Tel Aviv & Jaffa Sightseeing Drive with Free Time at Hatachana
- Motorcoach tour: Discover Israel's second largest city on a guided drive that includes Tel Aviv University, Rothschild Boulevard, Rabin Square, Habima Theatre, Leonardo Da Vinci Street, and Jaffa, the city's oldest neighborhood.
- Fun and informative: Knowledgeable and entertaining guides provide background and perspective, with insightful commentary that brings Israel's history to life.
- 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
Hatachana today is an old train station cleverly repurposed into a shopping and entertainment hub. But in the late 19th century, it became the symbol of a vision that would change the local landscape. And put the camel out of business.
At the time, the growing number of pilgrims visiting the Holy Land had the locals excited about progress and modernization. But the sandy terrain wasn't favorable to the transportation of heavy loads, which then relied entirely on the camel.
The idea of building a railway between Jaffa and Jerusalem had been discussed for years, but the sea of sand presented an engineering problem that would require a huge amount of capital to solve. And obtaining permission to build from the Ottoman government of the era presented its own problem: red tape.
In 1885, Jewish entrepreneur Joseph Navon decided he wanted to build the railroad. He wasn't the only one trying, but he had an advantage over his competitors: Navon's family was connected to the upper class of the Ottoman Empire.
It took three years, but Navon got permission to build the line and even extend it to Gaza and Nablus. To cover the costs, he obtained funding from a French consortium. And on September 26, 1890, the line was officially inaugurated.
By the following year, the railway was carrying over 69,000 passengers and more than 10,000 tons of freight. By 1913, the numbers were 183,000 passengers and 43,000 tons. More important, the railway ignited a new era of growth and transformation in the area.
What the camel couldn't do, Navon's iron horse did.
City of white
The rise of the Nazis caused many German Jewish architects to immigrate to Tel Aviv, bringing with them the Bauhaus architectural style of the 1930s. But the style needed changes to adapt to the local climate, so the use of white and other light colors became prevalent. Today, Tel Aviv is nicknamed the White City because it boasts over 4,000 Bauhaus buildings. No city in the world has more.
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.
There are some great views seen along your drive. If taking pictures from the bus, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can.
Plan to walk a total for about 250 yards over varying surfaces with a few steps to climb. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer from their chair in/out of the coach. Bring a companion to offer any assistance. Folding wheelchairs only please.
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.
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days of advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Please contact the GoTo Crew.
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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