Tel Aviv - The Orange Routes - A bird’s eye view
In Tel Aviv there are four routes, known as the Orange Routes that will help
you get acquainted with the city:
1. Historical Tel Aviv - Little Tel Aviv, passing through all the city’s
interesting historical sites.
2. Cultural Tel Aviv, passing through cultural and artistic institutions in
central Tel Aviv.
3. Old Jaffa, passing from the Etzel Museum on the seafront to Old Jaffa.
4. North Tel Aviv, a car journey between museums, parks and amusement parks.
All the routes start at 5 Shalom Aleichem Street, between Hayarkon and Ben Yehuda Street. Along the routes you will find large orange and green markers that will enable easy orientation. At every site there are explanatory notices, telling the story of the place.
First time in Jerusalem?
Visit the Mount of Olives with the magnificent view of the Old City of Jerusalem and City of King David. Visit Gethsemane – Church of the Agony - Church of All Nations, where Jesus is believed to have prayed for the last time before being turned over to the Romans (Mark 14:32-35). Proceed via the Kidron Valley to the Old City. Visit the Western Wall - Judaism’s holiest site. Via Dolorosa, the path taken by Jesus from the place of his trial – the Praetorium – to the place of crucifixion on Golgotha, the hill of Calvary. Visit the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus was reportedly buried (the sepulchre).Walk through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, the Roman Cardo to the Mount Zion. Visit King David's Tomb, Cenacle (room of the Last Supper) and Dormition church on Mount Zion.
Another day in Jerusalem?
Via High Court and the Knesset buildings visit the "Israel Museum" and the shrine of the book. At Yad Vashem visit the museum and Yad Layeled, dedicated to the memory of the one and a half million people who perished in the Holocaust. Nachlat Shiva Quarter with its fine restaurants and galleries.
Dead Sea, lowest point on the earth's surface
A day tour to the Dead Sea area, the lowest point in the world, 400 m / 1300 feet below sea level. A visit to Massada is more that just a tour of an archeological excavation. The fall of Massada in 73 C.E marked the end of an era of Jewish independence in the land of Israel. A visit to the oasis of Ein Gedi, Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found). And of course the trip would not be complete without an opportunity to "float" on the Dead Sea.
What to do In Eilat?
Eilat's breathtakingly beautiful Coral Reefs are an excellent spot for underwater enthusiasts. Visit the Underwater Observatory, Dolphin Reef, swim with dolphins. Enjoy touring Red canyon etc. make a camel trip and spend a night under the stars in the desert.
From Eilat you can make trips to Timna National Park, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and the Ramon Crater
Hai-Bar Yotvata and Timna Park
Drive through the Arava Valley to Hai-Bar Yotvata located in the Yotvata Reserve, 40 kilometers north of Eilat on the Arava Highway. A reserve where wild animals have been reintroduced, some of which are mentioned in the Bible. Drive through the park and visit the Predators. Drive to Timna National Park, this scenic valley features ancient copper mines (6th century BCE), the red volcanic Mt. Timna at its center and “The Mushroom,” a sandstone rock shaped by wind and water, resembling a giant mushroom, the Arches and King Solomon’s Pillars.
Drive to the biggest crater on earth, the Ramon Crater, to the observation point. Visit Ben Gurion's home and grave in kibbutz Sede-Boker. Visit Avdat, the fascinating Nabatean settlement on the Spice Route.
A day in the heart of Tel-Aviv's downtown shopping district and the famous "Carmel" market, the Shuk. Visit the crafts fair on Nahalat Binyamin, which takes place every Tuesday and Friday. Visit one of the oldest neighbourhoods Neve Tzedek, which was built in the end of the 19th century as a Jewish quarter for the people who wanted to move out of Jaffa. The Jaffa American Colony off of Eilat Street to Auerbach Street. In 1866 157 Christians left Jonesport, Maine, on the clipper 'Nellie Chapin' and arrived 42 days later in the ancient port of Jaffa. They brought with them pre-cut lumber and other materials for the 22 buildings they hoped to construct. A few houses have been restored. Visit Jaffa; the entrance with its clock square, built in 1906 in honor of Sultan Abed Al-Hamid II's 25th anniversary. Abulafia in Yeffeth Street, the popular bakery. The Art Galleries and the Seaport with its restaurants and enjoy swimming and relaxing on the Mediterranean beach.
Holy places - Sea of Galilee Area
Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Capernaum, Tabgha and Mount of Beatitudes, holy places around the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy eating the Saint Peter's fish in the Kfar Nahum Restaurant at the Northern seashore next to the Capernaum church.