Traveling to Tel Aviv

Traveling to Tel Aviv from Ben Gurion Airport is a short taxi or bus ride. Choose a hotel in the central areas of Lev Ha’ir, Florentin, Neve Tzedek, or the beachfront, so that you can explore on foot. There is an excellent bus system in Tel Aviv, and taxis are reasonably priced, but driving in Tel Aviv is not recommended. The city gets sunshine most of the year and has a very outdoor-urban vibe.

Tel Aviv is famed for its live-and-let-live attitude and has a thriving LGBTQ community. There are incredible markets (Carmel, Lewinsky, and Jaffa Market), and shopping malls, like Azrieli, and Dizengoff. Tel Aviv has a vibrant café culture, with sidewalk cafes reminiscent of Europe. The food scene includes street food, Middle Eastern cuisine, fine dining, vegan, and kosher eateries serving either meat or dairy dishes. 

The heart of Tel Aviv is known as the White City and has UNESCO status for its 400 Bauhaus buildings. Things to do in Tel Aviv the top attractions such as Jaffa Old City, the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Rothschild Blvd., Nachalat Binyamin neighborhood, Yarkon Park, and the gentrified port area, to name just a few. Tel Aviv never sleeps and has bars, and nightclubs rave until the early hours. You can find entertainment of all genres, from jazz, and ethnic music, to classical music, and ballet. 

How to Get from Ashdod to Tel Aviv

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either in Israel or planning a visit so let’s first say ‘welcome - you’re going to have an amazing time!’ Israel’s relatively small by North American or European standards but it has an enormous amount to offer and, because it doesn’t take hours and hours to drive between cities, that means you’ve got more time to enjoy yourself - whether it's exploring historical sites, wineries, nature parks, pristine beaches, Crusader fortresses or Herodian ruins. A ship dragged anchor at Ashdod, Israel. Photo by Felix Tchverkin on UnsplashThe other thing we should say, off the bat, is that Israel is very well developed in terms of its infrastructure. The roads and highways are in good condition and public transport is pretty cheap and, for the most part, efficient. This means if you don’t want to stay in one place (and most people don’t) you’re going to be able to move around with little fuss and maximise your free time.In this article, we’ll be looking at how to get from Ashdod to Tel Aviv, a distance of just 35 km (22 miles). Both cities are situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and have fantastic beaches, marinas, boardwalks and plenty of options for lunch and dinner.Tel Aviv, Israel’s biggest, and just a short drive from Ben Gurion airport, is a must-see for any tourist in Israel. Situated, like Ashdod, right on the seashore, it’s full of trendy restaurants, lively bars, cute cafes and charming neighbourhoods, not to mention a wealth of museums, art galleries, theatres and live music venues. So, without a doubt, spending a day (or several!) in the "White City" won’t disappoint.So here below is you plenty of information on the various ways you can travel between these two cities - whether it’s taking a bus from Ashdod to Tel Aviv, booking a train journey, using a private or shared taxi, booking a ship-to-shore excursion from your cruise ship or putting your foot down in a hire car. Once you’ve read through the options, you’ll have a better idea of which one is right for you, so you can plan a trip that suits you.Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.Photo credit: © Shutterstock1. How to Get from Ashdod to Tel Aviv by BusIsrael’s bus service is modern, comfortable, inexpensive and reasonably efficient. Taking a bus from Ashdod to Tel Aviv by bus is a good option, with buses running regularly from early in the morning (6 am) until late at night (11 pm). If you don’t travel in rush hour (7-9 am and 4-6 pm) the journey will likely take about 50 minutes. The bus number you need is 320 and is operated by Veola. A one-way ticket from Ashdod to Tel Aviv costs approximately 10 NIS (3 USD) and you can pay the driver as you board. There is also a second bus departing from Ashdod to Tel Aviv, numbered 280, which can drop you at Tel Aviv’s second bus station, in the north of the city.Another popular way to pay for buses (and trains) is by using a Rav Kav card. These small green cards can be purchased easily all over Israel (in all bus and train stations and sometimes in stores and pharmacies). Once you’ve bought one, you can load it with credit or buy a daily/monthly ticket. Just swipe it in front of the electronic device next to the driver, when you board the bus and it will automatically deduct the payment, showing you on the receipt how much credit you have left. For more information, check out the official Rav Kav website.The Ashdod Festival of the Nations and Their Tastes.Photo credit: © Oksana MatsAshdod Central Bus StationThe Ashdod Central Bus station is located on Menachem Begin Boulevard, in the heart of the city, and an 18-minute walk to the Marina. Check inside with information to see which platform the bus departs from (there are signs in English and staff who can point you in the right direction). Tel Aviv Bus StationsTel Aviv’s Central Bus Station (Tachana Merkazit) is located in the south of the city on Levinsky Street. The bus will drop you on the building’s sixth floor and after that, there are a number of possibilities to continue your journey - either by private taxi, shared yellow van taxi, (see below), or the local Dan buses, which run all over the city. The Levinsky bus station is also a gateway to cities around Israel, and also operates buses that run every two hours down to Eilat, for those wishing to travel on, for a trip to Petra, Jordan. Tel Aviv’s second bus station (‘Terminal 2000’) is in the north of the city, on the corner of the Namir Road and Arlozorov streets, conveniently located next door to the city’s Savidor railway station. It is a half an hour walk to the beachfront and you can also take intercity buses on to Jerusalem and Haifa.Saint Peter's Church, Jaffa, Israel.Photo credit: © Shutterstock2. How to Get from Ashdod to Tel Aviv by TrainTaking the train from Ashdod to Tel Aviv is an excellent way to make the trip - it’s fast and efficient and trains leave reverie 15-20 minutes at peak time. The journey itself takes between 50-60 minutes, depending on which of the three Tel Aviv stations. A one-way ticket costs 20 NIS (approx 6 USD) and trains run from 5 am to 11 pm.Ashdod Ad Halom railway station is in the Ad Halom area, near the eastern entrance to the city. The station contains a small beverage and refreshment kiosk and you can buy tickets there from machines (using different language options) or at the counter or online through different smartphone apps. Tel Aviv has three stations - Savidor, HaShalom and HaHaganah. Savidor is situated on the corner of Namir Road and Arlozorov street in the north of the city. It’s next door to the Terminal 2000 bus station (see above). HaShalom is the train station closest to the Azriel Towers and many large offices in the city centre. HaHaganah is Tel Aviv’s most southern railway station and is located about 400 metres from the Tel Aviv (Levinsky) Central Bus Station.The interior of the Israeli train.Photo by Lital Bamnulker on Unsplash3. How to Get from Ashdod to Tel Aviv byPrivate TaxiTaking a private taxi in Israel is easy - you can either flag one down in the street, book one through an App (such as Gett) or order one from a reputable taxi firm (your hotel concierge can help you). The cost of a private taxi from Ashdod to Tel Aviv will probably be somewhere between 230-420 NIS (70-130 USD). It is customary to tip the driver 10-15%, depending on how helpful he is. You can also travel from Ashdod to Tel Aviv with a sherut (shared taxi service).4.How to Get from Ashdod to Tel Aviv with a Private transferPrivate transfers are very easy to arrange, but we advise you to book them through a trustworthy tour operator, to ensure you will be put in touch with a reputable and honest operator. You will be given a price and if you are satisfied with it, you can pay by credit card and from then on all matters will be handled expertly by the company and you don’t have to worry about a thing.At Bein Harim Tourism Services, we are always happy to help obtain quotes for people visiting Israel who need a private taxi - please call us or send us your details on our ‘Contact Us’ form and we will get back to you promptly, with a competitive offer.A building inRothschildBoulevard, Tel Aviv.Photo credit: © Shutterstock5. Shore Excursions from Ashdod PortMaking a shore excursion from Ashdod Port to Tel Aviv is a great way to spend your free day since you can be in Tel Aviv within an hour and have plenty of time to see many of the sights that this buzzy, fashionable city has to offer. With Ashdod Port Cruise Excursions, as soon as you step onto dry land, you will be met by a private guide and within minutes you’ll be in a comfortable vehicle, heading off to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.In less than an hour, all things being equal, you’ll be in the ‘White City’ of Tel Aviv (so named for its fabulous Bauhaus buildings) and the next few hours are yours. There’s so much to do, you won’t be disappointed - stroll along the boardwalk and admire views of the Mediterranean, take a bike tour around the city, or wander along the famous Dizengoff Street, known for its cafes, restaurants and boutique stores.There’s also a number of beautiful small neighbourhoods that are lovely to explore - the Kerem (close to Tel Aviv’s famous Carmel Market), Neve Tzedek (with its charming houses and tiny alleyways) and, of course, Jaffa, one of the world’s oldest cities, famous for its port (where Jonah fled God and, for his trouble, ended up in the belly of a whale), a charming artists quarter and the famous Jaffa flea market, where you can hunt for bargains before eating lunch in one of the many lovely cafes around. Finally, we promise that when you book with Bein Harim we’ll get you back to your ship in good time for your departure. (Just for the record, if you want to travel to Tel Aviv from your cruise ship independently, please note that the bus terminal is about 6 km from the port so walking there is not possible. You can, of course, grab a taxi, (which should cost about 50 NIS (15,5 USD) and take a few minutes) or even bus number 2, which costs 5.30 NIS and will take about 15 minutes.A street in Jaffa, Israel.Photo credit: © Shutterstock6. How to Get from Ashdod to Tel Aviv with a Rental a CarRenting a car in Israel is a wonderful way to see the country on your own terms. You can decide how long you want to spend in a city and also stop off on the way if the mood takes you. Prices for car rental in Israel are quite reasonable and, with a car, you have a level of freedom that no other kind of transport affords you. Moreover, since there is no public transport in Israel from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening (the Jewish sabbath), options for moving around are limited - obviously, when you have a car, this is not a problem.Driving from Ashdod to Tel Aviv, via Route 4, without too much traffic should take you around 45-55 minutes. Just bear in mind that parking in Tel Aviv is notoriously difficult to come by - free parking is almost impossible to find and even parking lots can get crowded on weekends. Of course, if you are patient (and ready to pay up!) you will always find somewhere to park but if you want to save money (and hassle) you can always park just outside the city and travel by public transport.One way to do this is to park up in the north of Tel Aviv, near the Tel Aviv Port (Namal, Reading area) where there is some free parking, then just catch a bus/sherut/taxi into town. For the adventurous, there are also bikes and electric scooters that can be rented easily, with just the swipe of a credit card!Well-known rental hire companies in Israel include Eldan, Hertz, Shlomo Sixt, Hertz, Eldan and Thrifty. Prices can be quite competitive and, on average, renting a car should cost you around 260 NIS (80 USD) per day. All of the representatives you encounter will invariably speak good English but you might also want to shop around online beforehand - there are always bargains available so why not take advantage of them?Enjoy your journey!Aerial overview of Tel Aviv Port (Namal parking).Photo by Shai Pal on Unsplash
By Sarah Mann

