Jaffa Walking Tour and Tel Aviv Sightseeing Drive
- Jaffa: Explore the sights of this ancient port city perched high on a cliff over the Mediterranean, discovering old churches, scattered ruins, and restored houses.
- Tel Aviv: See the sights on the modern side of the city, including Rabin Square, named after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here in 1995.
- Hatachana: Do a little shopping and picture-taking at this historic railroad station turned commercial center, complete with refurbished rail cars, terminals, and old train tracks.
About this Ashdod Tour
In 3,000 years of recorded history, the city of Jaffa has given birth to Biblical stories (Jonah and the Whale), Greek myths (Andromeda and Perseus), and religious miracles (St. Peter and Tabitha). It also gave birth to something you can see today: another city.
Jaffa was a very crowded place in the late 1800s, and the narrow, ancient alleyways added to the closed-in feeling. In 1887, a man named Simon Rokach, attracted by the open spaces beyond the walls of Jaffa, gathered nine like-minded families and established Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the city.
In 1909, another community – Ahuzar Bayit, meaning "homestead" – was established. More neighborhoods followed until, in 1910 they all merged under the name Tel Aviv.
The plan was to create a European-style garden suburb of Jaffa, with wide streets and boulevards, and good schools for children. It wasn't long before Tel Aviv started growing faster than Jaffa; when the Nazis rose to power in Germany, immigration in Tel Aviv exploded.
In 1950, Tel Aviv and Jaffa became a single municipality. And when the ancient city began to deteriorate, it was the younger counterpart that came to the rescue with funds for restoration. The child began taking care of the parent.
Soldier for peace
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in the Tel Aviv square that now bears his name, had a 27-year military career, which included giving the order for the famous raid on Entebbe after the hijacking of an Air France jet with 248 passengers – more than 100 of them Israeli. Still, the old soldier is best remembered not for a show of force but for an act of peace – signing the Oslo Accords, the historic 1995 peace agreement with the Palestinians. It was an Israeli opposed to the agreement who killed him.
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.
You will be walking for about 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
46-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.