Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Ashdod Jerusalem Israel by Tour Guide Zel L. (Guide #2110)


Peien Yang

Hong Kong
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide: Six Hour walking tour with guide vehicle included, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 29/18

Zel Lederman is an experienced guide in Jerusalem. He allows us to learn many historical knowledge which was about their religion, allowing us to understand Jerusalem in a new perspective. I recommend him to you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Peien Yang. Best wishes Zel

Michael Kwait

United States
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Tour: #101394, Jerusalem Private Guide: Two Six Hour Days in Jerusalem with guide vehicle included., Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 24/18

Outstanding two day tours in and around Jerusalem by an absolutely outstanding tour guide. His knowledge of Israeli history is excellent and his presentation is great. He is a very courteous and good driver and is also respectful It was a pleasure to be with him and if we come back your company will be our first choice and Zel right along with it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michael , Thank you for your generous comments .Wishing you and Bill all the best .Take care .Zel

Greta Layton

United Kingdom
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Tour: #53422, Jerusalem Private Guide: Jewish Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 22/18

Knowledgable, friendly and punctual . What more could you ask. Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Greta and Jeff. I very much enjoyed our day together.Stay in touch. Zel

Douglas Side

Canada
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide: Six Hour walking tour with guide vehicle included, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 8/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Douglas . Best wishes Zel

Ethel Maggio

United States
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Tour: #101394, Jerusalem Private Guide: Two Six Hour Days in Jerusalem with guide vehicle included for Ethel Maggio & sister, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

Zel was the best tour guide. Very informative and took my sister and I to see everything we wanted to see. I would highly recommend him. We had a lot of fun also.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Ethel .It was great to have the couple of days with the two sisters!! Best wishes, Zel

Diane Templeman

Australia
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Tour: #101394, Jerusalem Private Guide: Two Six Hour Days in Jerusalem with guide vehicle included., Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 19/18

A brilliant place to have a local guide as I'm sure it could have taken lots of wandering around the old city to find things ourselves. It was good to be able to see the things we wanted & Zel could adapt & go to places he felt we'd be intersted in. He also took us to the local market for food which is something we never would have done without a local to show us the way & take us to the place with the best food.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Diane .It was a pleasure exploring Jerusalem with you both. Best wishes Zel

Alan Levy

United States
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Tour: #21708, Summer Special : Masada Private Sunrise Tour from Jerusalem, Masada, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 16/18

This is the second day we have used Zel and I recommend him highly. He is extremely knowledgeable about history, archeology, politics, restaurants, local culture etc. He is very experienced, and incredibly accommodating and patient. We spent the first day touring the Old City of Jerusalem and today we toured Masada and the Dead Sea Area. He has incredibly deep knowledge and is fun to be with. We didn't just find a great tour guide we found a great friend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankyou Alan. Hope you both have a great time these coming weeks and I look forward to hearing about it all! Zel

Alan Levy

United States
Rating

Tour: #53422, Jerusalem Private Guide: Jewish Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 14/18

Extremely knowledgeable guide Could not be more pleasant or more accommodating Recommend him highly

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Alan .I enjoyed our day exploring Jerusalem together with you and Sharron . Best wishes, Zel

Goor Moshe

Israel
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide: Six Hour walking tour with guide vehicle included, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jan 31/18

We had a great day out with Zel. He was very easy going, and informative. He tailored the tour quickly according to our desires and gave us a really detailed, interesting and fun story of Jerusalem. I would recommend anyone to take a tour with Zel, as he's very generous with his time and knowledge.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Goor.I am.glad you enjoyed our day together. Regards Zel

Michael Penner

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide: Four Hour Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Nov 16/17

Great tour. Gave a lot of information on the region both historic and current. We had a blast.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Michael. Best wishes Zel

Suzanne Chastain

United States
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Tour: #240162, Jerusalem Private Guide: Christian Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Nov 5/17

We were thoroughly satisfied with our tour. Zel gave lots of historic details that our other tour had not. We went to places we had requested, as well as additional sites, and he answered all our questions. He provided a wheelchair for my husband, a stroke survivor, and made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. Thank you for guides like Zel. We really appreciated being accommodated at the 'last minute.'

