Easter in Tel Aviv – Jerusalem our Barefoot package
Neve Tzedek was established in 1887, over 20 years before the City of Tel Aviv was created. Similarly, though, it was created by a group of families seeking a peaceful life outside of overcrowded Jaffa. They built low-slung and colorful buildings with expansive gardens and winding alleyways. It was long a bohemian escape. By the start of the 1900’s Neve Tzedek became an oasis for many artists and writers. This includes future Nobel prize laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon, and the famous Israeli artist Nahum Gutman.
This area is today a real escape from the bustle of Tel Aviv. The magnificent buildings are all individual, and a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood is a great way to spend some time. Shabazi street is the main street that runs through the center of all of the action. Like many of the smaller side passages is lined with boutiques, galleries, and craft shops.
Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpishim)
Jaffa is the ancient port city from which Tel Aviv has blossomed – a harmonious blend of the past and present. Visiting the Jaffa Flea Market, Shuk Hapishpishim, is a must when in Israel. As you weave your way through the winding streets, you’ll find an abundance of knickknacks and treasures. Vendors display their eclectic offerings of Judaica, Persian rugs and tiles, antiques, jewelry, and old coins. Embrace your inner-Israeli as you practice your bargaining skills, then carry your keepsakes to the nearest café to reward yourself with some local delicacies.
Flea Market opening hours are Sunday -Thursday 10:00a.m.- 06:00p.m. Friday 10:00a.m. – 02:00p.m.
The address is Olei Zion St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.
Dead Sea & Masada
Masada is one of Israel’s most important archaeological sites, and the site of one of the greatest tales of Jewish heroism. The excavated ruins are fascinating to explore, and the remarkable location high above the surrounding desert and the Dead Sea, makes this an impressive experience. You’ll ascend to the top of Masada via a cable car. After leaving Masada, in short distance you can visit the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
Surrounded by desert, this beautiful reserve offers a beautiful hike alongside the cool waters which flow from the spring. Stop and cool off beside one of the pools which can be found along the way, before returning to the entrance and heading to your final stop of the day. The lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is really a lake with water so salty that it allows you to float. Read your newspaper whilst floating in the water and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud which is sold around the world as beauty products before returning to Tel Aviv having enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget.
Duration: Approximately 9 hours
Either you choose to find a local guide or you decide to discover this sacred city on your own, one thing is certain; you will be astonished. Start with the Christian Quarter, which is of course of the highest interest for the Christians. Stroll down Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus walked with his cross to his crucifixion. Jerusalem Audio Walking Tours is a handy app that provides an audio tour of the path along with navigation.
Among the must-see stops along the route are: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Convent of the Sisters of Zion, a Roman Catholic convent near the Via Dolorosa; and the Ecce Homo Arch, believed by some to be the site where Jesus, sentenced to be crucified, was presented to the crowds by Pontius Pilate. One of the most popular attractions in Jerusalem is of course the Western Wall Plaza in the Old City, which is busy at every hour of the day with people of all faiths praying, meditating or simply taking in this wondrous, ancient site. This is in the Muslim Quarter which also worth a visit.
Tower of David Museum
The Tower of David is a unique historical site in Jerusalem and in the entire world. There is a lot you can do there and a visit is definitely worthy, during day but at night as well. The museum is located in the Tower of David Citadel, the iconic symbol of Jerusalem, and uses innovative and exciting technology to tell the stories of more than 3,000 years. The Tower of David looks out over the walls of the ancient city and into the distance, and receives visitors to the Old City through the main entryway – Jaffa gate.
The Citadel, and the archaeological finds unearthed here, are part of the events that shaped the face of Jerusalem from the days of the kings of Biblical Judah until our own times. Throughout the year, the museum features changing exhibitions and cultural events and performances, like the two sound-and-light shows: the classic Night Spectacular, and KING DAVID. The shows are projected using advanced multimedia technology – videography, sound and lighting – that combine to create monumental, breathtaking, lifelike images.
The museum opening hours are Sunday – Thursday & Saturday from 09:00a.m. – 04:00p.m. & Friday from 09:00a.m. – 02:00p.m.
In Latin, “via” means “way”. “Dolorosa” comes from the Latin word “dolor,” which means “pain.” Together, it is “The Painful Way” or “The Way of Suffering.” Via Dolorosa is the best way for someone to follow, when discovering the Christian Quarter in Jerusalem. It consists of 14 stations. Its first stop is in the Muslim quarter and the last stop is in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Via Dolorosa is one of the most popular routes in the Old City of Jerusalem. No matter if you’re Christian or not, it’s an interesting experience to walk along the route. The most basic stations are the spots where Jesus met his mother while carrying the cross and it is located in a church owned by the Armenian Catholics, the 3 spots where Jesus fell, the spot where he was stripped of his garments (in the outer courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre), station 11 where Jesus was nailed to the cross, whish is located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the second floor, station 12 where Jesus died (right next to station 11) and of course station 13, where Jesus is taken down from the cross.
