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Tel Aviv - The Pioneers who Founded Tel Aviv

The Pioneers who Founded Tel Aviv

(119 reviews)
Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv, Israel
30 mins

About the tour

On this tour we'll follow the footsteps of pioneers who laid the foundation for what later became Tel Aviv - the first Hebrew city in the world. We'll be walking around Neve Tzedek, which was established in 1887 as the first Jewish neighborhood outside the walls of ancient Jaffa. Starting at the Suzanne Dellal Centre - one of the original schools in the neighborhood - we will then head down Chelouche Street to hear about the Chelouche family and its role in the development of Tel Aviv. The name sounds familiar doesn't it? During the tour Tomer will try to shed light on the connection between Jews and Arab, and Jaffa and Tel Aviv. He'll tell us some interesting tales about a Nobel laureate who used to live in Neve Tzedek and the intricate tale of the woman he fell in love with. The tour will wrap up at Eden Cinema, the first cinema in town, where we will learn more about the history, culture and architecture of this charming neighborhood.

Meet your local guide


Tel Aviv is called the non-stop city - and for good reason! "6 AM is as good an hour to invite a friend to go jogging along the beach as 6 PM," Tomer laughs. "When the day starts, you'll find coffee pubs packed with creatives working behind their laptops, sipping on a sophisticated cappuccino - the same people you meet up with after hours in the local pub. Shopping or clubbing, sports or sorts - Tel Aviv is ready whenever you are. I love that about Tel Aviv!" he says. Tomer has been guiding tours in the city since 2008. What started out of fascination about his family's history - the Chelouche family is one of the founding families of Tel Aviv - has seen him meet new people and show the city that has transformed over the course of several generations. On Tomer's tours, you'll get to discover fascinating stories about its history, culture, and much more, especially since Tomer's ancestors participated in the establishment of the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the walls of ancient Jaffa, and the modern city of Tel Aviv. "The most enjoyable part of tour guiding is making people laugh. A smile on someone's face is more important to me than everybody being able to recite the stories I tell. I do my best to make every moment of every tour I lead amusing and funny!" he smiles.

Tomer has been guiding since Oct 2008

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Tel Aviv with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Tel Aviv. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Angela L.

23 March 2021

A really relaxed walk with plenty of interesting stories. Enjoyed it very much.

Gillian B.

19 March 2021

Another brilliant tour - he makes his tours so interesting and the link to his family was an eye opener he must feel so proud - can’t wait for his next tour I’m slowly finding out what Tel Aviv has to offer as a City.

Carla G.

18 March 2021

Love the stories. So much to learn. Great communicator.

Kirstin E.

18 March 2021

Interesting tour with Tomer again, learning much about Israel and also his own family story. Throw in a lovely ice cream parlour and some love stories, this is what makes each tour so unique and engaging. Thanks Tomer !

Philippa J.

18 March 2021

Very interesting

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