Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Tel-Aviv-Israel by Tour Guide Gary L. (Guide #11710)


Ilya Lipkovich

United States
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Tour: #169424, Golden Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Feb 12/20

We found Gary as a very experienced and entertaining guide capable of turning the business of sightseeing into a consistent and convincing storytelling. His presentation of Jerusalem is highly customized to the interests and viewpoints of his clients while also being animated by his personality. Gary was very flexible and responsive to our needs and situation (including rescheduling the tour due to the change in our itinerary). Overall, I highly recommend Gary as a guide for tourists of all ages.

Jerry Davidson

United States
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Tour: #131079, Biblical Tours of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Dec 27/19

Gary is a knowledgeable, very personal, lots of fun to be around. I've never had a tour guide in any country as good as him. I would use it anytime he would be available.

Jerry Davidson

United States
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Tour: Jerusalem New City and Herodion, Private Tour, from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Dec 26/19

Gary was one of the best tours guys I've ever had. He's knowledgeable, personable and a delight to be around. We are so thankful to have had him

Laura G.

Denver, NC, United States
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Tour: Journey from Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Date: Nov 13/19

Very knowledgeable, friendly Willing to accommodate changes as necessary. Great tour, highly recommend!

Larry Glick

United States
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Tour: Masada and Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Nov 1/19

Gary was very obliging. I was his first ever pick-up at the Allenby Bridge crossing, and then on to Masada, back to Jerusalem for the Holocaust Museum, and finally walking the streets of the Old City was enchanting.

Bellarri A.

United States
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Tour: Israel in Three, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Oct 16/19

Gary was absolutely fabulous. He is knowledgeable, energetic, enthusiastic, accommodating and most of all passionate about the history of Israel. He made our visit extremely special and memorable. B & B Scottsdale, Arizona

Louis Franken

South Africa
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Tour: #169424, Golden Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 2/19

Gary was very professional and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and can recommend Gary to everyone. ToursbyLocals was very efficient and professional. Thank you! Pieter and Louis

Christine Aubrey

United States
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Tour: #169424, Golden Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Aug 7/19

Apolinario Jr Arches

Dublin, LENSTER, Ireland
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Tour: Christian Galilee Tour, Nazareth, Israel
Date: Jun 18/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Apolinario - Thanks very much for your kind words. I hope I actually deserved them. My user name on chess.com is gary.littwin@gmail.com. I'm traveling over the weekend but maybe we can play next week? You and Fe have a great trip home!

Kathleen D.

New Braunfels, TEXAS, United States
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Tour: Culture tour, Haifa, Israel
Date: May 10/19

Gary is an extraordinary guide with a stunning depth and breadth of knowledge of Israel's history, culture, economy, people, and politics—we learned so much during two absolutely unforgettable days. Thank you!

Gregory Kalmar

United States
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Tour: Dead Sea Private Tour, a day in the Dead Sea area, from Tel Aviv, for Gregg Kalmar, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Apr 24/19

Gary was a wonderful guide. We were a group of 8 ranging from 9 years old to 71. He was very patient with us, kind and extremely knowledgeable. All of us agree that When we return to Israel we would insist on touring with our friend Gary!

Marvin Schwartzbard

United States
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Tour: #243244, Private tour of the Sea of Galilee, Haifa, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 23/19

Gwyneth Asten

Australia
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Tour: Jerusalem Through the Ages, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Aug 29/18

Gary was an excellent guide who tailor-made our tour to match our interests and passions. He was very personable, engaging and knowledgeable on history, geography, military campaigns, religious sites, biblical relevance, and current issues to the region. He had more energy than us (because we were still in jet lag having come from Australia) but paced the day according to our energy levels. Gary also gave us good tips on how to best use the rest of our time in Jerusalem. Thanks Gary - a great guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gwyneth - thanks truly for the excellent recommendation. They actually do help. As to your private comment - you are right. I should have gotten to the Broad Wall, especially considering the context of the tour. I'm glad you found it on your own!

John Dickinson

United States
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Tour: #169467, Christian Tours, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Aug 23/18

I've had many "Tours by Locals" tours, all really great, but Gary was by far the best. He was so knowledgeable, but also so friendly as easy to spend time (even two full days!) with. We saw, and understood, Israel in ways we never could have without him. Not only does he have our highest recommendation, we also feel like we made a new friend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John - Thanks truly for the fantastic write-up and warm words. I hope I actually deserved some of it. It was a great tour though, wasn't it? As I think I said it was a real pleasure spending the time with and guiding you. I'll be glad to hear from you during your next trip to Israel, or just to stay in touch from time to time. Gary

Robert Arnold

United States
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Tour: Galilee Shore Excursion, a day of Christianity in the Galilee, from Jerusalem - for Robert Arnold, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Jul 21/18

Alex S.

