A day tour to Jaffa and Tel-Aviv combines two major sites relating to both ancient and modern history of Israel. We start the day with a stroll in the alleys of old Jaffa , a continuously inhabited site since Canaanite times.
We first appreciate the Ramesses II’s Gate Garden and the “floating orange tree” sculpture, and then make our way between sandstone built houses, and several art and crafts galleries (Ilana Goor , Maskit , Ben-Zion Ymenite Jewelry Workshop , Adina Plastelina , and more).
Descending towards the port, we pass by the traditional site of the “vision of Peter” at the House of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10), and its nearby Saint Michael Greek-Orthodox Church . At the port we can discuss the history of the port, and contemplate over the mythological story while viewing the “Rock of Andromeda“.
Returning to the main plaza of Jaffa, we could visit the Franciscan St. Peter’s Church , and the renewed local visitors center (“Kikar Kedumim” ). A short walk will take us to the nearby Flea Market where we can also have a lunch break, and possibly do some souvenir shopping.
After lunch we can proceed through Neve Tzedek , the first Jewish colony outside of Jaffa, and reach the heart of Tel-Aviv at Rothschild Boulevard . Besides appreciating local architecture (especially samples of the famous Bauhaus style), we can visit Taglit Innovation Center , Shalom Meir Tower Visitors Center , or the “Independence hall” , where the state of Israel was declared (!).
We can end the day with a stroll at the Carmel Market , Nahalat Binyamin Art and Crafts Fair , Tel-Aviv port , Sarona , or Sheinkin Street , and visit Rabin Assassination site . We could end the day with a visit to the Palmach Museum , Rabin Center , or the extreme F16 Flight simulator (“The Squadron” ), – or simply go for a swim in the mediterranean!.
Book a Private Tour to Jaffa and Tel-Aviv
The cost of a private tour to Jaffa and Tel-Aviv + transportation starts at USD$700. Contact me for more details and booking a tour:
Additional Attractions in a Private Tour to Jaffa and Tel-Aviv:
Learn about the American Christian attempt to colonize Palestine in 1866 at the Tour the intersting historical area of the American Colony . East of Tel-Aviv, visit also the Saint Peter and Saint Tabitha Russian Orthodox Church .
Experience the contrasing faces of Tel-Aviv’s markets by strolling along the Carmel Market , Sheinkin street , and Nahalat Binyamin Crafts market , as well as historical Sarona and “Hatachana” – Jaffa Railway Station .
Book a guided tour of the Palmach Museum , the institution devoted to the strike-force of the pre-state Jewish underground.
Feel very cultural by visiting the Jewish Diaspora museum (“Beth Hatefutsoth”) , The Rubin Museum , the Bauhaus Desgin Museum , the Eretz-Israel Museum , (including Tel Qasile ), and the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art .
Possible Activities Near Tel-Aviv:
Explore in the Shephela underground city of Maresha , and crawl in Bar Kokhba caves , mute evidence of the last Jewish attempt for independance in the land of Israel in Antiquity. See nearby Roman ampitheatre at Beit Guvrin .
Drive to the Jerusalem mountains and see the Holocaust memorial “Scroll of Fire” Monument in the “Forest of the Martyrs“; visit the winery “Domaine de Castel“; and a Horse Ride in Ramat Raziel horse ranch.