Along the way:
After a morning pick up from the port you’ll drive north, along Israel’s southern coast plane, the historical road of Via Maris, to Tel Aviv.
What you see:
♦ Tel Aviv: Often refer as “The City that Never Stops or Sleep,” Tel Aviv was the first modern Jewish city built in Israel, and is the country’s economic and cultural center. It is a lively, active city with entertainment, culture and art, festivals, and a rich night life.
Situated on a 14-kilometer-long strip on the Mediterranean seacoast, Tel Aviv extends beyond the Yarkon River to the north and the Ayalon River to the east. Hundreds of thousands of workers, visitors, tourists, and partygoers move about the city each day until the early hours of the morning, seeking out the city’s nightclubs, restaurants, and centers of entertainment.
Your visit to the city will take you on a ride through the city’s main landmarks: Even Gavirol Av, Rabin Square (if possible and time permit you’ll stop at the memorial place where Rabin was assassin), Habima National Theater, Rothschild Av with the famous buildings of the Bauhaus style that are unique to this city and made Tel Aviv a World Heritage Site – The White City, the Beach promenade and all the way south to the hill of Jaffa.
♦ Jaffa: Jaffa is a place of beginnings, both of many tours to Israel, and in the Bible. Jonah’s journey, Tabitha’s resoraction to life, and Peter’s conversion of Gentiles all began here. Thus, Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s “older sister” boasts bountiful biblical history, along with charming lanes, antiquities, quiet churches, galleries and a picturesque fishing port.
In Jaffa, Peter was divinely led to “think out of the box.” The story in Acts 10:5-23, finds Peter on the rooftop of the House of Simon the Tanner, where he had his famous vision (Acts 10:12-13), that led him to preach the Gospel to the gentiles at Caesarea. Peter’s resurrection of the righteous Tabitha (Acts 9:36-42) is marked at the Russian Orthodox Church of Tabitha.
Jaffa’s landmark Church of St. Peter is off Kedumim Square, where a visitor’s center shows off the city’s long and fascinating history. At the end of a lane leading through the artists’ colony to Summit Park, an archaeological dig reveals a fortress built by the “Pharaoh of the Exodus,” Ramses II.
The view of the sea reminds visitors that King Hiram of Tyre sent cedar logs for the Temple to Jaffa, where they were hauled ashore and trundled up to Jerusalem (2 Chron. 2:16).
- To fully participate may require periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces. There are steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and periods of standing.
- The price include guiding and transportation only.
- The price does not include admissions and meals.
- Extra cost expected for admissions – none