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The Best Places to See in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Tel Aviv-Jaffa is the New York of the Middle East. A young and ever-growing city that refuses to sleep, the first to make way for innovative trends and new inventions – yet Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s pioneering foundation stands stronger than its iconic glass skyscrapers.

Stretching out along Israel’s Mediterranean coastline, it is the home to almost half a million citizens and receives more than two-and-a-half million visitors every year.

How could it not? The economic and technological center of the country, with fabulous sandy beaches, quality restaurants, and art galleries – it’s no surprise that Tel-Aviv-Jaffa is where you’ll want to be.


Old Jaffa

The Biblical city of Jaffa or, in Hebrew, Yafo was traditionally founded by Japheth (Noah’s son). Since then, it was conquered by many different rulers such as the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Mamluks, and British until it eventually came under Israeli rulership.

Walking its stone-arched, narrow alleyways or viewing the sea from the promenade and fisherman’s port, you can sense the echoes of history in every stone and salty breeze. Pass by the house traditionally known as Simon the Tanner’s, visit the church of St. Peter, explore archeological excavations dating from the early Canaanite period, and delight in the nostalgic atmosphere of the ancient, yet classy, Jaffa.


Jaffa Port

                                                                          Jaffa Port




The Jaffa Flea Market and Shenkin Street

Who doesn’t love shopping? Especially in a high-energy place like the Flea Market, where there is something for everyone. Shops are bursting at the seams with anything from decorative paintings to vintage clothing, hand-made and second-hand items, jewelry, Judaica, antique and designer furniture, Persian rugs, and souvenirs. If you ever get tired, you can stop at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops, enjoy a great meal and people watch.

If you’re more a one-street-one-track kind of shopper, Shenkin Street is another excellent option. It’s a mile-long street leading practically to the sea, lined with restaurants, cafés, and shops selling chic brand-name and second-hand clothing, perfumes, and shoes. It’s where the young and old and everyone in between mingle with affinity.


Shenkin Street

                                                                          Shenkin Street



Tel Aviv’s Independence Trail

When you come to Tel Aviv, you might spot a golden line embedded in a pavement lined with benches and shade-giving trees, and wonder what it’s for. This is the Trail of Independence, which takes you on a journey from the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 to the establishment of Israel in 1948.

If you follow the golden trail, you’ll see the first homes in Tel Aviv, built on sand dunes, the Great Synagogue, the Haganah Museum, Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, the monument commemorating Tel Aviv’s founders, the Independence Hall, and more.

There’s no better way to get acquainted with the history of a city than to walk its streets and pause to enjoy its beauty.

There is so much to see and to do in this city of endless options – visit art galleries, feast your eyes on the Bauhaus architecture, or enjoy clean and sunny beaches, museums, pubs, and nightclubs. Join us on one of our tours and relish every ounce of youth and history the city has to offer. Tel Aviv never sleeps, and it’s waiting for you!


Health Benefits of the Dead Sea

Health Benefits of the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a lake in the Middle East, bordering Jordan and Israel. One of the reasons why the Dead Sea has gained so much popularity is as a result of its incredible health benefits, including treating skin conditions and providing full medical wellness. Though not a new attraction, the Dead Sea has been around since time immemorial. Each year, thousands of people book a guided tour with Gold Carpet Touring to visit its shores and in most cases benefit from its healing capabilities.

At about 1,000 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is by far the lowest point on Earth. That’s not all. Its salty content is nine times more than that of the ocean waters. Thanks to the pleasant climatic conditions. the Dead Sea boasts a high concentration of minerals, such as bromide, magnesium, calcium, etc. Many of the nutrient composition of the Dead Sea are rare and hard to come by anywhere else around the world. This is one of the reasons for its uniqueness

Conditions and Treatment

The Dead Sea The for its healing properties. Top on the list of sickness it cures include eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and respiratory diseases, just to mention a few. There are many ways of treating various ailments. For some, you may need to soak yourself in the seawater while others may require applying moisturizing creams and products on the affected areas.

The rich nutrient of the Dead Sea mud helps rejuvenate the skin by drawing out impurities. In addition to that, Dead Sea mud helps improve blood circulation and eases your nerves. Anyone suffering from rheumatism and arthritis will benefit immensely from the Dead Sea mud as it serves as a great pain reliever.

Major health benefits of the Dead Sea include

  • Treat psoriasis effectively

  • Reduce skin impurities

  • Soothes chronic back pain

  • Provides relief for arthritis

  • Treat acne and eczema

What Else Can I Do?

Perhaps you may be wondering, Can I visit the Dead Sea even I don’t have any ailment? Of course, you can. You don’t have to suffer from a specific condition to get the most out of your trip to the Dead Sea. There are plenty of interesting activities to do and places to see, some of which include visiting the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, exploring the Massada Museum, relax and unwind at Ein Bokek beach or enjoy a Desert Safari – the list is endless.

Bottom Line

It is important to note that Dead Sea mud doesn’t work in the same fashion as prescription medication despite the fact that both are working to achieve the same goal – making you strong and healthy. However, Dead Sea mud is a very low-risk way to improve your health condition. Equally impressive is the fact that the treatment is ideal for all skin types.

More importantly, Dead Sea mud and its product should only be used externally. You may likely complicate issues when you consume it in large quantity, as it has already been proven to have a toxic effect.

Why Are These the Best Places to See in Bethlehem?

The biblical city of Bethlehem, which means in Hebrew “House of Bread,” is known as Rachel’s burial place and King David’s city of origin, but, more famously, it is the birthplace of Jesus. Bethlehem is located to the south of Jerusalem and is home to around 25,000 Muslim and Christian Arabs. 

It proudly holds the title of one of the holiest places in Christendom. Thousands of tourists visit each year and enjoy the sunshiny and vibrant city of Bethlehem.

