biankini, and Neve Midbar. The Dead Sea is not only about spending time on the beach, you can also indulge in a special spa treatment at one of the waterfront spa facilities, like the Ein Gedi Spa and Wellness Center.
There are day tours that combine a trip to the Dead Sea with a visit to Masada. This massive rock outcrop has a plateau summit where King Herod built an elaborate palace-fortress over 2000-years ago. Other attractions near the Dead Sea include Qumran, an archaeological site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Ein Gedi is an unexpected desert oasis where lush vegetation hugs babbling streams leading to picturesque waterfalls. Other desert activities at the Dead Sea include stargazing, abseiling, hiking through Wadi Bokek, and desert jeep tours to Metsuke Dragot.