Reputed as “the city that never sleeps,” Tel-Aviv is a vibrant metropolis that is constantly in motion. It is the cultural and financial center of Israel, attracting locals and tourists alike. Its main touristic destinations are along Rothschild Boulevard and Jaffa.
We start with a drive through Jaffa. Passing by some of its historical landmarks, we review its long and rich history, from Solomon’s times to current days. We could also go for a short stroll in its archaeological garden and main alley.
Next, we drive through the busy and colorful flea market where vintage furniture is offered next to used jeans and vinyl records. At Neve Tsedek’s main street we will take a moment to appreciate the 19th century architecture wonderfully integrated with art galleries and cafes.
Finally, we get to Rothschild Boulevard. About 120 years ago, 60 Jewish families established here a humble size town named – Tel-Aviv. Nowadays, the boulevard includes restored historical buildings, restaurants and boutique hotels. We could stop here for a lunch break, and also join a tour at the “Independence Hall.” On May 14,1948 the state of Israel was declared in this very building, fulfilling the long-sought Jewish dream of forming a Jewish state in their ancestral land.
At the end of Rothschild Boulevard, we make our last stop at the Rabin Assassination site, paying a tribute to the Israeli prime minister who was assassinated at this spot. We review the events that led to this political assassination, and its aftermath.
Depending on time and desire, it is also possible to join a tour of the Palmach Museum. This exhibit presents the story of the special Jewish fighting forces and the pivotal role they had in the struggle of forming the State of Israel.