July 25, 2017
This was our first visit to Israel. We found the Touring Israel website on Google and were very pleased with our 10 days of personalized touring around Israel, staying at great accommodations and accompanied by our superb local guide, Daniel.
Touring Israel put together a tour itinerary that captured what we wanted to see – from a mixture of historic and current Jewish, Christian, and Palestinian sites across the country, to biking/Segway, unique cultural experiences, along with some great restaurants, food and home visits.
Quality service started from the time you got off the plane until you left. Our driver and personal guide Daniel, was exactly what we were looking for – super friendly, helpful, considerate, flexible, safety conscious, and familiar with Israel’s history and current political environment. His personal background provided an added perspective on the religious and political complexities of Israel relating to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. He is multilingual, speaking Hebrew, Arabic, and English, knows his way around, and had acquaintances and friends every place we traveled. Besides that, he drives a very comfortable Mercedes van. One of our highlights was an unplanned visit and lunch with some of his relatives in the Old City in Jerusalem.
Touring Israel effectively managed a last minute unexpected hotel change in Jerusalem just prior to our arrival that was caused by the visit of US President Trump. They were able to get us in similar accommodations near the hotel originally booked. Follow-up service from tour planning, during the trip, and at the end was also excellent and appreciated.
A couple of final comments – Bespoke travel in Israel is not the cheapest alternative, but is a great way to travel to avoid the large tour buses as well as to get a more personalized experience. Touring Israel does it well and their costs are reasonable when compared to other high end providers. For longer trips like the one we had, there is an expectation that you pay a security deposit prior to finalizing your itinerary and booking.
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