Shmuel is the best guide we have met so far. He presented us with a cross section of the complex history of the city, myths and narratives related to Jerusalem. He is also a warm, caring person, perfectly adapting to the tourists' needs and personal outlooks. A fantastic conversationalist. His wisdom and wit are fabulous.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marius. It was great to tour with you and Oshra.
Shmuel guided us and our 2 young children (2.5y and 9m) on the 5th of January 2018. He was the best guide we ever met. He literally knows everything about the history of Israel, he was also very patient with our children and their needs. We can highly recommend him! Katrien and Pieter, Belgium
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Katrien. Your children were amazing, which is just to say that you are amazing.
Stephen BoushUnited States
Shmuel was fantastic. He was patient with us and our young children, had a clear passion and deep knowledge of the area and really took his time to ensure that we were well taken care and that all the items we wanted to see and experience were included. Highest recommendations ! You will not be disappointed!
Very detailed and accurate. Shmuel thankfully took way more time than booked to answer all our questions. He took great care to give us an impression of past and present. We can highly recommend going on tour with Shmuel!
Ron SigalUnited States
It was a phenomenal tour. Shmuel knew his stuff. This may have been the best tour guide that has ever led a tour we were on. We will recommend Shmuel to our friends when they visit Israel!
Robert LoucksUnited States
Carol ZohnUnited States
Very excellent, topical, and fascinating. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Client also emailed me: "Dear Shmuel, My husband liked the tour so much yesterday he wonders if there is any chance you could take him to Masada and the Dead Sea today?"
Elizabeth GriffithUnited States
Samuel certainly knows Jerusalem and his English is perfect. We covered a lot of ground and learned more than we imagined
Jill HeppenheimerUnited States
I was prepared for a "dry" commentary, but Smuel was well researched, very clever and insightful, and full of really terrific historical information. He kept us moving for the entire time, and was open to taking us to his favorite, very affordable falafel stand when we wanted something to eat. We bought his lunch, of course, and we kept moving. He was excellent. I would definitely hire him again, and he would be terrific for a slightly larger group, up to about 6 people. He speaks very clearly!
Sandi WatsonUnited States
Shmuel is a very knowledgable tour guide. He is able to take information and impart it in a way that makes the learning interesting and easy to comprehend. We had our 11 year old son with us and Shmuel held his attention for the entire tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to meet you, Don and Benjamin. Hope that the tour helped him with his project on King David.
The tour was very interesting and Shmuel was even flexible enough to make the tour a little longer so al our questions could be answered in depth and we could see all the things we wanted. Shmuel has a lot of knowledge and shared many details about the old city and also about todays life in Jerusalem. So we highly recommend him to anybody who wants a great tour guide with deep knowledge of Jerusalem and its history.
Randi BrenowitzUnited States
Shmuel was fabulous! He was extremely knowledgable and had a wonderful way of telling the tale. It was a great day - exactly what I wanted!
Joel SilbertUnited States
While we have been in Jerusalem many times before, we had never done the Ramparts walk. Shmuel did a marvelous job guiding us as we looked down on the Christian and Muslim quarters, providing many fascinating details. Visiting St. Anne's Church was also most enlightening and we were treated to some wonderful singing! The architectural knowledge shown by Shmuel really enhanced our visit and met all of our wishes. Just great! I highly recommend Shmuel for this tour!
Mitchell PearlUnited States
Shmuel is extremely knowledgeable and brought the history of Jerusalem alive.
Amazing depth of knowlege and great flexibility to adapt the information to our specific professional background which made the tour even more interesting.
AMAZING! Shmuel excelled in balancing between our desire to see lots of sights on Mount of Olives and the old city, my wife's need for slow pace walking and frequent rest stops. Before t, we were sure that my wife would need to abandon the tour at some point because she would be too tired but thanks to Shmuels expert balancing act between walking and resting we spent a whole day in the city and did not get too tired. Very interesting and engaging: a treasure trove of history/architeture/local insights.
Peter VinelliUnited States
Ian BreedNew Zealand
Shmuel is an excellent tour guide and a really nice person! He has in-depth knowledge of his subject. He took the time to bring with him maps and diagrams to support the information he was giving to us. We got a much better idea of the history of the Old City and detailed facts about the places we visited than we could ever have got by just walking around by ourselves. For anyone who wants to get 'under the skin of Jerusalem,' particularly the Old City, we would recommend Shmuel.