On Friday morning, a holy procession begins from the Praetorium, the place of the trial and final condemnation of Jesus Christ by Pilate, with the participation of a large number of pilgrims who head through the Via Dolorosa to the Abominable Calvary, the place of the crucifixion, where the Royal Feasts of Good Friday are read. This holy procession is something unique in Jerusalem and those who can watch and even participate are truly lucky.
On Good Friday around 08:00pm, the Epitaph is placed on the Holy Altar of the Terrible Calvary and after the Gospel is read and bowed by the Beatitude and the High Priests, it is directed to the Holy Sepulchre. There it passes three times around the Holy Sepulcher and after the third circumambulation is completed, the Epitaph is placed on the stone of the Holy Sepulcher where psalms follow, by two High Priests.
Then the Epitaph begins, in which the faithful and those who want to see in person can and do follow. The procession of the Epitaph ends at the Catholic Church of the Resurrection, where the prophecies and the Apostolic and Gospel reading are read.
The Shuk (Machaneh Yehudah Market)
Mahane Yehuda Market, often referred to as “The Shuk”, is a marketplace in Jerusalem. Famous amongst locals and tourists, the market has more than 250 vendors who sell fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat, seeds, spices, wines, clothes any more. It is certain that you will be amazed at the vibrancy and friendliness of the shop owners in the Shuck market, so while you are in Jerusalem a visit here is a must!
The opening hours are Monday – Wednesday from 08:00a.m. – 09:00p.m., Thursday from 08:00a.m. – 05:00p.m., Friday from 07:00a.m. – 03:00p.m. & Sunday from 08:00a.m. – 07:00p.m. Saturday is closed.
The address is Agripas St 90, Jerusalem, Israel.
Holy Fire Ceremony
The Holy Fire Ceremony is one that goes back several centuries. It happens within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher every Holy Saturday, or the day before Orthodox Easter. It has taken place at the same place, at the same time, in the same manner ever since its humble beginnings long ago. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, considered by many to be the holiest place on earth, is said to be the place where Jesus Christ was buried and raised from the dead. You can also learn about the miracle at Agia Porta, which according to tradition happened in 1549 during the Turkish rule, and resulted in a lightning bolt tearing apart the pillar from which came the Holy Light that lit the candles of the Orthodox Patriarch.
The ceremony draws thousands to Jerusalem every year and has attracted controversy from various sources and even from Christians. The Holy Fire is said to be a miracle that happens every year during this mass event. The main reason that the ceremony is not more well-known, as speculators have concluded, is that only Orthodox Churches attend it and are highly involved in its celebration. Of course, with every account of a miracle comes criticism and there are many people who dispute it. Regardless of where you stand on the matter, the impact of the ceremony on countless lives is nothing to be ignored. For those who witness it, the Holy Fire is just another way by which their faith is strengthened.
Program of Ceremonies
The schedule of ceremonies at the Holy Church of the Resurrection is as follows:
- Great Thursday
The Sequence of Passions: 06:15p.m.
- Good Friday
Royal Hours on Awful Calvary: 10:00am
Patriarchal Vespers: 03:00p.m.
The Epitaph Service: 09:00p.m.
- Great Saturday
The ceremony of the Holy Light: 01:00p.m.
The Resurrection ceremony: 12:00am – midnight
The schedule of ceremonies at the Holy Monastery of Constantine and Helen is as follows:
- Great Thursday
The Sequence of Passions: 06:15p.m.
- Good Friday
Royal Day: 08:00a.m.
The Epitaph Service: 06:30p.m.
- Great Saturday
Holy Liturgy of M. Vassiliou: 08:00a.m.
- Holy Easter:
Ὄrthros & Th. Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom: 00:40am – Midnight
Whether you’re a pilgrim or not, this culturally significant destination should be on your bucket list but of course if you are a Christian Orthodox even more. The first place everyone should pass by during his visit to Bethlehem is the Church of Nativity, which’s site is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Then it’s ‘’The Mar Saba Monastery’’ which resembles an Indiana Jones-style kingdom, carved into a cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley. Then it’s time for the Shepherds’ Field, the place said to be where angels appeared to shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus and if you have enough time you can also visit the Old Bethlehem Museum to get familiar with Palestine’s history.
The address of the Church of Nativity is P635+P2C, Bethlehem Territory.
Day Trip to Nazareth & Sea of Galilee
A tour of Nazareth is like reliving its various periods. Every era left behind it a powerful symbol that became a delightful and popular tourism site in the modern era. Most of the sites are concentrated in the Old City, built in the mid-19th century in a charming Middle Eastern architectural style. A walk through the narrow streets, between the picturesque houses, is an amazing experience and it is worth walking slowly to enjoy their beauty.
