Tel Aviv audio tour: The Trail of Independence: Tracing the origins of modern Tel Aviv

The Trail of Independence: Tracing the origins of modern Tel Aviv

Walking Tour

40 mins

About the Tour

Tel Aviv is a city of many shades and contrasts. But where did it all begin? Join me on this historical tour as we walk in the footsteps of some of the founders of Tel Aviv, such as Ben Gurion and Meir Dizengoff. We’ll stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, tracing the Israeli Trail of Independence. This is the incredible story of the first Jewish city in the world, that was founded in 1909, and turned in recent years into the heart of the Startup Nation. In this tour we discover the secrets behind the preserved houses, including the Hall of Independence - the place where the state of Israel was founded, as well as the Hagana Museum and Ben Nahum Hotel.

You'll also hear about:

• How Tel Aviv was born out of the sea
• Who was the sheriff of Tel Aviv
• Why did the first school of Tel Aviv vanish
• What was life like in the early years of Tel Aviv
• Where the story of Israel and the story of Tel Aviv come together

Let's seek out the origins of this bustling "old-new" city and discover how the past always informs the present in Israel.

Please note the tour does not include entrance to any of the sites.

Tour Producer


Tomer Chelouche

My name is Tomer Chelouche and my family was one of the founding families of Tel Aviv. I’ve been guiding historic tours in the city since 2008. I live in Tel Aviv with my wife and our son. On most days you would probably see me either roaming the city streets leading a tour or just chilling at the beach. Hope you'll enjoy all that this city has to offer!

Major Landmarks

  • Rothschild Boulevard

  • The First Kiosk

  • Hall of Independence

  • Hagana Museum

  • Allenby Street

  • Great Synagogue

Directions to Starting Point

Gutman’s mosaic fountain is located at 3 Rothschild Boulevard. Situated right at the heart of Tel Aviv, it might be within walking distance from where you are located. The area is well served by taxis and buses, or you can rent an e-scooter and navigate your way to the starting point.

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Places to stop along the way

The area is filled with galleries and museums, as well as cafes and restaurants. Here you can find your favorite cuisine, which ever it may be. During night time you can join the party-goers to check out the clubs and pubs scene in the area.

Best time of day

A walking tour in Tel Aviv is best done in the morning hours or late afternoon, to avoid the heat. Most sites are also well lit during night time. The area is quite busy around the clock, but if you prefer a more quiet atmosphere aim for Saturday morning.


Watch your step as you cross roads.


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The Trail of Independence: Tracing the origins of modern Tel Aviv