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Segway tours

Guided Segway tours are a fun way to explore the city, especially when you get to hit top speed as you hurtle down the Corniche. Of most interest are the tours around Old Jaffa and south Tel Aviv, while the trips along the Corniche takes you to Tel Aviv Port. Segway Tours Tel Aviv and SEGS both offer tours.

Tel: +972 50 979 1035; +972 3 955 0405.
Website: http://www.segs.co.il

Walking tours

Tel Aviv has no shortage of walking tours, many run by the tourist board. Most focus on different architectural aspects of the city, as well as Old Jaffa, but there are quirkier options including a fashion tour run by Galit Reismann, which takes visitors to some of the city’s best boutiques – many of which are hard to find.

Tel: +972 3 517 0131; +972 54 814 1499.
Website: http://www.visit-tel-aviv.com

Tel Aviv excursions

Jerusalem

The domed skyline that dominates the Israeli capital of Jerusalem is less than an hour's drive from Tel Aviv. With a large array of historical and biblical sites, it's best to start in Old Jerusalem, home of the magnificent Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall and the golden Al Aqsa Mosque. Inside, the city is a labyrinth of alleyways thronged with stalls, while in the middle is the Via Dolorosa – the site of Jesus' walk to the top of Golgotha at the crucifixion.

Website: http://www.itraveljerusalem.com

Caesarea

Half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa is Caesarea Maritima, one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. First constructed by the Phoenicians in the 4th century BC, it was conquered by Alexander the Great, ruled by Herod, and served as the Roman capital of Judea for hundreds of years. After the fall of Rome, the town remained important under Byzantine rule but following the Arab conquest, Caesarea fell into ruin. Partially restored by the Crusaders, the most visible ruins date from the Roman and medieval periods.

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David InterContinental

A gargantuan 5-star hotel, much of the David InterContinental’s clientele are here for business, but don’t let that put you off – a night spent here feels surprisingly intimate. Just across the road from Charles Clore Park and the beach, it’s a few minutes’ walk from Carmel Market and the Yemenite Quarter. Good value, apart from expensive Wi-Fi.

The Rothschild

Housed within a gorgeous, buttercup yellow building that’s almost as old as Israel itself, The Rothschild is a real sanctuary thanks to its tranquil courtyard and sympathetic décor. Service is top quality, as is the food served in the restaurant. Elsewhere, the emphasis is on natural – including the toiletries.

Dan

The longest standing of Tel Aviv’s upmarket beachfront hotels, the Dan's unusual low-rise building and colourful exterior (on the beach side) makes an interesting change to the identikit high-rises that surrounds it. However, because of its age, some rooms seem to be at a lower standard than the price and reputation suggest.

The Diaghilev

This is a hotel where art takes centre stage. The décor combines white walls with bright furniture and even brighter artworks, all of which are for sale. Rooms are pleasant and comfortable and there's a restaurant serving excellent local fare on site. All the city centre attractions are close by.

Cinema Hotel

Formerly a Bauhaus cinema, this stylish little hotel is right in the city centre, just off Dizengoff Square. The comfortable, attractively furnished rooms have plenty of amenities, among them a fridge, beach towels and free Wi-Fi, and there’s a free sauna, rooftop terrace and business lounge too.

The Beachfront Hostel

A basic combination of hostel and hotel, The Beachfront is a little shabby and has amenities that some may find inadequate, particularly the dormitory-style rooms. But there’s hardly anywhere cheaper to stay in Tel Aviv, and it’s right on the beach. Breakfast is not included, but is offered at a restaurant next door.