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Choosing a Private or Group Israel Tour

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What’s the difference? There are two main ways to do professional tours in Israel. One is to plan a tour, and then fill a bus with passengers and split the costs among them. The other is to hire a guide and transportation specifically for your smaller group, such as your family, friends or colleagues that you’re traveling with. Choosing whether ... Read More »

Planning Ahead for your Israel Trip

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When to Start Planning Starting to plan your trip to Israel 3-6 months in advance can save you a lot of headaches later. The more you plan ahead the more flexible and care free you can be during your vacation. It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you have solid plans it’s much easier to make changes and go with the flow ... Read More »

Choosing a Good Israel Tour Guide

A guide will take you to amazing places

Having a Good Tour Guide is Really Important! Israel tour guides have a bit of a bad reputation, reflected in this clip from the Simpsons. Courtesy of Aish.com Don’t Settle! When you are picking a tour guide, whether you are finding them directly or being referred through an agency, you need to make sure they are a good fit. The ... Read More »

Biblical Natural History Museum

Rabbi Slifkin Biblical Museum of Natural History, Hippo Skull

The Biblical Natural History Museum is the project of Rabbi Natan Slifkin. Rabbi Slifkin is affectionately known as ‘The Zoo Rabbi,’ for his great love and dedication to the animal kingdom from a Jewish perspective. It’s located in Beit Shemesh, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, so it’s easy to work into many itineraries. A visit to the museum takes about ... Read More »

Your Bat Mitzvah Israel Trip

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Bat Mitzvah in Israel: Meaning, Growth, Belonging, Fun and Family What’s so Special about a Bat Mitzvah Israel Trip? A Bat Mitzvah in Israel is a fun, meaningful way for you or your daughter to celebrate being part of the Jewish people and to connect to your heritage. A Bat Mitzvah is the ideal time to discover your place in ... Read More »

Video: Gush Etzion Tour

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In this short video guide Elad Tzur tells you everything you need to know to plan your day in Gush Etzion, 10 minutes away from Jerusalem in the Judean hills. Read More »

Video Review of Eitan Levy by Rabbi Leban of Denver

I recently guided for a tour from my native city of Denver. It was organized by the amazing guide and trip organizer Patrick Amar. The leader of the trip was kind enough to share this review of my guiding. Read More »

The Dead Sea Tour You’ve been Looking For

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Our Dead Sea Tour The day will start with pickup at your hotel. We’ll drive all the way down to Massada, an ancient fortress high above the Dead Sea. Massada This was where the Jewish rebels against Rome made their last stand, choosing death over slavery. Massada is the most visited site in the country after the Western Wall, and it’s ... Read More »

Israel’s Mediterranean Coast Day Tour

Winery in Zichron Yaakov (Wiki: CC-BY 2.5, Zobacz Zasady)

The Coast Romans, Crusaders and Zionists in the Holy Land Driving up Israel’s coast from Tel Aviv you will see Caesaria, a man-made harbor and wonder of the ancient world, taste wine at one of Israel’s oldest and greatest wineries, see the castles and ruins of crusaders and the modern tomb of Edmund Rothschild, one of Israel’s great, early benefactors. There are also crusader castles, great ... Read More »