Day trips from Tel Aviv is a unique opportunity to visit the most interesting and famous places of the country in a few days. Israel will surprise any tourist: someone will be struck by Bethlehem and Jerusalem, while someone will be interested in natural attractions.
As in any country with a developed tourism industry, in Israel there are many companies and travel agencies that provide foreign guests with one-day excursions in the Holy Land. Finding a good guide is not an easy task, therefore, this article contains the best guides (according to tourists’ reviews) and excursions around Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Prices for excursions in Tel Aviv vary greatly: you can find both inexpensive options from 20 € per person, and individual excursions cost from 300 €.
Russian guides in Israel are not uncommon, and Lyoka is one of them. The girl was born and lived in Moscow, where she studied Jewish history and worked as a guide. But a few years ago she moved to Tel Aviv, where she now organizes walks for foreign guests. Most often, Russian travelers come to her, who respond positively about excursions. Many tourists say that Leka takes into account the wishes and interests of the guests of Israel, so excursions are never boring. The guide knows Russian, English and Hebrew.
- Price: 63 euros for one person, 50 euros – for a group of 2 people.
- Duration: 2 hours.
- Group size: 1-10 people.
The main purpose of the tour is to penetrate the past, and at the same time, the present of the city, to see how Tel Aviv has changed, and to feel its energy.
During the tour, foreign guests will visit 5 districts of Tel Aviv: vibrant Carmel, busy Rothschild Boulevard, dear Neve Tzedek, romantic Florentin and Old Jaffa. Each of these areas has its own unique energy and unusual sights. The guide will also tell you about places where Israeli youth loves to gather, where is the oldest port in the Middle East and how to get to the “White District”. Leka notes that all wishes are taken into account, and, depending on preferences, you can change the route. Also, if desired, the walk can be extended (issue price – 15 euros).
Tatyana is a famous Russian guide in the Holy Land. She has a historical background and has been touring Israel from Tel Aviv for over 20 years. Tourists say that the guide is available and interestingly tells about the history of Jerusalem, pays attention to interesting details. A great plus of Tatyana is the fact that she is waiting on excursions not only for adults, but also for children. The girl specializes in walks in places and temples of Jerusalem that are significant for Christians. Knows Russian and Hebrew.
- Cost: 75 € for one. The price of this excursion from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may vary depending on the number of people.
- Duration: 7 hours
- Group size: up to 16 tourists
If the main attractions of Tel Aviv have already been examined, then it is time to go to the main religious places of the world for Christians. During an excursion from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, guests of Israel will see Mount Zion, Golden and Lion Gate, Akeldam. In Bethlehem it will be interesting to look into the Basilica of the Nativity of Christ, the Tomb of Rachel and the Monastery of Temptation.
It is important to understand that Jerusalem is famous for religious sites, so traveling to these places will be more interesting for believers.
- Price: 80 € per person
- Duration: 10 hours
- Group size: up to 16 people
On the excursion “The Living Bible”, travelers will see the famous mountains of Galilee, visit the most famous temples of Israel and plunge into the atmosphere of ancient Nazareth. An interesting addition to the excursion from Tel Aviv in Russian is a visit to one of the many Israeli creameries: the guide will tell and show how to get high-quality olive oil and distinguish real from fake. In the evening, after a long excursion, you can plunge into the waters of the Jordan.
Boris is an experienced Russian guide who has guided tours of famous places in Israel for more than 20 years. He has a journalistic and historical education. Tourists who visited his excursions say that the guide is a very sociable and responsible person who will as simple as possible fascinatingly tell about the history of the place and show the most interesting sights. Boris also promises to share with foreign guests the addresses of the best cafes and will advise places for independent visits. Knows Russian and Hebrew.
- Price: 200 euros per excursion
- Duration: 4 hours
- Group size: up to 4 people
Boris relies on non-tourist areas of Tel Aviv, so if you want to look at the city through the eyes of citizens, then you should go on this tour. You will see the “White District”, take a walk along Rothschild Boulevard, visit colorful bazaars and go to a couple of cafes and restaurants. At the end of the tour, Boris will show the best beaches of Tel Aviv.
The tour is suitable for children, for adults, and for older people. The route was built in such a way that the excursion group does not get tired: there are no sharp climbs, but there are many secluded shady streets and places where you can relax if necessary. Optionally, the tour can be extended (the price for an extra hour is 20 euros).
Orna is another guide in Israel who knows Russian. The girl was born in Kiev, and at the age of 16 she conducted her first tour of Tel Aviv. Since then, she is considered one of the best city guides. Tourists who visited her excursions note that Orna is very easy to communicate and easy to climb people, so listening to her is very interesting and not tiring. The girl knows Russian, English and Hebrew.
- Price: 230 euros per excursion
- Duration: 7 hours
- Group size: up to 10 people
During the tour “The History of Ancient Jaffa”, tourists will see an orange tree floating in the air, visit the quarter of the Zodiac signs, look at the sculpture gallery of Frank Meisler and go up to the Church of the Apostle Peter and the courtyard of St. Tabitha. After exploring Old Jaffa, travelers will go to Tel Aviv: they will visit several museums, visit ancient markets and drop by a visit to the famous artist Nakhum Gutman.
At the request of foreign guests, the tour can be extended (price per hour – 20 euros). Additionally, you can look at the Carmel market, the American colony, the White District and other attractions.
Galya is the youngest guide in Israel. The girl conducts unusual interactive excursions that will be interesting not only for adults, but also for children and adolescents. Galya notes that walks with her take place away from traditional attractions and tourist places. Travelers who visited her excursions left many positive reviews. Knows Russian and Hebrew.
- Price: 150 euros per excursion
- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Group size: up to 10 people
A visit to Old Jaffa is an excursion into the world of fairy tales and legends, located on the embankment of Tel Aviv. Tourists will enjoy a walk along the narrow streets of the Old City, as well as a fascinating story about the life of the port of Tel Aviv. The guide will introduce tourists to the traditions and characteristics of different religions, pay attention to the legends of ancient Greece. Time travelers will guess riddles and seek answers to them in the heart of the Old Town. Galya invites children from 4 years old on an excursion.
Excursions from Tel Aviv are a good opportunity to see the main attractions of Israel (Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazaert, the mountains of Galilee, the Dead Sea) without spending a lot of time.