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Suzanne It was a pleasure to spend the day with you all sharing the amazing City of Jerusalem! Best wishes Zel

Elise Lerner

United States
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Tour: #53422, Jerusalem Private Guide: Jewish Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 18/17

Great tour of the old city. Zel gave us a lot of history of the region. He is extremely knowledgeable and gave us a great tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Elise. Warm regards from Jerusalem. Zel

Michelle Verhave

United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide: Six Hour walking tour with guide vehicle included, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 18/17

Zel's tour of Jerusalem was excellent. His knowledge of the city from an historian's viewpoint was remarkable. We were able to get a true feel of this remarkable city because of his exceptional understanding of ALL cultures that combine to make Jerusalem the city that it has become. We would be more than happy to recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Michelle for your very positive feedback regarding the Jerusalem and Masada tours we did together . Best wishes , Zel

Jill Fox

munster, INDIANA, United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide: Six Hour walking tour with guide vehicle included, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 17/17

Zel was great ---hip and 'cool' enough for the young people with me, and 'old school' enough for us two old women. We had a bit of a problem, having lost legal documents needed for our next destination, and Zel made arrangements with a lawyer friend of his to help us with it. It was a totally enjoyable experience because his friend was a true 'renaissance man' and very entertaining. The drive around the Sea of Galilee with his commentary on Israel's relationships with its neighbors was so enlightening.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jill , Thank you for your positive feedback.Will have to share your comments with the family ! Dad can be thought of as hip and cool too ! Warm regards, Zel

Michelle Verhave

United States
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Tour: Private Half Day Tour to Masada from Ein Bokek Hotel, Dead Sea, Israel
Date: Jul 5/17

Zel was a wonderful guide. We were able to walk the snake path up the the top of Masada, despite record high temperatures. Once atop, Zel's knowledge of the site was remarkable. He also kept to our request to avoid the overpriced gift shop at all costs, and instead took us on a tour of the base museum. I highly recommend him and this tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for your generous feedback Michelle Regards Zel

Daniel Brown

United States
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Tour: Sea of Galilee Private Day Tour, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Apr 27/17

Please see my previous comments on Zel...he's fun and he's the best! We did Galilee as sort of an afterthought because I thought most of the Old TEstament action was down South, but it was GREAT! Impressively intact ruins at Caesarea as well as a great visit to Magdala to see the oldest known, recently discovered synagogue in the WORLD!!! For me, that was incredibly impactful to see where the rabinnic part of Jewish history began. What a gift! And Zel was the man to give it to us...EXTREMELY rewarding!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dan Please stay in touch through my personal email and thank you again for your personal wishes to me and the family . Much appreciated . I am glad that I was able to be part of your experiencing Israel in such a personally meaningful way . Zel

Daniel Brown

United States
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Tour: #21708, Masada Private Sunrise (or Later!) Tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 24/17

Please see my previous on Zel...he's the best. Masada was an amazing tour. A lot of information was given, but plenty of time to "soak it all in". An emotional visit for me, seeing the scale of the challenge for the rebels, their hopeless encirclement, and the place where lots were drawn to end their lives. Seeing the Roman ramp while at the top of the fortress was a forlorn but gripping feeling. If you respect and love Jewish history, this is your tour, and Zel's the one to make it happen!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks much Daniel . Hoe you are doing well . Zel

Daniel Brown

United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide: Six Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 21/17

This was a perfect tour with which to begin. Zel shrewdly drove us around the city and the perimeter of the Old City first to get a feel for the scale and orientation and then took us into the City proper. We saw all of our "must-sees" and Zel explained them patiently and thoroughly. He was also flexible to give us the best tour possible. He also was smart enough to know when we were "saturated" with information and just let us absorb the emotional experience. Thoroughly satisfying. Zel's the best!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Dan. It was a pleasure touring with you and Linda .Warmest regards and hope to stay in contact . Zel

Naida Olliff

United States
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Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Region Private Tour, Dead Sea, Israel
Date: Apr 4/17

Zel is wonderful He is extremely knowledgable and professional while at the same time maintaining an attitude as if he was on an outing with friends. I learned much from him. I will recommend him to any friends who are considering Tours by Locals. I will also let my travel agent know how pleased I have been with Zel's tour. I only hope all this praise won't go to his head!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Naida .You are very generous.Warmest regards , Zel

Naida Olliff

United States
Rating

Tour: #101394, Jerusalem Private Guide: Two Six Hour Days in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 29/17

Zel is the best. 10 out of 5 stars. He's knowledgeable, personable, and a pleasure to spend the day with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Naida ! Enjoy your trip to Petra and I look forward to seeing you all next week . Best wishes Zel

Wayne Allan

Singapore
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Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Region Private Tour, Dead Sea, Israel
Date: Feb 21/17

Fabulous trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. Zel is top notch.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Wayne . Look forward to staying in contact . Zel

Wayne Allan

Singapore
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Tour: #240162, Jerusalem Private Guide: Christian Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Feb 20/17

Zel is extremely knowledgable, very professional and went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our tours. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Wayne .It was a pleasure touring with you all. Warmest regards, Zel

Sue Dawson

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide: Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jan 9/17

We had an excellent time with Zel and learned alot about Jerusalem. We were totally pleased with our 2 tours and would highly recommend Zel as a guide for anyone. He has a wealth of knowledge about the important places and times of this city and is very enjoyable company too.

Sue Dawson

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide: Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jan 8/17

100% Excellent time. We highly recommend Zel as a guide!

