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Health Benefits of the Dead Sea

Health Benefits of the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a lake in the Middle East, bordering Jordan and Israel. One of the reasons why the Dead Sea has gained so much popularity is as a result of its incredible health benefits, including treating skin conditions and providing full medical wellness. Though not a new attraction, the Dead Sea has been around since time immemorial. Each year, thousands of people book a guided tour with Gold Carpet Touring to visit its shores and in most cases benefit from its healing capabilities.

At about 1,000 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is by far the lowest point on Earth. That’s not all. Its salty content is nine times more than that of the ocean waters. Thanks to the pleasant climatic conditions. the Dead Sea boasts a high concentration of minerals, such as bromide, magnesium, calcium, etc. Many of the nutrient composition of the Dead Sea are rare and hard to come by anywhere else around the world. This is one of the reasons for its uniqueness

Conditions and Treatment

The Dead Sea The for its healing properties. Top on the list of sickness it cures include eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and respiratory diseases, just to mention a few. There are many ways of treating various ailments. For some, you may need to soak yourself in the seawater while others may require applying moisturizing creams and products on the affected areas.

The rich nutrient of the Dead Sea mud helps rejuvenate the skin by drawing out impurities. In addition to that, Dead Sea mud helps improve blood circulation and eases your nerves. Anyone suffering from rheumatism and arthritis will benefit immensely from the Dead Sea mud as it serves as a great pain reliever.

Major health benefits of the Dead Sea include

  • Treat psoriasis effectively

  • Reduce skin impurities

  • Soothes chronic back pain

  • Provides relief for arthritis

  • Treat acne and eczema

What Else Can I Do?

Perhaps you may be wondering, Can I visit the Dead Sea even I don’t have any ailment? Of course, you can. You don’t have to suffer from a specific condition to get the most out of your trip to the Dead Sea. There are plenty of interesting activities to do and places to see, some of which include visiting the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, exploring the Massada Museum, relax and unwind at Ein Bokek beach or enjoy a Desert Safari – the list is endless.

Bottom Line

It is important to note that Dead Sea mud doesn’t work in the same fashion as prescription medication despite the fact that both are working to achieve the same goal – making you strong and healthy. However, Dead Sea mud is a very low-risk way to improve your health condition. Equally impressive is the fact that the treatment is ideal for all skin types.

More importantly, Dead Sea mud and its product should only be used externally. You may likely complicate issues when you consume it in large quantity, as it has already been proven to have a toxic effect.

The Church of the Annunciation

Legend has it that Mary was told by the archangel Gabriel she would give birth to the son of the God, and where she uttered her consent saying: “Let it be done to me according to your word”. According to the Catholics she received the message at her home in the village of Nazareth. According to Greek Orthodox tradition, she received the message while drawing water from the well near her home – known today as “Mary’s Well”. Both locations have churches commemorating this event, known in Christianity as the Annunciation, hence the name given to the churches.

The Roman Catholic church, known as the Basilica of the Annunciation –is the largest and most renowned of the churches in Nazareth. Built upon what is believed to be the original site of Mary’s home, the church is a two story-building, while inside, on the lower level is a grotto believed to be the original home of Mary.

The site was first used as a shrine in the 4th century BC, when an altar was built in the cave that Mary had lived. Later during the Byzantine period a larger church was commissioned, funded by Saint Helena, mother to Emperor Constantine I, who helped found churches commemorating important events in Christianity. At around the same time, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Church of the Nativity were also founded.

A second church was built over the Byzantine structure by the Crusaders, which was never fully completed because of the Moslem victory at Hittin. Excavations were done in the area in 1909 revealed several Romanesque capitals made by French artists that had never been installed. The Franciscan priests were allowed to remain to take care of the church, however between the 13th and 17th centuries, which was a time of many political upheavals, the priests were expelled and massacred, and local Christian families helped take care of the church.

