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Private Market Tasting Tour from Tel Aviv by Train

  • 3-hour private touring experience
  • Learn about the development of the Machane Yehuda market
  • Taste some of the offerings of the most interesting stands of the market
  • Take a short excursion to the nearby Nachlaot neighborhood
  • 2-Free Museum Entrance Tickets

Arrive in Jerusalem by train and visit the Friends of Zion Museum in the city center before heading to the Market.

The Private Machane Yehuda Tour draws from the abundance of the shuk, allowing participants a taste of the lively atmosphere. The tour winds through the colorful streets of the market and through its history, as the story of the neighborhood and its famed marketplace unfolds up until its modern incarnation. Learn about important Jerusalem families that have lived in the neighborhood throughout the years; of the development of the Machane Yehuda market; and the positive contemporary transformations within it.

During the tour, you will have the chance to stop and taste some of the offerings of the most interesting stands of the market. Speak with the merchants and hear some of the fascinating and fun stories that have become, with time, a part of the unique history of the Machane Yehuda community.

The tour will also include a short excursion to the nearby Nachlaot neighborhood, to tell the story of the neighborhood’s furnace and its water pits. A short break will be held under the famous, and still fruitful, “berry tree” from mentioned in Yossi Banai’s song (Banai was a top Israeli musician and singer-songwriter).

The tour stops for explanations and tastings at some of the following types of purveyors:


Israeli olive oil

Jerusalem-style tahini and halva

Health drinks and natural healing products


Chocolates and sweets stands

  • Roundtrip ticket Tel Aviv – Jerusalem and back - valid until the last train of the booked day
  • The IsraelRail Rav Kav Card is valid for local busses, trains and the Light Rail in Jerusalem
  • 3-hour Mahane Yehuda Private guided tour with a local licensed English-speaking guide
  • Itinerary and Map of Jerusalem
  • Free entrance to the Friends of Zion Museum + second museum
Not included
  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
Meeting Point
Take the train from the Savidor Center station to Jerusalem Itzhak Navon station, continue on the Light Rail to the Museum and Mahane Yehuda Market.
Dropoff Point
The tour ends in the Mahane Yehuda Market. To head back to Tel Aviv, jump on the Light Rail to the Itzhak Navon station. From there you will take the train back to Tel Aviv. The last train leaves from Jerusalem Itzhak Navon Station at 21:30.
Additional Info
The tours will be led by experienced Jerusalem guides
The tour is for private closed groups (no minimum participants)
Tours for large groups are possible, these will be separated to a number of smaller groups according to the size of the initial group
The tours also visit the beautiful old Nachalaot neighborhood
The duration of the tour is approximately 3 hours
Entry to all train stations is subject to a personal baggage check.

Every station entrance is manned by security guards who operate in accordance with Israel Police guidelines and are committed to upholding your dignity and safety during the security check.

Please be aware that lines may develop at the security check stations during peak hours in the morning and afternoon/evening (6:00am-9:00am and 15:00-19:00), so it is important that you arrive sometime prior to your train’s departure.

In cooperation with:
Israel Railways and Yalla Basta