United States
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Tour: #169424, Golden Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 9/18

Gary is the most knowledgeable, personable and enjoyable private guide we have ever had. A native American, his English and Hebrew are impeccable. He was very informative about Jewish history, Israeli politics and Jerusalem sites. He did everything we asked and more. When we could not locate our parents' graves in the Mount of Olives, Gary spent two hours in stifling sun trying his best to find them for us. He is totally committed to making your sightseeing experience the best ever -- and he succeeds.

Fariba Soucy

Canada
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Tour: #245466, Private Tour Tel-Aviv to Masada, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: May 31/18

We were very happy with our tour guide Gary. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating .

Alistair Fraser

Canada
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Tour: JERUSALEM all highlights included!, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: May 11/18

Gary was informative, interesting and had a good sense of humour. All four of us enjoyed our tour immensely and would recommend it to anyone who can stay on their feet for over 6 hours.

Norman Dyer

United States
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Tour: #169424, Golden Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

Gary was an excellent guide and valuable source of historic and current information.

Norman Dyer

United States
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Tour: #131079, Biblical Tours of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 5/18

Gary was an excellent guide and valuable source of historic and current information.

Michael Hudec

United States
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Tour: #169467, Christian Tours, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Feb 19/18

This was a wonderful tour. Gary was cheerful and friendly, and very flexible in arranging the tour. We had already done some of the normal stops on the tour, so Gary rearranged on the fly to customize the trip for us. He even arranged a Palestinian guide to take us to Bethlehem on about 2 hours notice. This, combined with Gary's deep knowledge of the subject matter, made the trip an unforgettable experience. Having a personal guide meant that we were able to move much faster than tour buses, and see more.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael! It was a pleasure meeting and touring with you both, and I appreciate the recommendation. It really does help. Please get in touch with me the next time you are in Israel - there are still a few (more than a few actually) sites to see.

Amy R.

United States
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Tour: Jerusalem and Judea, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Jan 11/18

Gary was a fantastic guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about the information, patient, kind, and funny! He explained an amazing amount of history to us, while also answering all our questions about modern day Israeli politics and culture. He is thoughtful and intelligent in every way. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Jerusalem with him, and would gladly spend more time with him when we return. We feel very fortunate to have met him and he sets the bar for future guides!

John Gardiner

United Kingdom
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Tour: Israel-in-2, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Nov 25/17

I have been to 55 different countries and over a hundred tours, trips, excursions, of all kinds I would say Israel and especially Gary as our tour guide is in my top 3% Interesting Professional Value for money Safe Flexible We received much more than we expected!!! Thank you Gary !!

Roger Coker

United Kingdom
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Tour: #169424, Golden Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 20/17

One of the best tours I've ever been on! Gary is so knowledgeable and a pleasure to walk round with (sorry that I made you walk up the bell tower!)

Yolan Hall

United States
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Tour: #243387, Private Tour from Haifa to a Crusader Castle, Haifa, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 1/17

First time in Israel, booked the crusader fortress (Montfort) ruins tour with Gary. I'm a 70 year old, retired from a desk job female. Gary was absolutely phenomenal - he lent me his hand or his shoulder and helped me all the way. Allowed me as many rest stops as I needed and took those opportunities to convey his wealth of knowledge regarding the history, geology, and culture of the area. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Gary. He is a great guide and a even better person. Highly recommend.

Rebecca Sturdevant

United States
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Tour: Three Days in Israel, Ashdod, Israel
Date: Oct 24/16

Outstanding guide in every way. Encyclopedic knowledge of recent and past history, archaeology, and Bible references. He scheduled activities based on our interests. He went above and beyond to be sure that we were safe and comfortable.

Joseph Micatrotto

United States
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Tour: #245466, Private Tour Tel-Aviv to Masada, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 17/16

We spent nearly 10 hours with Gary traveling and visiting sites on the way to the day at the Masada mountain fortress. We have used TbL throughout the world and NO one has been more on point and tremendously knowledgeable and a really great guide and person. We will always use him on any future time in Israel. He is THE tops! Joe/Connie

Andrea Frank

United States
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Tour: #169424, Golden Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: May 30/16

Gary is a very knowledgeable and energetic guide who crafted a custom itinerary for our day trip to Jerusalem based on our interests, and kindly dropped us off at the airport at the end of the day for our flight back to the US. Gary's enthusiasm for his adopted homeland is infectious. He has a dry wit, is extremely personable, and we always felt safe and comfortable with him.

Andrea Frank

United States
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Tour: Private Tour Tel-Aviv to Masada, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: May 26/16

Gary is a very knowledgeable and energetic guide who crafted a custom itinerary for our day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. While driving towards our destination, he pointed out and explained sites of interest, and provided an overview of what we would be seeing at Masada. Gary's enthusiasm for his adopted homeland is infectious. He has a dry wit, is extremely personable, and we always felt safe and comfortable with him.

Andrew Owen

United Kingdom
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Tour: The Dead Sea, Masada, Israel
Date: Feb 19/16

A fantastic tour really well organised by our guide Gary who was a font of knowledge throughout. His enthusiasm and humour made it a great day out and added to the experience of seeing some amazing sights, including Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.