Tel Aviv and the coastline – the Jewish tour
Visit the Diaspora museum. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv the center of business and entertainment in Israel with its wide variety of theatres and galleries. Stop at Rabin's Square where the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took place on Nov 4th 1995. Continue to Old Jaffa, the vibrant old port city a complete contrast to modern Tel Aviv; Visit the old city and walk along the restored artist's quarter filled with galleries, studios and wonderful shops where you can find judaica, beautiful hand crafted jewelry and fine art. Visit Nave Tzedek, the first neighborhood to be built in Tel Aviv in 1909 and Nahalat Benyamin, one of the famous pedestrian streets of the city with its lively atmosphere and musicians, hand made jewelry and artifacts. Next stop Sheinkin, another vivacious and colorful street especially known for its unique shops, cafés and restaurants – lively and full of life.
Drive north to Caesarea on Israel’s central Mediterranean coast. This town began in the 3rd century constructed by Herod the Great and named after Caesar Augustus. Herod also built a massive two-part harbor. Caesarea also figures noticeably in religious history: Herod built a great Roman temple dedicated to the Divine Augustus, and then Peter and Paul visited the city (Acts 10:1, 24).
Mistreatment of Jews in Caesarea led to the First Jewish Great Revolt (66-70 AD). Caesarea became a major center of both Jewish and Christian scholarship, with several rabbinical schools set up by Rabbi Bar Kappra at the beginning of the 3rd century, and rivaled the centre of Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi in Tzippori (Sepphoris). Abbay’e became Caesarea's most famous rabbi, living one century later. The city traded hands between Muslims and Crusaders several times; much of what remains dates from the Crusader era.
Continue to the ancient Jewish town of Bet She‘arim known for the rock-cut burial chambers and stone coffins (sarcophagi). This is a renowned Jewish center due to the presence there of the spiritual leader Rabbi Judah Hanasi (head of the Sanhedrin) who moved the Sanhedrin from Shefar‘am to Bet She‘arim.
At the top of the hill with its magnificent panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley and Mount Carmel we will visit Alexander Zayid’s memorial bronze statue of the pioneer astride his horse. Zayid established the defense organization called Hashomer.
Proceed to Haifa for an overview from Mt. Carmel and visit the Naval Museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British Mandate.
Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbour and local market. Acre is composed of many different buildings and today is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This city offers an exciting variety of old and new. Many different cultures and religions have inhabited Acre and it is the home to a mosque, Christian monastery, Turkish Baths, archeological sites and the halls constructed by the Templar knights.
In contrast to old Acre you will find a colorful market and restaurants nearby. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to Acre for its many festivals, fantastic atmosphere and amazing mixed history.
Continue to the northern-most point of Israel at the border with Lebanon – Rosh Hanikra – Descend by cable car and view the limestone Grottos, the railway tunnel to Lebanon and watch the beautiful sunset on the Mediterranean Sea.
The above tour is our suggested tour. Below are some other sites of interest which can also be visited or combined with the Coastline tour.
Atlit Camp – An “Illegal” Immigrant Detention Camp.
Zippori National Park – City of mosaics from the mishnaic period.
The Ayalon Institute – A secret ammunition factory set up by the Jewish underground.