Jewish Travel Agency an award winning US based travel agency is pleased to present two different guided photographic tours of Israel.

We have two separate tours listed below;

Tel Aviv -  Yafo Photography Tour

Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world - a rapidly growing city in the midst of an exciting transition from a medium-sized urban centre to a bustling international metropolis. Its booming population, energy, and 24-hour lifestyle give the city a cosmopolitan flair comparable to few other cities in this part of the world. Taking advantage of a diverse cultural life, a beautiful beachfront, major museums, world-renowned architecture, and top-class restaurants and bars, it is a destination that is hard to beat.

Photography enthusiasts will have the opportunity to discover the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world, ancient streets and ultra-modern high-rise buildings. Connected to Tel Aviv is Jaffa, famous for it’s ancient stone lanes, overlooking the oldest port in the world. Tel Aviv is a melting pot of people from all backgrounds, a contrast of the ancient and ultra-modern, Tel Aviv is just waiting to be explored..

This photo day tour is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualising a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

Itinerary:

After meeting our guests at HaTachana, the restored old train station [just off HaYarkon street] , we will head to the neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek, renowned for it’s beautiful light, renovated historical buildings, decaying buildings as well as fashionable cafes, restaurants and designer’s workshops.

A short walk away is the Shuk HaPishpishim [flea market] which offers wonderful photo opportunities. You will capture the relaxed atmosphere where traders and buyers come to look for anything from coffee pots to Afghan rugs. The flea market also has one of our favourite humus bars, an ideal stop for a quick snack where we can talk about different aspects of photography, and how to achieve the desired image the photographer is trying to create.

From the flea market, we will head towards Old Jaffa with it’s maze of homes, winding alleyways and ancient stones, before arriving to the Ancient Port, the oldest sea port in the world. Walking through Old Jaffa is like walking back to it’s origins of some 4000 years. The top of the hill in Jaffa offers panoramic views of Tel Aviv’s modern buildings along it’s shoreline.

On leaving Jaffa, we will arrive to one of Israel’s most thriving and busy markets. The Shuk HaCarmel [Carmel market] is a great site for street photography and environmental portraits. This is a great spot to learn different camera settings such as slow shutter speeds for adding a sense of movement, large apertures for selective focus on the market produce, as well as other methods to add impact to your images.

From the Carmel market, we will head towards the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world. Known as the White City, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The White City refers to a collection of over 4,000 buildings built in a unique form of the Bauhaus or International style in Tel Aviv from the 1930s by German Jewish architects who immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine after the rise of the Nazis.

From here we will capture some of Tel Aviv’s fantastic street art in the Florentin neighborhood, before ending the tour at our meeting point.

Note: The tour duration is 4 hours. Tour durations can be extended on request. Sites closed on the Sabbath are exchanged for other photogenic locations. The tour does not include any entrance fees or transport expenses. Guests need to bring their own cameras, with a fully-charged battery and sufficient memory on their storage card. The tour is designed to be done by foot, so comfortable walking shoes and clothing is recommended.

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Jerusalem Photography Tour

People have been writing about Jerusalem for the better part of it’s 3000-year history, but still today your first glimpse inside the ancient walled city will leave you speechless. More than beautiful, however, Jerusalem is a spiritual centre, holy to the three great monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. That three religions have assigned so much importance to a solitary city makes Jerusalem one of the most fascinating places you’ll ever visit.

Known as the city of gold, Jerusalem was also once known as the centre of the world in ancient maps.  A strong spiritual, mystic and captivating atmosphere, an abundance of fascinating historical and archeological sites, a colourful variety of ethnic groups and communities, a richness of scents and flavours, impressive structures, numerous vivid stories and a wonderful cool weather await the avid photographer in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

This photo day tour is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualising a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

Itinerary:

After meeting our guests at the entrance to the Jaffa Gate, we will start the itinerary by walking the Ramparts walk, circling Jerusalem’s perimeter at roof level. This is a great way for the adventurous photographer to get an overview of the Old City’s various highlights including the Arab market, the Lions Gate Plaza, the Church of the Dormition, and residential clusters of the Armenian and Muslim quarters. On returning to Jaffa gate, we will walk down the narrow lanes that house the Arab market - a fabulously photogenic maze housing traders selling everything from aromatic spices to Turkish coffee.

Continuing down the market arrives to Via Dolorosa, the route that Jesus took between his condemnation by Pilate and his crucifixion and burial. For many Christians visiting Jerusalem, this is the most important and meaningful site to visit in the city. Photo opportunities abound on this route, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as worshippers practice their faith. Nearby is the Austrian Hospice, a unique vantage point to photograph the Old City from the rooftop. This is also one of the best views over the Dome of the Rock, with it’s shimmering golden dome.

From here we will head the the Kotel [Western wall], Judaism’s most holy site located within the Jewish quarter, and one of the main reasons that millions of people from around the globe come to visit Jerusalem. The last remnant of King Herod’s temple, it has had an amazing history since the destruction of the Temple in the year 70CE. During the Six Day War of 1967, paratroopers broke through to the Old City through the Lion’s Gate. The Western Wall and Temple Mount were liberated, the city of Jerusalem was reunified, and the Jewish people were again able to come to the Western Wall to pray. We will spend time here in capturing the atmosphere, as worshippers come to practice their faith, where thousands of dreams are written down on notes and placed between the ancient stones.

Also on the itinerary, is a visit to the rooftop of the Aish HaTorah building, located directly in front of the Kotel. This site offers spectacular 180 degree views over the Kotel, Temple Mount and Old City. 

Finally, The last site on the itinerary is the marvellous food and spice market at Mahane Yehuda. This is one of our favourite sites for street photography and environmental portraits. One of the most colourful spots in Jerusalem and a must-visit for any tourist to the city, the vibrant Mahane Yehuda Market, or “The Shuk” as they say in Hebrew, makes for a great ending to our tour.Note: The tour duration is 6 hours. Tour durations can be extended on request. Daily tours in Jerusalem run every day except on the Sabbath. The tour does not include any entrance fees or transport expenses. The option of a stop for lunch or a quick snack can be incorporated while visiting the Old City. Guests need to bring their own cameras, with a fully-charged battery and sufficient memory on their storage card. The tour is designed to be done by foot, so comfortable walking shoes and clothing is recommended.