Our walking tour will take you back to the late 19th century when steamships arrive at Jaffa port carrying Jewish pioneers, Christian pilgrims and adventurers. The first railroad is built from the ancient port of Jaffa to the holy city of Jerusalem. We will visit the homes which were once built by Christian communities who sought to settle in the holy land.
Shortly after leaving the holy city Jerusalem behind, we begin descending to the lowest point on earth. Within minutes the landscape changes to yellowish, sandy and rocky. We will start our day with a surprising visit at the historical baptism site at the Jordan river.
Ziad is your Bedouin host in the town of Salama in the Western Galilee. He will welcome you in his big and colorful tent – his home, his family. Playing his drum, he will introduce you to the story of the Bedouin people and their tradition. You may also want to enjoy a great lunch including fresh herbs, humus and labaneh cheese. And as a treat Ziad will tell you about the secrets of coffee making.
Meet the musician Zacki Halevi who lives in the Galilee, the beautiful northern region of Israel. Zacki believes, that the only way to have a meaningful visit in Israel is to take it very personally. Zaki plays a wide variety of unique musical instruments (Persian Santur, Frame drums, Didjerido and Harmonica) and invites you to join his musical tours. With a wealth of knowledge and a love of people and their cultures, his musical trails in the Galilee combine fascinating history and a true musical experience.
Bilal is a wellkown textile merchant in the Old City of Jerusalem who imports cotton, silk and gold cloths from Syria and India. His beautiful and unique fabrics are used for curtains, cushions, furniture and more. Among Bilal’s clients are Christian priests, Muslim imams and ultra-Orthodox Jews. Visitors are always welcome at Bilal’s shop who welcomes guests from around the world and tells his story and that of his father and grandfather who started the business of trading these precious fabrics from Syria and India. Bilal Abu-Khalaf confessed to us, “The Old City is in my blood. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. “
How did a French Benedictine monk come to live in an Arab village near Jerusalem and pair together with a Jewish policeman to perform choir recitals? That’s what you may discover upon meeting him in his church and getting to know the fabulous stories of this man, beginning with the break-up with his girlfriend at a young age to his present position as a monk and “standup” actor in the mood, telling his fabulous Israeli experiences and stories.
Looking out at the blue Mediterranean, in her home nearby her small, family run shop, Doris tells her story, what it meant to grow up in a conservative Christian-Arab family and the twist it gave to her life. Now a confident entrepreneur, Doris, mother of two, lives in Ajami’s neighborhood in the ancient town of Jaffa. She and her husband keep the old family business of selling homemade coffee. Recently, Doris expanded this traditional business into a tour and open-house visit where, while telling us more about her life between tradition and emancipation, she offers us homemade black coffee, baklavas and other oriental specialties.
Dorit and Maoz are known for their outstanding hospitality. Maoz who has a life time experience at sea, including his service in the Marine corps of the IDF. Together with his wife Dorit they invite you to join a cruise in the beautiful blue bay lying in midst the modern city of Haifa and the ancient port of Acre. Our favorite time is starting the cruise in the afternoon and ending the day with a colorful sunset while zipping local wine and enjoying home made tapas made from chosen products of the Galilee.
THE ALTERNATIVE TEL AVIV WALKING TOUR
Time: Sundays at 10:00-12:30
Dates: June 26 and August 7, 14, 21
Experience Tel Aviv’s vibrant southern neighborhoods: For visitors who are looking for a more challenging walking tour of Tel Aviv we invite you to an out-of-the-box visit. Starting out with hidden gems of street art, we will continue to discover the alternative lifestyle in Florentin’s neighbourhood and be surprised by their community projects. We will dive into an area of garages and workshops which have become the latest creative hub of the Israeli art scene, visit galleries, taste foodies that you can only buy on Levinsky Street. Tours are in English.
Highlights: Neve Zedek now and then, streetart, Florentin neighborhood and Levinski market
Price: 120 Shekel (price includes various bites and one drink)
Meeting Point: Neve Zedek Tower, 61 Eilat St.
This tour will start with an outlook of Haifas Bay and a visit of the famous Bahai Gardens. Then we will visit the Crusader Fortress of Acre, a World Heritage site.