Tel Aviv and Jaffa Sightseeing Drive with Free Time at the Flea Market
- Motorcoach tour: See historic Jaffa, Hatachana, and the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, including Nachum Gutman Museum, Susan Dalal Dance Center, and the Rokach House, one of the neighborhood's original homes.
- Fun and informative: Knowledgeable and entertaining guides will introduce you to Tel Aviv-Jaffa, point out interesting aspects, and offer insightful commentary.
- Free time: You don't have to buy to enjoy Jaffa's diverse flea market, but it's hard to resist haggling for bargains on everything from antiques to handmade jewelry to vintage clothes.
About this Ashdod Tour
Over the centuries, Jaffa has been occupied by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, and Egyptians. It's been captured by famous commanders like Alexander the Great, Richard the Lionhearted, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Yet one particular conquest stands out – not for its vigor, but for its deviousness.
In 1468 B.C., the people of Jaffa rebelled against Egypt's Thutmose III and took over the city. So the pharaoh sent an army led by his top general, Djehuti, to get it back. And the general devised the perfect plan.
Rather than attack, the general expressed that his heart was with the rebels, and invited their leader to talk face to face. Djehuti gave the rebel leader wine, and more wine, and more wine. When the opportunity arose, Djehuti hit him over the head and knocked him out.
Then he hid 200 of his best warriors in sacks and sent them to the city with a message that his forces had surrendered, and that the sacks contained tribute. Once inside the city, the conquest was easy.
If this tactic sounds similar to a certain Greek tale of military deception, it's not surprising. Jaffa was occasionally mentioned in Greek mythology, such as in the story of Andromeda and Perseus. But don't think for a moment this tale of Jaffa was borrowed from the Greeks.
Djehuti's "Trojan Sacking" took place at least 200 years before the Greeks are said to have hidden in that horse.
Rebel with a cause
One of the places you'll see on your tour is the Gutman Museum, dedicated not just to the works of brilliant artist Nachum Gutman, but to his independent spirit. In Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy, where the all-European art faculty advocated only the European style of painting, he openly rebelled because he felt the landscape in Israel was too different from Europe's, and needed a different artistic treatment. So he dropped out, developed a distinct new Israeli style, and became famous.
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.
The Jaffa Flea Market (in Hebrew Shuk Hapishpishim) is closed on Saturdays. Bargaining at the stalls is expected.
You will be walking for less than a mile and getting on and off the coach. Some paths are up inclines and over cobblestones. If you have troubles walking you may find this tour is too challenging. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic
44-seat Air-conditioned Motorcoach
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
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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