What to see in Tel Aviv and surroundings in 7 days

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Modern, cosmopolitan and lively, a sort of Manhattan of the Middle East, Tel Aviv, which in Hebrew means "spring hill", is a city that is constantly renewing itself. The main attraction are the beaches and the fashionable areas, but you should not miss the ancient district of Jaffa with its Arab origins. But on a week-long trip here in Israel, you can't give up its surroundings and spend at least one day in Jerusalem, which is only 50km away.

Here are our tips on what to see in Tel Aviv and surroundings in 7 days.



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much is a week in Tel Aviv
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start your day in Tel Aviv by sipping an excellent pomegranate juice in one of the stalls of the Caramel Market, a characteristic market, crowded and noisy, where you can buy a bit of everything. Then arrive in the Neve Tzedek district, one area frequented by artists and intellectuals and it can be seen from the numerous art galleries. End the morning by reaching nearby Florentin, other artistic and shabby chic neighborhood where photographers, musicians, designers and talented writers live.

For lunch stop at the Falafel Shawarma Awni (average cost NIS 31,00, € 8,00).
In the early afternoon go and have a look at the stalls of the Jaffa Flea Market, which is located near the Clock Tower (Sun-Fri 10: 00-15: 00, Thursday until late). Then walking through the alleys of the ancient city of Jaffa do not miss the Ilana Goor Museum, a public gallery of tribal trinkets inside a stone building (Sun-Fri 10: 00-17: 00). Cross the HA Pisgah gardens and reach the Church of St. Peter (8: 00-11: 45 and 15: 00-17: 00).

For dinner, stay in this area go to Dr Shakshuka, a place where you can taste the typical dish that gives the restaurant its name: the Shakshuka (average cost NIS 60,00, € 15,50).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,5 km / 59 min
  • Places visited: Caramel Market (free), Neve Tzedek neighborhood (free), Florentin neighborhood (free), Jaffa (free), Flea Market (free), St. Peter's Church (free), HA Pisgah gardens (free), Ilana Goor gallery (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 25,00
  • Jaffa Old City & Flea Market Tour Ancient Jaffa & Tel Aviv: Segway Tour
  • Falafel Shawarma Awni Lunch (Get Directions), Dinner at Dr Shakshuka (Get Directions)

2 day

Start the day from Habima Square, one of the most famous squares in the city where the sculpture of the "Three Circles" stands out.
Reach the Rubin Museum, with works by Reuven Rubin who painted various scenes from Palestine's daily life (10 am-00pm, Tue until 15pm, Sat 00am-20pm). Walking down King George St. you go in Rabin Square, the largest public square of Tel Aviv with in the middle the ecological pond full of lotus flowers and carp.

For lunch stop at Joseph'n'Sons (average cost per person 78,00 NIS, € 20,00)
On foot, in the afternoon visit the important Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which houses masterpieces by Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Picasso and many others (Mon, Wed and Sat 10 am-00pm, Tue and Thu until 18pm, Fri until 00pm). To end the day walk in 21 minutes to the Gordon Beach, one of the central beaches where in the evening and on weekends people gather for a game of beach volleyball or for a run on the seafront and enjoy the sunset.

For dinner we recommend eating at the Olive Leaf, (average cost per person 97,00 NIS, € 25,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,4 km / 1 h 24 min
  • Places visited: Habima Square (free), Rubin Museum (20,00 NIS, € 5,00), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (50,00 NIS, € 12,50), Gordon Beach (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • architectural walking tour with guide
  • Lunch at Joseph'n'Sons (Get Directions), Dinner at Olive Leaf (Get Directions)

3 day

Start the day by visiting the former Beit Hatfutsot museum known as the museum of the diaspora and that evokes this page of history (Sun-Wed 10: 00-19: 00, Thu until 22:30, Fri 9: 00-14: 00, Sat 9: 00-15: 00). Then move to the near Eretz Museum Israel created around the ancient port and which boasts many finds, so much so that the visit will take you at least two hours (Sun-Wed 10: 00-16: 00, Thu until 20:00, Fri 10: 00-14: 00, Sat 10: 00-15: 00).

Have lunch at the Bistro inside the Museum (average cost per person 70,00 NIS, € 18,00).
Then stretch your legs and breathe in some air by doing one nice walk in Ha Yarkon Park, the large urban green space where people enjoy doing sports or just walking.
End the afternoon by reaching the Vecchio Porto, an area popular at any time of the day or night. Enjoy the sunset while sipping something in one of the many bars and kiosks here.

