This tour is a tale of two tells.. (one in its name, and in its reach ancient remains..)
We start the day with a stroll in the alleys of old Jaffa , a continuously inhabited site since Canaanite times (more then 4000 years old!). Developed into a port city in Biblical and Classical times, today Jaffa is mostly an artists colony.
We first appreciate “floating orange tree” sculpture, and then make our way between sandstone built houses and several art and crafts galleries (e.g. Ilana Goor , Ben-Zion Ymenite Jewelry Workshop , and Adina Plastelina ).
Descending towards the port, we pass by the traditional site of the “vision of Peter” at the House of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10). 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.
|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 appeciating local architecture, we visit “Independence hall” , where the state of Israel was declared (!).|
By foot: $400
By car: $500
By car from Jerusalem: $600
By car from Ashdod: $600
By Car from Haifa: $750
* Extra $100 for guiding on Saturday and Holidays.
Additional Attractions in Tel-Aviv:
|Jaffa on Segways!|
Join a fun and exciting way to discover Jaffa – in a Segways Tour! . A two hours tour ($65 per person) and explore the port of Jaffa, the beach promenade, and up to Neve Tzedek.
|The American Colony|
Learn about the American Christian attempt to colonize Palestine in 1866 at the Tour the intersting historical area of the American Colony .
|Along Rothschild BoulevardLearn about the early history of Tel-Avi at Shalom Meir Tower Visitors Center ; ”Independence hall” , along Rothschild Boulevard .|
|Markets of Tel-Aviv|
Book a guided tour of the Palmach Museum , the institution devoted to the strike-force of the pre-state Jewish underground.
|More Museums in Tel-AvivSupplement the expereince with a visit to the Jewish Diaspora museum (“Beth Hatefutsoth”) , and the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art .|
|Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Sites|
Possible Activities Near Tel-Aviv
|- Experience an unforgatable experience of “dialogue in the dark” in the blind Museum in holon, and nearby visit the Samaritan community in Holon, as well as the new Holon design Museum.|
|- Drive to visit Rechovot to see the Weizmann house in Weizman institute, the nearby High-tech zone, and the 1948 Secret Bullet Factory (“Machon Ayalon”) .|
|- Drive to Netanyah to do Paragliding.|
- Drive to the Shephela and explore sites related to the battle of David and Goliath (Khirbet Qeiyafa ); crawl in Bar-Kokhva caves in Khirbet Midras ; or tour the underground city of Maresha (and possibly join “Dig for a day“).
|- Drive to the area of Modi’in, and search for ancient Modi’in and the Maccabean Graves . Continue to Emmaus-Nicopolis, possible place of the appearence of Jesus after his resurrection.|
|- Drive to the Jerusalem mountains and see the Holocaust memorial ”Scrolls of Fire” monument in the ”Forest of the Martyrs“; visit the winery “Domaine de Castel“; and ride horses in Ramat Raziel horse ranch.|
|- Drive south to see the antiquities of Ashkelon, and view into Gaza Strip from Sderot|
|- Drive north to visit the antiquities of Caesarea , the Carmel, and the Bahaian Terraced Gardens in Haifa.|