Eric Van BurenUnited States
I would highly recommend booking a tour with Meir. As compared to massive & impersonal tour groups who funnel down the narrow corridors of Old Jerusalem we could move at easy and learn about fascinating connections between politics, the three major religions of the area, and current events. Meir was very knowledgeable and adjusted the agenda on the fly so we could see things we had not already seen. To anyone on the fence about booking a private tour with Meir, do not be. It is worth it!
We had a remarkable tour with Meir in Jerusalem, and we should rate more than 5 stars. He's knowledgeable, not only religions but also the history of the city, the state, and the people. He gave us a unique view from ancient to modern, wandering between history and reality. He's also helpful, he gave us the advice and recommendations in the following days in Israel.
Thomas Bo PedersenDenmark
An excellent walk through the complex history of Jerusalem. Meir was a very good guide, indeed. Our best recommendations.
Susan H.United States
Very nice day spent in the Old City with Meir. We appreciate him spending the extra time as no others joined the tour and we payed the entire price for just two of us.
James M.Bradenton, FLORIDA, United States
We will cherish our trip to Israel for our lifetime and Meir T. was a big part of that. Meir brought together much of our experience in Israel with so many great explanations and insights. He is a real professional and we loved his tour. He is also a very kind and caring person. Meir was on time, organized & efficient. We felt secure with him and could relax and truly enjoy the day. We were sad when the day came to an end, but we could see that Meir was genuinely happy that we had such a good time.
Meir was an excellent guide for Jerusalem. He knew everything about Jerusalem and he does his work with passion and love. He tries to come close to people and he is very friendly. He could answer every question that we had and he had a good sense of humor. He knew fluent English and German. It was the best guidance I ever had. It was an amazing experience and he made us forget the rain and the cold wind. He was perfect.
Linda CohenUnited States
Unfortunately this guide was dismissive of the girls in the group, negative about Christianity and expressed skepticism about historical facts. It was an unpleasant experience for people who only had a brief chance to enjoy the Holy Land. Very disappointing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so sorry to hear the girls felt i was dismissive. I had no intention whats so ever. !!! As to Christianity i was asked a question and i was very clear that there is no archaeology evidence and i would never approve nor dismisse the facts. Further i explained the difference between religion and history from an acadamicall point of view. Sorry if i was misunderstood. It was rather a rushed tour as i was told the group had to get back to the hotel by 12 oclock. I will ask TBL to return your payment Meir
Andrew HigginsUnited States
My husband, 22 year old son and I had a full day tour of the Old City with Meir and found him to be an excellent guide. We highly recommend his services. He was thoughtful and thorough, knowledgeable and personable. We learned even more than we had hoped to and enjoyed his stories and insights. He had a thoughtful plan for our day together, spent time explaining history, culture and the sights as we went from quarter to quarter. He shared his personal experiences that gave us a real time perspective.
Pat DorseyUnited States
Meir is a gem. He's thoughtful, knowledgeable, and willing to go off the beaten path. We booked a six hour tour, and he was generous in extending our time with him. It's clear that he enjoys meeting people and sharing his knowledge, and his enthusiasm helped make a long day of walking fly by. He's forthright in sharing his well-considered opinions about Israeli politics and history, which makes for a much more interesting dialogue than someone who won't commit to a point of view. We had a great day.
Cheryl HochbergUnited States
Meir was a great guide - knowledgeable, passionate and sensitive about the material. I had a great afternoon - worth every shekel!
Monica GilesUnited States
We had our Tour today with Meir and it was five out of five! Top notch.. fantastic. What lovely lovely man. He connected with us and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. What knowledge he has.. we were so impressed and for this reason we will always use tours by locals.
Steven NeudorfUnited States
Scott D.United States
We booked a private half day old city tour in German/English with Meir and truly can't say enough wonderful things about him and the tour. Meir was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of every corner in the old city, as well as taking us to a some special spots through his time as a tour guide. He was extremely patient and would highly recommend Meir in any tour you take in Israel. We look forward to having him again in the future.
