Michelle WrightUnited States
Zel was an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Also, very patient with my small children and 80 year old father. And went above and beyond to help retrieve my son's lost shoes from a very deep hole.
We are on a group tour. We broke away from our group for a morning and hired Zel to take us to sights in Jerusalemthat wouldn't be covered in the group tour like the southern temple steps and Siloam pool. Zel gave us a great tour,full of history and stories. He is extremely knowledgable and helpful. He made sure to find us a place for lunch and arranged for us to hook up with our tour again. I wish we had hired him for more and then we may have missed the crowds at the church of the Sepulcre. Freda
Harriet Elaine FischerUnited States
Zel has enthusiasm, and energy, along with extensive historical, geographic, biblical, cultural and archaeological knowledge. His flexibility, and sense of humor also made our 2-day tour outstanding. Per Zel's suggestion, we started one tour day at 7am which provided a tremendous opportunity to see key sites without crowds He also made excellent suggestions for meals, museums, and more for our days in Jerusalem without him. We highly recommend booking a tour with Zel before his tour calendar fills up!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your warm review Elaine.I also very much enjoyed our time together. Warmest regards Zel
Diana HarrisDallas, TEXAS, United States
We did a fast 4 hours tour of highlights or Jerusalem as a day trip from Dead Sea, Jordan. Even though the border crossing took us longer, he was so flexible and we were able to get it much in. HIs knowledge is vast and deep; he was excellent at explaining the complex layers and 'why's' that make up Jerusalem today. I highly recommend him, and he was correct about 4 hours per day is about enough, but we needed many more days!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Diana, Happy that you were able to see as much as we did and were able to get back to the other side of the Jordan safely! Zel
Bev ChertkowSouth Africa
AN AMAZING 10 STAR DAY We spent an amazing day with Zel - he is warm, humorous and his knowledge and ability to impart this knowledge is superb - my husband , a university professor, asked Zel if he had ever lectured - his explanations were so thorough and his thinking so well organized When we left Zel we were on a high and can not thank him enough for providing us with such a sense of enrichment THANK YOU ZEL Bev Chertkow
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bev for your warm response .I am delighted you had a good time touring Jerusalem with me. Warmest regards, Zel
Alan WeinstockUnited States
Zel is a terrific guide. He led us on a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem one morning and on the next morning he led us on a tour of the new city. He is a combination of a historian and an archeologist. He tried to impart the very complex history of Jerusalem in a style that allows you to comprehend this almost overwhelming history. He drove us in his air-conditioned SUV, and when we walked he traveled at an easy pace. His English is perfect. You can't go wrong booking him for a tour of Jerusalem.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alan for your generous review .I hope you both enjoy the rest of your cruise . Warm regards, Zel
Dara KleinUnited States
5 out of 5 stars stars for our guide Zel. He guided us during a wonderful day at Masada and the Dead Sea, in a style and pace that was perfectly for our family - including our two teens. We highly recommended Zel!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dara , It was a pleasure touring with you and the family. Warm regards, Zel
Clint PitcherOGDEN, UT, United States
Wyott RussellUnited States
Zel gave us a wonderful Christian Heritage tour. He is full of knowledge and is pleased to share it. Also, he tailored our tour to our preferences and needs. We definitely recommend a tour with Zel.
Zel was amazing. We are an elderly couple and he was so considerate. He tailored the day to suit our needs. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about Jerusalem. Can't recommend him highly enough. Thanks Zel, top job.
Julie ONealUnited States
My husband and I toured with Zel in June and I meant to leave this review earlier, but time got away. He was an AMAZING guide, so knowledgeable and fun, and flexible. I am a theology student and my spouse is a politics and photography buff and Zel tailored the tour to our interests while covering the must see spots. Not only that, he recommended some great books for additional insight and a wine bar with fabulous views. Can't recommend him highly enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Julie, Thanks for your review .i really appreciate it.Best wishes to both of you. Zel
Lisa KossUnited States
What a fabulous day we had with Zel. He was engaging and knowledgeable and kept our teenagers interested. Was a perfect way to see the old city. He even found me gluten free falafel! Don't hesitate booking this tour! Lisa
Zel was a fantastic guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable, charming and generous. We loved spending the day with him, and our trip to Masada was marvelous! We highly recommend him.