In the evening, take a taxi or bus (line 62 from Dizengoff / Ben Yehuda to Kaplan) to Sarona Market, a huge covered structure with places specialized in street food from all over the world. Choose the stalls that inspire you the most and enjoy the truly sparkling atmosphere (average cost NIS 77,00, € 20,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 11 km / 2 h 21 min
  • Places visited: Beit Hatfutsot Museum (45 Nis, € 11,00), Eretz Israel Museum (52 ​​Nis, € 13,00), Ha Yarkon Park (free), Old Port (free)
  • Daily shopping: 70,00
  • street art tour
  • Lunch at Bistro at Eretz Israel Museum (Get directions), Dinner at Sarona Market (Get directions)

4 day

For this fourth day we suggest you aexcursion to Ramla, a town 30 km south of Tel Aviv that you can reach by train (25 min, NIS 11,00, € 2,80) or by bus 450 (40 min, NIS 15,00, € 3,20) .

Visit the old town where there is the Al Anazia Pool also known as the Arches, an underground reservoir from the VIII that can be explored aboard a rowboat (Sat-Thu 8: 00-16: 00; Fri until 14:00). Then in 10 minutes on foot you reach the White Tower, 30 meters high which according to some was built as a minaret of the nearby White Mosque (Sat-Thu 8: 00-16: 00; Fri until 14:00).

For lunch go to the Ramla Market, lively and colorful where you will be spoiled for choice even to eat something. We recommend the Tunisian Sandwich (average cost 30,00 NIS, € 8,00).
In the afternoon visit theinteresting Ramla Museum which will give you an overview of the history of the city (Sun-Thu 10: 00-16: 00; Fri until 13:00).

Return to Tel Aviv and stroll before dinner at Charles Clore Park. Spend the evening at the Bicycle, a nice young and sparkling place with a particular terrace which in addition to serving aperitifs has an inviting cuisine (average cost 85,00 NIS, € 22,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 46 km / 1 h 5 min by car including transfer to / from Tel Aviv
  • Places visited: Al Anazia swimming pool (NIS 14,00, € 3,50) White Tower (NIS 10,00, € 2,50), Ramla Museum (NIS 12,00, € 3,00); Charles Clore Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Lunch at Tunisian Sandwich (Get Directions), Dinner at Bike (Get Directions)

5 day

Also this day we advise you to take an excursion outside the city by purchasing an organized tour to Masada and the Dead Sea, departing at 7:15, duration 12 hours (€ 112,74).

First stop is theancient fortified palace of Masada, perched on a plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and the surrounding desert (Sat-Thu 8: 00-16: 00, Fri until 15:00). The cost of the cable car to get to the top is included in the cost of the tour.

For lunch, stop at the self-service of Masada National Park, the only place in the area where you can eat something (average cost 39,00 NIS, € 10,00).
In the afternoon you will be accompanied on shores of the Dead Sea and Minerals beach where you can treat yourself to a mud bath, float in these particular salty waters and do beauty treatments. After relaxing for a few hours you will be taken back to Tel Aviv.

For dinner, we recommend going to Manta Ray, an informal and elegant restaurant specializing in fresh fish; if you find it, ask for an outdoor panoramic table (average cost per person 125,00 NIS, € 32,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 294 km / 3 h 40 min / 12 hour tour starting at 7:15 am
  • Places visited: Masada (28,00 NIS, € 7,00), Dead Sea (30,00 NIS, € 7,30)
  • Daily shopping: € 150,00 (including tour)
  • Masada and the Dead Sea tour from Tel Aviv with pickup
  • Lunch at Masada National Park Self Service (Get Directions), Dinner at Manta Ray (Get Directions)

6 day

Early this morning, move to Jerusalem (50 km). The best way to reach it is the sherut (the collective mini-bus cost from 24,00 NIS, € 6,00), or direct trains (20,00 NIS, € 5,00) or organized tours from Tel Aviv.

Once there, entering from Jaffa Gate, visit immediately Tower of David, the ancient fortress that houses the main museum on the history of Jerusalem (Sat-Thu 9: 00-16: 00, Fri 9: 00-14: 00). Then head to the Holy Sepulcher, a key place for Christians (5: 00-20: 00).