Jennifer GrayUnited States
Our tour guide Meir was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable, interested in the information he was conveying, and quite personable. He was respectful of all faiths & backgrounds, and of his fellow citizens. He also was a good judge of how much detail to go into, based on our knowledge/interest, just like a good teacher. While we signed up for a 4-hour tour, at 4 hours he did not cut us loose, as he said there was more he wanted to cover. He was very generous with his time. We highly recommend Meir!
Bridget O’CallaghanUnited Kingdom
We had the most interesting visit to Jerusalem, our guide , Meir gave us an insightful tour, we were able to access places we hadn't imagine visiting - a synagogue and got to meet a Scribe. Meir gave us useful tips for the rest of our stay. I would highly recommend this walking tour with Meir. Thank you for making our visit incredibly special .
Meir is very knowledgeable and shares his knowledge and experience in a very humanist way. He gave us highlights of the past but also of the present, which allowed us to put in perspective the few things we knew about Israel. The tour was perfectly organised with all the major sites to see + lunch and facility break. He even stayed a bit longer with us. We highly recommend him. Karelle and Charlie
John MorrisonUnited States
Meir was fantastic. I had taken walking tours of the Old City before in large groups (20-30 people), but was determined to hire the best for me and my wife and another couple. He covered all of the major sites, but also addressed the history in context, and showed us places not seen by big groups, such as the Four Sephardic Synagogues where we were able to meet working scribes and artists. Highly recommend if you're looking for an intimate, detailed tour of the Old City.
Mike DanielakUnited States
Meir was excellent for our walking tour of Jerusalem. Regardless of your religious (or non-religious) background, he will tie your cultural context to the history of the Old City. He also knew the shortcuts that helped us navigate the city and avoid the crowds.
Laura Ackerman-ShawUnited States
We have traveled extensively & can highly recommend Meir. He even gave us information about where to park our rental car. Meir is extremely knowledgeable, providing a helpful context of the history & politics of Jerusalem & Israel that made the sights much more meaningful. He was generous with his time, customizing the day based on our interests. He is well versed in all four quarters & is equally good at explaining Jewish & Christian sites & answering questions. He's warm & funny, a real pleasure!
Extremely friendly and experienced guide. Passionate, detailed in his explanations and available to address any request or curiosity. Highly recommended to everybody.
Meir was the perfect guide and made our visit so much more than expected. He showed us behind the scenes and took us also off the beaten track e.g. in the synagogue. He knows everyone and everything there and is obviously well liked. As he customized the 5 hour tour a bit around our interests we had a entertaining lesson and discussion on history, religion, philosophy and life in general. As Jerusalem came to life we like to think we also made a friend there. We highly recommend Meir as a guide.
Thanks to Meir, we had a very informative tour of the old city of Jerusalem.
Alla SubachUnited States
Great tour. Great guide. We loved it. Thank you.
Ken DeVanUnited States
If you seek a fun informative tour with a most knowledgeable and entertaining guide, then ask for Meir! We enjoyed his sense of humor, his engaging manor and connections with those in the old City. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He made it a very special day and we've even followed his guidance on Netflix recommendations. Highly recommend and had we'd stayed longer would have specifically booked other tours with him. All the best Meir!
Jamie LindsayUnited States
Meir was wonderful! We had an absolutely incredible day in the Old City. I cannot believe how much we were able to see in six hours. He was also very thoughtful to point out recommendations for more places to see should we ever return. His overview at the beginning of the tour was extremely helpful in putting the sites into context throughout the day. We both walked away feeling like we learned a great deal, and saw a wide variety of what the Old City has to offer.
Brian KirschUnited Kingdom
Met Meir at tha Jaffa Gate having had various exchanges by email with him. On arrival he made every allowance for my difficulties. At every stop a chair was ready and waiting. At one point I needed to stop and he went into a local store and borrowed a chair . His local knowledge was superb with detailed but easy explanations which were appreciated. Meir enjoys his job and made our tour exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble and we highly recommend Meir to anyone visiting this wonderful City.thank you M
Jacek B StypulkowskiUnited States
Walking old city with Meir has been very rewarding experience. Answering of all questions is appreciated.