Marvin Schwartzbard

United States
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Tour: Galilee Shore Excursion Private Day Tour, Haifa, Israel
Date: Dec 7/16

Great tour. Exceeded our expectations

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marvin. Have a great cruise! Zel

David Tyson

Bolton, LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
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Tour: Israel Private Guide : Shore Excursion from Ashdod Port, Ashdod, Israel
Date: Nov 8/16

We had a great 2 day tour with Zel. He looked after really well. He took us to all the main sights and was more than happy ( in fact he suggested it ) to pick us up at 6.45am on the second day so that we could beat both the crowds and the heat at Temple Mount. He also arranged a seamless transition with a TBL guide ( Elias ) on the West Bank so we could visit Bethlehem. Elias was great and has a fantastic beat the queue system at the church. If you want to maximise your Jerusalem experience choose Zel

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David and Lisa Thanks very much for this review . Enjoy the rest of your travels ! Warm regards, Zel

Juan Bossano

United States
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Tour: #247245, Masada and Dead Sea Private Day Tour, Masada, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 27/16

Excellent Tour. Zel spent a lot of time explaining Masada and gave us the background of the area while we were driving there. After Masada we went to the Dead Sea and floated for few minutes. We even drop by the Baptismal site in the Jordan River. Overall a great day with an extremely knowledgeable and accommodating tour guide. We recommend Zel highly without reservations.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you .

Juan Bossano

United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide: Six Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 26/16

This tour took us to the main places in Jerusalem. The amount of Knowledge of the facts that Zel has is amazing. There was no question he could not answer. He took us in his car to strategic places overviewing panoramically Jerusalem to began our orientation of the city. Then we immersed mainly in Old Jerusalem on a inspiring and fascinating journey. Zel was afable, accommodating and very good at time managing. We couldn't have been happier with the tour, tired but happy. Zel was excellent!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Juan for both of your generous reviews . Warm regards, Zel

Jin Cui

China
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Tour: Israel Multi Day Private Tour for Jin Cui Part 2, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Oct 10/16

Here i want to share how amazing a private tour could be. Zel arranged itinerary that included other two TBL guides Amir G and Elias G. It is amazing experience with Amir G, venturing and overnight in the desert with a Bedouin while fox taking a walk around you, walking in the moonlight, arranging musical tour with the most friendly Orthodox people: playing guitar in Zfat at sunset, reading Bible in the forest.Life is so beautiful, life is simple. Great idea of showing diverse Israel by different guides.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Jin . I am glad that you were able to enjoy the diversity of Israel with the customized tour of Israel with different Toursbylocals guides including myself , Amir and Elias that I was able to pre arrange for you . Your adventurous spirit and our correspondence allowed me to design a personalized tour that I am very glad you enjoyed so much . Best wishes , Zel

Jin Cui

China
Rating

Tour: Israel Multi Day Private Tour for Jin Cui : Part One, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Oct 1/16

Zel is one of the kindest people i have met. This is my first visit here. I immediately fell in love with the city because of the friendliness of the people, my two local guides Zel and Amir, i met. Their kindness not only to me but also to the local people. You cannot ask for better guide! Zel is of systematic thinking. He always tried to show you a whole picture before diving into so complicated details in Jerusalem. And he recommended a sunrise early morning tour to Masada. It was highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jin It was my real pleasure to guide you in Israel . Thankyou for your generous comments . Warmest regards , Zel

Ninai Koplan

United States
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Tour: #240162, Jerusalem Private Guide: Christian Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 8/16

Zel exceeded our expectations from the beginning. He exudes trustworthiness, dependability, integrity, great humanity, and is extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun. He understood exactly what we needed and helped us fulfill a mission that was critically important to us, protecting us and making us feel secure all along the way. He managed difficulty with grace. Zel is the gold standard. Our only regret is that we did not sign on for more days with him. Next time in Jerusalem...Thank you Zel

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ninai - Thankyou ! With warmest regards to the intrepid three explorers . Zel

Orit Cohen

United States
Rating

Tour: Jerusalem ,Jerusalem region and Dead Sea Two Day Tour, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Sep 6/16

We toured with Zel for two days and every minute was informational and fun. He is a safe and careful driver, an educator and a pleasant companion. Might add that, from the time we started our correspndence about the planed itinerary, Zel was promptly answering questions and taking care of logistic issues. We highly recommend Zel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Orit,Many thanks .Zel

Ellen Marcus-Azzolini

United States
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Tour: #247245, Masada and Dead Sea Private Day Tour, Masada, Israel    view tour
Date: Aug 30/16

Zel was amazing! His wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for Masada which he shared with us was only surpassed by his easy going and affable nature. As a family, we each had our own interests and agendas and Zel was so accommodating and flexible and able to appease all of us, keeping it fun and interesting for all. That was his true gift! Thanks Zel!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ellen for your generous comments . Warm regards , Zel