Howard GramanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Howard for your kind words.I very much enjoyed our time together in Jerusalem,Masada and Dead Sea. Warmest regards Zel
Donald R Kendall JrUnited States
We had 2 great days with Zel. Very knowledgeable on the history , a good mix of walking around Jerusalem and driving to some spots a bit further away, nice and big car accommodated our family of 4. Zel gave our 2 boys (16/19) special attention to make sure we don't overdo it with the history ��. Appreciate very much his tour and the flexibility on the things to do and see. Highly recommend him for anyone interested to get a deep dive into Jerusalem in 2 days!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: HI Thomas, Thanks for your kind words. Warmest regards to the whole.family . Zel
Zel led us through a quiet, early-morning Jerusalem Old City - so pleasant to be part of the Old City waking up. He gave us comprehensive and interesting historical facts, and current facts of life in Jerusalem. We covered Christian, Jewish and Moslem sites, both inside and outside the walls. It was very interesting to hear about current life through his eyes, and then to take a tour (Youssef) into the Occupied Territories that afternoon. Our two 20s sons especially learnt so much from this experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cathie Thankyou so much for your generous comments.Warm regards to the whole family .Zel
Ralph HorvathUnited States
Zel is an Aussie Israeli (!) who moved from Australia to Jerusalem as a young man and immersed himself in the history and legends of that holy city. He accommodated our request to change the start time and kept us fully engaged the entire tour. We asked him to customize the tour to combine Jewish/Christian highlights and he did exactly that, letting us know how Jews and Christians influenced each other over the centuries. He took us to vantage points where the city was laid out before us and explained
We enjoyed Zel's walking tour of Jerusalem. He gave us a good overview of the old city leaving us well prepared to continue with our own exploration of this complex city. Zel is a warm and open person. He is easy to connect with and he freely shares his life and family experiences. We appreciated tips on the best times to visit different sites and best places to grab a meal. It was particularly touching to capture some moments of a bar mitzvah and then meet a proud fabric merchant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alexandra for your warm words.Have a wonderful visit ! Zel
Kent HawkinsLong Beach, CALIFORNIA, United States
Our tour with Zel veered off a little bit from the itinerary, but that was fine. We were open to changes and so was he. We ended up seeing parts of Jerusalem we probably wouldn't have seen otherwise, off the beaten tourist track. And isn't that why you go with a company like Tours By Locals in the first place? Locals guides can show you places that only locals know about. I recommend Zel as your guide in Jerusalem.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Kent for your review . Best wishes Zel
James ReillyUnited States
Zel was really great showed us all around Jerusalem and was very helpful with my elderly mother. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James , I enjoyed being part of your Mum's Jerusalem pilgrimage. Best wishes Zel
Rachel MackeUnited States
Zel was amazing! He was able to arrange a tour that was accessible for my 87 year old mother, answered our questions, showed us what we were interested in while adding his own flair and wealth of knowledge. I highly recommend Zel as a tour guide if you want an interesting, inspiring and most agreeable day in Jerusalem. We would certainly book him again the next time we visit so that we can see the rest of city - tough to see all of Jerusalem in a single day. Thanks Zel for your kindness to my family!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rachel fod your generous review.I enjoyed the multi generational flavor of our Jerusalem tour . Warm regards Zel
Lisa HsuanUnited States
Zel was fun, funny and informative! We loved that Zel was spontaneous, and could tailor the tour to our interests. Definitely get started early! The old city gets VERY crowded by noon. It's more efficient and enjoyable to stroll through town early in the morning. We got history, hummus and some really eye-opening commentary during our 6 hour tour. He even gave us a ride to Bethelehem, which was above and beyond. Thanks, Zel!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lisa . Had a great time with you guys as well ! Zel
Great tour and guide. Zel is very knowledgeable of the region and the vehicle is comfortable and as we drove Zel explained the region. The tour is very flexible and at a pace that suits your needs. Nothing was too much trouble he even dropped us off at the airport on the way back. The local knowledge of the area is a Must, as you get to visit places that only the locals know as well as going to the more traditional sites but at times that help avoid the crowds.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My great pleasure Cathie . Warm regards Zel
Zel is a great tour guide, he has extensive knowledge of Jerusalem. Zel tailors the tour to your needs so make a list of what interests you as he is very flexible and approachable. We definitely advise people interested in seeing Jerusalem to start early, a 6am start gives you the unique opportunity to see the city come to life and you miss all the lines at significant sites throughout the old city. The 2 half day tours was perfect as it allowed you time to rest before exploring the city alone after lunch
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Cathie . Your sensing out where to be in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and in the Galilee is an image that will stay with me . Best wishes, Zel
Zel is a wonderful guide! He is smart, friendly, and accommodating and we felt very well taken care of! He showed us lots of places that are not on the typical 'tourist route' and was eager to show us around. You will feel safe, comfortable and relaxed with him as he feels more like a family friend than a guide. Zel also was kind enough to give us restaurant recommendations and all have been great! Would highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Mark .It was a pleasure touring with you .Warmest regards ,Zel
Wonderful day and a wonderful guide! Zel was friendly, punctual and very amenable to our needs and requests! He took a genuine interest in what we wanted to see, errands we needed to do (like exchanging currency) and was happy to change the itinerary if we wanted. Truly a unique and pleasant experience that anyone would enjoy! His car was also in great condition and very clean! Would HIGHLY recommend!
Hesta S.United Kingdom
A privilege having a private tour of Jerusalem Old & New with Zel. Starting in very early morning meant being able to soak up the atmosphere everywhere we went, & Zel drove us around so we could enjoy exploring on foot & also cover wide areas. It was wonderful to meet Zel & spend time with him, such a remarkably knowledgeable, interesting & delightful man. We haven't visited Jerusalem for many years & the extraordinarily varied & deep experiences we had have rekindled our love for this wonderful place.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dearest Hesta.A simple thankyou !Enjoyed our time together.Best wishes .Zel