Bernard OppetitUnited Kingdom
Bernard OppetitUnited Kingdom
Meir is a great guide, and a wonderful man. He is very knowledgeable, always entertaining and interesting. We miss him already.
Michael WilliamsUnited States
One of the best tours I have received anywhere in the world. Meir was very knowledgable with both historical and philosophical information. He was also very generous to us with his time. Because of of questions we went an hour and a half over the allotted time and he was perfectly accommodating. I plan to recommend him and this tour to all of my friends visiting Jerusalem.
Wendy DodsonUnited States
Meir was wonderful! Highly recommend him! He was so knowledgeable about not only the architecture, but also the entire history of the city from ancient times to modern times. We would not have had the experience we had going it alone. He took us places we would not have been and pointed out so many interesting features. Thank you Meir for making our first trip to Jerusalem memorable!
We had a great private tour with Meir. He was very knowledgeable and great at adjusting the tour according to our needs and interests. Meir is also very friendly and has a great sense of humor, which adds to the overall experience. Highly recommended!
Michael KwaitUnited States
Wonderful Day going from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Meirs overall knowledge of Israel history is outstanding and his presentation of tour places is very well done. He is a very responsible driver and also courteous. Again we are very satisfied with the services and if we get back here again your company will be our first choice. Thank you Michael
Amazing tour with a lot of insight into political and religious topics. Cannot recommend Meir enough!!! He did the most out of the 6 hours to explore Jerusalem.
Meir T. is a perfect guide for his town Jeruzalem. His knowledge about all 3 religions, is extremely extended. We learned a lot from him and found a way through the different similarities of all these religions, all in one town! Jeruzalem ancient city is a walking town. Meir guided us via quiet non touristic paths. He made us climb on a private terrace on the heights of the wall of lamentations for a spectacular view! The detailed model of the early fundations at start of the walk is extremely helpful
Jessica GartonUnited Kingdom
I really enjoyed the tour through Jerusalem with Meir. He has an incredible knowledge which was facinating listening to on the 6 hours walk (which felt like 2 hours!!). His very pleasent and calm nature made me feel comfortable and safe at all times. I can highly recommend him and hope I will be back soon!
Excellent and insightful tour provided by Meir. I visited Jerusalem many times, but this time I've learned many new things that gave me a new perspective on this beautiful city. Strongly recommended.
Jessica OppetitUnited Kingdom
We couldn't have asked for a better or more comprehensive tour of Jerusalem. In a group of six we had three Nationalities, 2 pregnant women, multiple religions and both newcomers and old timers to Jerusalem. Meir took this all in his stride and offered an interactive and informative tour that catered to everyone. We absolutely loved it and couldn't recommend the tour more!
Jonathan MauserUnited States
We enjoyed a wonderful morning touring Jerusalem with Meir. He suggested meeting my family at our hotel and began sharing his extensive knowledge and insight enroute to the old city. He is a very personable and engaging gentleman. I had visited Jerusalem twice previously but saw new sights and learned new details with Meir. He clearly knows the city and loves his country enabling him to lead a delightful tour. He removed time constraints and focued on our needs. I highly recommend Meir
We had a really interesting day with Meir who was very flexible in regard to accomodate the tour to our whishes. Meir shared not only his knowledge on the historical sites we had chosen to visit, but also his points of view on the current political situation in Israel and the West Bank and his very interesting personal history.
Meir was a fantastic guide and he gave us a wonderful experience of the Old City of Jerusalem, a city which is his home and which he obviously loves. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the region, from all viewpoints and also shared his knowledge of modern Israel also. This was our 1st day in the country and he answered many other questions about other things that we planned to do. We learnt such a lot, had a great time and we would certainly recommend him to everyone.
