escee.com TRAVEL - Dead Sea - 1/7 The next day there was an optional excursion to the Dead Sea available. Since I had failed in my attempt to get to Jerusalem during this trip, I spent some of what I had saved for Israel on this trip, which was the second most expensive of the optionals after Abu Simbel (or the hot air balloon in Luxor, but I didn't do that one). It was worth it though. The shore of the Dead Sea is the lowest point of dry land on the surface of the earth, 1385ft below sea level. It's also famous for its high salt content, over one-third. You can see the thick white salt residue in the background here. Copyright © 2006-2019 RTR/escee.com. All rights reserved. Neither photos nor content may be reproduced without express written consent from copyright holder.