Day Trips from Tel-Aviv – A Ride Around The City
An effervescent, modern metropolis on the Mediterranean shore, Tel Aviv’s expansive stretch of shimmering beaches, non-stop nightlife, and year-round sunshine has appeal for every type of traveler.
Museums, art, history, religion, and architecture to behold, an emerging fashion scene, and world-renowned culinary experiences for your choosing—there is hardly a dull moment in Tel Aviv. Also home to a flourishing LGBTQ-friendly community, the city hosts the biggest Gay Pride in the Middle East each summer.
From Jaffa, an ancient port city in the south dating back 3,500 years with pristine historical architecture, and the White City district, populated with an eclectic mix of over 4,000 Bauhaus buildings—the largest collection in the world—to the quaint leafy streets of north Tel Aviv where Hayarkon Park, an expansive green lung of the city lies, Tel Aviv is a joy to explore up close and in person.
This youthful, vibrant and liberal city is a gleaming beacon of the Middle East. And what better way to venture into the evolving tapestry of old and new than peddling around on Abraham’s three-hour Tel Aviv Bike Tour, which takes riders on an expedition across cultural landmarks including Rabin Square and its memorial sculpture, Hayarkon Park, and the Bauhaus-lined streets of the city. This is how the locals get around, so why not you?!
Departing every Saturday at 1pm in the hostel lobby, simply grab your bike and helmet (we supply!) and saddle up for a whirl of a day trip around Tel Aviv.
Day trips from Tel-Aviv – The Holy City of Jerusalem
With over 5,000 years of inhabited history, Jerusalem is a religious and cultural epicenter home to some of the world’s holiest, ancient and most spectacular historical landmarks. A city of multiple faiths, beliefs and customs for people of all backgrounds, this compelling region has attracted millions of pilgrims and international visitors throughout the centuries.
Abraham’s Jerusalem Day Tour, running on Tuesdays and Thursdays, is a popular day trip from Tel Aviv and a special opportunity to explore the enchantments of the holy city—both the old and new.
Step back in time to experience the diverse history across faiths. Visit the Western Wall, the last standing remnant of the Second Temple and an important place of worship for Jewish people; marvel in the glory of the Dome of the Rock and the intricate Al Aqsa Mosque, said to be the site where Mohammed ascended to heaven and therefore of monumental holiness to those of the Muslim faith; and be enthralled by the remarkable architecture of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known to many as the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and burial.
Following an afternoon of historical discoveries, you will re-enter the present day at the bustling Mahane Yehuda Market, the city’s most popular converging spot for locals and tourists. The market, which has stood since Ottoman rule, is an immersive experience for all the senses as you wander through the hundreds of vendors selling everything from juicy fruits, fresh vegetables and spices, to freshly baked breads, sweets and halva of all varieties, and restaurants presenting Middle Eastern fare and delectable dishes from further afield.
This is really Israel sightseeing at its best!
The Wonders of Masada & The Dead Sea – Day Trips from Tel-Aviv
Masada, a 2,000-year-old ancient Herodian fortress and UNESCO World Heritage site, is an essential part of your trip to Israel, with views that will undoubtedly set your pulse racing. Overlooking the entire Dead Sea central region, Masada is a remaining symbol of strength and perseverance against oppression.
Then there’s Ein Gedi, meaning ‘spring of the kid’, one of two fresh water springs and a stunning natural oasis by the western shore of the Dead Sea. Declared a nature reserve in 1971, the site forms a sanctuary for plants and wildlife including foxes, wolves, and the majestic desert-dwelling goats known as Nubian ibex. Ein Gedi is also home to nine hiking trails, a number of archaeological sites, and luscious botanical gardens.
Let’s not forget about the Dead Sea itself, a natural wonder resting at the lowest place on Earth at over 400 meters below sea level. Its waters brimming with salty and nourishing minerals, you can float on its surface whilst inhaling its invigorating, oxygen-rich air. There is simply nowhere like it, with water so potent, it can heal and alleviate a wealth of health conditions. The Dead Sea region itself is a year-round health and beauty destination, attracting visitors with its bounty of recreational adventures.
You can experience all three destinations on Our Masada & Dead Sea Tours day trips from Tel Aviv, showcasing the enchanting desert and removing the obstacle of getting to these hard-to-reach areas via public transport. Early risers will enjoy our sunrise tour, to witness the rising sunshine‘s awakening light over the rugged desert landscaping, including a 350-meter hike to the peak via the 2.7km Serpent Trail; or you can opt for the later tour which whisks you to the top by cable car. Both tours embark on a hike through the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and include a dip in the salty, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.