Barbara Tanzman

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide: Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Aug 25/16

Zel was an amazing and accommodating guide who enriched our trip beyond expectation. I was traveling with an elderly aunt for a family event and Zel created the perfect itinerary to make our visit to Jerusalem possible. He has tremendous knowledge, patience and kindness. Outstanding!!!! I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Send my warmest regards to your aunt . Zel

Barbara Tanzman

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide: Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Aug 24/16

Zel was an amazing and accommodating guide who enriched our trip beyond expectation. I was traveling with an elderly aunt for a family event and Zel created the perfect itinerary to make our visit to Jerusalem possible. He has tremendous knowledge, patience and kindness. Outstanding!!!! I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Barbara . Warmest regards Zel

Max Rozga

United States
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Tour: #53422, Jerusalem Private Guide: Jewish Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 28/16

Zel our guide was the best he really knew his stuff.

Michael Bounan

United States
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Tour: #240162, Jerusalem Private Guide: Christian Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 21/16

No tour guide could have been more responsible, accommodating, or personable! Zel made the trip to Jerusalem memorable. Definitely recommend!

Michael Bounan

United States
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Tour: #240162, Jerusalem Private Guide: Christian Heritage Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 20/16

Great guide! One of the best! Couldn't have had a better experience visiting the holy city!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michael Thanks for your generous review . Best wishes Zel

Robert Loucks

United States
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Tour: #247245, Masada Private Day Tour and Dead Sea region adventure, Masada, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 1/16

John H.

United States
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Tour: Israel Private Guide - Galilee Day Tour from Tel Aviv, Galilee, Israel
Date: Jun 17/16

Zel is absolutely wonderful! He is one of the friendliest and kindest people we have had the pleasure of meeting. He suggested an early morning start for our trip through the Galilee and we would highly recommend this option. We spent an extraordinary day touring the Golan and breathtaking Galilee area along with a terrific visit to the mystical town of Zfat. He customized the entire day for us to ensure we did not miss a thing. We are so very thankful to Zel for a truly memorable and perfect day!

John H.

United States
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Tour: Israel Private Guide - Mediterranean Coast from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Jun 16/16

Zel was absolutely terrific! We spent the entire day with him touring the beautiful Northern coast of Israel. He was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a thorough history at each location. We especially loved our visit to Caesarea and Zel made sure we did not miss a thing while there. He also took us through the beautiful Carmel mountains and to the port city of Haifa. We could not have asked for a better guide than Zel!

John H.

United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide - Six Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 15/16

Zel was outstanding. It was our first visit to Jerusalem and we are so thankful to have had Zel as our guide for the day. He took us to all the 'must see' areas and places in Jerusalem and provided extensive detail and history at each location. He provided us a perfect day in Jerusalem we will never forget. We will be forever thankful to Zel and would highly recommend him if you want a memorable experience in Jerusalem.

John H.

United States
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Tour: #21708, Masada Private Guide - Sunrise (or Later!)Tour from Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 14/16

Zel was fantastic....you cannot ask for better guide! He recommended we do the Masada Sunrise early morning tour and then visit the Dead Sea. It was perfect and we would highly recommend selecting this early morning visit with Zel. The temperature is cooler (important if you do the climb) and the view with the sunrise over the hills is absolutely breathtaking.

Mary Scott

United States
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Tour: #101394, Jerusalem Private Guide - Two Six Hour Days in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 2/16

Zel made history come alive with stories and specifics as we walked through the old city. I highly recommend the 6:30 am start. It was peaceful being there before most tourists. When we left, the parking lot was packed with cars and buses. Glad we were leaving! Zel has vast knowledge and an easygoing personality, which made the time fly. I learned so much about Jerusalem and Israel, historically and today. I highly recommend Zel for your tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mary..Hope all is well Warmest regards from Jerusalem. Zel

Sandra Platt

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide - Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 23/16

Zel was great! Enthusiastic, engaging, and willing to experience the Old City with us! He went above and beyond - from visiting a Karaite synagogue in the Old City to fetching my hat after it flew off my head while on the walls around the Tower of David (my jaw was still flapping after watching it fall). From the hiccups in the tour (he was almost hit by car), which he overcame with aplomb to the add-ins (my partner needed to pick up a few t-shirts in the shuk), Zel was a great partner in exploration!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sandra ,Thanks for the lovely review .Best wishes Zel

Christine Falder

United Kingdom
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Tour: #21708, Masada Private Guide:Sunrise (or Later!) Tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 17/16

Just amazing! A lifetime ambition fulfilled for my husband and in such a memorable way. Masada is well worth visiting with a private guide so you can avoid the big tour groups as much as possible and have a truly informative and unforgettable experience. Zel made sure we made the most of our day by including a visit to a kibbutz for our lunch and a float in the Dead Sea too. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Christine . Best wishes to you and Stephen . Zel