Arthur F.United States
Terrific guide--smart, energetic and careful. I wanted a customized 3-hr tour to cover sights that were of particular interest to me. He put together a coherent and efficient plan. We covered what I wanted to see, and he provided thoughtful insights on historical events and archeological excavations. He was careful to accommodate my somewhat limited physical ability. Tour was a unique and wonderful experience.
Cindy AllamUnited Kingdom
Shmuel gave us an informative useful tour of some of the highlights of Jerusalem. Looking back, we could have improved the tour by being more explicit about what we wanted to see, how long we wanted to stay at certain places, etc. However, that was definitely down to our group rather than Shmuel, who was patient with our varying requirements, doing his best to serve us all.
Boris G.United States
This tour was very informative. Shmuel has a lot of knowledge and we literally left no stone unturned on the old city walking tour. The tour ran a little late and Shmuel stayed with us beyond the tour duration to make sure all of the points of interest are covered. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Emil RayUnited States
Shmuel was excellent! The tour went at the perfect pace, and he honed on the historical and archaeological aspects that were most interesting to us. Shmuel has tons of knowledge about a broad range of topics, and explained everything in a way that was both engaging and clear. We all absolutely loved this tour!
Gloria EkelchikUnited States
Shmuel was a intelligent man. He spoke to my 7 year old son, that allowed him to understand everything.He focused the tour around our needs. We walked we stop to eat.We walked some more and tasted more food.One of the highlight was when he sang in this beautiful Crusaders church. The acoustics were amazing.I have a better understanding of my Jewish history and our son can go to Hebrew school with great stories of his vacation.My husband said,it was money well spent to have a private tour.Bring Good Shoes.
Michael GodwinUnited States
Shmuel is an excellent guide! He is kwowledeable about his subject, and his willingness to work with us on both the available time and places to see made a great combination. We were pleased with what we saw and learned.
Andrew KingUnited States
Excellent tour of the Old City
Raymond CarterPhiladelphia, PA, United States
Shmuel was very knowledgable and adapted the tour to enclude the Temple Mount. My wife and I very much enjoyed talking with Shmuel about many topics. He took us to some great spots to see the Old City better. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good 1/2 day tour.
We are very grateful to Shmuel who guided us through the history of the Old City and provided the right level of information for the time available (half day). Highly recommended. Thank you.
Kelly HaberUnited States
I would highly recommend this tour with Shmuel. Even though I have been to the Old City of Jerusalem several times, I learned so much, and went places I would never have gone on my own, thanks to Shmuel. Even areas that I had seen before took on new meaning as I gained understanding of their significance. Shmuel did assume a certain amount of Bible knowledge, and interest in the names of minor players in the more recent history of the old city that were not relevant to us. Otherwise it was a 5 star event.
Jim RethoreUnited States
Shmuel did a great job. He was extremely knowledgeable and gave great context to what we were seeing. We felt very comfortable in his presence which is important for us in visiting a foreign city. We saw and heard things in four hours we never would of discovered on our own in a week's time. I would not hesitate in recommending Shmuel to family and friends in the future.
Leslie WolfUnited States
Shmuel was fantastic! He was responsive to my needs in the planning and flexible when my plans changed because my flight was delayed because of weather. We met up according to plan and spent a wonderful day walking in the Old City based on my interests (he asked in the beginning and as we continued). Throughout, he provided detailed information -- history, context, etc -- about what I was seeing. A highlight was an impromptu concert in one of the churches. Would definitely call on Shmuel again!
Timea FodorUnited States
Thanks for Shmuel for a fantastic walking tour in Jerusalem. He is very knowledgeable of history, architecture and basically anything that you want to know about Jerusalem. We truly enjoyed spending a day with him. Thanks again, Shmuel. My family was very touched by the Old City and you were part of this wonderful experience. I highly recommend Shmuel to be your tour guide. Timea and Lev, Colorado USA
Liz GreenUnited Kingdom
This tour was great! Shmuel has in depth knowledge of The Old City and had an interesting anecdote about everything we passed! He showed us places that we wouldn't have seen by ourselves. He was really friendly and was flexible around our group's needs. Thanks Shmuel!