Old Jaffa & and the White City of Tel Aviv
Experience the unique urban tapestry of Tel Aviv, from its modern buildings to its UNESCO-listed White City district to its old original port area of Jaffa, enhanced by a visit to the Old Jaffa Visitors Center for a chance to become better acquainted with this 4,000-year-old metropolis.Price TBD
DurationApproximately 5-5 1/2 hours
Reaching Old Jaffa after a motor-coach journey of approximately 45 minutes, begin your walking introduction to this ancient (and once the only) entry port to the land of Israel. As you will discover during your two-hour stroll, Jaffa is a microcosm encircled by the modern city of Tel Aviv, with a character that remains intact and beautifully preserved as a result of a massive and detailed restoration project undertaken in the 1960s.
Wander along the meandering, cobblestone alleys lined by old stone buildings and artists’ galleries before enjoying a visit to the Old Jaffa Visitors Center. Opened in late 2011, the center brings to life one of the world’s most ancient seaports in stunning fashion, using a 52-foot panoramic screen along with floating glass displays, surround sound and special effects. Surely, your amble along the center’s virtual walking route will take you back through time as you gain insights into such legends and history as Egyptian rule, Ottoman rule, Jonah fleeing from God, the spread of Christianity that began here in Jaffa, and much more.
Afterward, rejoin your motor coach and relax during the narrated driving overview of modern Tel Aviv. See Rothschild Boulevard, known for its 1930s Bauhaus buildings, and the extraordinary balconies that lend Tel Aviv the nickname, White City, not to mention its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
Arriving at the lively port area, join the crowds strolling the seaside promenade and come to appreciate why The New York Times calls Tel Aviv the “Mediterranean Capital of Cool.”
From here, make your 45-minute return to the pier.
Important Notes: As this excursion involves approximately 1½-2½ hours of walking and some stairclimbing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The building of the underground train in Tel Aviv may cause traffic delays. The order of sights visited may vary.