Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Bethlehem by Tour Guide Michael J. (Guide #17008)

Barry Michael Popkin


Tour: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Cultural Tour, Bethlehem, West Bank
Date: Mar 30/19

We explained our interests were much less in the biblical and religious side and more in the cultural and political side. As a result, Michael fully adjusted what we did so we wandered in many neighborhoods, inside very open much order smaller refugee areas, saw the markets[food, secon hand], visited what he felt was the best falafel in town [and it was light and tasty andmuch better than other felael w have had over the decades], and wandered in many interesting venues, many other exceptional experiences

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Barry. I am happy to hear your feedback and that you enjoyed my tour. All the best.

Susan Jones

United States

Tour: #256918, Private Day Tour in Bethlehem from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Mar 20/19

We had a wonderful day with Michael in Bethlehem. He arranged for a driver to pick us up in Tel Aviv and take us to Bethlehem. He took us to all the important spots and educated us on each. We also visited an Olive Press museum, mosaic workshop, and an icon art school! As a Christian, being able to visit the site where Jesus was born was very special but VERY crowded! Michael guided us through it very well. We enjoyed eating lunch with him and would recommend him to anyone!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan for the nice words. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and I hope to meet you again.

Richard O'Ffill

United States

Tour: #298623, Jericho, Dead Sea and Bethlehem Day Tour, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Feb 27/19

We had a great tour experience with Michael. He was friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable, and helped us avoid the large tour groups at the various stops. He made us feel like VIP tourists! The restaurant he took us to has the best Falafels in the region. What a treat! Thank you Michael.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard. I am glad you enjoyed my tour. I hope to meet again.

Pierre Broustet


Tour: #256918, Full Day Private Tour in Bethlehem, Hebron and Battir, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Feb 11/19

Michael was a fantastic guide who guide us to Battir, Hebron and Bethleem. He was helpful from the reservation to the day, prepared for us child seat for our daughter. His explanations were really clear and he is always want to help and explain. Kids loved him. On top very nice falafel in Bethleem. We will definitively recommand him to guide you in West Bank.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my friend. I am glad you all enjoyed my tour. Whenever you are visiting again, you are welcome. All the best to all.

Alexandra Ilnyckyj


Tour: Bethlehem walking tour, Bethlehem, West Bank
Date: Dec 27/18

We decided to avoid the crowds on December 25 in favour of a calm tour of Bethlehem on December 27. We were thrilled to tour with Michael. Not only knowledgeable regarding history and religion, a kind man with a good sense of humour. We came to see the Holy sites but were glad that Michael accommodated our request to see a small refugee camp. We were very glad to see some Banksky graffiti and visit a small museum explaining the processing of olives into oil. Despite the rain, we enjoyed our day

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you enjoyed every part of the tour. I hope to see you again one day and thank for your review as well.

Edward LaRosa

United States

Tour: #298623, Jericho, Dead Sea and Bethlehem Day Tour, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Dec 19/18

Michael was a wonderful guide. He was prompt to our meeting time, bought water for our family, shared with us at length about the area, history and local info. We would highly recommend his tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Edward for your review. I am happy you enjoyed my tour and hope to see you again one day.

Barrie Shaw

New Zealand

Tour: #513786, St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba Monastery, and Bethlehem One Day Tour, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Oct 12/18

Michael was a 1st class guide ,we thoroughly enjoyed our day . He was also very informative and enlightened us as to the Israeli-Palestinian situation which had been missing on our trip to Israel so far. He was easy to understand and explained things in an interesting way. We would recommend this tour as a must when visiting this part of the world.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Barrie for the wonderful review. I am happy to hear your feedback and to know how much you enjoyed the tour. I hope one day we meet again either in Palestine or NZ. All the best :)

Joss S.

New Zealand

Tour: #256918, Half Day Private Tour in Bethlehem, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Apr 15/18

My son and I had a wonderful tour of Bethlehem last week with Michael who is a very safe driver. He is a cultured, warm young man with a vast knowledge of the holy sites he took us to. Adept at avoiding large tour groups, he ensured we saw everything in peace that allowed us to experience the calm ambience of Bethlehem. It's a very safe place to visit. Everyone we met was welcoming. Don't miss the "Christmas House" gift store with the beautiful wood carvings. Highly recommended tour. Thank you Michael!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joss, Thank you for your reply. It was a real pleasure to meet you. You are great people and you are always welcome whenever you come again and I hope one day I will be able to make it to Australia and I will definitely contact you. All the best

Ellen Lichtenstein

United States

Tour: #256918, Half Day Private Tour in Bethlehem, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Mar 30/18

While visiting family in Israel, my husband and I wanted to spend a few hours touring Bethlehem. We decided this at the very last minute and I was lucky to find Michael and that he was available. From the initial communication all the way through the end of the tour, Michael was professional and wonderful to work with. He gave us a private tour and we felt like locals walking through the attractions and the city. He is also very educated about the city and Israeli/Palestinian history as a whole. It was

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are most welcome and thanks for coming. I'm happy that I got to know you and your husband. Thanks for your recommendation and hope to see you again. Always welcome.

Ijsbrand de Jong


Tour: #298623, Jericho, Dead Sea and Bethlehem Day Tour, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Mar 26/18

Michael is a great guide. He has in-depth and first-hand knowledge of the sites of interest and is very pleasant and helpful. We have very much enjoyed spending a full day with him, listening to his stories, learning about the ancient and recent history of the country and getting a more balanced view. We are so happy we didn't join one of the large package tours and did the private your with Michael instead. We obtained a much better impression of life in the West Bank. Very much recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ijsbrand. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and you are always welcome. Greetings to the family.

Yvonne Miles

United Kingdom

Tour: #256918, Half Day Private Tour in Bethlehem, Bethlehem, West Bank    view tour
Date: Nov 2/17

We were delighted to have been escorted in Bethlehem by Michael. He was knowledgeable, friendly, curteous and we enjoyed his company and knowledge immensely....we'll be booking him again when we return.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yvonne, it was nice meeting you and I am happy you enjoyed the tour. You are always welcome.