The "Dead Sea" - History and Facts

Published on July 09, 2019 by IBMT

Facts and History - The "Dead Sea"

When you book Holy Land tour packages from Canada, one place that should not be missed is the Dead Sea. It is a geographical marvel that is a one-of-kind attraction in the entire world. The Dead Sea is a landlocked saltwater lake that received most of its water from the Jordan River and the saltwater and mud baths can be therapeutic form health perspective when you visit. Our company IBMT Tours best orchestrates Israel tours for Christians that take in the Dead Sea. We have a wide network encompasses some of the best hotels and restaurants in the entire country, and we know Israel like no other travel company. Holy Land tours for Catholics in Israel can be a spiritual awakening while at the same time be the most fun you will ever have on vacation. By way of introduction, the Dead Sea occupies a piece of the region known as the ‘graben’ – the graben is a piece of the Earth’s crust that has collapsed creating a depression along with the tectonic plate that runs between the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. Approximately 2.5M years ago, the Dead Sea was overwhelmed with heavy stream flow that deposited many minerals in the Dead Sea and the highest concentration of minerals was rock salt. The rock salt has remained to this day and creates a surreal swimming experience when you descend into the waters; the buoyancy of the water creates a lightweight experience where you feel you won’t sink below the water surface.  Another point you should be aware of is that the Dead Sea sits approximately 400m below sea level making it the lowest place on Earth.

Dead Sea facts

  • The depth of the Dead Sea is over 350m and it the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. Minerals in large quantities in the lake include sodium chloride, mineral salts and salt levels higher than any ocean in the world.
  • Natural buoyancy is one of the most known facts about the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea, like the Great Salt Lake in Utah, bear similar characteristics for swimmers.
  • At almost nine times saltier than the ocean, the salinity of the Dead Sea makes for an extremely harsh environment for animals and plants. Most species of animals and plants suffer, wither and die in the area and the only thing that lives in in the water is small quantities of bacteria and microbial fungus.
  • The Dead Sea is 67kms long and 18kms wide at its widest stretch. The Dead Sea is rooted in the Jordan Rift Valley and its main source of water if the Jordan River.
  • With all the benefits that the Dead Sea provides in the area of health, it has become a large lab for research and treatment of many illnesses. The specific health effects that are provided by this unique area aren’t present in any other place in the world. High mineral content, combined with low content of pollens and allergens in the atmosphere are other sources of therapeutic relief for the afflicted. Low solar radiation – UV rays – and higher atmospheric pressure add to the mysterious health benefits that come from the Dead Sea.  
  • The Dead Sea can be considered the first vacation resort the world has ever seen. King David, from Biblical times, visited the site many times during his reign for all the benefits that the area provided, though the ancient Israelites weren’t aware of them at the time.
  • Funny thing, the Dead Sea belches discharges of asphalt from deep below the surface. Archaeological finds have been found to be coated with asphalt and bitumen and at first, scientists were stunned to find the artifacts coated with the black goo. The ancient Egyptians used the asphalt from the Dead for their mummification process and we see many cadavers from ancient Egypt well preserved to this day.
  • One thing is certain when you visit the Dead Sea a traditional mud bath should first and foremost at the top of the to-do list. The mud contains high concentrations of magnesium, calcium, and potassium. A mud bath will leave your skin smooth and silky, it can be the cure for skin disorders, prevent hair loss, reduces cellulite and stretch marks after pregnancy, is a pain reliever, increases circulation and will detoxify your body in a way that a diet just can’t.

The Dead Sea is a paradise in Israel, and we want to show you the best parts of the area when booking your trip to Israel with us at IBMT Tours. With more than 30-years experience writing travel itineraries that have sent people all across the Holy Land, we at IBMT Tours are best positioned to cater to your travel needs. Our travel consultants know the area well, will be able to take desires and turn them into reality when take time out to discuss your travel plans with us. Call our office today at IBMT Tours and let us start the process to get you to the Dead Sea for the best vacation you will ever take at 1.877.977.4268.


We went on a church group to the Holyland with IBMT Tours and had a great trip, everything was planned for us perfectly. There was over 123 people in four different bus groups and things went smoothly, I thought it was going to be hectic with that many people in the group but IBMT did a wonderful job and made sure the buses did not go convoy, every bus had its own time table and itinerary for the day, our guide Dani was so knowledgeable and loving. We love you IBMT and we will recommend you guys. Thanks for everything you have done for us.

For years, it had been a deep desire of mine to lead a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land.  I’m not sure how it happened (perhaps the grace of God), but I ended up working with Israel Biblical Mission Tours (IBMT) and specifically Ornan Sharaby.   Because I had never led a group like this before, I needed guidance.  Ornan and his team were wonderfully helpful.  They answered all my questions, and never seemed irritated when I called or emailed with what some might have considered a “Silly question.”  Then, when it was close to departure time, I had some apprehensions.  Ornan assured me that he had taken care of everything.  On the day of our departure, we (a group of 27) had no issues whatsoever.  As predicted, everything was “Taken care of.”  The flight experience was good.

Upon our arrival in Israel, the bus and the guide were waiting for us, took us to our Hotel, and we slept well.  We departed on our experience the next morning. 

