Looking for things to do? The Oasis Hotel is the perfect starting point to visit the Dead Sea or do sightseeing in Jericho, a place steeped in history, culture and natural beauty. There is plenty to explore:
Only a 15-minute drive away the Dead Sea is a salt lake located over 400 m below sea level, making it the lowest point on earth. It is famous for its extremely saline water, which makes floating an awesome experience, and its mineral-rich black mud, which is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments.
Opening Hours of the Monastery 9am-4pm
One of Jericho's most impressive sights is the Monastery of Temptation, which is known in Arabic as Deir Quruntul (“Quruntul” derives from the Latin word quadraginta, meaning "forty"). It is built on the spot where the Bible says Jesus spent 40 days & nights fasting and meditating while resisting the temptations of Satan (Matthew 4:8-9). The present Monastery was built by the Greek Orthodox Church in 1895 in the place of an earlier (12th Century) Crusader church. The summit of the mount, offers a spectacular panoramic view of Jericho and the wider region. It can be accessed by a 30-minute trek up a steep path or a 5-minute cable car ride from Tel Jericho.
Opening Hours 9am-6pm
The Russian Museum is a located in a beautiful park-like setting only a short walk away from the center of Jericho. It displays exhibits of archaeological finds, impressive mosaics, photos of Russian pilgrims in the 19th Century, and traces of the history of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Holy Land. Its garden is home to the Tree of Zacchaeus, a sycamore mentioned in the Bible and believed to be more than 2000 years old.
Opening Hours: Daily 8am-6pm . Entrance Fee: 10 NIS
Tel Es-Sultan are the ruins of ancient Jericho with relics of many civilizations, walls, buildings, cisterns, etc. It is listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Spring of Ein Es-Sultan, located opposite the Tel, is one of the richest water resources in the city of Jericho. It is also known as Elisha`s Well, after Prophet Elisha, who is said to have purified the spring’s water with a handful of salt (2 Kings 2:19-22).
Not far from the city center, located in a corner of the gardens of the Russian Museum, this large old Sycamore tree is of the kind that is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke as "The Tree of Zacchaeus", after the Roman tax collector, who had climbed the tree in order to see Jesus, who was surrounded by a crowd of people upon his descent from Mount of Temptation to Jericho
Opening Hours 8am-6pm
A short drive north of Tel Es-Sultan, are the ruins of the desert palace of the Arab Ummayad Caliph Hisham Bin Abd al-Malik, which served as winter hunting retreat. The 8th Century Palace (Qasr Hisham in Arabic and also known as Khirbet Al-Mafjar) was a magnificent complex with baths, impressive mosaic floors and pillars, the remains of which can still be seen. There is also a small cinema where an introductory video to the site is shown
Only a short drive from Jericho you can visit the Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ, where John the Baptist is said to have lived for about 20 years and which is set in a nature reserve with much flora and fauna.