If you’re planning to visit Bethlehem, bring your passport, spending money (for cheap but quality restaurant dining and souvenir shopping), and a childlike imagination to bring to life the biblical stories that took place in this now-modern Middle Eastern city.


Church of the Nativity and Manger Square

The Church of the Nativity, located in the city center, is built atop the Holy Crypt, a cave where tradition holds that Jesus was born.  It was originally constructed by the Byzantines in the 2nd and 5th centuries AD, and remains the foundations of today’s church, which has seen additions and renovations from as early as the Crusaders and on to the modern era. It is considered one of the holiest sites in Christendom and receives millions of visitors each year.

Inside the stone church, you’ll firstly notice beautiful high ceilings, colorful stained glass windows, staunch columns, and elaborate candelabras. A sense of reverence fills the atmosphere as flickering light from the candles dances on the walls and prayers are whispered.

Stretching out in front of the church is Manger Square. If you visit Bethlehem during the Christmas season, you won’t be disappointed. The square is wholly transformed into a Christmas wonderland by sparkling lights, star-topped Christmas trees, music, food vendors, and shops selling ornaments, wooden figurines, and anything that rings of Christmas cheer. 


Church of the Nativity

Church of the Nativity


The Chapel of the Milk Grotto

The Chapel of the Milk Grotto of Our Lady is a Catholic Chapel erected in 1872. The Chapel was erected around a cave, which tradition says was where Mary and Joseph stopped while fleeing Herod’s soldiers on their way to Egypt. As the story goes, while Mary fed Jesus, a drop of her milk fell on the floor of the cave and changed its color to white. 

Many mix the soft white chalk of the cave with their food and pray to Our Lady of the Milk Grotto believing in the healing of infertile couples, an increase in the quantity of milk, and healing miracles for children. 


Judean Hills and the Shepherds’ Fields

In the New Testament, the shepherds’ story plays out at night in a field near Bethlehem. An angel of the Lord appears to a group of shepherds and announces the coming birth of Jesus, the Messiah.

If, when you read “fields,” you immediately think of flat plains, think again. The shepherds’ field is a desert hillside terraced with olive tree groves. Looking out from the top of the hill, you can close your eyes, put yourself in the dusty leather sandals of one of the shepherds, and imagine how you would react to such a miraculous event.


Shepherds Field

Shepherds Field


Bethlehem is a city packed with religious history. Its people are, without a doubt, warm and inviting.  You can buy a souvenir in one of the shops, and eat the delightful Arab cuisines at a family-run restaurant. 

Trust one of our experienced Palestinian guides to show you around this spectacular city on one of our daily tours. Book one today! Bethlehem is an experience you will never forget.

Biblical Cities – Jericho and Bethlehem

Drive east through the Wilderness of Judea, view of the Bedouin settlements along the road, passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan going down below sea level to the Syrian African rift which borders the land of Israel on the east. Continue to the city of Jericho, see the Sycamore tree mentioned in the new testament, stop at the biblical site of Jericho, climb the archaeological site where archaeologists uncovered leyers of ancient civilazations. View of Mt.of Temptaion from a distance.

Proceed to the city of Bethlehem located in the Judean hills south of Jerusalem, passing Rachel’s tomb on the way, we arrive in the center of Bethlehem, visit the Manger square,  the Church of Nativity situated on the traditional site of Christ’s birthplace, see the Grotto of Nativity where a silver star marks the the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Walk to the nearby Milk Grotto where according the tradition the virgin Mary nursed Jesus the baby and a drop of milk turned the local rock white.

Drive to the Shepherds field located east of Bethlehem, visit the local Church.

On our way back we make a stop at a souvenirs shop.

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Classic Jerusalem Old and New

Tour begins with a panoramic view of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives. Continue along the Kidron valley, view of the Garden of Gethsemane, the south wall excavations, stop at Mount Zion, visit the Tomb of King David, the Room of the last Supper and the Dormition Abbey.

Enter the Old city of Jerusalem for a walking tour, view of the Armenian quarter, visit the Jewish quarter, see the Cardo, the Western (Wailing) Wall, view of the Temple Mount proceed along the Via Dolorosa to the Christian quarter, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

In the afternoon, we continue to West Jerusalem-the New city passing the city center, view of the Knesset-the Parliament of Israel, the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea scrolls, visit to Yad Vashem Memorial Museum of the Holocaust.

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On Saturdays and Jewish holidays – no visits to Yad Vashem – Holocaust Memorial, instead, drive to the picturesque quarter of Ein Karem, visit the Church of Saint John the Baptist and Mary’s well, view of the Church of the Visitation.

The Galilean Ministry of Christ

Drive north through the Sharon Plain and the Carmel coast, passing Zichron Yaakov on the way, continue northeast through Menashe hills to Nazareth, renowned as the hometown of Jesus, and an important pilgrimage and religious center. During the time of Jesus Nazareth was a small and insignificant agricultural village, however modern day Nazareth is a bustling, growing city, home to the largest Arab community in Israel. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of St.Jospeh and the old city market.

Proceed via Cana of Galilee, view of the Church of the Wedding situated on the traditional site of Jesus 1st miracle. Travel through Turan valley to the Sea of Galilee, arrive in Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee for a short sightseeing tour. Tiberias named after Tiberius the Roman Emperor is one of the four holy cities of Judaism in Israel.

Drive along the Sea of Galilee passing Magdala and Geinosar on the way, view of Mt. of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee, visit Tabgha-the Church of the Multiplication and Capernaum, see the ruins of the village and the ancient Synagogue, view of the Golan height. We continue further south to the Jordan river where we make a short stop at Yardenit-the baptismal site. We make our journey back passing Yavneel valley and Mt.of Transfiguration on the way.

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