Alan LevyUnited States
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
Daniel BrownUnited States
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!
John H.United States
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.
Christine FalderUnited Kingdom
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
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
Barbara GervisUnited States
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
Donald WilsonUnited States
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
Jacob BielasiakUnited States
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 ReichUnited States
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