In the 17th century the Franciscans were permitted to return, and when they built a small structure to enclose the holy grotto that is venerated as the house of Mary. About a century later permission was given for a larger structure to be built, which was further enlarged in the 19th century, becoming a gathering place for the entire Latin community in Nazareth.

In 1954 the structure was completely demolished to make way for the construction of the current basilica, which was designed by Italian architect Giovanni Muzio. Building of the church was completed in 1969, and to date it is the largest Christian sanctuary in the Middle East. The Basilica contains a gallery with mosaics representing some of the most important Marian devotions in different countries. The towering cupola, surmounted by a lantern symbolizing the Light of the World, covers the massive two-story basilica, which is in strikingly modern architectural style and colorfully decorated. The outcome of Mary’s consent is carved in Latin across the façade over the triple-doorway entrance: “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

The lower level of the basilica enshrines a sunken grotto that contains the traditional cave-home of the Virgin Mary. The cave is flanked by remnants of the earlier churches that stood on the site. Inside the cave stands an altar with the Latin inscription “Here the Word was made flesh”. To the left of the cave entrance is a mosaic floor inscribed with the words “Gift of Conon, deacon of Jerusalem”. The deacon may have been responsible for converting the house of Mary into the first church on the site, around 427.

5 Churches in Israel to Visit

Israel boasts many beautiful and historic churches of various denominations that are scattered all over the country. If you’re visiting the country, Gold Carpet Touring recommends visiting these significant Holy Land pilgrimage attractions. These religious sites with unique architectural beauty play a significant role in the Christian world today.

1. Church of All Nations

Location: Jerusalem, Mount of Olives

Located in the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the Church of All nation is a Catholic church which has proximity to the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus prayed prior to his arrest. The magnificent architectural beauty of the building is great for photography. So if you’re looking for that killer shot to post on your social media, find your way to Church of all nations.

2. Church of the Nativity

Location: Bethlehem

This is unarguably the world’s oldest complete church dating back to the 6th century. The site houses top attractions which include the Grotto of the Nativity and the Church of St. Catherine. Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Church of the Nativity is built over the cave venerated as the birthplace of Jesus. If you’d like to explore a religious site so steep in history, visit this basilica.

3. Church of the Annunciation

Location GalileeNazareth

This is a popular church located in the Galilee region. Perhaps, you’d like to explore where Mary, the mother of Christ once lived and received the news from archangel Gabriel that she would conceive and deliver of a baby boy who would be the savior of the world. The appearance of archangel Gabriel and Mary’s consent is what is known today as Annunciation. This ground has been home to several earlier churches including the Byzantine church, a Crusader church, Franciscan church and now the present church which was built in 1969. No trip to the Holy Land will be completed without visiting this attraction. Explore the remains of Mary’s home and marvel and the architectural exuberance of the church.

4. Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Location: Jerusalem, Old City

And when it comes to pilgrimage tours to Israel, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is top on the list. Located in the Christian Quarter in Old Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to be the traditional site of the crucifixion of Jesus, otherwise known as Calvary of Golgotha. Also, the church gained prominence for being the site where Christ was buried and resurrected. A decade after the crucifixion, a wall was built around it.

More so, the church is reputed for being the world’s holiest Christian site. Even though the church has been renovated severally, the architectural masterpiece is astonishing.

5. Church of the Beatitudes

Location: Galilee, Tabgha

The Church of the Beatitudes is the site where Christ delivered the Sermon of the Mount. Built in the early 20th century, the church sits right next to the remains of a 4th-century church. This is by far a popular attraction amongst tourists. Just within 3 km away from the Church of the Beatitudes is Capernaum, the town where Jesus ministered and lived. This is also where Jesus uttered some words in the bible. These phrases include Blesses are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God’ and Blessed are the Meek for they shall inherit the earth.

These historical sites are best explored in the company of a local guide. Many of these religious sites attract millions of visitors annually, especially during peak periods. They are indeed a must-visit for all.

