Travel Inspiration: Tel Aviv

 
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Israel's second largest city

Modern, vibrant & cosmopolitan

Nicknamed the "Big Orange" for its 24-hour lifestyle reminiscent of the Big Apple

Fringed by the Mediterranean, its coastline boasts 13 stunning beaches

Contains the world’s highest concentration of Bauhaus-style buildings in the Unesco-designated White City area

Near year-round sunny climate

Best time to go: March through April & September through November


GETTING THERE
Fly with Lufthansa
Oslo - Tel Aviv via Frankfurt
Duration: 7 hours 25 minutes


WHERE TO STAY

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THE DRISCO
Set in two adjacent historical buildings, The Drisco is a lovingly restored, five-star boutique hotel named in homage to two American brothers who founded it in 1866. The sophisticated property boasts original hand-painted murals, Ottoman Empire-inspired designs and quick access to fashionable southern Tel Aviv’s top neighbourhoods.

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THE SETAI
Located in the heart of the ancient port city of Jaffa, The Setai is a five-star urban resort that sits on 900 years of preserved history, built on what was once a stone-clad fortress and an Ottoman prison. It's also home to the city's sexiest rooftop pool, offering jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

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WHAT TO DO
Travellers to Tel Aviv are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to see and do.
Here are some of our favourites:

Float in the Dead Sea
This mysterious looking lake of light turquoise waters is located at the Jordan Rift Valley, bordered by Israel to the east and Jordan to the right.

Immerse yourself in the hyper-salty waters and mineral-rich mud that are known for their many health benefits.

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Visit Neve Tzedek
Tel Aviv’s original neighborhood, Neve Tzedek (meaning "Oasis of Justice") was the first Jewish settlement outside the ancient port of Jaffa when it was created in 1887.

The bohemian district is now a must for shoppers, replete with boutiques, galleries, craft stores, and cafés.

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Carmel Market Culinary Tour
Be expertly guided around Tel Aviv's most famous street market.

You'll be captivated by the vibrant colours and tantalizing aromas as you learn about the history of the market whilst sampling its delicious offerings.

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Israel's Winery Experience
From the Golan Heights to the Carmel region, Israel is filled with a number of historic vineyards and wineries.

Enjoy a tour through some of the most scenic and nature preserved routes whilst interacting with Israel's most prominent winemakers.

Sarona Market
Israel's ever-so-trendy culinary destination is a sprawling emporium of more than 80 stalls and eateries selling top quality locally-sourced organic produce and gourmet specialties from across the globe, plus authentic local favorites.

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J E R U S A L E M

No visit to Tel Aviv would be complete without visiting the holy city of Jerusalem, steeped in tradition, religion and history.

Take the new high-speed train from Tel Aviv and get there in under 30 minutes.

Visit the Dome of the Rock (pictured above), located at Temple Mount, a prominent hill in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Mount of Olives (pictured left) - A site of immense religious significance for both Judaism, as a cemetery, and Christianity, as the location of Christ's ascension to heaven, Jerusalem's Mount of Olives was named for the crop that grew over its slopes.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre (pictured right)- This church within the Christian Quarter of Old Jerusalem was built in 335 on the site believed to be the location of Jesus' crucifixion and near his tomb.

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BETHLEHEM TOUR

Bethlehem is a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Known as the biblical birthplace of Jesus, it is a major Christian pilgrimage destination.

Popular visitor sites include:
Manger Square - The city square gets its name from the manger where Jesus is said to have been born.
Church of the Nativity - This basilica on the West Bank of Palestine was commissioned in 327 by Emperor Constantine on the location believed to be the birthplace of Christ.
Milk Grotto - This shrine in Bethlehem was hollowed out from the rock and is sacred to both Muslims and Christians. Supposedly, Mary and Joseph stopped in this cave to nurse the baby Jesus.


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