There are sites in the country that we are all familiar with and return to again and again, but there are places we have passed dozens of times without discovering what treasures they are hiding within. Did you know that on the roof of Dizengoff Center there is an agricultural farm with a basil forest and a butterfly garden? In South Tel Aviv you can enjoy wonderful ethnic food? Is Nazareth a paradise for young entrepreneurs (and also for foodies)? And when was the last time you toured Mea Shearim?
In recent years more and more Israelis are realizing that if abroad we are looking for the hidden corners outside the regular route and participating in in-depth tours, there is no reason not to do the exact same thing in our country and discover how many pearls are hidden under our noses. , When it was not possible to go abroad and we all wanted to see with new eyes the environment close to home.
Abraham Tours’ tours meet exactly this need. In fact, in the beginning, Avraham Torres turned mainly to tourists. Avraham Torres’ target audience was the audience that comes to Avraham Hostels – hikers and backpackers whose participation in the tours allowed them to get to know not only the country but other hikers like them. The idea was to go out in small groups that would allow for intimacy between the participants and provide them with a social experience that would remain even after the trip.
Following the Corona crisis, Avraham Torres decided to build tours that are especially tailored to the Israeli audience. These tours are varied and suitable for people who have already seen the country and the world and are looking for tours that have a little more depth, and there are also many niche tours that suit a variety of interests, like art, food, fashion or windsurfing, alongside family tours like street art tours. What Avraham Hostel has in common is a question of tours with an agenda – the tours provide an introduction to the local community, support small and local businesses and try to raise environmental and social awareness.
Connection between pan and content
The uniqueness of Avraham Torres’ tours is the connection they create between pan and content that is more in-depth. Excursions that on the one hand combine fun and enjoyment, and on the other hand, allow acquaintance with people from the local community or with the complexity that a particular area has. Tours do not shy away from touching on controversial issues, and presenting them in a balanced way, without taking a stand. During a tour of Hebron, for example, settlers and Palestinians meet and participants are exposed to both sides.
In almost all tours, the human encounter is very important – after all, it is the people who make the place. In Tel Aviv, for example, there are tours in the south of the city, an area where refugees and migrant workers from many countries live. This area is so close to us, and yet few of us know the differences between the many communities that live in South Tel Aviv, all of which have a completely different culture. These tours make it possible to give faces and names to the people who live there. One of the tours in South Tel Aviv, for example, includes a meeting with a priest from Eritrea who leads a church in South Tel Aviv and with a women’s cooperative that produces African art and sells it to the general public. Some of the tours in South Tel Aviv are culinary tours, fun and delicious tours that allow on the one hand to be exposed to the variety of unique flavors and foods of the various communities in South Tel Aviv, and on the other hand allow meeting and conversation with the people behind the food.
Avraham Torres tries to make sure that each of the tours has the two elements – both fun and content and depth. One of the popular tours in Nazareth focuses on social entrepreneurship and the social processes that the city goes through, but it also does not miss tastings in the market. In Eilat there are snorkeling tours, at the end of which you take part in cleaning the reef, contribute to the environment and leave the tour with a sense of added value.
Each location has its own uniqueness
Abraham Tours is aware that each area has its own uniqueness, and accordingly tours in that area are built. The tours in Tel Aviv will be different from the tours in Jerusalem and the tours in Eilat. Tel Aviv is a city of parties and entertainment, so alongside multicultural tours and art tours it also has alcohol and bar tours, while Jerusalem has more tours that touch on the city’s many and varied faces, such as a tour following the three religions or a tour of Mea Shearim. Most visitors come to Eilat to relax and look for something lighter, so there is more emphasis on the nature around – for example cruises, diving and jeep tours in the desert, but Avraham Tours also works with the local theater group that will take tours with actors following the history of Eilat and its neighborhoods.
Here is a taste of some of Avraham Hostel’s selected tours:
Breathtaking – an hour and a half snorkeling tour of the coral reserve, guided by a professional team that explains the Gulf of Eilat and its unique animals. After the snorkel there is a half hour activity of cleaning beaches. Under professional guidance in the coral reserve followed by beach cleaning in order to help protect the unique coral reef.
Cross-desert – a four-hour jeep tour in the evening on the beautiful peaks of the Eilat Mountains Reserve. The trip includes a visit to Nahal Shlomo, Givat Rehavam, Nahal Yehoshafat, the ancient Ma’ale Eilat, the pilgrimage route, Mount Yoash and Ein Netafim, as well as an observation of Jordan, Egypt and Israel.
To the horizon – an experiential and intimate cruise in a sailing boat in the Red Sea. The cruise lasts two and a half hours and includes mooring in the middle of the sea with the possibility of bathing and snorkeling.
Wind Wind – Experience accompanied by a professional guide in three styles of windsurfing – classic windsurfing, kite surfing and wing surfing.
Star Trek – A guided night observation of the stars in the mountains of Eilat, using an advanced telescope.
Entrepreneurship, vision and inspiration in Nazareth – The tour is guided by Maoz Yinon, who opened Fawzi Ezar Inn in 2005, the first guest house in the city and the first in the Avraham Hostels chain. Since then, twenty more guest houses have been opened in Nazareth, all of them locally owned, Nazareth is enjoying a tourist boom and many entrepreneurs from various fields come to it. The meeting also includes local tastings, such as knafa and kaddif.
An open tasting tour of the Nazareth market
Vintage and second hand fashion tour – a social environment tour that includes an introduction to the polluting textile industry, with unique vintage stores that are an alternative with social and environmental added value and styling advice.
The multicultural tour of Jaffa – a trip to the neighborhoods of Jaffa and a meeting with the Messianic Jews of the Emanuel Church, a visit to a mosque from the Islamic Sufi stream and a visit to the Israeli Center for Scientology.
PAINT & PINT – A guided painting workshop on the roof of Avraham Hostel accompanied by unlimited beer.
Moving Party – An urban wandering headphone party around the heart of Tel Aviv.
Graffiti tour for families and children in the Florentine neighborhood, including experimenting with color.
Culinary tour between local restaurants and containers in Neve Sha’anan.
Sustainability and urban agriculture in Dizengoff Center – a peek behind the scenes of the center, including the bat colony in the basement and the rooftop hydroponic farm.
Capital city, wine and gin – a tour of pubs and bars in the city center.
Chickpea Tour in the Old City
The lives of the ultra-Orthodox – a tour of ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods with a guide who grew up as an ultra-Orthodox in Mea Shearim, came out in question and today he is an expert on ultra-Orthodox society.
Everyone’s Jerusalem – A tour following the three religions in the Old City.
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