Tel Aviv Sightseeing Tour with the Diamond Center and a Walk on the Beach
- Motorcoach tour: Discover Israel's second largest city on a guided drive that includes all its top sights – Tel Aviv University, Jaffa, Rothschild Boulevard, Rabin Square, Habima Theatre, Leonardo Da Vinci Street, and more.
- Jaffa beach: Use your free time to enjoy a guided walk along the beach of this ancient port city perched high on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
- Diamond Center: Explore a bit of Bursa, the Israel Diamond Exchange, home of the largest diamond trading floor and the best diamond cutters in the world.
About this Ashdod Tour
If you love diamonds, Bursa is diamond heaven. Israel's Diamond Exchange District is a complex of four buildings, including the 32-story Diamond Tower, where stones are bought and sold, and where dreams are cut and shaped by extraordinary diamond cutters.
But how did such a young country become the "World Diamond Center"?
Efforts began in 1905, long before there was a State of Israel. But for 30 years, attempts to develop and promote the diamond industry in Israel netted frustrating results. Finally, when the British Mandate lifted the customs levy on diamond imports to Israel in 1936, the Israeli industry began to flourish.
Israel's geographic location helped Bursa succeed. The Exchange is strategically convenient to the importation of rough stones from Africa, and the exportation of polished diamonds to markets in Europe and Asia. An increasing reputation for quality did the rest.
In 1956, just 20 years after the lifting of the levy, Israel made history. For the very first time, it was chosen as the venue for the International Congress of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.
Today, the Israel Diamond Exchange complex comprises an area of over 850,000 square feet. More than 1,050 firms work together under the concept of "everything under one roof." This means that, in addition to diamond importers and producers, there are ancillary companies in shipping, banking, insurance, official government business, and more.
In fact, Bursa is so well equipped that it even has an on-site medical treatment center – handling $10 billion worth of diamond exports can take its toll in stress.
Your Tel Aviv tour includes Rothschild Boulevard, one of the oldest streets in the city. The wide thoroughfare is lined by many Bauhaus buildings. When you get to Allenby Street, keep your camera ready for the Lederberg house. Built in 1925, it features four large ceramic murals of a Jewish pioneer sowing and harvesting, a shepherd, and Jerusalem, with a quote from Jeremiah 31:4, "Again I will rebuild thee and thou shall be rebuilt."
On a cruise ship? Meet your guide on the pier, in front of the ship. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
HaTachana is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Treat yourself to an ice cream and be sure to check out the railway museum area.
Plan to walk for a total distance of about 2 miles, over paved/gravel/cobblestone paths and up steps. If your mobility is limited, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic
44-seat Air-conditioned Motorcoach
English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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