a Unique Israel Experience
Below you’ll find a complete guide for a 7 days trip in Israel (pointers). We’ll start in Tel Aviv & finish at Eilat, the south most city of Israel.
Day 1: Tel Aviv –Jaffa
- Jaffa Hill (Ancient Part of the City).
- Old City of Jaffa, Clock Tower (Jeffet Street).
- Ilana Gur Museum: The Museum building stands on a hill in Old Jaffa and constitutes an architectural pearl and a work of art in itself with its unique view of the Mediterranean Sea.
- Kikar Kdumim used to be a red light district in the past days of Jaffa, but now it is a central spot for art, food and nightlife. Just nearby, on the Glass Alley, you can find a couple of good restaurants and trendy nightclubs.
On Kikar Kdumim there is a Visitors’ Center. Here you could watch a short film about the history of Jaffa, or get some useful information to help you plan your individual touring of Jaffa (for example, a map would be a good idea…).
- On the right, before entering the square itself, you will find the Franciscan Saint Peter’s Church. The interior is very beautiful though quite dark, but the exterior of the church is being consumed by the sea air and strong winds, hopefully there will be a way to restore the church when it is needed.
- Walk at the port board walk, don’t miss the indoor market and the famous “Container” bar on the board walk. Lots of galleries and exhibitions in the old fish storage houses are a great way to spend the afternoon.
- Late Lunch break: Drink and dine at the Jaffa’s famous Flee Market\ “Old Man and the Sea” famous restaurant by the water front. If you are up for the local food tasting, try the best Hummus place in Jaffa “Abu Hassan” (located on 1 Ha Dolfin street), be ready to wait in line with some local Hummus fans.
- Enjoy Middle Eastern style markets, tapas bars, restaurants and Greek tavern all in Jaffa’s special atmosphere.
- Your next stop is Neve Tzedek is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Tel Aviv.
- Don’t miss Susan Dallal Center and the most amazing ice cream in Tel Aviv: “Anita“.
- The Suzzane Dellal Center – Tel Aviv’s official dance center and home of the famous Bat-Sheva dance group. Besides offering excellent dance and theatre performances, there is a beautiful piazza and small gardens around the building. Check for the shows available when you are in Israel (http://www.suzannedellal.org.il).
- On the way, check out the old train station compound, stop by the Gaya store…challenge your mind for a short stop. Now you are ready for some Spanish delight, stop by Vicky Christina, a real tapas bar with some good vibes, drinks and snacks!
- Now you have a few options, if you are tired you can enjoy a nice stroll by the sea board walk. Another option is to walk towards the Carmel Market and Nachalt Binyamin Promenade, where every Tuesday and Friday there is great arts and crafts fair where you can mix and mingle with hundreds of tourists and Israelis.
- Another option is to walk up Rothschild Boulevard Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv little over 100 years ago. Located in the heart of the White City. Tel Aviv was awarded by the UNSCO as a world heritage site for its mixture of architectural styles and the largest Bauhaus buildings concentration in the world.
- Your evening can start with a dinner in hundreds of sophisticated restaurants and bars around Tel Aviv.
- I can recommend a few new areas that are recently discovered by the local as an alternative\of beaten path places: Check out Florentine at night, go to Vital Street and explore culinary diversity. From old school Greek taverns (Alex, Azaria, Yehub) to an amazing Mexican cuisine Mezcal, another option is to check out “Shuk Levinsky ” a commercial area during the day and a hipster\ foodies heaven at night. Check out Port Said, Shishko , Cookies and Cream by the Big Synagogue on Alenby street.
Day 2: Negev Attractions
Central Negev Area
- Jeep Extreme: 2.5 hours jeep tour. During the tour you will explore the area, enjoy the sand dunes stop by the Nabatian Historical sites, enjoy panoramic view and you will have tea\coffee break. Float over the dunes in an air conditioned jeep exploring streams, canyons and ancient towns, and take in the wonderful desert atmosphere.
- Sandboarding: New in Israel! Slide down the stunning Negev dunes, where anyone can be a surfer! No need for previous experience.
- Around noon we will finish our jeep tour by a dessert oasis, check out “Sfinat Midbar” (dessert Chan, Bedouin style hospitality. Try1hour camel ride, followed by a traditional Bedouin hospitality including ethnic lunch: “Haflah” local food, served on a traditional platters, Bedouin style. You can spend the night at the place: http://www.sfinat-hamidbar.com/lina.html
- Night hike: Havarim Stream is considered one of the most popular trails in the Negev area in particular and in Israel in general. walkung in a deep canyon, beautiful views and an untouched atmosphere. This is also the reason for it being one of the best full moon trails and on summer nights. Location, arrive at Havarim Stream from road number 40.
Day 3: Negev and the Machteshim
- The Tsin Wadi is one of the largest wadis in the Negev. It is about 120 km. Long and has a catchment area of around 1,550 sq.m. Its source is in the northwestern fringes of the Ramon Crater and its bed stretches north to the Ein Ovdat Canyon. The wadi turns eastwards, with an angle of almost 90 degrees, below the Sdeh Bokker Academy.
- The upper Tsin Wadi – a relatively flat course eroding along a widely meandering path between the tableau hills of Ovdat Heights;
Ovdat Heights Canyon – its summit is at a 40 meter high waterfall and it continues through a beautiful deep canyon. There are many springs along the canyon route.
The lower Tsin Wadi – the river changes direction and encroaches on the Tsin Wadi in a wide valley, the Tsin Valley, which forms the geographic border between the central Mt. Negev and northern Mt. Negev.
A beautiful cliff landscape, one of the most spectacular in the Negev region, was formed by erosion by the river on the soft hawwar rock and by the collapse of the hard limey rocks.
- Next attraction: off road extreme bike ride, around lake Yerucham .
- Activity at the Yeruham Center of Ecology and Ornithology, practices eco-tourism, field research and education programs in ecology, conservation and sustainability around the Negev. http://www.duchifat.org.il/eng/home.htm
Continue your journey south-towards Eilat.
- Make an overnight stop at Mitzpeh Ramon –try the new boutique hotel, located on the sloops of the Makhtesh Ramon. Unforgettable luxury hotel experience with spa and pools.
- Don’t miss the night walk on the Mactesh cliff trail. Finish the day at one of the two local bars.