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 most visitors. It is the perfect of city opportunity and beach living with an awesome nightlife. It is possible to see the highlights of Tel Aviv in just one day, but many people choose to spend at least two days here to fully explore. While it’s 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 tours to Northern Israel.
Tourist Israel’s suggested itinerary for a one or two-day experience in Tel Aviv:
Day One Itinerary:
Begin your day in Tel Aviv at the water. Walk south along the promenade until you reach Jaffa. This is an ancient port city in southern Tel Aviv that is full of culture and history. Some say this port is so old, it is the port Jonah departed from in the Old Testament story of the whale. More recently, as a traditionally Arab city, Jaffa used to be the entry port for Jewish people immigrating to the country. But because of tensions, Jews began building outside of Jaffa, eventually creating Tel Aviv. Today, Jaffa is being revitalized and restored and is a key place to begin your Tel Aviv.
Enjoy walking down the narrow streets, wandering around the flea market, and stopping by some of the unique shops. Old Jaffa highlights include: Old Jaffa Visitors Center, Jaffa Flea Market, Jaffa Port, and the Jaffa Port Market. Grab lunch in Old Jaffa at the Jaffa Port.
If you want to continue exploring this area, there is Neve Tzedek, just outside of Old Jaffa. It was the first Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa and also has very interesting shops and cafes.
Visitors have several options for how to spend their 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 or International style of architecture. It is also called the White City because most of the buildings are…white. It was build in the 1920s and 30s, but has been restored and is a major place for most people to visit in Tel Aviv. 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.
Tel Aviv may be most famous for what happens after the sun goes down. This city has a very popular nightlife scene, so do not miss it! The Nightlife Tour is a great way to experience Tel Aviv’s bars and clubs from a local’s perspective. Most bars and clubs will not fill up until 12am and many parties go all night. Click here for more information about Tel Aviv’s nightlife.
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, maybe hanging out on the beach is the best thing to do the following day. There are also a number of day tours available that take place in and around Tel Aviv.
However you decide to spend your time in Tel Aviv, we promise it will be an unforgettable experience.