Say farewell to Jerusalem today, and head for Tel Aviv, beginning with Old Jaffa, where you can wander the restored old lanes lined with galleries and shops.
Stop in at the Visitor Center, which showcases the long and fascinating history of this port city to which Solomon brought the cedar wood from Lebanon to build the Temple and from which Jonah set sail to be swallowed by the whale. See St. Peter’s Church, recalling Peter’s famous vision on the rooftop of Simon the Tanner. There’s also a great view of Tel Aviv from here, to whet your appetite for your next stops.
Tour Tel Aviv’s White City to see the preservation of buildings of Bauhaus architecture (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) including Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948. Sheinkin Street is famous for its fun shopping, dining and people-watching in a youthful atmosphere, while the open-air Carmel fruit and vegetable market is a treat for all the senses.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall comes alive with stalls selling handicrafts of every type.
Art buffs will enjoy the Tel Aviv Art Museum, with its fascinating changing and permanent exhibits of contemporary Israeli art, French Modernist and other collections.
Then, from the 49th floor of the Azrieli Tower, the Azrieli Observatory offers an incomparable view of Tel Aviv and miles beyond in every direction, great any time of day and fabulous at sunset.
Take a walk through Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park and head to the nearby Tel Aviv Portfor sunset and a fish dinner.
Overnight in Tel Aviv