- 6 hours
- Old Jaffa
- Flea Market
- Jaffa Port
- Neve Tzedek Neighborhood
- Rothschild Boulevard
- Explore both the ancient and the modern sides of Israel with a tour through the old port city of Jaffa and the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv
- Led by a local guide or expert
As our route winds its way through cobblestoned streets, we will examine the historic Ottoman architecture, ancient religious sites, get glimpses of the azure Mediterranean ocean and observe the redevelopment efforts which are breathing life back into the district. We will be immersed in the hustle and bustle of the Flea Market which sells a mixture of goods from valuable antiques to modern junk. We’ll continue our journey to more recent history as we move north to the first neighborhoods created outside of Jaffa in the 19th century, such as Neve Tzedek and later, Tel Aviv itself.
Considered "the Mediterranean capital of cool”, we will get a taste for the vibrancy of these satellite neighborhoods, founded in 1909 by about 60 Yemeni Jewish families on the desolate sand dunes that are now the Rothschild Boulevard. The tree-lined street is occupied with a variety of architectural styles from European influence to Bauhaus and will confirm for you why it is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Here, we will discuss the growth of Tel Aviv and the subsequent demise of Jaffa due to conflict both within the different religious groups that occupied the city and influences from beyond its borders. Along the way, at the mutual decision of our private tour group, we’ll stop for a local lunch. We will use the time to talk about a variety of topics, such as classic Israeli gastronomy or Tel Aviv’s emergence as a center of Israeli art and culture.
Ronen always loved traveling and the outdoors as he was growing up in Israel. After graduating high school, he volunteered on a kibbutz in the south of the country for a year. Once drafted into the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), he served in an airborne infantry unit; Ronen is still active in the reserves. A native-born Israeli, Ronen has always been passionate about the rich, complex history the country has to offer. He focused his education on Israel studies at Haifa University. Ronen has been working as a guide since 2006, with the exception of a six-month break for a solo backpacking trip across Southeast Asia. When he returned from his adventures, he realized that traveling and guiding were his true passions and decided to turn his hobbies into a career. To further his passion, he guides in eastern Europe as well. His primary interests, shaped by the region in which he grew up, are religion, geopolitics, history, agro-tech, and business. In his free time, he enjoys playing drums, cycling, and hiking.
Reut has been guiding for over ten years, leading tours and educational programs for all age groups. After military service, she went on two volunteer trips overseas. She first spent a year in Melbourne, where she led activities and seminars at a school in a local Jewish community, serving students from first grade through university. When she came back to Israel, she participated in Ein Prat Midrasha, a program focused on Israeli and Jewish studies. She also graduated with a degree in Middle Eastern studies from Hebre University. Alongside her university studies, she completed tour guide courses and began guiding groups across the country. She specializes in Israel’s archaeological sites and enjoys working with groups of all backgrounds to find individual connection points with Israel’s religion, history, art, technology, or food.
Segev was born in Jerusalem. After his army service, he explored South America and the Far East. His adventure didn’t end when he came back. He walked all Israel by foot on his own. His "Israel Trail" journey led him to seek a better understanding of Israel's cultures, trails, and people. He became a social worker, and worked with various groups of people: he mentored Israeli at-risk youth, developed leadership and outdoor programs for army military commanders, and created programming for private organizations and special needs groups. Today, Segev is married with 3 children. In addition to being a certified tour guide since 2011, he continues his work as a social worker. He is also a licensed snake catcher and a marathoner.
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