For lunch, stop by Abu Shukri (average cost per person 30,00 NIS, € 8,00).
In the afternoon (before 14:30) visit the Esplanade of the Mosques, the elevated area enclosed by walls and disputed by Muslims, Christians and Jews (Sun-Thu 8: 30-11: 30 and 13: 30-14: 30). Once you get off you will meet the large esplanade with the Wailing Wall, the symbol of Jerusalem where the Jewish population goes to pray. End the afternoon with a guided tour (bookable on the official website for 35,00 NIS, € 9,00) of the Western Wall Tunnel where, walking along 500 meters of galleries, you will learn the history of this ancient temple.

Return to Tel Aviv and have dinner at Miznon (average cost NIS 70,00, € 18,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 140 km / 2 h 5 min by car including transfer to / from Tel Aviv
  • Places visited: Jerusalem: Tower of David (40 Nis, € 10,00), Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher (free), Temple Mount (free), Western Wall (free), Western Wall Tunnel (35 Nis, € 9,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Jerusalem: Full-Day City Tour Jerusalem: City of 1 Religions Walking Tour Jerusalem: Tour from Tel Aviv
  • Lunch at Abu Shukri (Get directions), Dinner at Miznon (Get directions)

7 day

For this last day stay in Tel Aviv and in the morning visit the Independence Hall, building that it houses the Independence Hall where in 1948 David Ben Gurion proclaimed the birth of the state of Israel (museum Sun-Thu 9: 00-17: 00 and Fri until 14:00).
Then move on to the particular Levinski spice market, a place overflowing with aromas, where small shops and stalls follow one another selling dried fruit, spices, hot peppers, olives and many other delicacies.

For lunch, stop by Garger Ha Zahav (cost per person around NIS 60,00, € 16,00)
In the afternoon reach what is considered the most famous beach in the city: Hilton beach. Here you can relax, take long walks on the wonderful waterfront from Tel Aviv, enjoy the view, try surfing or simply sunbathe while enjoying the last hours of your vacation.

End your week in Tel Aviv with a dinner at Shila by Chef Sharon Cohen, a luxurious restaurant offering elaborate dishes at a rather demanding price (average cost per person around 250,00 NIS, € 65,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,6 km / 1 h 9 min
  • Places visited: Independence Hall (24,00 NIS, € 6,15), Levinski spice market (free), Hilton beach (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 95,00
  • Tel Aviv: Levinsky Market Tasting Card
  • Lunch at Garger Ha Zahav (Get directions), Dinner at Shila by Chef Sharon Cohen (Get directions)

How much is a week in Tel Aviv

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Tel Aviv, and Israel in general, it is a rather expensive country, especially with regard to accommodation and restaurants. Those who want to save must try to stay overnight in hostels and mini apartments and eat in the markets where the costs are lower. Transport, on the other hand, as well as entrances to museums and attractions, do not have an excessive cost.

  • starting from € 130,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • 2-Hour Food Tour with 4 Tastings & Dessert 2-Hour City, Park & ​​Beach Bike Tour Tel Aviv Carmel Market: Food Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 840,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Tel Aviv: from March to May and from September to November. Summer is too hot, while in winter you can't enjoy the city beaches - find out more
  • several scheduled and low cost flights connect Italy to the airport, 15 kilometers from the metropolis. From here to the center there are numerous buses (cost 6,90 NIS, around € 3,50) and trains (14,00 NIS, around € 4,00)
  • the area of ​​Jaffa with small hotels and apartments is very beautiful and characteristic; the waterfront area is more modern with numerous clubs, restaurants and top-class hotels
  • Getting around: move as much as possible on foot, with scooters or bicycles; the urban bus network is good (single ride 6,90 NIS, € 3,50, or weekly passes 64,00 NIS, € 16,00) - find out more
  • Local currency: Israeli New Shekel (NIS) / € 1,00 = NIS 3,94
  • Time zone: + 1h compared to Italy
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least six months; no visa for stays of less than 90 days. Upon entering the country, the Israeli authorities issue a coupon with the traveler's data and the terms of the visa, to be kept in the passport until the return to Italy
  • Safety info: mainly safe area, but you have to pay attention to the movements and avoid too crowded areas. Always carry your passport with the coupon delivered at the airport, especially when going to Jerusalem. A respectful attitude is also required in respect of Muslim culture and the places sacred to them. Before leaving and during your trip, keep up to date on the Farnesina website in the Istraele section

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