5 Day Trips from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is located in the center of Israel and has highway and public transportation links to cities across the country. Luckily Israel is not that big so you can easily base yourself in Tel Aviv and make day trips to other destinations. Take a look at these day trips from Tel Avivand Israel day tourswhich give you a good variety of top tourist destinations and less obvious day trip choices.Jerusalem Trip from Tel AvivJerusalem is one of the must-see destinations in Israel and is only an hour away (depending on traffic) from Tel Aviv. If you are taking a day trip from Tel Aviv then don’t waste any time and start your trip with a walking tour of the Old City. Most of Jerusalem’s top attractions are in the Old City; here you can see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock stands. In the Old City, there are many exquisite stores, eateries, museums, and other places of interest.You can go into the “new” city and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the capital or alternatively visit the churches on the Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives is home to the beautiful Church of All Nations, the Russian Orthodox Church, Pater Noster Church, the Chapel of the Ascension, and Dominus Flevit Church. Families might like to visit the Biblical Zoo and others might be interested in visiting Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum or the Israel Museum.The Dead Sea and Masada Day Trip from Tel AvivNo trip to Israel is complete without a trip to the Dead Sea which lies 87 km south of Tel Aviv. This unique body of water is the lowest point on Earth. The Dead Sea water is three times as salty as the ocean. The mud that lines the banks and floor of the Dead Sea is rich in minerals that can benefit your general health and specifically your skin. Being the lowest point on Earth it is also the furthest point from the sun and so you can avoid the dangerous sun rays and just get the benefits of the sun. The Dead Sea air is also good for your health as it hashigh levels of oxygen and is pollen-free.While you are in the Dead Sea region you can tour Masada which is only a short drive away. Masada is a “mesa” or flat-topped rock outcrop which rises majestically out of the desert. Masada’s summit was the site of an ancient Roman palace complex and many of the structures have survived. Masada was also the site of a significant event in Jewish history and is a symbol of Jewish devotion to national freedom and faith. Visitors to Masada can take a cable car (or walk up the Snake Path) to the summit and tour the remains of the palace complex.Galilee or Golan Heights Day Tripfrom Tel AvivIf you fancy a day trip to a place with amazing sites to see and unbelievably beautiful views then tours to Galilee or the Golan Heights are a good choice. The North of Israel overflows with natural wonders and biblical sites. It is also the most recommended destination if you want to reconnect with nature and are looking for gorgeous countryside landscapes. Galilee (meaning 'district' in Hebrew) was the source of the English name for the "Sea of Galilee". In Hebrew, the lake is called Kinneret (from kinor - 'harp', describing its shape). The attractions on the way, like Megiddo, Sea of Galilee, Katzrin, or Mount Bentalcombine remarkable scenery with the fascinating historical human story. You can cover many Christian landmarks of Galilee (Nazarethwith itsChurch of Annunciation,Tabgha, Capernaum, etc) in aone day trip to the Sea of Galilee.Petra Day Trip from Tel AvivBelieve it or not, you can even take a day trip from Tel Aviv to Petra in Jordan and be back in Tel Aviv the same evening! There are organized tours that start in Tel Aviv with a short flight down to Eilat Israeli’s southernmost city.From there tours continue across the Israel/Jordan border and on to Petra.Petra is a UNESCO site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city was created about 2300 years ago when the Nabataean people carved Petra’s buildings out of the red-hued desert cliffs. The ancient structures have survived and include temples, tombs, and homes each with intricately carved facades and cavernous interiors.On a tour to Petra, you can learn about the ingenious water gathering system the Nabataeans used to keep Petra’s 20,000 residents supplied with water. Also, learn of the trade routes which passed through Petra and the civilizations which inhabited Petra after the Nabataeans left. At the end of the day, visitors are taken back across the border to Eilat for the return flight to Tel Aviv.The West Bank Day Trip from Tel AvivBethlehem and Jericho are not only the ultimate destination for Christians exploring the Holy Land but also a must-see for the fans of biblical archeology.Regardless of your faith, there are some iconic Christian sites in the West Bank and they are all well worth visiting, especially with a guided Bethlehem tour.Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, has several significant attractions including the top of the to-do list Nativity Church and Shepherds' Field, where angels first announced the birth of Christ. Jericho, the most ancient city on earth, mentioned in the Bible, has lasted through the ages to this day. See the famed sycamore tree that Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed to see Jesus entering Jericho, the excavations at Tell es-Sultan, and Mount Temptation where Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness.
By Bein Harim Team