Christine Falder

United Kingdom
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide:Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 16/16

Zel gave us a wonderful introduction to the complicated city that is Jerusalem in his 4 hour tour, he's a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who will tailor his itinerary and commentary to your interests. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Christine.Look forward to seeing you both here again in the future. Best wishes,Zel

Marian Yacko

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide - Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 11/16

Zel was excellent and I give him a full 5-star rating. I had already been on a tour of Jerusalem and Zel took me to places I had not been, which was great. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and I had a great time touring both the Old and New City of Jerusalem with him as my guide. I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Marian and 5 * to you for fulfilling your dream of travel to Israel . Hope to see you again one day in Jerusalem ! Best wishes, Zel

Daniel S.

Zurich, ZH, Switzerland
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide:Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 5/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Daniel .Much appreciated and look forward to catching up next time you are in Jerusalem! Zel

Heather Blond

United States
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Tour: #101394, Two Day Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Private Guide Tour Package, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 20/16

Fantastic guide - very knowledgeable in all aspects of history and we had a lot of fun touring Tel Aviv, Caesarea, and Jerusalem with him. Great recommendations for dining and lodging too.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Heather .I look forward to staying in touch with you and Joe. Best wishes, Zel

Deno Barroga

United States
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Tour: #128499, Bethlehem Private Guide - Full day tour of Bethlehem & Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Feb 27/16

Ian Maron

Australia
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide - Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Dec 20/15

Very knowledgeable and made an effort to customise the tour to our request and areas that appeared interesting to our whole party on the day. Very proactive. Offered to collect us from our apartment on the day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ian .Hope you and the family have a great visit .Let me know if I can be of any assistance. Zel

Edward Jones

United States
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide - Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Nov 24/15

I made arrangements for this tour on short notice and was pleasantly surprised when Zel contacted me almost immediately. He met me at my hotel the next morning and, after a short conversation came up with the perfect 4-hour tour of Jerusalem catered to my wishes. Zel is very knowledgeable and professional with a great personality. Not only was he able to explain everything he showed me, after a short time I forgot I was on a guided tour and felt more like I was exploring the city with an old friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ed .It was a pleasure touring with you . Best wishes , Zel

Marilyn Mentz

United States
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Tour: Israel Private Shore Excursion , Ship & Cruise Tour from Haifa Port, Haifa, Israel
Date: Nov 4/15

Mel was an outstanding guide. He was personable, knowledgeable and generous with his time. We highly recommend him to anyone visiting Israel.

Louis Cohen

United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide - Six Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 21/15

My wife and I cannot say enough great things about our tour guide, Zel. Our walking tour of the old city was what we were looking forward to the most, and given the situation when we got there, it was the tour we were most concerned about. Not only did Zel do a wonderful job of guiding and explaining, he also made us feel completely safe in doing so. When we return, we look forward to spending more time with him. His tour was the highlight of our trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lou - warmest regards from Jerusalem . Zel

Mindy Nathan

United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide - Six Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 13/15

Zel was very knowledgable and delightful to spend the time with. His knowledge of the past and present history was awesome. I would definitely recommend Zel for your trip to Jersulaem

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mindy, Thanks for your generous comments . It was a pleasure showing you around Jerusalem . Happy New Year and feel free to be in touch on your travels . Zel

Dominic Lambrinos

Australia
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Tour: Galilee Private Guide - Custom Designed Day Tour to Nazareth & Galilee, Nazareth, Israel
Date: Jul 15/15

We travelled to Jerusalem with the intent of engaging our spiritual and historical interests and with Zel tremendous dose of knowledge we toured and were both educated and inspired. He also helped us understand the many layers co-exiting in Jerusalem and showed a diversity of people and life as well as a diversity in geography which has left us awe inspired and with an appetite to come back for more. There wasn't anything Zel wouldn't do to accommodate us on our tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Best wishes to you and Nikki . Stay in touch . Zel

Dominic Lambrinos

Australia
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Tour: #21708, Masada Private Guide - Sunrise (or Later!)Tour from Jerusalem, Masada, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 14/15

Touring with Zel was like being welcomed by someone into their home and feel special - and he is fit! Walking up Masada after being collected at 4am is no mean feat. Like many of Zel's tours, we start with a series of expectations and by the end of the day, he has not only fulfilled them but given us so much more to enrich our visit, maximise our experience and leave this desert area overwhelmed by the richness of its history and even more by it's unique beauty. This is a wonderful tour - don't miss it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dominic - I look forward to catching up with both of you next time ! Zel

Dominic Lambrinos

Australia
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Tour: #101394, Jerusalem Private Guide - Two Day Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 12/15

