Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and is one of the youngest capitals in the world. Our tour begins at the Independence Hall Museum where you will stand on the historical site where the Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948, and the modern State of Israel was born. This beautiful Mediterranean city is full of history, culture and fun!
We will see the famed UNSECO World Heritage Bauhaus buildings with distinct architectural style brought to the Land by German Jewish immigrants.
Later we will stroll down Rothschild boulevard, one of the first roads to be built in Tel Aviv. It was named after Baron James de Rothschild of the French banking dynasty who was a strong supporter of Zionism. He was also a generous benefactor whose donations helped lead to the establishment of the State of Israel.
Our tour continues through the streets of the restored 19th century Sarona neighborhood which was established as a German Templar colony. Today, It is known for specialty shops, art galleries, cafes and some of the most popular restaurants and bars in the city.
We will also see the Neve Zedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv, historically significant because it was the first Jewish settlement outside of nearby Jaffa. Initially established in 1887, it has become a trendy area for artists. The picturesque streets have galleries, studios and cafes. You will enjoy the bohemian vibe of the area which is immensely popular for shopping.
Jaffa is one of the oldest seaports in the history of the world, described in beautiful Biblical stories and Greek mythology and first mentioned in the Egyptian Harris papyrus from 1440 BC. Since then, it has been conquered and ruled by multiple powers including Egypt, Canaan, Israel, Greece, Hasmoneans, Byzantines, Moslems and France’s Napoleon.
During our visit, we will visit the unique Franciscan church of St. Peter which has the alter facing west which is contrary to Catholic tradition. You will hear the story of Apostle Peter who stayed at the house of Simon the tanner. Local people can still show you "that very house" where he lodged. We can wander through the narrow streets of the city, visit numerous artist galleries, go down to the port and have a snack at the fish restaurant if you like!
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