How to get to and From Ben Gurion Airport

One of the first questions we’re often asked by people who travel to Israel is ‘How do I get to and from the airport?” and today we’ll be answering this in detail. Israel has two airports (one in the center of the country and the other - Ilan Ramon - in Eilat) but it’s the main one - Ben Gurion - that we’re focusing on today.Is tel aviv yafo airport the same as Ben Gurion?Yes. Ben Gurion Airport lies just 20 km from Tel Aviv, so it’s a quick journey to the country’s busiest city. And the good news is that getting to and from there is pretty easy, with several options to choose from. The only critical thing to remember is that from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening - the Jewish sabbath - there is no public transport operating but, other than that, it’s all quite straightforward.Let’s look at your alternatives:By TrainTrains in Israel are a great way to travel - they’re reliable, fast, and reasonably priced. Trains to and from Tel Aviv run every half an hour and cost 14 NIS one way (less than $5). They also run through the night - once an hour - and with the journey taking only 15 minutes, it’s a comfortable and convenient way to travel.The Ben Gurion Airport Train StationOnce you’ve walked out of the arrivals gate at Terminal 3, you’ll see signs directing you to the train in Hebrew, English, and Arabic - the entrance is a minute’s walk away. There, you can buy tickets from a cashier (who will speak English) or machines (which give instructions in a number of languages). You can pay with cash or credit card and once you have your ticket, just put it in the electronic machine and head to your platform.There are three main stations in Tel Aviv - Ha Haganah, Ha Shalom, and Savidor - from which you can take taxis or buses to your final destination.The Hagana Station in Tel AvivTrains also run from the airport to many other parts of the country including Jerusalem, Haifa, and Be’er much is the train from Ben Gurion to Jerusalem? 13 to 18 NIS, and the Airport train will take you to Izhak Navon station in the heart of the city - where there is plenty to see and do.By TaxiIf you’re not watching your money, or it’s Shabbat (in which case you’ll have fewer choices) then taxis are easy to pick up - there’s a stand directly outside arrivals. Walk past the men asking you if you want a taxi (they are not allowed to be there and may well overcharge you) and join the rank for official government-licensed cabs.An Israeli Taxi stands at a gate in JerusalemThis way, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to pay (the tariffs are fixed for each city, though the price will increase on Shabbat and late at night). The following day, if you don’t want to hail down taxis on the street, then you also have the option of downloading the Gett Taxi App (unfortunately they do not pick up from Ben Gurion).By BusBus number 445 leaves once an hour from outside the Arrivals at Terminal 3. This is a cheap and convenient way to travel to Tel Aviv and see what makes this city so great. It runs from the airport all through the city, dropping passengers off (not picking them up) all along the main streets of Allenby and HaYarkon, and its final stop is the Namal Port in north Tel Aviv.Number 18 Bus in JaffaMany of the bus stops are just a stone's throw from the big beach hotels, and also to Dizengoff Street, which is a popular area to stay.The bus costs 10 NIS one way (less than $3) and you can pay with cash or card. If you want to reach Jerusalem, take bus number 485.By Private TransferPrivate Transfer is also a highly recommended way of traveling to and from Ben Gurion Airport because once you’ve paid upfront, there’s nothing further to worry about. If you’re arriving, a driver will be waiting for you with a sign at the Arrivals Gate. If you’re departing, you will be picked up directly at your hotel/accommodation and driven directly to your terminal.Tourists get on a Private TransportMoreover, a private transfer means everything is included - you won’t have to pay for extra passengers or luggage and there will be no late-night tariff. It’s a seamless and stress-free experience from start to finish. Here you can find a greatAirport Transfer from Ben Gurion to Tel Aviv, and also anAirport Transfer from Ben Gurion to Jerusalem, to Haifa, Netania, the Dead Sea, and many other places popular among tourists.By Car RentalIf you’re going to be traveling around the country, renting a car is a good way to go - it will give you freedom and independence and you’ll also be able to visit off-the-beaten-track attractions.Take a drive, Israel's roads are great!The good news is that car rental in Israel can be quite economical. There are several companies you can talk to at Ben Gurion Airport, including Budget, Avis, Alamo, and Hertz (although you’ll probably get a better deal booking online, in advance). From compact vehicles to luxury SUVs, all you need is a credit card and a driver’s license and you’re good to go.By SherutSheruts, in Israel, are yellow minivans that usually accommodate 10 people. They’re basically shared taxis that run specific routes, either within cities or between cities and because they’re privately run, they operate on Shabbat.There is a sherut service both to Jerusalem and Haifa that runs 24/7 from the ground floor arrivals area at the airport. Basically, you get in, pay your money (a fixed fare) then wait for the van to fill up. Sheruts waiting for passengersOnce it’s full, off you go. The driver will drop off passengers along the way, so just cross your fingers that you aren’t the last on the route. However, they’re usually quite canny and it’s unlikely you will be taken too far out of your way.If you’re interested in taking an organized tour or day trip in Israel, whilst you’re on holiday, we offer tours all over the country, where you can visit holy sites, national parks, ancient fortresses, and beautiful pastoral areas in the Galilee and Golan Heights.And for more about life in Israel - the people, the culture, the food, the attractions - take a look at our blog.
By Sarah Mann

