The Dead Sea area, a wild and untamed desert, is steeped in history. The Book of Genesis mentions it as the seat of Sodom and Gomorra, and Kind David hid here from the wrath of Saul. In Roman times King Herod the Great built several fortresses and palaces in the area (the most famous of which is Massada) while the Essenes, a small and pious Jewish sect, settled in Qumran and wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. Countless prophets, saints, monks and pilgrims found peace and refuge in this spiritual and secluded area.
During the detox retreat we'll go floating and mud bathing in the Dead Sea as a group, and you'll have plenty of chances to go by yourself, too. It's all included in the price of the retreat.
How do I get to Ein Gedi?
You fly into Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Int'l Airport and from there take a taxi/shuttle to the Ein Gedi Country Hotel, where the retreat takes place. The transfer to the hotel takes 1.5 hours.
Do I need a visa for Israel?
Passport holders from most Western countries do not need a visa for Israel. Check the official website of the Israel Ministry of Tourism to be sure.
How long is the flight to Israel?
From most West European airports the flight time is between 4-5 hours.
Transfer from airport to hotel
How long is the transfer between Tel Aviv airport and the Ein Gedi Country Hotel?
Transfer time is about one and a half hours.
How do I arrange a transfer?
There are several transfer options. The cheapest is The Dead Sea Hotel shuttle (€38 per person one way). The shuttle serves other hotels in the Dead Sea area, so you may have to wait a short while for passengers arriving on other flights. ). Seshir are based at the Ben Gurion International airport in Tel Aviv, first floor, next to the car hire desks. On arrival go to their desk, arrange payment and a driver will be waiting for you.
Private taxi drivers will get you there faster as there will be no waiting time. The price will be higher and will largely depend on the number of people sharing. For pick-ups at night a night tariff applies. The following drivers provide reliable service and charge the official government tariffs:
The following is an indication of taxi prices to several popular destinations. Prices may vary according to the day and time of travel (Saturdays and night-time are more expensive). Use the following prices as a guidance.
Ben Gurion airport - Ein Gedi
650 - 750 NIS
Ein Gedi - Jerusalem 450 NIS
Waiting time (e.g. in Jerusalem)
Ein Gedi - Tel Aviv
Jerusalem - Tel Aviv
Currency and credit cards
What currency should I take with me to Israel?
Euros, dollars and all other major Western currencies are widely accepted in Israel. A cash point is available at the hotel.
What credit cards can I use in Israel?
All major credit cards are widely accepted in Israel. The Ein Gedi Country Hotel also accepts all major credit cards, including American Express.
How safe is it to travel in Israel?
A lot safer than the media would have you believe it. If you're heading straight for the retreat and take a direct transfer from the modern and efficient Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport to the Ein Gedi Country Hotel, you will have nothing to worry about. You won't need guards or protection of any kind.
If you intend to travel in Israel before or after the retreat, then some caution is advisable in certain parts of the country. Your travel agent will be able to advise you on that. Over three million tourists visit Israel every year and go back home safe and happy.
How safe is it in the Dead Sea?
The Dead Sea is a remote and scarcely populated area, far from all conflict zones.
What about personal safety - mugging, theft etc.?
While in the Ein Gedi Country Hotel, do as you would in any other hotel and keep your valuables in the safe.
In the large cities you'll need to be as cautious as you would be in any other large city in the world. Hold on tight to your belongings and keep your eyes open.
When taking a transfer or a cab, make sure you use a reputable company/driver arranged by the hotel or as recommended above.
You'll find plenty of useful inormation in the FAQ section of the Israel Ministry of Tourism website.