Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited town on earth, dating back 10,000 years. It enjoys a tropical climate and has rich plantations which grow beautiful and lush tropical fruits and fresh vegetables.
The Dead Sea is more than 423 meters (1,388 ft) below sea level and is the lowest point on earth. The leading attraction of the Dead Sea is its warm, soothing, and highly salty water – ten times saltier than sea water. The Dead Sea is also rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine, and other minerals.
- Wadi Quelt watch point
- Maqam en-Nabi Musa (the Shrine of Moses): Built in the time of Salah Ed-din. Visit and learn about the Maqams / Shrines in Palestine.
- City center, the vegetable market, and the sycamore tree associated with the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector and his encounter with Jesus Christ.
- Tel Jericho and Ain al-Sultan: This site dates back to 9,000 BC and includes Jericho’s tower.
- Hisham’s Palace: The site of the Arab Umayyad Caliph (King)—a complex of buildings, baths, mosques, and colonnaded courts. This is an excellent example of the beauty of early Islamic art and architecture.
Optional highlights include:
- Mount and Monastery of Temptation: where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, meditating, and was tempted by Satan
- Sugar Mills: built by the Crusaders to expand sugar production in the region for export to Europe
- Tulul Abu al-Alaiq (Herod’s Winter Palace): a group of hills on which many remains from the Hellenistic-Roman period of Jericho are located
- Dead Sea: enjoy a float in the Dead Sea and take advantage of its medicinal water and mud – the black mud, sold worldwide as a very effective cosmetic treatment, is available naturally and directly from the source. The mud is rich in minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, iron, sulfur and sulfites. The contact between the mud and your skin creates a unique sensory experience. In addition to just feeling wonderful, the mud absorbs toxins and invigorates circulation.
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