Touring with Zel was like being welcomed by someone into their home and feel special. He addressed our specific interests beforehand and tailored his tour to accommodate our wishes plus adding more sights which we would never have known about but complimented our interests and personalities perfectly. There wasn't anything Zel wouldn't do to accommodate us our tour including sharing his local secrets, treats and special spots all of which left us with an extraordinary experience. Thank you ZEL

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Dominic for your generous comments about our time together . Best wishes , Zel

Liam Longo

United States
Rating

Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide - Four Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 8/15

My mother and I had a wonderful time touring with Zel! He is extremely knowledgable about the history of Jerusalem and the region in general. Zel was careful to mould the tour to fit our interests, and he was personable and fun to talk to throughout the trip. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Liam.Let's stay in touch.Best, Zel

Yury Stolyarov

United States
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide - Six Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 7/15

David Russell

Australia
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Tour: #129102, Jerusalem Private Guide - Four Hour Walking tour of Old City, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 6/15

We cannot recommend this orientation tour more highly. In particular, you MUST take Zel's advice and start early. We began at 6:45am and the experience was amazing. No lines and hardly any other people around when we were visiting some the holy places around Jerusalem - made for very special spiritual moments. Zel was full of knowledge and showed us more than just the highlights, pointing out various places to return to and drove us to the Mount of Olives and surrounding areas. Can't recommend more highly

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David . Regards to all the singers ! Zel

Barbara Gervis

United States
Rating

Tour: #21708, Masada Private Guide - Sunrise (or Later!)Tour from Jerusalem, Masada, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 28/15

My trip to Masada was outstanding. I was amazed to see how extensive the development of the top had been and Zel's illuminating stories gave life to the structures and history that went well beyond simply the story of the mass suicide. But the trip was more than Masada. Zel's extensive knowledge of the Judean desert and my curiosity had us in a delightful discussion that was quite meaningful both in regard to ancient history and modern times. It was like journeying with an old friend. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much and very mutual Best to both you and Barbara Zel

Barbara Gervis

United States
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide - Six Hour Walking Tour of Old & New City, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 26/15

We had a great day in the Old City with Zel. His vast knowledge of the Old City's history and architecture opened up various lines of questioning which led to delightful conversations. Zel is easy to be with. Come across a meaningful moment for you, and Zel makes time and space for you explore it. Be curious about something, and Zel will either have the answer or eagerly engage in speculation with you. We greatly enjoyed it. It was fun. We highly recommend Zel as a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara Thanks very much for your generous comments . I very much enjoyed the tour with you and Richard .Best to both of you . Zel

Adam F.

United States
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide - Six Hour Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 26/15

Zel tailored our Old City tour to us - taking us to the large sites (church of the holy sepulcher, temple mount, etc) and spending time going into their history in detail as well as into small churches and synagogues around the old city, all while pointing out the enormous amount of archaeological finds along the way. All in all, our tour was perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. We only wish we had found Zel at the beginning of our trip instead of at the end!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Adam & Dana Thanks very much for your lovely review. Warm regards, Zel

David H.

United States
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Private Guide - Six Hour Orientation Tour of Old City, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 27/15

Our tour of the Old City in Jerusalem was fantastic - our guide Zel was extremely knowledgeable and focused the tour on our interests. Zel was very well prepared - Zel and his tour was certainly one of our highlights of our time in Israel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David Thank you very much for your generous feedback. Best wishes, Zel

Donald Wilson

United States
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Tour: #21708, Masada Private Sunrise (or Later!) Day Tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 24/15

The trip to Masada with Zel was one of my favorite vacation experiences ever. The history of Israel is very complex, and Zel is able to explain it all with great clarity. He has extensive knowledge and understanding of the history of this part of the world and the numerous cultures that have passed through there over the centuries. On top of all that, Zel is a delightful person. He has our highest recommendation for anyone wanting a tour of Masada or elsewhere in Israel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Don and I look forward to staying in touch. Warm regards from Jerusalem. Zel

Donald Wilson

United States
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem Old City Orientation Private Six Hour Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 22/15

Jerusalem is one of the most interesting and complex cities in the world, and our tour of the Old City with Zel brought it all to life. He has extensive knowledge of all the sites in the city, including those of all the various religions, cultures and groups. His explanations of the history and significance of each site is clear and thoughtful. On top of all that, he is a wonderful person to spend a day with. Anyone going to Jerusalem will enjoy and benefit from a tour conducted by Zel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Donald.It was a pleasure to tour with you and Wally. Zel

Jeffrey Goldberg

United States
Rating

Tour: Masada & Dead Sea Private Israel Day tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Nov 15/14

Great job. Extremely knowledgable and fun. Fully enjoyed the day. Highly flexible as well and we changed the itinerary on the fly!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Jeff.Look forward to staying in touch ! Zel

Jean Gash

Houston, TX, United States
Rating

Tour: Haifa Port -Akko -Sea of Galilee - Dead Sea -Jerusalem-Bethlehem-Ashdod, Haifa, Israel
Date: Oct 25/14

We spent two days with Zel in Israel, visiting Akko, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada and Bethlehem, and had a terrific time. Zel is charming, funny, knowledgeable and above all, patient. He made accomodations for my 83-year-old mother as well as keeping things moving and interesting for the rest of us. It was the experience of a lifetime to see the land of the Bible and when we return we will book Zel again! Thanks!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cory ! Warmest regards to the whole crew.Enjoy the rest of your cruise. Zel

Maria del Rosario F.

