If you are looking for a self-guided Tel Aviv City tour, there are four routes designed to introduce the city to tourists and visitors. They are known as the Orange (Tapuz) Routes, and are accompanied by large orange and green directional signposts. Each route has its own national and cultural significance, and they are very easy to follow. They all begin at 5 Shalom Aleichem Street.
Route #1 is the main route. It takes you back to the history of Tel Aviv and some of its leading characters. Along the route, you will find the first town hall, Beth Bialik (the house of Israel’s national poet at 22 Bialik St.) which includes a massive book collection and dozens of paintings, and Beit Rubin (42 Hovevei Zion St.), a small museum that used to be the residence of the famous painter Reuven Rubin.
Shalom Tower at 9 Ahad Haam St. is another stop of this Tel Aviv city tour. Tel Aviv’s first high-school used to be located there, and there are some lovely views of the city from its observation deck. The independence hall (16 Rothschild Blvd) is also worth a visit – it used to be the house of Meir Dizengoff, the city’s first mayor, and it is where Israel’s independence was proclaimed. Another stop is the Haganah Museum (23 Rothschild Blvd), which follows the history of Israel’s defense prior to the establishment of the Israeli defense force.
Three additional routes will guide you through other parts of the city. Tel Aviv city tour #2 goes through the city center and includes Habimah National Theater (1 Tarsat St.), the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center (19 Shaul Hamelech Blvd.), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd.), Rabin Square and the city hall (69 Ibn Gvirol St.). Route #3 goes through Jaffa, and includes the Etzel museum (in Charles Clore Park), the clock tower and a very nice walk in the old city. Route #4 goes along the Yarkon River by car, and includes the Eretz Israel Tel Aviv Museum, The Museum of the Jewish Diaspora (Beth Hatefutsoth), Hayarkon Park and The Israel Trade Fair and Convention Center.
You can receive a brochure about the Orange Routes in the Tel Aviv city hall at 69 Ibn Gvirol St. and in the new central bus station at 108 Levinski St.