Head to Tel Aviv-Yafo today. On the way, stop at the tranquil Latrun Monastery, overlooking the Valley of Ayalon, where Joshua made the sun stand still. The monastery was founded in 1890 by French Trappist monks, and the monks, who maintain a vow of silence, produce wine from their own vineyards.
Then, it’s on to Jaffa the ancient seaport mentioned in the biblical narrative of Jonah and the whale, and in the story of Solomon’s import of the cedars of Lebanon. Jaffa’s fishing port, St. Peter’s Church, artists quarter, Visitor Center and panoramic view of Tel Aviv are all highlights.
Walk through the area known as the White City to see the preservation of buildings of Bauhaus architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop at Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, enjoy the crafts market on Nahalat Binyamin Street. The nearby open-air Carmel fruit and vegetable market is open daily, and is a colorful opportunity to mingle with the locals.
Enjoy a fish dinner or a snack at the Tel Aviv Port and an evening walk through Yarkon Park where you’ll find the locals enjoying cycling, jogging and enjoying family time on the lawns.
Overnight: in Tel Aviv