Panama
Rating

Tour: Israel Tailor Made Multiple Day Private tour, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Oct 21/14

Israel is a very difficult country to navigate. Our 7 day private tour took us throughout Israel. Zel was a joy to be with, prompt, with an excellent in depth knowledge of Jewish and Christian history. He complemented our busy itinerary with very interesting additions as needed. We highly recommend him; he is flexible, readily adjusted to our needs and is a native English speaker. His extraordinary care, attention and love of Israel had a positive and lasting impact on us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria and Paul . It was a real pleasure to spend the week with you , exploring Israel together. With many thanks & with my warmest regards , Zel

Perry G.

United States
Rating

Tour: Caesarea & Akko private tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Sep 16/14

2014-09-16 Zel was very flexible with our itinerary, including a lunch stop at Uri Buri's in Akko - a surprise bonus.

Perry G.

United States
Rating

Tour: Masada & Craters Private Tour, Masada, Israel
Date: Sep 15/14

Perry G.

United States
Rating

Tour: #53422, Jerusalem at Dawn or at Dusk, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 14/14

Francine F.

United States
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Tour: #101394, Jerusalem Private Tour with a Difference., Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 1/14

Independent travelers looking for a personalized tour in Jerusalem will love working with Zel. We needed more than 1/2 day to learn about The Old City, let alone the rest of Jerusalem.An in-depth tour by other, less flexible guides insisted on an 8-10 hour day- too much.This two-day tour of 6 hours each day was a perfect alternative and fit our style much better.Zel was flexible about start times. He is a great guide and very personable.Highly recommended, good value for the money.Two days will be great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Francine, . Zel

Miriam Jennings

United States
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem--A Six Hour Orientation Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 19/14

We had a wonderful walking tour of new and old Jerusalem with Zel. He did a fantastic job of adjusting the tour on the fly to our desires, and most importantly to our children's interests. Prior to the trip we communicated by email, with Zel answering many questions about Jerusalem and making our entire visit a more meaningful and enjoyable visit. He is a very knowledgable tour guide, wonderful with kids, and a joy to spend many hours with walking all over Jerusalem.

Jeffrey P.

Chicago, IL, United States
Rating

Tour: 5 Day Israel Exploration, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Nov 19/13

Zel did a spectacular job and I can not express this briefly how pleased we were with him. I booked Zel for 5 day-tours from Jerusalem stretching from Masada to Golan. He truly customized the itinerary as I had given him a wishlist and timeframe. He expertly created it as he saw fit. He was always prompt, friendly, engaging, funny, patient (even with my own tardiness day 1) and informative (He has the knowledgebase of a professor). I would recommend Zel to anyone and already have to family.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeff, Thanks so much for your generous comments. Stay in touch Zel

Veronika Smilak

United States
Rating

Tour: The full Jerusalem experience - a fully customised walking tour, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Nov 14/13

Zel is one of the most knowledgeable and personable guides we have had the pleasure to meet. He is very flexible and adapts the tour to your pace. He also knows a lot of the other great guides in the area, which makes it very convenient when you decide at the last minute to travel from Israel to Palestine. Zel can talk as easily about the mamluk dynasty as he can about great restaurants. It was a pleasure to spend a few days with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Veronika . Best wishes, Zel

Jeffrey Mendell

United States
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Tour: JeffMendellIsraeltour, Ashdod, Israel
Date: Oct 14/13

Zel planned a 3 day excursion for 4 of us in central & northern Israel. He was prompt & helpful in our advance communications. He put together a great itinerary, and was always willing to adjust it as we thought of more things along the way. Whether activities needed to start early in the morning, or lasted into the evening, he was there. His creativity was impressive, & his knowledge of history thorough. And beyond all that, he was a delight to spend time with. I could not recommend him more highly.

