Jaffa and Tel Aviv
Our half day tour in the Holy Land from the port
of Ashdod offers us a few hours of real contrast.
The ancient fortified city of Jaffa and modern,
cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. In reality the two merge into
one with the municipality known at Tel Aviv - Yafo.
Our starting point of Ashdod which covers the land of
two ancient cities, is the largest port in Israel and one
of the oldest cities in the world. It was inhabited by
the Philistines in biblical times and they captured the
Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites and brought it
Jaffa or Yafo in Hebrew is famed for its biblical
associations with the stories of Jonah, Solomon and
St Peter. And of course for its oranges. It’s one of the
world’s oldest operating ports. It is atmospheric and
charming with narrow streets, captivating architecture
and beautiful views of Tel Aviv, just to the north. Its
landmarks include the Greek Orthodox Monastery
of Archangel Michael, St Peter’s Church and Clock
Square with its lovely clocktower.
Modern Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coastline is
called the ‘Non-Stop City’ because of its nightlife. It’s a
real party capital.
It is home to vibrant commercial and shopping
centres and to most foreign embassies and has a
distinctive skyscraper skyline.
The city has an intriguing mix of architectural styles
including Bauhaus and Art Deco.
We will visit the colourful Carmel market and take in
the sights and sound of this very lively metropolis.