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Tel Aviv city tour is one of our most famous and special Private tours available in the Holy Land.
Tel Aviv – Yafo, more commonly known just as Tel-Aviv, Located on the Israel’s Mediterranean coastline.
In 1909 AD the Jewish resident of Palestine built Tel Aviv as a modern housing estate on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa.
The city is the second largest and biggest metropolitan area of the country.
During this private day tour, we will visit the city’s most notable landmarks and learn about the city’s modern and ancient history.
Along with Jerusalem old city tour, this tour is a one of the most desired attractions in the Holy Land.
The tour is private, luxurious and is led by a certified Christian tour guide.
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Tel Aviv City Tour Highlights
- Begin the day with a visit to Old Jaffa.
- Walk through the cobblestone alleyways of the ancient port.
- Visit the Ilana Goor Museum and have a look at the works of art from the point of view of the artist and the collector.
- Drive through various neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, such as the Neve Tzedek area and the historic train station complex.
- Visit the Rabin Plaza and the Bauhaus area – a World Heritage Site.
- Visit the Independence Museum– where the country’s leaders assembled in May 14, 1948, to announce the establishment of the State of Israel.
Tel Aviv City tour is a journey in time, from Ancient Jaffa to modern Tel Aviv
The ancient port of Jaffa
We begin our Tel Aviv city tour with a visit to the oldest neighborhood of the city – the ancient port of Jaffa.
Jaffa is an ancient port city and one of the oldest port of the ancient world.
The port of Jaffa is also described in the bible as the port from which Jonah left in the story of the Whale(Jonah 1:3).
The city continued to serve as an important port through the history.
It also served as the main entry point to the Holy Land.
The huge population increase led to overcrowding, and tense relations developed between the Jewish and Arab residents of the city.
As a result, the Jewish population commenced a constructions outside of Jaffa of new neighborhoods which grew later to the modern city of Tel Aviv.
The neighborhood of Neve Tsedek was the first neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa.
As Tel Aviv developed, Jaffa decayed and by the 1940’s Tel Aviv was much larger than Jaffa.
This resulted the convertion of Jaffa from a city to a neighborhood of Tel Aviv.
Nevertheless, to keep Jaffa’s heritage and history, the official name of the whole city became Tel Aviv-Yafo.
The decay continued until the municipality created a Development Organization to oversee the restoration of Jaffa, which continues today.
During our tour, we will walk through the ancient port and if time and budget allows we can also conduct a luxrious boat ride from the port of Jaffa.
After that, we will visit Ilana goor museum of design and scupulture.
Ilana Goor museum – the “Artistic jungle” of Tel Aviv-Yafo
The famous Israeli artist -Ilana Goor established the museum in 1995.
The museum has a collection of more than 500 picesof art, either created by Ilana Goor or collected by her over a period of 50 years.
The collection includes paintings, some 300 sculptures, video art, Ethnic Art from Africa and Latin America, antiques, drawings and design objects.
The museum has works by contemporary artists like Diego Giacometti, Henry Moore, Josef Albers and Olga Wolniak.
As a result, many visitors describe the museum as an “Artistic jungle”, for its vast variety of Art and styles.
Neve Tsedek – the first neighborhood of modern Tel Aviv
We continue our trip with a visit to the neighborhood of Neve Tsedek.
Literally, Neve Tzedek means Abode of Justice, but it is also one of the names for God (Jeremiah 50:7).
For years, the neighborhood prospered as Tel Aviv, the first modern Hebrew city, grew up around it.
Nevertheless, after Israel gained its independence, the neighborhood experienced years of neglect and disrepair.
Finally, in the early 1980s, Neve Tzedek has become one of Tel Aviv’s latest fashionable and expensive districts with a village-like atmosphere.
The neighborhood also features many shops: both local and global vendors of clothing, food and jewelry.
After finishing our stall through the neighborhood we will continue to the Rabin square.
The Rabin square, the Bauhaus area and Independence museum
Rabin Square, formerly Kings of Israel Square, is a large public city square in the center of Tel Aviv. Over the years it has been the site of numerous political rallies, parades, and other public events.
Unfortunately, in 1995, a Jewish ultra-nationalist assassinated the prime minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin as an opposition to the Oslo Peace accords.
Therefore, the square was named after the deceased prime minister and his struggle for peace.
After taking some pictures, we will proceed to the “White city of Tel Aviv”.
This special complex is a collection of over 4,000 buildings built in a unique form of the Bauhaus by German Jewish architects.
Tel Aviv-Yafo has the largest number of buildings in the Bauhaus designing style of any city in the world.
In 2003, the complex was named a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO.
Finally we will finish our Tel Aviv City tour in the independence museum.
In the museum you will find the independence hall where Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, proclaimed the country’s independence from the British mandate.