5 Ways to Get from Tel Aviv to Petra

If you want to make the most of your trip to Israel then one of the great options is to include a side trip from Tel Aviv to Petra, Jordan. This UNESCO site and “World Wonder” is close enough to visit on a day trip from Tel Aviv. There are a number of ways to reach Petra, Jordan from Tel Aviv.By Guided Tour1-Day Petra Tour from Tel Aviv: You can easily find a great day trip from Tel Aviv to Petra which includes flights between Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to the newRamon Airportnear Eilat. Sometours from Tel Aviv to Petrado not include the half-hour flight which can be purchased separately. If you take a tour with a flight, you'll be picked up from the Ramon Airport to the border, then across the beautiful Jordanian desert to Petra. After touring thePetra Archeological Park, you'll be taken back to Israel’s Ramon Airport and take the flight back to Tel Aviv. This is the best option if you don’t have a lot of time but still want to see Petra.Petra Tour and Eilat from Tel Aviv:If you have a little more time to spare then instead of taking just a 1-day Petra Tour from Tel Aviv,choose a tour that includes time in Eilat. You fly from Tel Aviv to Eilat as with a one day tour but instead of continuing straight to Petra you get a day of leisure in Eilat and overnight accommodation in an Eilat hotel. The trip to Petra starts the following day when you are taken from your Eilat hotel across the Arava border and to Petra. At the end of a full-day tour to Petra, you return to Eilat’s Ramon Airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. This is an excellent option if you haven’t included Eilat in your itinerary and want to see this stunning Red Sea resort city as well as Petra.Multi-Day Tours to Jordan from Tel Aviv: For those who have even more time in Israel, you could take a longer tour of Jordan and see more of the country in addition to Petra. A range of Israeli tours includes either a combination of sites in Israel and Jordan or just several days in Jordan. On an extended tour to Jordan from Tel Aviv, you would see places like Amman, Jerash, Madaba, Mount Nebo and of course Petra. Some of the multi-day tours from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to Jordan cross into Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein border crossing rather than the Arava crossing. All of the tours to Petra and Jordan from Israel include assistance at the border crossing, air-conditioned transportation, an awesome tour guide, and accommodation included on multi-day tours. The tours leave on most days of the week and are conducted in several languages.Petra from Tel Aviv by Bus TourThe cheapest Tel Aviv to Petra tour option is by bus. Petra tours from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv by busoffer pick-up in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem; a drive past the Dead Sea, through the Aravah Valley, and across the Aravah border from Eilat to Jordan. From there you continue to Petra for your sightseeing before making the return journey by bus to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The downside of this option is a very early morning start and a long bus trip as compared to the other Petra tours from Tel Aviv that include a short flight. However, for those on a budget, it is an ideal alternative.Independent Travel from Tel Aviv to PetraIt is possible to travel from Tel Aviv to Petra independently. First, you will need to get yourself to the Arava border in Eilat. You can do this by taking a bus or flight to Eilat and from there a taxi to the border crossing. Remember to organize your Jordanian visa before traveling. If you are traveling without a tour group you cannot get a visa at the border. On arrival at the border, you will need to present your passport and visa. Once you have crossed into Jordan you will find taxis and self-proclaimed tour guides waiting on the Jordanian side ready to take you to Petra.The cost of traveling to Petra from Tel Aviv independently will include getting to Eilat from Tel Aviv; getting from Eilat to the Arava border; your visa fee(102-177ILS); exit tax from Israel (about 100ILS); transportation to Petra; entrance fee to the Petra Archeological Park(50JD-90JD); transportation back to the Jordan/Israel border; an exit tax from Jordan (about 10JD); transportation from the border to the Eilat bus station or airport and the price of your flight or bus back to Tel Aviv. If traveling from Tel Aviv to Petra independently we strongly recommend you visit your local Jordanian Embassy beforehand to find out about visa requirements.
By Petal Mashraki

