The Jaffa Visitor Center (tel. 03/682-6796) in Kikar Kedumim, right at the center of the restored section of Old Jaffa, gives out free detailed maps accompanied by historical information that makes it easy to do a self-guided tour of the area. The Jaffa Visitor Center also rents a self-guided audio tour for NIS 45. The helpful center is open Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 6pm. The Association for Tourism of Tel Aviv–Jaffa leads a free walking tour of Old Jaffa starting at the Clock Tower on Yefet Street (bus no. 10 from Tel Aviv) on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am. Call or surf to the site the Tel Aviv Tourist Information Office (46 Herbert Samuel St.; tel. 03/516-6188; www.visit-tlv.com) for current information.
Want to see Tel Aviv itself on foot? The association arranges, for a fee, excellent English-language guided tours of Neve Tzedek and of the Bauhaus areas of the city; advance booking is required. Or enlist the help of the Tel Aviv Tourist Information Office which gives out municipal maps with four “Orange” self-guided walking tours of Tel Aviv marked on the map. Signs along the routes mark the way as you go. Some of the routes are too long to undertake on a sweltering summer day, but if you break them up into smaller units, they are a solid itinerary of what to see in different neighborhoods. The tourist office also coordinates free walking tours of Tel Aviv University, Art and Architecture (Mon at 11am); Tel Aviv By Night (Tues at 8pm); and Bauhaus Architecture of the White City (Sat at 11am). Always recheck with the tourist office for times, dates, and starting points.
Tip: If you’re a guest at the Center, Cinema, Melody, or Shalom hotels in the Atlas chain, they’ll lend you free bikes for touring.
Another good source of guided tours is the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), 85 Nahalat Binyamin St. (tel. 03/566-0960; www.teva.org.il). Call tel. 03/638-8625 for information on the society’s English-language walking tours in the Tel Aviv area. These are highly recommended group tours that individuals can join. Day tours cost NIS 80 to NIS 300 per person, but there are longer tours and occasionally free Saturday walking tours. Go to the American Friends of SPNI website (www.aspni.org) and reserve as far in advance as possible. Most tours are given in Hebrew, but in many cases, the guide can give you a brief English translation.
Boat Tours from Jaffa Port to the Tel Aviv Marina and back (depending on demand and weather) run on Saturday and cost NIS 30. Call Kef (tel. 03/682-9070) or Sababa (tel. 03/681-6739) in Jaffa Port for schedules and reservations.
Special/Free Events-Many summer evenings after 8pm, there is free samba dancing on the Herbert Samuel Esplanade, beside the beach in South Tel Aviv. There is also music and dancing at other points along the beach on evenings throughout the week; free concerts are held in Yarkon Park and in Old Jaffa during the summer months. Check in person with Tel Aviv Tourist Information.
Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall has an active, interesting outdoor Craft Bazaar and street performers every Tuesday and Friday from 10am to 5pm. Take bus no. 4.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.