Why you should goRich atmosphere, heady beachlife, bustling shopping streets, markets, and hip bohemian neighbourhoods make Tel Aviv a multi-layered city with something for everyone.
As well as Israel’s huge religious significance, its second largest city has firmly positioned itself as a hotspot for incredible nightlife, shopping, architecture and art – and we can arrange the best private guides for you.
Hole up in a boutique hotel in the iconic White City for a long weekend: away from the noise of the seafront, so you can be sure of undisturbed sleep… if that’s what you’re after. The Montefiore is a fresh, contemporary boutique hotel housing a local art gallery and a private library. Perfect for your luxury weekend in Tel Aviv.
Bustling markets and coffee spots
From the designer shops of Shenkin Street, rich in cafés serving traditional coffee to linger over, to the boho Yemenite Quarter and the fortified port of Jaffa, the diversity here is unmissable. If shopping is on your to-do list but designer price tags aren’t, don’t miss Carmel Market: narrow avenues of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit to exotic spices and clothes. Perfect if you’re in the mood for a spot of haggling with a good-humoured stall keeper. Want to see city with an expert guide? We’ll arrange for the best locals guides to show you anything you’re into, from shopping to architecture, art and more.
Deep in the bauhaus
Start your insider’s tour of Tel Aviv with a day’s expert guiding around the city’s architecture. Explore White City, home to the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus buildings, showing the German influences from 1930s such as world-famous Le Corbusier. Your architecture guide will also show you around the Neve Tzedek, which is now one of the city’s most stylish areas. Many artists and musicians live inside these restored houses, which are unique with their pastel colours, large archways and romantic balconies. Another must-see is Sorona, a heritage sight where some of the earliest wineries were established by templars nearly two centuries ago. Simply fascinating.
Art masters and contemporary buying
For those art-lovers amongst you, spend a day immersing yourself in local galleries. Head to Gordon Street, the original hub of Tel Aviv galleries and the perfect spot for some serious art gazing, or buying. Your art guide will show you small undiscovered gems of local and contemporary art, as well as taking you around the Tel Aviv Art museum. Next, it’s time to see where the masters worked their magic: the Rubin Museum was once the home of Israeli painter Rueven Rubin, and Bailik House was home to Isreal’s national poet Chaim Nachman Bailik, both of which your guide knows inside out.
Beach life and crumbling ports
Want to escape the urban jungle? Stroll the seafront from the shiny new marina and along the sandy beaches which stretch all the way from north to south. Head south to the historic port town of Jaffa (yes, where the oranges come from), where sun-bleached castles and turreted doorways greet you beside fabulous sea views. The slower pace here is ideal for a relaxing stroll through Ottoman-influenced architecture and newer artists quarter. Enjoy fresh seafood overlooking the shimmering med, or why not watch a sunset melt into the twinkling night?
After all your private guiding, you’ll feel fully knowledgeable and cultured, so it’s time to refuel. Your guide will show you the best traditional falafel: simply delicious fresh and hot wrapped in traditional flatbread. Or, for something a little bit more special, visit any of the city’s world-class restaurants before partying hard along the seafront. Our in-the-know concierge will point you towards the newest, most cutting edge venues so you can really experience the Mediterranean ‘city that never sleeps’ in style.