Mair was a wonderful tour guide, who was capable and willing to answer any and all questions I had about Jerusalem and Israel in general. Mair started our tour with a general overview of the old city before we walked around and talked me the specifics. I learned TONS on our tour and really had a wonderful time. Mair was a joy to spend the day with (I was the only one in my party). He is a smart, caring, and thoughtful guide. STRONGLY recommend.
Jannes G.South Africa
Meir provides an entertaining and interesting tour. We do not hesitate to recommend him if you are in Jerusalem. He has a wealth of information on the history and current topics of the area. A lot of walking, discovering and excellent value for money. Thank you, Meir, for an unforgettable day.
Betty BinyshUnited Kingdom
Meir was extremely helpful and tailored the day exactly to our needs including making improptu changes. He picked us up right at the hotel door (when taxi drivers had been reluctant to enter the Arab quarter and blamed the one-way street). He has a relaxed and easy manner and is a pleasure to talk with. Many thanks for a great trip. Betty
Barbara SilvermanUnited Kingdom
Meir is an excellent guide. He gave us a fascinating tour of the Old City, with information about the history, religion and politics. In addition we had very interesting discussions where he was able to share with us the "insider's view". This was so very much more worthwhile than a self-guided tour. Thank you, Meir.
Elizabeth StadtlanderUnited States
There are no words to express how passionate, learned and absolutely delightful it is to experience a tour with Meir. His charm and sincereity will make your time with him a once in a lifetime journey through Jerusalem. We highly recommend him.
Fantastic Jerusalem experience with Meir! We engaged him for a 4 hour tour, ended up spending 5 and a half hours together, and left wanting for more! We had an insider experience of all the major sites, and more. Meir had a deep knowledge of Judaisim, Christianity, Israel, Jewish customs and traditions and more. We had thought provoking discussions on many topics, and this tour was one of the best travel experiences in a long time. We now have a friend for life. Thank you Meir. Very easy to work with.
Todd ReimcheUnited States
Meir met us on time at our apartment. He was friendly and very knowledgeable and gave a thorough tour of the Old City - wonderful. He helped us with recommendations on visiting areas outside of the Old City. He made us feel at home in Jerusalem. Meir is a person I would like to have been able to spend more time with just hearing more history and stories of the Old City, Holy Land and more.
Megan LoCasaleUnited States
Meir was a fantastic guide. He took the time to get to know who we were, our familiarity with history and religion, and what we were interested in, and then guided us on a wonderful tour. He is personable, caring, knowledgable, intelligent, and funny! We enjoyed our time with him immensely and will be recommending him to any friends we have traveling to Israel.
Brittni McCorquodaleUnited States
If you visit Jerusalem, you need to meet Meir. Our day in the Old City with Meir was the highlight of our time in Jerusalem. His knowledge, perspective and enthusiasm for the city and culture is contagious. He is genuinely interested in the things he talks about, and in the people around him. There is no way we would have been able to get the breadth and depth of information on our own, or with a group tour. And, we left the day with great recommendations for the rest of our time in Israel. Thanks, Meir!
Very knowledgeable and patient with all of our questions! Great tour guide, helped provide great recommendations for the rest of our stay!
We (2 adults and 2 teens) had a great 4-hour tour with Meir. It was very interesting and we got to see a lot. Meir is a very pleasant person who taught us a lot and even manage to keep our teens attention. We had a few laughs together and the 4 hours just flew away. We can very much recommend Meir T as a tour guide.
Meir was the perfect guide for us and he made the trip as perfect experience. In general, a private guide is the bestsellers one could do and especially with him. We booked it after we had a half day tour in Jerusalem with him (see comment there). We had a great and perfect day with him and we will come back and have a tour with him to the Golan Heights.
Meir was the perfect guide for us and he made the trip as perfect experience. In general, a private guide is the bestsellers one could do and especially with him. Many background information and not only the sightseeing attractions but also all around it and it ended with a second booking for a da trip with him. We won a friend there.