As we progressed day by day, my wife and I were extremely pleased (as was the entire group).  Every detail of our trip was laid out, and we were treated so very well by everyone.  We experienced no difficulties at all.  It was truly better than we had anticipated.  My compliments to IBMT, and to Ornan and his team.  I simply cannot imagine things going any better.  Our itinerary was wonderful, our bus, and driver were phenomenal, and our guide was friendly, fun, and extremely knowledgeable.  They all made sure that we had an incredible Holy Experience…and we DID!

Every single member of our trip was overwhelmed with the experience, and went out of their way to tell me that their Holy Land Pilgrimage exceeded their expectations. 

Finally, on our last day in Israel, our driver and our guide, expressed their appreciation to us, and made sure that we arrived at the airport on time, and then our guide took up to the right place and helped us get checked in. 

I therefore, with no trepidation whatsoever, very highly recommend IBMT and Mr. Ornan Sharaby when you plan your Holy Land experience.  You could not be in better hands.

Pastor Stan Patterson
Church 213  Covington, Georgia

This was an incredible tour of Israel with IBMT Tours and I loved the additional trip to Petra as well. We had a very knowledgeable guide from Israel who gave us an extensive explanation of everything we saw in Israel. All of the hotels I stayed in were great with comfortable beds and wonderful buffet breakfasts!!

Dear Brother Ornan and Brother Thomas,

We, KBCUSA had a wonderful time with IBMT Holy Land Tour in November 2014. It was really great joy for our group, the members of Karen Baptist Churches USA. You have fulfilled our great expectation to visit the Holy Land. We all appreciate for your well arrangement for excellent hotels, Tours and the tour guide and the drivers as well. Especially we appreciate for your kind arrangement from Canada even we were on the Tour in Israel and the warmly and kind assists of Mr. Thomas Portmann who taking care of us as his family. We really enjoy the trip with IBMT. And this year, we will be going to Israel with your Tour again. I would like to invite you to visit and present about the upcoming tour at our KBCUSA annual meeting which will be held in Buffalo in July 23-15, 2015. We expect about 500 people at the conference. 

Thanks and God bless you.

My trip to the Holy Land Israel

It is a dream trip is a desired journey, but God is the one who knows when your turn is and when is your time. Since I was at a young age I always wanted to know the world. I thought where Jesus was born, my love for God and my faith; it grew and grew inside of me and with it to know the steps of Jesus. I dreamed about knowing of what I have always heard where Jesus was born, where the Angel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary and to know where Jesus was born and suffered so much on his way with the cross. Well my dream came true and even more because I received a wonderful grace of the Lord that I know that everyone that visit those distant and blessed lands of the lord receive with open arms and those who seeks him receive his blessing if you come with open heart. It happened I went in the search of my heart to have an encounter with the Lord and I found it, I meet where he walked, where he suffer, where he celebrated his last dinner even where he was born and was happy healing the poor and those who knew of him.

One day my daughter Paloma tells me Mom go to Holy Land, go to Israel she said because she knows that in my heart I knew that I had this thirst the one that it will not heal with any water only with the water that only the Lord knows how to take away. I stared at her and I said to her ok Paloma I want to go, she stood up like guided by the Holy Spirit and immediately started to make arrangements. I still did not understand that God used her so that I can go in search of him, that he had plans for me.

She like the Sheppard contacted Mr. Ornan at Holyland Tours and it was the best decision since we wanted to find the right person to do a religious tour, but I turn up short because it was not only a religious tour with the content discipline and knowledge of the history that our tour guide made this experience masterly

I know that everything was prepared by this gentleman, the attention, the good service offered by Mr. Ornan, and after arriving to my first destination Tel Aviv I was to be reunited with my group and to begin our crossing it was something wonderful a trip that I will never forget and without being afraid of being wrong with my age 47 years old it was the best trip I ever had.

1. The places we visit like Caesaria, Haifa Acre, Tiberías. Capernaum, Banias, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Jerusalém and Massada. These where places that where impregnated in my heart and specially the Old City where I had the divine experience with the lord, where I felt that God touched my heart where I felt that I was not there by accident that I was in this place because God had a plan for me.

I invite everyone that have not yet been to visit these holy places and the land of God to go, to give yourself this wonderful gift because this will change your life and heart, we know how we arrive but we do not know how we will leave. It is so that I assure you that if you arrive with your hearts open and are willing to let god fill you with love you will receive his blessing not only for yourself but for your family as well, give yourself this gift and let god heal you and blessed your heart and give yourself the opportunity to Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus

Dear Thomas:

It was my intention to write to you upon returning from Israel, to tell you how awesome and wonderful the tour turned out to be.

Thomas, I am still in awe of the modernity and beauty of Israel , even though I know that my level of enjoyment and excitement there could have been much less were my cousin and I not fortunate enough to have the intelligence, knowledgeable and dedicated tour guide that Doron Kaufman was / is. I took a total of 1,750 photos; I will be making a photobook from them.

About our guide Doron — He was always pleasant (smiling) and caring, the best tour guide I have ever experienced. His impartation of what he knows about Israel is in its own ilk and he made every trip seem special.

It will interest you to know that I’ve been selling Israel to all my friends, work colleagues and family, telling all how safe I felt under the guidance of your representative and for them to be sure to book a trip there at some time via IBMT Tours’ Thomas Portman. I also encouraged each to ensure t that their tour guide be none other than Doron Kaufman.

So, until my next trip to Israel and with warmest wishes and kindest regards.


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