How to Spend a Leisure Day in Tel Aviv

Many Israel package tours include some free time in Tel Aviv, a magical city with a unique blend of attractions both historic and ultra-modern. You’ll have no problem finding things to do if you have a day at leisure in Tel Aviv.Explore Tel Aviv NeighborhoodsTel Aviv has some diverse neighborhoods each with their own unique character. Among the most interesting Tel Aviv neighborhoods there is Florentin, a hipster hangout with a bo-ho feel in Southern Tel Aviv. The former commercial area has transformed into a trendy destination with quirky bars and ethnic restaurants. The place has a shabby-chic feel with many independent small stores selling everything from art and tie-dye clothing to designer sweets and hand-made jewelry. This is the neighborhood where you can sit for hours in a café people-watching. Another top Tel Aviv neighborhood is Neve Tzedek, originally the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of Jaffa. Today the small homes, courtyards and narrow lanes have been restored and converted into boutique stores, art galleries, chic cafes, eateries and one-off stores. The neighborhood has a small village feel and most buildings are dripping with gorgeous bougainvillea or flower boxes.Visit Old Jaffa and Jaffa PortJaffa is now a part of the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa; it is the oldest part of the city at the southern end of Tel Aviv’s beachfront promenade. The ancient city of Jaffa is built on a cliff overlooking the Old Port of Jaffa and the sea beyond. Jaffa is associated with the Biblical characters of Jonah and St. Peter. As you enter Jaffa the first sight that meets you is the Jaffa Clock Tower that dates back to the early 20th-century Ottoman era. On the inland side of the main road, you’ll find a labyrinth of market lanes and trendy restaurants and bars. On the right-hand side is the Old Port. Narrow lanes, each named after the signs of the zodiac lead down to the water. The lanes of Old Jaffa are lined with art galleries, small stores, and eateries. You can visit the Jaffa Museum to learn more about the city’s history.Tel Aviv MuseumsYou could spend several days visiting the wonderful museums of Tel Aviv. If you are an art-lover then your best choice would be the Tel Aviv Museum of Art where contemporary and modern art is displayed in a spectacular venue that includes a unique modern building, the main building and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion. Here you can see works by some of the greatest artists of all time including Chagall, Reuven Rubin, Klimt, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Miro, Roy Lichtenstein and work by Israeli artists such as Nahum Gutman. Other Tel Aviv museums worth checking out include the Eretz Israel Museum focused on Israel’s heritage, land and culture and the Museum of Jewish People focused on Jewish communities around the world and their traditions.Tel Aviv Free AttractionsYou won’t have to spend much money on your free day in Tel Aviv; just wandering the streets can be enough to keep you busy for hours. On a walk, through Tel Aviv you can enjoy the Bauhaus architecture which has earned Tel Aviv UNESCO statue as the “White City.” You can easily walk to the best Tel Aviv beaches which are located minutes from the city center. The wide sandy beaches line the beachfront promenade the length of Tel Aviv. Another great way to spend your time is at the Tel Aviv Port. This former port has been gentrified and converted to a wonderful outdoor attraction for the whole family. The many markets in the city include Carmen Market and the markets of Jaffa where you could wend away hours taking in the sights and sounds. Take a walk through any of Tel Aviv’s neighborhoods to see Tel Aviv street art by local and international artists. Many of the street artists in Tel Aviv use their art to bring attention to social issues or the human condition.
By Petal Mashraki

Urban Cycling in Tel-Aviv

If you’ve arrived in Israel and would like to do a bit of sightseeing in Tel-Aviv by bike, or if you want to avoid the city traffic then Tel-O-Fun offers you a solution. Tel-O-Fun is a bike rental system available to residents and tourists in Tel-Aviv. Throughout the city rental stations have a row of the bright green bicycles waiting for users? Each bike is locked to the bike stand and a simple procedure unlocks the bike. The bikes are one-size with 3 gears and have adjustable seats, a headlight, back light and small carrier area at the back. You can rent the bikes 24/7 and there is no need to book in advance. There are about 150 rental stations spaced within 500 meters apart. The bikes are not built to hold a child’s seat or an extra passenger on the back. The rider is responsible for his own safety as no insurance is included in the rental. Tel-Aviv is criss-crossed with many cycle paths and parks where you can cycle rental stationHow Does Bike Rental in Tel-Aviv WorkGet to one of the bike stations where there is a service terminal in Hebrew, English and Arabic. Select whether you want a daily or weekly rental. Swipe your credit card to make a payment and you will receive a card with barcode which is used to release the bike from its docking station. Climb on the saddle and off you go!You can return the bike at any one of the bike stations; it doesn’t have to be the same one you took the bike from. Simply lock the bike on the left hand side of one of the docking poles. Be sure to wait until you hear a click of the lock which ends the rental process.How Much Does Bike Rental in Tel-Aviv CostThe fee includes an access fee plus a cumulative time fee for the amount of time you have the bike. For the first half hour there is no access fee. However you can’t take a bike, ride to another station within half an hour, return the bike and then rent another bike for free. If less than 10 minutes has passed between returning one bike and the same subscriber re-renting another bike the fee will be calculated cumulatively. If you are cycling for under half an hour it will charge you only the access fee (17ILS). Each credit card can be used to register up to four subscribers. Note that there is a fine for late return of 1,200ILS up to the first 24 hours and 800ILS for each additional day of delay. The maximum fine is 4,500ILS. Rentals must be at least 18 years old and have a credit card.Access Fee:Daily: 17ILS (Saturdays and public holidays 23ILS)Weekly: 70ILSAccumulative time fee:Up to 30 minutes: FreeUp to 60 minutes: 5ILSUp to 90 minutes: 10ILSUp to 150 minutes: 30ILSUp to 270 minutes: 270ILSAnd for each additional hour up to 24 hours: 100ILSIf for some reason you need more explanations or have difficulty renting your bike then see the Tel-O-Fun website; call Tel-O-Fun customer call center at *6070 (Sunday to Thursday 07:00-21:00 and Fridays and public holidays 07:00-14:00) or visit their Customer Service Center in the Tel-Aviv Municipality Building (Sunday-Wednesday 08:00-18:00 and Thursday 08:00-15:00).For more details visit the official site ofTel-O-Fun
By Petal Mashraki