Caesarea, a popular touring site in Israel

Israel’s northern coast is home to ancient ruins, magnificent beaches, and small picturesque caves. This makes the region a major draw for visitors planning their next trip to Israel. However, your trip to this stunning region will be considered incomplete without booking a day tour with Gold Carpet Touring to explore one of the regional highlights – Caesarea, an ancient Roman provincial capital dedicated to Caesar Augustus. Originally built by King Herod the Great, Caesarea is the grandest city in the region.

A trip to Caesarea will take you to a world filled with stunning beaches, archaeological ruins, and an ancient Roman theatre. The archaeological remains in Caesarea Israel which date back many time periods will leave you spellbound.

What to Do in Caesarea

Caesarea has recently been restored to make it more appealing to visitors. The Old City features an extensive list of boutiques and restaurants, while the newly restored Caesarea amphitheater plays host to live performances and events in the city, especially during summer months.

Not only that, the town has its own fair share of lovely villas as well. Caesarea can be a difficult place to explore without a car unless of course, you opt for the most popular Caesarea tours led by experienced local guide at Gold Carpet Touring. Check out some of the things to do in Caesarea.

Caesarea National Park

Caesarea National Park is, without a doubt, the most impressive archaeological site in Israel. Located at the Roman theater entrance, Caesarea National Park is a year-round tourist site.

Within the park is the well preserved Caesarea Amphitheater, which has a seating capacity of 15,000 people in its heydays. Nonetheless, the amphitheater remains in use today, hosting concerts and live performances in the summer graced by A-list individuals. The site is an engineering marvel, featuring architectural elements carved from different materials. The on-site museum is a great place to learn more about the history of the port. That’s not all, Caesarea National Park has a one of its kind underwater archeological park that takes you through the underwater ruins of this city.

Aquaduct Beach

Aquaduct Beach is a place to cool off and escape the scorching heat of summer sun. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed here. Despite this, the beach attracts a good number of visitors on summer weekends. This Caesarea beach is a place to immerse yourself in the rural surrounding and fascinating archaeological feature.

Ralli Museum

Art lovers and history buffs will love the collections at Ralli museum. The museum features an extensive collection of artworks done by Latin American and Sephardic Jewish artists. Access to the museum is free for all, and the pieces on display are a delight to see.

The beauty of booking a day trip to Caesarea with Gold Carpet Touring is that the logistics of your trip are well catered for. You don’t have to stand in lines on getting to the sites – get treated like royalty. And when it comes to planning Caesarea tours, you can trust their professional, knowledgeable local guides to provide you with an ultimate travel experience.

Petra from Eilat

Tours from Eilat-Israel to Petra-Jordan

The city is home to lots of magnificent beaches on the Red Sea, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a wide range of watersports activities. One of the unique features of this beautiful beach and resort city is it’s easy access to deserts, ancient site and mountain touring. More so, it is the gateway to Petra – a place rich in mysticism and history. Keep in mind that your Eilat to Petra tour will be not only exciting and remarkable but also stress-free with one of our excellent private tour guides here at Gold Carpet Touring. The company specializes in arranging custom made Israel tours specific to your travel needs and requirements.

In recent times, Petra has seen a rise in the number of foreign visitors. The city was proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985, thanks to its ancient sites, tombs, and rich history. If you truly want to experience all that Petra has to offers which include exploring sites such as Obelisk Tomb, Jabal Madbach, Siq, Calligraphy, Theater, Treasury, choose a reliable tour company to get a double dose.

Petra From Eilat Tour Options

Petra is a magnificent site and has grown in fame since it served as the backdrop for scenes in top summer blockbuster movies including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Visitors who book an Eilat to Petra tour prefer to take a one-day tour which starts at approximately 7 am and return from Petra at around 7 pm, but if you have more time, consider opting for a two-day option through Gold Carpet Touring. Also, you can book for a custom private tour from Eilat to Petra. This option is best suited for families or groups who would like to travel at their own pace and according to their needs.

