Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel
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Approximately 5¼ Hours
Meals not included
White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement
Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The White City was constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, based on the urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, reflecting modern organic planning principles. The buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe where they practised their profession before immigrating. They created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context.
Your walking tour begins at Old Jaffa -- the ancient (and once the only) entry port to the land of Israel. Jaffa is a microcosm encircled by the modern city of Tel Aviv, but its character remains intact and it is perfectly preserved as a result of a massive and detailed restoration project that took place in the 1960s. Wander among old stone buildings and arches, and narrow, winding cobblestone alleys filled with artists' galleries. This is where the prophet Jonah boarded the ship for Tarshish, St Peter stayed in the house of Simon the Tanner, and Andromeda, the daughter of Jaffa's king, was tied to a rock, awaiting the sea monster and eventual rescue by Perseus.
Next, enjoy a visit to the Jaffa Tales Visitor Center. The Jaffa Tales bring one of the world's most fascinating ancient seaports to life in stunning fashion, using a 52-foot panoramic screen along with floating glass displays, surround sound and special effects.
Reboard your coach and relax during a narrated driving tour of modern Tel Aviv. Rothschild Boulevard is known for its 1930s Bauhaus buildings and the extraordinary balconies that lend Tel Aviv its 'White City' nickname.
Reaching the Tel Aviv Sea Promenade and the lively port area, join the crowds strolling among the many trendy cafés and restaurants and absorb the atmosphere before you return to Ashdod.