The White City - Tel Aviv and the Bauhaus Movement

Many people who’ve never visited Israel imagine it as a land filled with historic religious sites, ancient fortresses, amphitheaters dating back to the time of King Herod, and museums filled with archaeological treasures. And indeed, cities like Jerusalem, Akko, and Safed are just like that…extraordinary treasures in this Holy Land.What fewer people know is that there’s an exciting, dynamic modern side to the country and whilst no visitor to Jerusalem can fail to be moved by its beautiful stone buildings and Old City walls, don’t imagine a visit to Tel Aviv will disappoint - because it’s got an architectural style all of its own.And it’s called Bauhaus.This design movement has had an extraordinary impact on Tel Aviv and whilst it only began in the 1920’s, it’s shaped the city dramatically.Today, we’re looking at how this architectural style flourished on the streets of Dizengoff, Rothschild and Allenby and why you make time to look at some of its most beloved buildings, when you’re in town.Bauhaus building in Tel AvivWhat is Bauhaus style?‘Bauhaus’ (sometimes referred to as ‘international style’) refers to architecture, furniture, and objects that arose from an early 20th-century design school in Germany, founded by Walter Gropius. Putting the emphasis on functionality and rationality, the Bauhaus style always took the view that ‘less is more’.A typical Bauhaus building, therefore, will always put function above form containing classic modernist elements from curved balconies and ribbon windows (Corbusier style) to white exteriors and outdoor communal spaces - elements you’ll see in Bauhaus buildings all over Tel Aviv today. With their clean lines, lack of decorations, and flat roofs (designed so residents could plant gardens, hang laundry, sleep outside or simply socialize) they are unmissable.When did the Bauhaus movement take off in Tel Aviv?The rise of Bauhaus in Tel Aviv was a direct result of the immigration of thousands of Jews who fled Germany (mainly after the rise of the Nazi party) and arrived in the Holy Land (then controlled by the British Mandate). Between the late 1920’s and early 1940’s, they arrived en masse, hopeful for the eventual establishment of the State of Israel.Tel Aviv's Hertzl Street back in 1930 (Image source: Moshe Ordmann)In the meantime, Tel Aviv was a very young city (it had only been founded in 1910) and so the architects who had immigrated set about their work with gusto. In twenty years, around 4,000 buildings were constructed in this style. They were built in a very practical way, painted white (to reflect the heat in what was a very hot climate), and had a very distinct style!Moreover, adopting the ‘International Style’ in Tel Aviv made economic sense - the country was anything but affluent and so low construction costs were considered to be a major plus for the project.What were the social principles behind the Bauhaus movement?Many of the German Jewish architects who arrived in Tel Aviv were both social and zionist and at the heart of their Bauhaus philosophy was the idea of the collective. Focusing on the idea of ‘social living’ their aim was to build a society of equals and this was reflected in their architecture.Houses they designed had equal surfaces - they were rectangular with flat roofs, the aim being to have equality between top and bottom, and front and back. Each part of the building should support another As with the school building and, in many cases, these buildings looked out onto green, communal spots. These architects were not political revolutionaries - rather they harked back to old ideas of utopian socialism and the idea of belonging to a people.Where can I see Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv?With four thousand of them still standing (half of which are protected under preservation laws) Tel Aviv boasts the largest collection of Bauhaus buildings in the world today - and they couldn’t be easier to see, either as part of a Tel Aviv-guided tour or just wandering the city’s streets.Bauhaus building in Rotschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv (Image source: Artem.G CC BY-SA 4.0)Many of the buildings can be found in three distinct areas - Rothschild Boulevard and it’s sidestreets (the historic part of the city), Dizengoff Square and the surrounding area (Dizengoff is regarded by many as Tel Aviv’s most lively and action-packed street) and Bialik Street, close to Allenby and the Carmel Market.There are so many that are worth hunting out but some of the real beauties include:The Cinema Hotel, Dizengoff Street - once a popular Israeli cinema, today it’s a beautiful boutique hotel with a wonderful roof terrace boasting views across the Mediterranean.Krieger House, Rothschild Boulevard - built in 1934, it’s still owned by the family of the famous Tel Aviv physician Moshe Krieger, and it’s been beautifully renovated.Bruno House, Strauss Street - constructed by Ze’ev Haller in 1933, it’s a real classic - everything is plain and white.Nahmani Street 43 - once known as the ‘Red house’ this three storey building, constructed in 1923, was once a textile factory.Bauhaus Museum, Bialik Street - inside this stunning building there’s a small gallery space where you can learn more about the history of design in the White City.Is Bauhaus the reason why Tel Aviv is known as the White City?Yes! The collection of modernist buildings (all painted white) is so famous that in 2003 UNESCO placed them on a World Heritage List as ‘an outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century.” Indeed, Tel Aviv is the only city in the world that is today home to such a large and wonderful collection.Perhaps one of the best ways to really see these unique buildings, up close and personal, is on a walking tour of Tel Aviv. A local guide can really give you the lowdown on what makes this architectural style so special, show you backstreet buildings that you might not find alone, and answer all your questions about why they have become such desirable residences today.Bauhaus building near Dizengoff Street (Image source: Artem.G CC BY-SA 4.0)Finally, don’t forget to visit the Bauhaus Center on Dizengoff Street. It has a lovely gallery and a marvelous shop, full of books, posters, design objects, and even fridge magnets (all perfect if you’re looking for souvenirs from Israel).Whether you’re visiting Israel for the first time, or returning to see more of the country, why not consider taking one of our day trips? We also offer guided Tel Aviv tours, where you can explore food markets and learn about local the Tel Aviv graffiti scene. email or phone and to learn more about the history, culture, and daily life of our country take a look at our blog.
By Sarah Mann

Attractions in Tel Aviv for Hipsters

Hipsters are always looking for cool unusual things to do no matter if they are in their local neighborhood or on vacation. Even Tel Aviv has its hipster hang-outs and hipster clubs, pubs, cafes and attractions. Here are some great ideas for hipsters in Tel Aviv.Hipsters love the urban vibe, melting pot of cultures, indie music, alternative styles, non-mainstream fashion from vintage to thrift stores and organic artisan food. These gentrified bohemians will feel right at home in Tel Aviv.Tel Aviv Hipster HotelsTel Aviv is full of hipster-friendly hotels like Brown Hotel TLV where there is a hot bar scene and worn leather wing chairs in the lobby. Mendeli Street Hotel is a chic beach-side hotel popular with solo hipster travelers who enjoy the integrated local art and the boutique feel of this remodeled 70s Brutalist building.Tel Aviv’s Hipster NeighborhoodsYou’ll find yuppie hipsters hanging out in cafes in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. This is a picturesque part of the city with many restored historic buildings. The neighborhood boasts quaint book stores, art galleries and trendy bars along Shabazi Street.Neve TzedekFlorentin is Tel Aviv’s ultimate Hipster neighborhood and it has been compared to New York City’s Brooklyn. Florentin took second place in a list of top international Hipster neighborhoods. The neighborhood even inspired a television series about the cool young residents of this area. If you ignore the more run down parts of Florentin you can enjoy the many cozy cafes, friendly bars and delicious food with local artists, students, foreign residents and up and coming entrepreneurs. Check out Taxidermy Bar with its unique décor or mellow at The Pasaz Allenby. Rothschild 12 is a good place for free live entertainment and urban-chic while Satchmo is the place to go for hip jazz. Tel Aviv has some innovative art museums and independent galleries; many are located on Gordon Street. In Holon hipsters will love the Design Museum and the Israeli Museum of Caricature and Comics. Hipsters should also check out Shenkin Street for bohemian chic, Rothschild Boulevard and the organic farmers’ market at Tel Aviv Port.Hipster Nightlife in Tel AvivFlorentin is also the neighborhood to head to when the sun goes down as the best nightclubs are here including Hoodna. Radio EPGB is a bar for trendsetters but it is not easy to find and so maintains some of its exclusive feel. You’ll hear great music like the Beatles, Don McLean and Radiohead and on Sundays there is a drag show. HaMinzar at Allenby 60 is one of the cool hipster bar/restaurants in Tel Aviv. It is an unassuming space but the food is delicious and the people fascinating.Tel Aviv is literally hipster heaven. Everywhere you look there is some cool individual trying something new or reinventing what already exists in the most hip and indie way.
By Petal Mashraki