Visiting Petra from Eilat

Your tour from Eilat to Petra has never been simpler thanks to our touring services. Once your booking has been confirmed, your tour company swings to action immediately. For sure, you can tour Petra on your own, but you’re strongly advised to use the services of a reputable Petra from Eilat tour company. Not only will these experts help provide the option that works for you be it private or group tours but also take the stress off you when it comes to crossing the border into Jordan. However, if you don’t have a visa, then you must provide your passport to your tour company to smoothen the border crossing process. No need to stand in line. Sadly, public buses don’t serve this route, so your best option is to book through a touring company. A guided tour adds to the experience.

What to Expect

  • Pickup and drop off at your hotel in Eilat

  • Cross the border with ease

  • Explore the finest ancient sites in Petra including Obelisk Tomb, Jabal Madbach, Siq, Calligraphy, Theater, Treasury, Mountaintop Tombs and many more

  • Experienced, and knowledgeable English-speaking guide

Gold Carpet Touring offers tours to Petra from Eilat seven days a week. The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Eilat. Drive to the borders and cross into Jordan in a fully air-conditioned vehicle. All tour packages are available daily, and prices include transportation, lunch, Petra entrance fee, and local guide service.

Mitzpe Ramon and the Craters in the Negev

­Mitzpe Ramon and the Craters in the Negev

While Israel has its own charm, there’s something magical about escaping the vibrant city life to a more serene environment. Knowing for its massive sized crater and beautiful night skies, Mitzpe Ramon is the place to be if you are looking to relax and unwind before heading back to the hustle and bustle of city life.  Despite its location in the center of the desert, Mitzpe, a Hebrew word meaning “lookout,” has lived up to its name. The wide, open spaces that surround this fantastic spot make it one of the coolest places to enjoy stunning views of nature.

If you are looking for some desert fun and adventure while vacationing in Israel, a trip to Mitzpe Ramon should be at the top of your bucket list. Besides its spectacular natural attractions that call this place home, Mitzipe Ramon also boasts some of the finest dining and accommodation options in Israel. Words can’t describe how beautiful it is. Regardless of the number of times you visit, there’s something new to explore.

Things to See and Do

Mitzpe Ramon and its surrounding areas have its own fair share of things to see and do. Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple looking for a romantic getaway, family, a group, or on your honeymoon, you will never be disappointed.

Perhaps, you may think the best way to get the most of your trip to Mitzpe Ramon is via the Visitor’s Center, strategically located at the top of the Crater. No doubt, the Visitor’s Center is a great spot to catch stunning views and probably take great photos if you are properly equipped but if you really want to have remarkable travel experience, consider opting for one of the well detailed guided tours with Gold Carpet Touring.

Being in the company of one of their experienced local guides guarantees unforgettable moments. You can cover as many interesting sites as possible if time permits.

One of the best spots to explore is the Zin Valley, which has proximity to Mitzpe Ramon. While at the Zin Valley, you will find wild camels, springs perfect for a refreshing deep, and lovely vistas.  The Spice Route Quarter is littered with several boutique stores, shops, fine dining establishments, and a jazz club to keep visitors entertained.

If you are traveling with kids, don’t miss a stop at Alpaca Farm, a place to get up close with the lamas and alpacas. Your kids will love it. Depending on your choice, the farm features comfortable apartments where you can lay your head for the night.

Your trip will be considered incomplete without a jeep tour of Ramon Crater. Your local guide will take you into the crater, allowing you to take in the scene as you drive through. This is why it is important to bring your camera so you can capture every moment.

For those who love hiking, there are lots of interesting hiking trails to explore, including the Har Ardon Trail and the Negev Highlands Trail.

Getting There

Getting to Mitzpe Ramon is pretty easy. Located about 180 kilometers from Tel Aviv and 161 km from Jerusalem, you can catch a bus from any of these locations to Mitzpe. The road trip will probably take 2 hours on average. On getting to Mitzpe, you can explore the town by car, on foot or by taking the available touring options with Gold Carpet Touring.