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Welcome to Tel Aviv

Cooler, hipper, and much younger than neighboring Jerusalem (an hour away by car), the coastal city of Tel Aviv promises visitors a good time with fine dining, nightlife, and plenty of culture. Home to the Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot), white-sand beaches, and a bevy of artfully dilapidated art nouveau and Bauhaus buildings, it’s no wonder the so-called White City is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. See why locals love Israel’s second-largest city by touring the charming neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, typically packed with groups eating sabich (fried eggplant and hardboiled egg pita sandwich) at sidewalk cafes; taking in art and history at world-beating museums; and sampling specialties such as hummus and falafel at Carmel Market. At the heart of Tel Aviv lies the old city of Jaffa, a mixed Jewish and Muslim neighborhood with views of the Mediterranean Sea and 8,000-year-old roots. Easily include a visit to Jaffa on a half-day tour, or opt for day trips that take you to Israel’s other famous sites, such as the Dead Sea, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Masada, Bethlehem, Jericho, and Petra—most return to Tel Aviv in time for you to hit up the city’s famed bars and restaurants. Because Ben Gurion International Airport is located just outside of Tel Aviv, you can easily squeeze in a visit at the beginning or end of your time in Israel, or base your trip out of this 24/7 city and take advantage of the numerous day trip opportunities.

Top 8 attractions in Tel Aviv


With a huge Roman-era theater, an ancient aqueduct framing a golden beach, and more, Caesarea is home to some of Israel’s most striking ruins. Built by Herod the Great around the time of Christ, the remains of this once-thriving port extend beneath the ocean, while waterfront restaurants and bars let you soak up the views in style.More

Rosh Hanikra

Perched 210 feet (64 meters) over the Mediterranean Sea in northwestern Israel, the Rosh Hanikra kibbutz is part of the Achziv Natural Reserve. The area is known for its interesting geological formations—namely sea caves and limestone grottoes made over millennia by the sea washing over rocks and creating tunnels and caverns in the cliffside.More

Neve Tzedek (Neve Tsedek)

Tel Aviv’s original neighborhood, Neve Tzedek (also written Neve Tsedek) was the first Jewish settlement outside the ancient port of Jaffa when it was created in 1887. After a period of decline, it’s now roared back to life as a bohemian district replete with boutiques, galleries, craft stores, and cafés, all focused around its epicenter, Shabazi Street.More

Acre (Akko)

Known to Hebrew speakers as Akko and Arabic speakers as Akka, the historic coastal city of Acre has been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status for its atmospheric charms. Inhabited for well over 3,000 years, the Old City delivers medieval Crusader buildings, Ottoman-era walls, Baha’i Gardens, and a tangle of ancient streets with bags of personality.More

Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot)

Tel Aviv’s Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot) tells the ongoing 4,000-year story of the Jewish people from the past into the future. The permanent collection includes exhibits on trailblazers and heroes of Jewish history, Israel’s War of Independence and the past and present of synagogues.At the heart of it all is the Core Exhibition — a story through the eras of Jewish life and history through a collection of dioramas, murals, models, film and multi-media displays on topics like family life, community, martyrdom, faith, culture and the interaction between the Jewish people and their host environments throughout the world.More

Shenkin Street (Sheinkin Street)

Once one of Tel Aviv’s coolest streets, Shenkin Street (also spelled Sheinkin Street) is now a vibrant thoroughfare, home to an ever-changing array of stores, boutiques, and eateries. Although it’s moved on from its hippie, counter-cultural heyday, it’s still worth a wander while en route from nearby Carmel Market or Nachlat Binyamin.More

Palmach Museum

The Palmach, an underground arm of the Haganah (a Jewish paramilitary force that predates the Israel Defense Forces), was founded in 1941 to secure a Zionist settlement in what was then Palestine. Today the innovative Palmach Museum transports visitors back in time with multimedia experiences, a photo gallery, archival library, and memorial.More
Nalaga'at (Nalagaat Center)

Nalaga'at (Nalagaat Center)

Nalaga’at (Nalagaat Center) is a groundbreaking institution in Tel Aviv that’s transformed the lives of deaf and blind people. It’s home to a theater where deaf-blind actors perform award-winning shows, a café where hearing-impaired staff encourage guests to communicate in sign language, a restaurant where guests dine in the dark, and a wealth of workshops.More

Top activities in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Jaffa Guided Bike Tour

Tel Aviv Jaffa Guided Bike Tour

Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
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Private Tour: Nazareth, Tiberias and Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv
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Private Tour: Best of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tel Aviv

