The heart (and soul) of Tel Aviv - walk the white city

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Ram
Quality Verified Registered on November 13, 2021

Hi, my name is Ram and I've been walking the streets of Tel Aviv since I skipped classes at my suburban elementary school and took the bus to the big city, about 30 years ago! I live near the beach and HaCarmel Market, and breathe the city every day. For over 10 years I've been walking the city with various groups, and I still discover and learn new things every time. Join me for walks that are both fun and meaningful. I believe that understanding a place's complexity is crucial if want to transform the world and make it better. I'm a culture researcher and activist. When I'm not walking the city or travelling the world, I facilitate dialogue group work, officiate weddings, and co-create participatory art events. Let's walk!

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Tour description

The people of Jerusalem say:
Yes, Tel Aviv, it's just a wheel...
There are almost no professors in it, 
And there are no prophets at all.

It has no more than a pinch of history, 
There is no seriousness to it. No weight. 
So very true, sir and madam, 
No, there's nothing in it... nothing... but...

Still, there's something in it
Yes, there is something in it..

(Nathan Alterman) 

Tel Aviv is a place you either love or hate. Walking in its streets, the city reveals itself to its lovers. It's history and stories, vibrant and conflicted present, and emerging future(s). 
LEV HA'IR (the heart of the city) is a quarter that was built mostly between the world wars and is going through a hyper-state of preservation and development. 

We will begin at Trumpeldor cemetery, a memory lane for the founders and innovators of modern Hebrew culture. From there, we will walk through UNESCO's world heritage White city, where Bauhaus architecture meets pristine sidewalks. Our path will lead us through Bialik, Dizengoff (where we will take a short coffee break) and Massariq squares, until our final stop at Rabin Square, where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, and visit his memorial statue (total about 2.5 Km). 

In the walk, we will explore the hidden text that is encrypted in buildings and monuments, and tell the story of Tel Aviv from both inspired and critical points of view. So whether you're looking to better understand the city, get insights about the local culture and situation, or just want some good old-fashioned fun, we've got everything covered. 

Please note: this walk is about 2.5km (1.5 mile) long. 

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  • Meeting point:
    Trumpeldor St 20, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
    Trumpeldor St 20, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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    We will meet on the small square at the corner of Trumpeldor and Hovevei Zion streets. I will be holding a purple bottle with a golden scarf attached to it.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Shari 19 Jun 2023
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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
Ram was very good at explaining and talking about different things. It was very interesting and I liked what we learned about and seeing a different side of Tel Aviv.
Clarissa 14 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
RAM foi surpreendente em todo o percurso, o recorte temporal que ele fez, entre 1909 e 1995, nos proporcionou uma experiência de viver a época dos fundadores até o fatídico dia do assassinado de Rabin. Navegando entre cultura, arquitetura, política e história, ele nos guiou pela cidade mostrando várias peculiaridades inclusive histórias curiosas e divertidas. Super recomendo!
Mike 13 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
This tour was special and thoughtful. Ram provides historical and cultural insights not typical of city tours. And he gives insights into the personal perspective of a young, educated, caring Israeli.
Kyra 12 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
Thanks Ram!!! :)
Inna 08 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
Ram is a great guide. Very informative, provides a lot of background and manages to link historical events to the spiritual life of the nation. Five stars!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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