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: Most Atlas chain hotels lend you free bikes for touring.
The tourist office also coordinates free walking tours of the Sarona Complex and its Templar history (Tues at 11am) and of the Bauhaus Architecture of the White City (Sat at 11am). There are often free tours during holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as on some Shabbat evenings. Always check with the tourist office for times, dates, and starting points at https://visit.tel-aviv.gov.il/see-do/whats-on, or email email@example.com.
The Tel Aviv Greeter organization offers free tours (no tips accepted) from enthusiastic Tel Aviv residents. Reservations preferred 2 weeks in advance.
Another good source of guided tours is the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), 2 Hanegev St. Call tel. 03/638-8653 for information on the society’s English-language walking tours in the Tel Aviv area. These are highly recommended group tours, highlighting the area’s natural flora and fauna often on relatively easy hiking hiking trails, that individuals can join. Tours cost around NIS 55 per person and there are occasionally free Saturday walking tours. 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-Hof Hatupim, or Beach of the Drums, located at the southern end of the waterfront, hosts a Friday afternoon drumming session, enjoyed by everyone from toddlers to 83-year-old hippies. There’s Israeli folk dancing at the esplanade opposite the volleyball nets on Gordon Beach every Saturday morning at 11, and 7-11pm during the hottest summer months. The nearby Gordon Pool, the EllaYoga Studio at the Tel Aviv Port, as well as other public parks offer free yoga and exercise classes at sunset or sunrise, depending on the season and the weather. 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. Check with Tel Aviv Tourist Information (see above).
Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall has an active, colorful 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.