Things to Do and See Near Tel Aviv

Once you’ve arrived in Tel Aviv, it’s easy to stay put - with its sandy beaches, endless independent cafes and hipster neighborhoods, many tourists never venture outside the city. But that’s a pity because there’s plenty to do just a short distance away from the White City. So if you’re looking for a few hours away from the hustle-bustle, here are a few suggestions.RamleMost tourists never venture to Ramle, and that’s a shame because it’s really worth a visit. Just half an hour south-east of Tel Aviv, this working-class city is ethnically diverse - Jews, Muslims and Christians co-exist comfortably (with the city’s 60,000 Jews coming from over 50 different countries, including Ethiopia, Argentina and India). Ramale also has a fair few attractions, including a bustling market, a beautiful church, an old tower and - wait for it - the chance to take an underground boat ride!Yes, indeed. In the 1960s, in the midst of constructing a nearby highway interchange, workers stumbled upon Ramle’s Old City (dating back over 1000 years). And what they found was astonishing - colorful mosaics, ceramic jars (with inscriptions in Arabic) jewelry and gold bars and coins (which are on display today at the local museum).Most impressive of all - arguably - were the deep cisterns and drainage canals. Today, a highlight of any tour of Ramle is a visit to the Pool of Arches, an outstanding example of Muslim architecture. Built in 789 CE by the Caliphof Baghdad, it was originally a large aqueduct, with an almost square basin. Today, you can take a gondola ride (well, a rowing boat!) through this underground lake, sailing past stone columns which hold up a beautifully- arched ceiling.It is astonishing to think that this Pool or Arches has survived almost 1,200 years (in which time there was an enormous earthquake in Ramle, which destroyed much of the city).Our tip: eat lunch at Maharaja, an authentic and cheap Indian eatery close to the market. You can also pick up spices and Indian sweets there.Alexander WineryFounded in 1996, this family-owned boutique winery in the heart of the Sharon region has won international awards for its cellars, and is a wonderful place to sample wines. Their guides are known for being friendly, engaging and knowledgeable and the winery itself is set in beautiful surroundings.The tasting room itself has plenty of space and for 100 NIS you will receive a selection of wines, olives (marinated in their own olive oil), bread and cheese. Yoram Shalom, the charming proprietor, left his job as a photographer with Israeli television to open the vineyard and is often around to show visitors around and answer questions about the business.This family regard wine-making as a labour of love and when you take a tour here you learn just as much about the people involved in the process as you do the wines themselves. Only 30 minutes drive from Tel Aviv, it’s a fantastic way to spend a few hours.Derech Hefer 15, Beit Yitzhak-Sha'ar Hefer.Design Museum, HolonOpened in 2010, this intriguing museum is the first of its kind in Israel devoted exclusively to design. Dreamed up by the acclaimed architect, Ron Arad, the Holon Design Museum aims to act as an engaging experience both for children and adults, as well as those who have no background in the subject.Divided into two spaces (the Design Lab and the Collection Windows) it showcases objects as diverse as chairs, eyeglasses, jewelry and a do-it-yourself sundial for the kids! The exterior of the museum is particularly striking - comprised of five sinuous bands of red Corten weathering steel, these ‘ribbons’’ both support the structure and give it a ‘flowing’ feel.Ben Shemen ForestAn oasis of greenery in Israel’s center, this forest is only 30 minutes drive from Tel Aviv (about half-way to Jerusalem). Full of pine trees and cyclamen, it is the perfect place for a family day out, since it has picnic areas, bicycle trails, and beautiful scenic trails too. Around the forest are observation points, as well as areas of archaeological interest (eg. graves from the era of the Maccabees).If you’re feeling ambitious, head off on the Anava Trail, 25 kilometers long (and circular) which passes the Monks Valley and gives you great look-out opportunities across the surrounding area.Moreover, if you visit on Friday or Shabbat, whilst it will be busy you’ll also have an opportunity to pick up food and drink first from one of the stalls at the main parking lot - freshly-baked laffas and some local beer are a great way to begin a hike! Directions: From Highway 1, turn East at the Ben-Shemen Interchange to Maccabim and Re’ut (route 443).Shefayim Water Park, NetanyaShefayim Water Park is about a 30-40 minute drive north of Tel Aviv and the ideal place to bring the kids in Israel’s long hot summer months. It boasts 22 different slides, (including a slalom), a wave pool or tubing track. There is also a large pool and a separate pool for young children.Shefayim has quite a few numbers of cafes and restaurants (moderately to expensively priced) but you are allowed to bring your own food and drink, so why not think about a picnic? Please note, however, that glass bottles are not allowed into the park. There’s plenty of shaded areas (and astroturf to sit on) as well as a paintball area, if you get tired of splashing around on the slides!The park is open daily from May to October but it’s advisable to call ahead as occasionally it is booked out for private group events. Also, take into account that it’s a very popular attraction so it can get very crowded.Our advice? Buy your tickets online, in advance, and arrive at least 30-45 minutes before the park opens. Then when you walk in, head straight to the large pool and grab a sunbed with an umbrella! Once that’s bagged, you’re set for the day.Directions: Drive north towards Netanya on Highway 2 and exist at Kvish HaHof, ten minutes north of Herzilya.
By Sarah Mann

