When visiting Israel, you must spend at least 24 hours in Tel Aviv. This modern, laid-back city on the Mediterranean Sea is an instant favorite for visitors. It is the perfect mix of city and beach living with a thriving nightlife. It is possible to see the highlights of Tel Aviv in just one day, but many people choose to spend at least a few days here to fully explore this vibrant city. While it is easy to get out and see the city on your own, there are a variety of different tour options, depending on your interests. Tel Aviv is also a great starting point for our tours to the north of Israel.
Suggested one-Day Itinerary
Morning in Tel Aviv
- Begin your day in Tel Aviv at the water. Walk south along the promenade until you reach Jaffa. This ancient port city in southern Tel Aviv is full of culture and history.
- Enjoy walking down the narrow streets, wandering around the flea market, and stopping by some unique shops. Jaffa highlights include Old Jaffa Visitors Center, Jaffa Flea Market, Jaffa Port, and the Jaffa Port Market. Enjoy lunch at Jaffa Port.
- If you want to continue exploring this area, there is Neve Tzedek, just outside of Jaffa. It was the first Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa and also has interesting shops and cafes.
Afternoon in Tel Aviv
Visitors have several options for how to spend an afternoon in Tel Aviv, depending on their interests.
Tel Aviv Beach: Tel Aviv is known for its beaches, so why not spend the afternoon soaking in the sun? The beach in this city stretches for miles and each part has a different feel or personality. Choose one and simply, relax.
Tel Aviv Museums: If you prefer to head indoors, the city has a number of interesting museums worth visiting. We highly recommend the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel’s largest art museum. But, there are many other museums to choose from as well.
The evening is a great time to walk around Tel Aviv’s unique neighborhoods. The White City is a UNESCO Heritage site and a collection of more than 4,000 buildings created in the Bauhaus style of architecture. It is also called the White City because most of the buildings are, you guessed it, white. It was built in the 1920s and 30s, but has been restored and is a big attraction for visitors. There are also tours available if you are interested in learning more about the history of the White City. Grab dinner in the White City or in one of Tel Aviv’s other neighborhoods.
Late in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is world-famous for what happens after midnight. The city’s nightlife is bouncing every day of the week, so do not miss it! The Nightlife Tour is a great way to experience Tel Aviv’s bars and clubs from a local perspective. Most bars and clubs will not fill up until 24:00 and many parties go on all night. Click here for more information about Tel Aviv’s nightlife.
Two-Day Itinerary in Tel Aviv:
If you have more than 24 hours in Tel Aviv, it is easy to mix and match this itinerary to make it last over two days. For example, after you take advantage of a night out in Tel Aviv, lounge on the beach the following morning. We also offer a number of versatile Tel Aviv day tours.
However you decide to spend your time in Tel Aviv, we promise it will be an unforgettable experience!