A Cultural Experience in the West Bank
Israel’s diversity spans even further into the West Bank region, home to a number of cities of cultural and religious significance. Abraham’s Best of the West Bank Tour is a safe and organized day excursion from Tel Aviv that allows you to explore the cities and sites within the region on separate excursions, including the baptism site at Qasr el-Yahud in Jericho, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin, and the tombs of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives in the center of Hebron – all contributing to the complex and fascinating fabric of the West Bank.
For a unique glimpse into a region of Palestinian culture, the West Bank is a journey of revolution into the dynamic facets of a remarkable territory. A small chunk of land under occupation, the West Bank dominates much political discussion on the subject of Palestinian democracy.
Abraham’s Best of the West Bank Tour departing daily from Tel Aviv transports you to three highlights in the area of Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah, led by a local Palestinian guide. There is an abundance of culture, natural beauty, historical stories and modern-day backdrops to unravel.
Starting in Qasr-el-Yahud, the ancient baptism site of Jesus on the banks of the Jordan River, the tour continues in Jericho, the lowest city in the world located in the Jordan Valley, and an appealing region for Christian tourism, archaeological sites, and even agriculture.
Alongside historical sites, you will venture to the Mount of Temptation and explore the cultural capital of the West Bank, Ramallah, and its vibrant and contemporary offerings. Not forgetting the city of Jesus Christ’s birth Bethlehem, home to the famed Church of the Nativity, and the vivid market smells, colors, and sounds in the Old City.
Ancient Marvels in Petra & Wadi Rum
For an inexpensive way to visit the Red Rose City of Petra, look no further than Abraham’s Petra and Wadi Rum tours, available as multi-day trips from Tel Aviv. You will be transported on the three-hour adventure to the south and safely across the Jordan River Crossing Border to start the day in Jerash, a northern city in Jordan. Then, it’s onto Amman, the capital of Jordan, for a special opportunity to see the historical citadel, and from there, you will continue to Petra for a night under the stars and a flavor of Bedouin hospitality.
On day two, we rise and shine, making our descent into the Lost City of Petra, distinguished for its colorful carved sandstone sculptures and cliff faces.
Our three-day Petra tour features a thrilling 4×4 Jeep ride through Wadi Rum, an expansive desert wilderness inhabited by the Nabataeans once upon a time. With over 25,000 rock carvings and countless archaeological sites, this beguiling region is a snapshot of untampered desert land in the far south of Jordan
Israel at Christmas
Abraham’s Christmas day trips from Tel Aviv are designed to capture the spirit, holiness, and joy of the holiday season. Experience Christmas Eve in the biblical birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, meeting other pilgrims from far and wide whilst visiting Shepherds Fields and the Church of the Nativity; or journey through the world’s oldest city of Jaffa to experience the Christmas vibe in a setting shrouded in religious importance. For those who want to attend the renowned Bethlehem midnight mass held in the historical Basilica of the Nativity, Abraham Tours offers transport from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where you can watch the live broadcast on screens in Manger Square.
A Taste of Israel
Want to see it all? Sample our Israel highlights tour with the eight-day Israel, Petra & Wadi Rum package, starting every Monday from Tel Aviv. This dynamic, professionally-led tour guides you through the cu
ltural highlights of the non-stop city, ancient treasures of Jerusalem’s Old City, extraordinary sites in the West Bank, and onto the majestic landscapes of Petra & Wadi Rum, concluding with Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea. Both a feast for the eyes and soul, this is the ultimate experience in discovering, learning, and exploring the holy land of Israel.
Where to Stay
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is located centrally within walking distance from the city’s best hotspots, including the restaurants and clubs on and around Rothschild Boulevard, and the beautiful stretch of glimmering beaches! Oh, and did we mention that hostel guests are entitled to 10% off every Abraham Tour day trips from Tel Aviv?
With options to suit all budgets and party sizes, we offer male, female and mixed dorm rooms that can accommodate from 4-12 people and all of which have an en-suite. We also have small
and private dorms, as well as rooms for couples and families, including a spacious junior suite with a separate living room.
So much more than just a hostel, Abraham Tel Aviv is a community of travelers from near and far who share a passion for exploring and meeting others on their journey. As such, we have a range of common areas for you to take advantage of such as our roomy rooftop, with stunning city views, a sprawling lounge where our bar is located, a 24/7 guest kitchen with plenty of seating, and a cozy TV room. A fresh Israeli breakfast spread to energize you for the day ahead is available every morning at a small cost.