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Dead Sea

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Dead Sea

hello,

im planing to go to dead sea for a half day trip/ few hours from tel aviv.

Have seen there is a bus service from Tel Aviv Arlozorv to Dead Sea.

The nearest stop would be Lido Beach. Is it a nice place/beach? Couldn't find any pictures on the internet.

Thanks

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21. Re: Dead Sea

You will smear the mud from head to toe and totally enjoy it. I say that it is alot of peoples childhood dream to play in the mud. Put on alot all over, let it dry, take photos and then go in the water. The mud will come off. It's actually a conglomeration of the minerals leached off the bottom of the sea and concentrated with water. Your skin will feel so good and smooth, you will be amazed. Be sure to get all the mud off before going to the real showers, as it tends to clog up the drains. There are outside showers near the waters edge to help with this.

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22. Re: Dead Sea

We are visiting on a cruise which docks at noon. What would be the best way to visit the Dead Sea from Ashod for a half day? How long would it take and what would be the likely cost? There are 4 of us. Anyone got any advice please?

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23. Re: Dead Sea

The only practical way to go to the Dead Sea at that hour is by taxi because public transport will take too long. The official MoT price from Ashdod to Ein Bokek (the Dead Sea hotel area) is 646 NIS. Driving time is nearly two hours:

http://goo.gl/maps/IBUkp

Do you just want to go for a swim or do you want to visit Massada ? Will you return to the ship the same day or will you stay overnight at the Dead Sea or Jerusalem ?

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24. Re: Dead Sea

What day of the week will you be docking? What time of year?

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25. Re: Dead Sea

What time of year will this be? If the ship docks at noon, I assume you won't be out of the port until 1 at the earliest. Add two hours' driving time, which seems very optimistic to me - and you won't be at the Dead Sea until probably around 3:30. From October to March, Dead Sea beaches close at 4 p.m. If your taxi gets stuck in a line of slow-moving vehicles, which isn't unlikely, the entire exercise will be a complete waste of time and money. Even during the rest of the year, when the beaches are open till 5, it will be pushing it. And bathing at non-authorized beaches, or when beaches are closed, is strictly forbidden.

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26. Re: Dead Sea

That's really disappointing but thank you for that very helpful information. We are visiting on a Thursday in October.

We already have tours booked to Jerusalem and Bethlehem on the following day and were looking for a different half day visit for Thursday afternoon. Would Masada be a possibility and do any companies do a hald day tour there?

Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you

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27. Re: Dead Sea

Masada is overlooking the Dead Sea, and also closes at 4 in October. Because of the distance involved, I can't imagine any company would do this as a half-day tour from Ashdod.

Tel Aviv, which has plenty of interesting things to see and is much closer to Ashdod, would work for your Thursday.

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28. Re: Dead Sea

The problem is your hour of arrival. As stated before, you probably won't get started until at least 1 PM ; Massada is slightly further than Ein Bokek so you won't get there until after 3 PM and the site closes at 4 PM in October !

I suggest that you take the bus or the train to Tel-Aviv (less than one hour) or a taxi (212 NIS) and take a city tour bus to get an overview of the city:

www.dan.co.il/english/template/default.asp…

Than have dinner on the beach promenade and go back to Ashdod.

Edited: 10 June 2014, 10:20
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29. Re: Dead Sea

Which Thursday in October?

If the 9th or 16th, you should be aware that these are legal and religious holidays with all their limitations and complications.

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30. Re: Dead Sea

Oops, yes, ramot418, I didn't notice that... While taxis will be available and sites will be open, traffic is likely to be very heavy and places will be crowded. Also, taxis will charge more - holiday rate - so it will in total be even more impractical to attempt getting to the Dead Sea.

If it is either of those Thursdays there will be no public transport until after dark, so if you go to Tel Aviv you would need to take a taxi, and the city bus tour won't run. Buses back from Tel Aviv to Ashdod will start running at around 7:30 p.m., so if you're spending the evening in Tel Aviv (recommended) that wouldn't be a problem. The first train on those days from Tel Aviv to Ashdod will be at 21:26.