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Traveler Testimonials

Touring Israel will arrange for you a truly custom tailored tour of Israel with the best guides and the highest levels of service in Israel. But don’t just take our word for it! Here are some of the nice things our past customers have felt compelled to share with you:

  • January 4, 2018

    This trip was truly unique. Joe Yudin is the most knowledgeable guide I have ever encountered. He showed us spots in Israel that we never knew existed. He engaged kids and adults as well. Smartness plus personality made for a fabulous experience. If you want an unforgettable trip in Israel contact Joe at Touring Israel.com. Judi Milich, NY

  • January 3, 2018

    Our entire family went to Israel for our sons barmitzvah, it was the most incredible trip customized to our family and all the ages in the group which was from 13 to 80 Each day had something for everyone- we spent 12 days touring and it was super The trip was superbly planned from breakfast to dinner each day I highly recommend Joe Yudin and his company Touring Israel. A traveler from New York City, New York

  • December 19, 2017

    What an incredible trip, tailored to our interests and implemented with such grace and skill by the extraordinary Joe Yudin and his staff and guides. We were two couples with mutual interests in history, religion, culture, food, music, and Israel’s military. We did not want to be part of an impersonal, unwieldy large entourage. We’ve been on trips like that and now try to avoid them if possible. Touring Israel hit all the targets we were aiming for, plus many more, and our comprehensive tour would not have been possible with a larger group.In just 10 days, we climbed Masada, viewed Syria from the Golan Heights, floated in the Dead Sea, waded in the Jordan River, marveled at the wonder of Petra, met with IDF military trainers, shared breakfast with an Arab Israeli journalist, prepared a meal with a charming and beautiful Druze woman, touched the rock of Golgotha, ate street food that spanned the culinary landscape, toured the Judean desert, sipped delicious wine next to vines planted and tended by an intrepid winemaker, and the list goes on.A special thanks goes to the travel agent assigned to make all the arrangements, Monika. She’s a gem and charming.Finally, the guide assigned to us, Bena, was perhaps the best we’ve ever encountered: funny, resourceful, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Bena met us in Tel Aviv and spent the entire time with us. With Bena leading the way, we bypassed long waiting lines and met wonderful street food vendors and interesting characters wherever we went.Thank you, Joe Yudin and team for making our pilgrimage something we’ll think and talk about for the rest of our lives. We want to return and when we do, it will be through Touring Israel. A traveler from San Antonio, Texas

  • December 3, 2017

    Our family went to Israel this past August for 14 days and had the trip of a lifetime! Touring Israel was a huge part of the success of our trip. We spent several months planning the trip with Joe Yudin (and Rivka). Joe gave us great ideas of what we can do with our kids (10 and 13 years old) so we can balance history and fun while dealing with the summer heat. Not only did we do the usual historical visits such as the Western Wall, Caesarea, and Masada/Dead Sea but we also went jeeping in the Golan, went on an archeological dig and spelunking in caves, visited the Ayalon Bullet Factory, rafted on the Jordan River and more. Kids had a blast and my husband and I experienced things we never did before in Israel. From the moment we landed, Touring Israel was there for us. We opted for the VIP service at the airport, which we highly recommend so you can quickly get in and out of the airport. Rivka from the TI office called us shortly after we arrived at the airport and then checked in on us throughout our trip to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed. We spent 7 days with the greatest tour guide you can find, Itzik! Joe did a great job pairing us up! Itzik was so knowledgeable and personable. He really helped us understand the history behind everywhere we went. Itzik was also wonderful with the kids and got them engaged. We felt so lucky we had him as our guide. We loved getting to know Itzik and learning about his family and life in Israel. You can tell he truly loves Israel and loves to share it with others. A traveler from New Jersey, USA

  • November 8, 2017

    From our first call with Jonathan at Touring Israel, to itinerary planning with Gil, itinerary tweaks with Rivka, our van driver Alex, and most of all our guide for 2 weeks, Phil the Guide; this trip exceeded the expectations of 3 couples, 1/2 of whom had been to Israel and 1/2 of whom hadn’t!As soon as we touched down at Ben Gurion Airport and were ushered through security and driven to our hotel in Jerusalem, each day was memorable and well planned. This privately planned tour took us to places that we would not necessarily have seen on our own, from Jerusalem to the Galilee, the Negev and Tel Aviv. We visited the traditional sites, but there was so much more from a very moving visit to the Palmach Museum, an important munitions factory in Israel’s journey to statehood in Tel Aviv, a jeep tour through the Golan Heights, tunnels under the Western Wall and so many more highlights..Phil the Guide went above and beyond to ensure that everything was executed flawlessly and did so with an incredible depth of knowledge, energy, excitement and sense of humor. He made everything that we experienced come alive and felt like not only our guide, but a personal friend. Although many others have said, “our guide was the best”, Phil the guide was truly the best!This is a QUALITY tour company that excels in professionalism and experience and allows you to truly individualize your tour. Israel is such a fascinating and rich country that it’s hard to imagine having had the same experience without the expertise that Touring Israel offers!Larry EGA, USA