Tour de Tel Aviv
Judith_H, Oct 2022
Tel Aviv Jaffa Guided Bike Tour
It was a great way to see parts of the city we had never been before.
Fun time
Sharon_S, Sep 2022
Tel Aviv Jaffa Guided Bike Tour
Highly recommend if you want to see Tel Aviv!
Hassle-Free and enjoyable!
Ingrid_J, Oct 2022
Private Tour: Nazareth, Tiberias and Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv
For example, you get to see the original entrance to Nazareth.
Great experience
nhbrxqhmkq, Aug 2022
Market Tasting Tour - LocaLocal
If you plan to visit Tel Aviv i would definitely recommend you this tour!
Eyal was an amazing tour guide
Mary_S, Jun 2022
Jerusalem and the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
He even got us all in line to see the cave/tomb within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and then told us all about the church while the line moved along.
Tel Aviv Urban Art Tour
pdrouet, Feb 2020
Tel Aviv Urban Art Tour
It gave me a chance to see a part of Tel Aviv that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.
Guide did a great job with keeping...
Brian K, Jul 2017
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
A lot to see and enjoy.
Lot of nice places, tour guide more...
Martina F, Sep 2015
Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Recommed because good opportunity to see a lot of places outside Tel Aviv.
The half day tour was enough for us...
Liesl K, May 2011
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
The half day tour was enough for us to see most of Jerusalem's old city.
Informative and well arranged trip with great guide and driver
Miia, Mar 2020
West Bank Highlights Day Tour from Tel Aviv
I joined the group in Tel Aviv and got off in Jerusalem, so for those of you who want to see both cities this is a good option.
Good tour with the right mix of attractions
Caeserea, Rosh Hanikra and Acre Day Trip from Tel Aviv
The price seemed very high for the food (in comparison to what is available in the market in general - 40 INS for falafel with pita and salad and 50 INS for chicken shawarma with salad and pita) - the tour company can do a much better job at negotiating better rates - The time at Rosh Hanikra was very less - we were given 45 mins but with the rains, we couldn't walk fast as everything was slippery and we didn't manage to see the main Grotto - The tour landed up being almost 12-13 hours due to the traffic in Tel Aviv on the way back - again this is not within their control but a heads up will always help
maybe i should have given this tour a 5/5?
robert h, Jan 2020
Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv
A very full day if you start from Tel Aviv and are picked up in a van and delivered to the park where you are put on a bus in which everyone else habla espanol but then, just north of Jerusalem you are put on another bus which hablas english.
Petra and Wadi Rum is worth going. There is lots of room for improvement
HonMun_Y, Sep 2019
2 Day Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Tel Aviv
To get to see with our own eyes the actual scene where the movie Indiana Jones were shot is worth the trip.
Wonderful Experience
Charles_C, Aug 2019
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
From Tel Aviv we were able to see and spend a good deal of time at the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and Jewish Quarter, followed by trip to Behlehem and the site of the Nativity.
A sight definitely worth seeing
KimP1200, Jul 2019
2-Day Guided Petra Tour from Tel Aviv
To see the Treasury at the end of the walk was absolutely breathtaking.
Great day
Jonathan_M, May 2019
Golan Heights Day Trip from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv
We wanted to get out of Tel Aviv for the day to see some nature without renting a car.
so easy
Peter Y, May 2019
Private Arrival Transfer: From Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv City Center
So easy on the Sabbath, which I've learned could be challenging; no public transportation, higher taxi rates, and possibly higher as we only speak English.
Once again I would suggest better...
Us 2, Jun 2017
Golan Heights Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Also the tour had listed a hot springs but when our guide was asked by other tourists about it, they were told it was not on this tour..
We worried about getting picked up...
Joseph F, Jan 2018
7-Night Israel Highlights and Biblical Tour: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Optional Dead Sea Day Trip
Problem is there is so much to see and learn that you forget half of what he described.
I did this tour on Christmas Day so...
Paul, Dec 2017
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
The local guide tried to convince us not to visit the birthplace of Jesus as the queue was long but it turned out he had to go off and see more tour groups in the day.
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All about Tel Aviv

When to visit

Temperatures in Tel Aviv soar in the summer—from May to August, they can push 90°F (32°C). Tourists cram onto the city’s beaches to sunbathe and swim in the near-bath-warm Mediterranean, and the city pulses with life, especially during celebrations like June’s Pride. For less extreme weather and fewer crowds, visit in March and April or September to November, when warm weather is ideal for roaming the city’s markets and alfresco dining. The city is particularly busy in early fall for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Getting around

Tel Aviv is relatively flat and crisscrossed by a grid of wide roads and cycle lanes. It’s easy to explore the city on foot or two wheels, and travelers will find that many hotels rent bikes. For speedier transit, use the Dan buses—buy a Rav-Kav card at a bus station and preload it—or take cabs. Shared taxis (or monit sherut) are cheaper than private cabs and faster than buses. With all these options, there’s no need to rent a car unless you’re planning out-of-town trips.

Traveler tips

Located near Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Market (in the city’s hip Florentin neighborhood), Café Levinsky 41 is famous for its hand-crafted drinks, coffees, and cakes. Stop by for a refreshment after browsing the market’s spice and tea stalls. Look for the battered, plant-filled pickup truck parked outside, and order a delicious cordial or fruit-syrup sodas; each comes with a veritable garden of fresh herbs and flowers on top.

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