Susan Ziering

United States
Rating

Tour: The full Jerusalem experience - a fully customised walking tour, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Sep 23/13

Zel is very knowledgeable, clear And accommodating. I would hire him again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Susan.I hope we stay in contact for your Israel trip planning. Zel

Jacob Bielasiak

United States
Rating

Tour: To the Sea from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Jul 11/13

Zel was outstanding: imaginative, flexible and attended to all the different interests of our diverse family: history, politics and religious narratives for some of us, exciting off the road adventures for others, great food stops for all. He is charming and knowledgeable, and showed us parts of Israel we never expected to see-- Golan Heights, Druze villages, as well as ancient Jewish and Roman sites. even a perfect sunset in Caesarea with the red sun dipping just below the aqueduct. Perfect timing!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jacob for your kind words . As I said the successful timing on tour has as much to do with the traveling group as with the guide.I was glad that we were able to experience so much of Israel in our 48 hours together . Warmest regards, Zel

Jacob Bielasiak

United States
Rating

Tour: #21708, Masada at Dawn tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 10/13

Zel is outstanding : he came up with great variations on the Masada and Dead Sea trip- sunrise at Masada, interesting narratives on Jewish history, religion, and society during the drive, perfect spa and Dead Sea dip. He advised us what to see, what to skip, and was all around the best choice for our family of 5 adults-- he kept us engaged, and excited. Everyone agreed the two days we spent with Zel were the two best days of our 2 week tour in Israel. We recommend most highly!! We'll be back.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great pleasure to guide you and the family .For four out of the five of you it was the first time in Israel and It is always interesting to see how people experience the intensity & variety of Israel . Best wishes, Zel

Douglas Reich

United States
Rating

Tour: To the Sea from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Jun 21/13

Great tour guide who customized the tour while we were on the go once he knew my likes. Would use him again without hesitation. VERY knowledgeable about Israel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again

Douglas Reich

United States
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Tour: #21708, Masada at Dawn tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 18/13

My wife and I used Zell for 2 tours and were VERY pleased. He went out of his way to make sure I saw "all" the things I wanted. He is very knowledgeable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Douglas. Best wishes, Zel

John Nesbitt

United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem-Half-Day-Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 2/13

Zel is a wonderful companion and guide easy to get along with and great fun. He is highly knowledgeable, personally charming and very flexible with regard to use of car, taxi and walking. He made sure my wife and I acomplished all that we had planned in the Old City and added much more. I recommend him to anyone who is a first time or return visitor to Jerusalem. John Nesbitt.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much John

Ian Tattenbaum

United States
Rating

Tour: The full Jerusalem experience - a fully customised walking tour, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Apr 11/13

Zel was very knowledgable. He was very flexible in deciding what to tour which was perfect for me since I had previously been to the old city (albeit 30 years ago). He was able to schedule tours for specific old city sites during our tour to accommodate my desire to play things by ear.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for your feedback Ian. Best wishes, Zel

Abby H.

United States
Rating

Tour: The full Jerusalem experience - a fully customised walking tour, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Apr 8/13

Zel was a fantastic guide. His encyclopedic knowledge of Israeli history & culture really brought to life all that we saw and did with him. He took us though areas of the old city that we would have never found on our own, and organized the day such that we really optimized the time. We covered an astonishing amount of sites & history (4000 years, we joked) in one day with him, and he was very attuned to keeping it paced & interesting for our kids (9 & 11) as well. Would highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Abby, Thanks so much for your generous feedback .Best wishes to all the family.Zel

Frankie Busch

United States
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem-Half-Day-Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 14/13

My husband and I spent an amazing 4 hours in Jerusalem's Old City with Zel, a native English speaker and resident of Jerusalem. He is an expert guide and teacher who brought to life the history, religion, archaeology, and story of Jerusalem. This was our tenth trip to israel and the time spent with Zel was a great highlight of our trip.

John Leahy

Australia
Rating

Tour: The full Jerusalem experience - a fully customised walking tour, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Nov 3/12

An excellent day spent with a wonderful guide who was very informative from a historical view point whilst also being able to provide us with an understanding of what daily life is like in Jerusalem. We were able to see all of things that we wanted to see and not just what he wanted us to see. We ould throughly recommend Zel as a first class guide and a very essential part of any trip to Israel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, Just noticed the very generous review you wrote after our day together. Many thanks and best wishes for Xmas and the New Year. Zel

Gert Adriaensen

Belgium
Rating

Tour: #23345, Jerusalem-Half-Day-Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 25/12

Zel was an amazing guide; we arrived later than expected due to unforeseen circumstances (rental car coming from Haifa did not have GPS) and Zel contacted us and said he would gladly wait for us! The tour itself was fantastic: good pace, interesting information, geared to our interests. After the tour, Zel even accompanied us the road back to Tel Aviv, he drove us himself in our rental car and gave us tips on where to dine in Tel Aviv. We highly recommend Zel for any Israel based tour, he's the best!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind comments Gert Best wishes, Zel

Ronda Marcus

Evans, GEORGIA, United States
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Tour: #23345, Jerusalem-Half-Day-Tour, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jun 11/12

Zel was a wonderful tour guide. He took us to interesting places in the Old City, and always had his IPAD ready to show us interesting tid bits about the location. He was great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronda, Thanks so much for your feedback. Hope all went well on the rest of your visit. Warm regards, Zel