There are many ancient churches in the Old City, with the Church of the Annunciation heading the list. The rebuilt church retained parts of the previous churches, from the Crusader and Byzantine periods. The church also houses an impressive collection of paintings. A visit to Sea of Galilee and its water source, Jordan river is also a worth-visit area. The Yardenit Baptismal Site, which is located at the spot where the Jordan River emerges from the lake, is the most popular spot for baptisms in Israel today.
The duration of the day trip is approximately 10 hours.
The Carmel Market (Shuk Hacarmel)
The Carmel Market (Shuk Hacarmel) is the largest market, or Shuk, in Tel Aviv. It’s a vibrant marketplace where traders sell everything from clothing to spices, and fruit to electronics. Visiting the Carmel Market is a fascinating thing to do in Tel Aviv. The hustle and bustle, vibrant noises, and its reputation as the largest Shuk in Tel Aviv all combine to make the Carmel Market a favorite.
The market is popular for everyone, from first time tourists visiting the city to locals who come here to get the freshest fruit and vegetables. The market can at first appear to be a little intimidating, with so many senses stimulated at once. Daylight hours are the busiest times at the market. However, the end of the day can be an interesting time to visit, with traders offering sometimes crazy deals on produce. You can also arrange to have a food tour in the market.
The opening hours are from Sunday – Thursday 07:00a.m. – 06:00p.m. (04:00p.m. in winter) Friday 07:00a.m. – afternoon (two hours before Shabbat comes in).
The address is Allenby St 59, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.
Tel Aviv Museum Of Art
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel’s largest art museum, with an impressive collection of permanent and temporary exhibits. The Museum opened in 1932, even before the state of Israel was established, and a new wing opened in 2011. The museum showcases both Israeli and international artists, including impressionism and post-impressionism pieces. If you plan to visit just one traditional art museum when in Israel – make it the Tel Aviv Museum of Art! The Museum also offers interactive exhibits for children. These range from kinetic sandboxes to dress up opportunities. This gives children the chance to interact with the art in an age-appropriate and memorable way.
The opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00a.m. – 06:00p.m., Tuesday, Thursday from 10:00a.m. – 09:00p.m. & Friday from 10:00a.m. – 02:00p.m. Sunday is closed.
The address is The Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center, Sderot Sha’ul HaMelech 27, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Eretz Israel Museum
The Eretz Israel Museum (Land of Israel Museum) has a large exhibition of archaeological, anthropological and historical objects organized in a series of exhibition stands. There is also a planetarium as well as pavilions with exhibitions of ceramics, glass, history of writing, science, ethnography and folklore.
The museum occupies a complex of buildings that also houses the Tell Qasile archaeological site where 12 settlement levels have been identified dating back to the 12th century BC. Stratum XII and Stratum XI are attributed to the Philistines, while Stratum X dates from the 10th century when the kings of Israel had a port there.
Opening hours are Monday & Wednesday from 10:00am. – 04:00p.m., Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00a.m. – 08:00p.m., Friday from 10:00a.m. – 02:00p.m. & Saturday from 10:00a.m. – 06:00p.m., Sundays are closed.
The address is Chaim Levanon St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.
ANU Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot)
Beit Hatfutsot (the Diaspora Museum, also known as the Museum of the Jewish People) depicts the life and culture of the Jewish people around the world, throughout history. The museum features a wide variety of exhibits, including video footage, documenting the world’s Jewish population over the centuries.
The highlight of the visit here are the exhibits dedicated to the Ethiopian Jewish community as well as the Bob Dylan’s exhibit that shows his great influence on music and his connection to Judaism. The museum also has an excellent new children’s section with interactive multimedia displays.
Opening hours are Saturday – Wednesday from 10:00am. – 05:00p.m., Thursday from 10:00a.m. – 10:00p.m. & Friday from 09:00a.m. – 02:00p.m.
The address is Klausner St 15, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6139202, Israel.
Old Jaffa Night Tour
It’s very interesting to attend a night tour in Jaffa neighborhood. The port city is the southernmost part of Tel Aviv and full of history and culture that sets it apart from the rest of the city. During the tour, you will discover the history of Jaffa while exploring the neighborhood’s ancient narrow streets. As soon as you begin your tour, you will already feel worlds away from Tel Aviv.
That tour usually begins at the classic Jaffa clock tower and continue through all the must-see places in the town. The tour makes several stops, allowing the participants to take in all the beauty around from the wishing bridge to the HaPisga Garden. Your tour ends at the Jaffa flea market, the beating heart of Jaffa, which is gonna be closed at that time though. But you will find many art galleries, boutiques, craft shops, and restaurants line the alleys. You will have the chance to sit and enjoy the rest of your night in the buzzing bars and restaurants in the market.
The address is Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.