Tel Aviv Bike Tour

Tel Aviv Bike tour

On my first day in Tel Aviv I found myself on a 17km bike ride around the city over the span of three hours. It was the best introduction to the city I could have asked for and it was certainly a great way to beat the jetlag.

Tel Aviv is probably one of the most bicycle friendly cities I have ever been to.

With bike lanes galore, friendly locals (that respect cyclists) and a well spread bike rental system, I would happily choose a bike over a car in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv Bike tour

TLV Bike Tours promises guided bicycle tours conducted on comfortable cycling trails along Tel Aviv’s exciting beaches, the bohemian Neve Tzedek neighborhood, Tel Aviv “white City” and its boulevards, the Yarkon Park & more.

The Route:

Beginning at the Mystic Rose Café, Bar and Flower Shop at the Hayarkon Estuary Promenade, our tour departed along the main Tel Aviv promenade to the “Tachana Compound”; the old Tel Aviv Restored Train Station.

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Tel Aviv’s main beach promenade rivals that of Venice Beach with incredible beaches and views along the way.

I felt like I had been tricked by the flight path and had suddenly appeared in California. Yet, instead of the Pacific Ocean I was coasting along the warm waters of the Mediterranean and loving it.

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Tel Aviv Bike tour

The old train station was a great place to take a break. We parked our bikes, wandered across the old rails and made a quick stop at the public toilets before hitting the pavement once more.

We proceeded through narrow alleys and inner side streets into Neve Tzedek neighborhood & the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre.

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Tel Aviv Bike tour

One of the best parts was biking along Rothschild Boulevard to destinations like Rabin’s Square, Ben Gurion Museum.

The Boulevard is the main street of the city and provides wide bike paths  along a tree lined street filled with outdoor cafes and shops.

With only a few small controlled intersections to cross along the way, it was easy riding.

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At the end of the Boulevard we biked up and down the HaYakron River eventually arriving back to the Mystic Rose for a celebratory beer on the patio as the sun began to set.

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Obviously, bikes excite me.

Tel Aviv Bike tour

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Biking around Tel Aviv was absolutely the best way to see the city.

Walking 17km was not something I wanted to do after an 11 hour plane ride (or after an 11 hour sleep for that matter) and I would have missed so much by driving around the city.

Being on a bike allowed me to hop off at any time, explore a small neighbourhood or attraction and keep on going while experiencing it through all five senses.

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Tel Aviv today has more than 100 Kilometres of bicycle paths, a variety of museums and heritage sites, a beautiful promenade along the sea, large park and lots of history.

When TLV Bike Tours combines it all together with comfortable bikes, you get a fascinating day trip that will let you enjoy much more city sites in much less time.

Enjoy light and easy riding on comfortable trails, accompanied by many breaks for explanations and it doesn’t even require strong physical fitness.

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Thanks to TLV Bike Tours for the photos of me.
Photos incuded link back to their website.

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This trip was made possible by the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Have you ever been on a bike tour while travelling?

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18 Responses to “Tel Aviv Bike Tour”

  1. Shaz Lake
    October 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Nice pics! Biking is definitely my favourite way to get around and explore new places 🙂
    Shaz Lake recently posted..Trekking the Thai Jungle in Pursuit of an Elephant

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Thanks! Agreed, I think I’ll be taking more bike tours from now on when I travel :]

  2. Kenin Bassart
    October 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Lauren and I haven’t ever done a bike tour of a city. After seeing how much fun you had, it’s definitely something to consider.
    Kenin Bassart recently posted..Hip, Cool, and Dog Friendly? Yes, With aloft hotel !

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      As far as I can remember this was my first one too. I’m not sure I could ever take on a city with big hills, but it’s perfect in a level city 😀

  3. SnarkyNomad
    October 17, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    Great photos. The color sort of looks like it’s a trip from the 1970s, like a vintage adventure from a different world. To me, anyway.
    SnarkyNomad recently posted..5 dumb things backpack designers need to stop doing

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 17, 2013 at 4:08 am #

      Yes, agreed! I find photos like this tell more of a story. Vintage adventure is a great explanation 😀

  4. Jennifer
    October 18, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    Looks like a lot of fun. When I think of Tel Aviv, I definitely don’t think of beaches like that. I’d definitely like to visit Israel!
    Jennifer recently posted..Italy’s Wild and Secret Beaches

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Definitely fun! The beaches were really nice.. I’d love to visit them in the summer myself :]

  5. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    October 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I often recommend that traveling friends use bike tours to get to know a city! You can see so much in a few hours or a day! Thanks to some amazing local guides, you often get to see things you would never otherwise hear about or think to explore and after covering so much territory, you have a much better sense of the city and of where to go and what to see next!
    Mary @ Green Global Travel recently posted..PHOTO GALLERY: Serengeti National Park Wildlife Safari

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      I’ll definitely be recommending it from now on and taking them myself. You’re right–the guides know the best places to see and can tell you so much more about the city. And yes, it helps you place yourself on the map :]

  6. Cheryl Howard
    October 20, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    What a great introduction to the city! Gorgeous photos.

  7. Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    October 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Always love to find out about bike friendly cities.

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      I think I will be searching for new ones from now on!

  8. ridewithstan
    October 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Hello..Thanks for this wonderful post…You can save yourself a lot of preparation, packaging and effort. You can easily organize yourself the perfect family vacation, with all the equipment that is needed wait for you right here in Israel.

  9. Eve
    February 15, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    I am going to tel aviv soon and read all your posts. I will be on my own and was hoping to connect with some locals. Any ideas?

    • Seattle Dredge
      February 15, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Awesome, are you interested in day time activities or nightlife? I loved the pubcrawl I did with TLVnights. You’d be with a group of people in a similar situation, but spend the night visiting cool bars and meeting locals. I went with a group of people I only met the day before, but would have enjoyed it on my own too :]

      • eve
        February 16, 2014 at 5:37 am #

        love that idea, will definitely do that and the bike tour
        So you think it is ok to come on my own to the pubcrawl? I am definitely interested in going out at night and meeting people in their 20s and early 30s. I am traveling on my own but definitely dont want to to be alone! Where did you stay? Any recommendations?

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