24 Hours in Tel Aviv - the Perfect Itinerary for 2023

Anyone who chose tovisit Tel Aviv will tell you it’s a hard city not to fall in love with. Young, vibrant, and fun, there’s so much to do that you could spend more than a few days here, exploring its museums, galleries, beaches, coffee shops, and cocktail bars.And that’s before you’ve even sampled the amazing nightlife, taken a Bauhaus architecture tour, or headed to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world.Get ready for the Non-Stop City!So what’s the best way to get the most out of 24 hours in Tel Aviv? OK, here you go. Set your alarm and be prepared to put in some steps because it will be a long day - but one you’ll enjoy no end!1. Breakfast in styleThe great Israeli breakfast is much talked about and when you try it, it’s bound to live up to your expectations. Tel Aviv is known for its amazing cafe scene - whether you want eggs, cheeses and salads, waffles, wraps and paninis, muffins, and croissants, or even a tofu scramble, you’ll find it here.Don't forget to order Shakshuka. You won't be sorrySo start your morning with a good spread. Locals are loyal to their neighborhood joints and they’ve all got a great charm, but breakfast places in Tel Aviv we’d highly recommend include Cafe Xoho - between Gordon and Frishman beaches - which services health-conscious fare, Benedicts (an American haunt, with fantastic homemade bread, eggs served in all kinds of ways and wonderful stacks of pancakes) or Dallal (famous for its pastries).2. The Tel Aviv promenadeOnce you’re fuelled up, head off to the beachfront. Tel Aviv’s a compact city, so you can easily walk all the way from the ‘Old North’ (home to ‘Metzitzim’ and ‘Hilton’ beaches) all the way to Jaffa, in an hour. The best beaches in Tel Aviv are legendary, and very beautiful - white sand, blue sea, and beautiful views.Green grass, golden sand, blue sea: Tel Aviv's beaches are wonderful!Stroll along the promenade, take a Tel Aviv Bike Tour, hop on an electric scooter, or kick off your sandals and walk along the sand, next to the Mediterranean. If you need a coffee or juice, there are cafes everywhere, not to mention workout stations, and built-in seating areas along the promenade. Once you get down to Jerusalem Beach. head through the backstreets of the Yemenites Quarter towards the Carmel Market.3. Take a tour of the Carmel MarketThe Carmel Market is one of Tel Aviv’s most famous and exciting attractions - it’s full of stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to clothes, souvenirs, and sunhats, and there’s a buzzing, fun atmosphere every day, but particularly on Fridays when everyone is doing their shopping in anticipation of Shabbat.Art, food, and fun at the marketThere’s plenty of street food to grab, as well as fresh juices. You can stop in Cafe Yom Tov for a coffee or the Beer Bazaar for a craft ale and if you love to cook, consider taking a Carmel Market food tour.4. Walk the Magical Backstreets of Neve TzedekContinue by foot just a few minutes to Neve Tzedek, one of Tel Aviv’s most charming and picturesque neighborhoods. The first Jewish city built outside Old Jaffa, it was neglected and left in disrepair for years. Today, however, it’s totally gentrified and the beautifully renovated buildings and charming side streets are an Instagrammers delight.Blue buildings, tiny streets - Neve Tzedek is a true gemShabazi, the main street, has lots of small stores, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, as well as an excellent local gelateria called Anita, should you need a sugar fix. Meaning ‘Oasis of Justice’ in Hebrew, it’s peaceful and tranquil and utterly charming to spend an hour or so in, before heading south to Jaffa.5. Explore JaffaOld Jaffa is a must-stop on any trip to Tel Aviv - it’s one of the oldest cities in the world and with its vibrant port, picturesque Artist’s Quarter (complete with tiny streets and narrow alleyways), and vibrant Flea Market, it’s hard not to fall in love with this city. The old Jaffa PortBegin in the port (where you’ll see musicians playing and fishermen throwing their rods in the sea) before heading up to the Franciscan church and then continue onto the Artist’s Quarter. After admiring the beautiful buildings and stopping into some of the small galleries, head across Yefet Street, towards the Jaffa flea market, or the Shuk haPishpeshim’ as the locals call it.The Jaffa Flea Market is the best in IsraelA veritable treasure trove, full of second-hand clothes, Israeli memorabilia, jewelry, and vintage items, pick yourself up a bargain before stopping for a late lunch in one of the many bars and cafes around. If you want to make sure you won't miss any of this spot's special magic, just take a Jaffa Flea Market Tour.6. Cocktails and Dinner on Dizengoff StreetIf you need a quick rest, head back to your accommodation for a power nap; otherwise take a bus or taxi back to King George Street and walk up towards Dizengoff, the city’s most famous street.Before dinner, stop for a drink in one of Tel Aviv's world-class cocktail bars - Spicehaus serves themed creations in thermos beakers and the wait staff wear white lab coats for good measure. There’s also Concierge, which has a very hip vibe, and Double Standards, where the Bloody Mary you order will actually come in an IV bag!Great drinks, great atmosphere. Cocktails in IsraelThere are so many top restaurants in Tel Aviv that you will be spoilt for choice and the only thing we’d advise is making a reservation beforehand. La Shuk serves modern Israeli fare, Goocha is famous for its fish and Cafe Popular is a chef-restaurant that serves creative dishes in trendy surroundings, but one thing is for sure - the dining scene here is so good, few leave Tel Aviv unhappy.7. End your day in the White City on Rothschild BoulevardRothschild Boulevard is one of the most beautiful streets in the city - it’s located in the historic old quarter, with many beautifully restored Bauhaus buildings at which to gaze. There are bars and cafes at which you can stop, or you can just stroll around, drinking in the charm of the area.By now you’ll probably be exhausted but with luck, you'll have a ‘flavor’ of this wonderful city and be dying to come back and explore it a little more.A lovely spot to think about the great day you just had!Of course, Israel’s more than just Tel Aviv and so if you do have a bit more time, consider making a day trip to Jerusalem, a city that’s ancient, beautiful, evocative, and - home to three major world religions - a huge pilgrimage site.There’s also the Galilee and the Golan Heights, in the north, which are perfect for those seeking nature and hiking trails, as well as the Negev desert, for anyone who wants some solitude.Feel free to contact us by email or phone, if you’d like further information about any of the package tours, day trips, or privately-guided trips we offer around this incredible country.
By Sarah Mann
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