  • October 7, 2017

    From the moment we first contacted Touring Israel until we were escorted to the gate for our flight home it was obvious we were in good hands. The trip planning was flawless and all of our questions were promptly answered. The nine days of touring could not have been better. Activities included breakfast the first morning with an officer of the IDF, a market culinary tour in Tel Aviv, a jeep tour of the Golan Heights and dinner with an Arab Christian family. Our guide, Daniel, was extremely knowledgeable in the history of the modern State of Israel as well as ancient history and religion. His insight into the challenges facing this area is exceptional. He modified our agenda according to our needs and interests, even arranging a wheelchair and driver in Old Jerusalem. We expected a comprehensive tour with a competent guide…with Daniel it turned into an educational and inspirational Christian pilgrimage with a friend and brother. Our tour was perfect in every way.Dorothy and Richard TorkelsonCheyenne, Wyoming

  • August 28, 2017

    We just finished a two week tour arranged by Touring Israel and Joe Yudin. The tour and entire team at Touring Israel was amazing and first rate. The itinerary they planned was exceptionally organized and thoroughly researched. The tour not only captured the historical significance of Israel but it also was creative and included activities for people of all ages. The activities were extremely fun and inventive and, most importantly, also connected to the Israeli experience. Joe and his team think of every last detail, are always prepared and organized and are 100% focused on making sure you have the best trip possible. The entire trip was seamless and well thought out from activities to fantastic meals and fun adventures. This company deserves all of the amazing reviews it receives and I highly recommend it for people looking for a lifetime experience with a top notch team of professionals. JerryNew York City, NY

  • August 26, 2017

    Touring Israel is everything as advertised. I found it online and called explaining I wanted a Christian-themed one week tour for a family of 7. They planned the itinerary, which was pretty standard around the hotel reservations I had already made and subsidized it with their own hotel recommendations where I hadn’t. I made some special requests for a birthday party and a Catholic Mass which they arranged easily. They matched us with a guide, Ari, who was just fantastic. Ari was knowledgeable and flexible. He sized us up immediately (we ranged in age from 13 to 84) and adjusted our one week tour to accommodate the weakest of us. Every step of the way he explained the historical and religious significance of our tour. He was kind, he was funny, and he was smart. He became one of us. He arranged dinner every night for us and kept us on schedule without rushing us. Touring Israel met us for VIP services on the jetway when we landed and took us to the jetway expeditiously when we departed. In short from the moment we landed until the moment we left they were assuring our trip was topnotch. Touring Israel is not cheap and they don’t claim to be. But they are worth the money if you want to see and experience Israel and you want your hassles removed. To try to arrange daily tours and restaurant reservations your self would likely cost even more. I would recommend them and especially Ari anytime.PaulConcorde, MA

  • August 25, 2017

    A trip to Israel is unique because for such a tiny country there are so many significant historical, religious, archeological, and cultural aspects going back thousands of years. It’s especially important to understand what you are seeing. And it is equally important that your tour and your timing are efficiently and intelligently planned.In planning my trip with Joe and his staff, I felt they really wanted to ensure we had the best experience possible. I wanted a 2-day tour of the Galilee and Golan Heights. We discussed possible itineraries and the final tour was excellent. They made the best hotel and restaurant reservations for me. At the hotel we had the nicest room and the nicest location.Our guide, Daphne, was super. We immediately felt very comfortable traveling with her. There wasn’t a question she couldn’t answer. As she got to know us better, she was able to make suggestions for tweaking the itinerary to include a few more things she thought we would especially enjoy.For our 2 lunches with us, Daphne took us to wonderful places where the locals eat. We really enjoyed the experience and the great food. We never would have found those places on our own. Thanks, Daphne.All of my communications with Joe were very efficient. Different time zones can make it tricky, but all questions were answered by the next business day. All arrangements were clearly explained and in writing. Joe’s assistant, Adi, was very easy to work with and very reliable.All of our stops were organized in advance. Everything went very smoothly. I can highly recommend this Tour company. We learned so much and had a lot of fun.A traveler from Ft Lauderdale, FL