Meir had not an easy job; how to intrest kids and parents and explain the complexity of Jerusalem in only 4 hours. He did it great! He wasn't afreight to give personal comments and interpretations on how jews, christians and moslims could (and should) be able to live together. A warm person with a vast background. Not just 'the highlists of Jerusalem' but more the important stepstones for each religion and thus an explination on the consequences. From 2000BC untill know. Thanks!
Jill Foxmunster, INDIANA, United States
Meir was superb; he communicated the 'soul' of Israel to my teenagers, giving them an idea of the emotional struggles of living in a country born of unique religious history and modern religious conflicts. I highly recommend his services.
Jeffrey EnglishUnited States
Choosing Meir to show us Jerusalem was the best decision we made for our entire trip to Israel! Meir was knowledgeable, humorous, and entertaining which made our day in Old Town Jerusalem wonderful. He has a real passion for what he does which comes out when you spend time with him. He was very gracious and thoughtful in making sure that we saw all the things we were interested in and did a fantastic job of helping us tie everything together. Could not more highly recommend Meir for a tour.
Chris WilliamsonUnited States
Meir was an amazing guide! He has a true love of his work and is a master at his trade. He provided numerous insights into jerusalem both new and old from a historical, cultural, and religious perspective. He is a true local. Everywhere people greeted him, shook his hand, talked to him, and blessed him. He strives to find new ways to reach people. My fav was when he surprised all by talking mandarin to folks on the street. He exceeded my expectations in all ways. He is a great guy to spend a day with.
Russell BastockUnited Kingdom
excellent would give his number to friends
Lee StearnsUnited States
Meir gave an excellent tour and was very flexible around our schedule and needs. He loves his country and that really shows in his discussion of history and culture of his country. I hope to use him again when we return for another visit.
Javier HernandezUnited States
We had a fantastic day with Meir - what a nice guy. He provided a great overview of the Old City, with thoughtful commentary on the places of interest. He skillfully blended the old and the new and made the day so enjoyable. I would definitely use Meir again.
Brian V.United States
I & 3 family members spent a full day with Meir on a tour of Jerusalem. Meir was the perfect guide to walk us through the maze of the Old City and was professional, courteous and knowledgeable at all times. Meir shared his deep understanding of all religious sites while challenging & inspiring us to question and think on our own. For anyone looking for a Jerusalem tour guide with a vast understanding of Israeli culture, Jerusalem & its many religions along with a great sense of humor, Meir is the one!
We found " Tours by Locals" to be an efficient and easy to use site however the best part was our guide, Meir Todross. He went with us on a tour starting in Jerusalem and finishing at Masada. we were with guests who were visiting Israel for the first time. Meir, our new friend was not only helpful and courteous but his depth of knowledge about the sites and the local history is profound and he brought many of the historical site to life with his lucid explanations and knowledgeable comments.
Gerald TarlowUnited States
Meir did a wonderful job of introducing us to Tel Aviv. He is very knowledgeable about the country.
Ivor MarkovitzSouth Africa
Having toured many parts of the world over the past fifty years and accordingly engaged with many guides, I am happy to confirm that Meir can comfortably take his place with the best. The few hours that I spent walking around the Old City with Meir, was the highlight of my week in Israel.
Chris TobinUnited States
We are very impressed by Mier's knowledge and expertise. We set up another day for him to show us around. Very glad he was our guide.
Vincent MonnierUnited States
Meir did a great job with our 6-hour visit of the old city, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa all the way to the Holy Church of the Sepulcher. He is knowledgeable, not pushy schedule-wise,very professional altogether. We are glad we hired him.
Ann G.United States
Terrific tour and just what I was looking for.
Rachel KlevitUnited States
Meir was very knowledgeable and engaging. We enjoyed our tour of Jerusalem and our time with him. Our tour was a bit unusual in that, the day before the day we had booked for the tour through Tours by Locals, we were provided a guided tour of the city. Meir responded perfectly, showing us what we had not already been shown. This was our second tour with Tours by Locals. We are impressed by its careful selection of qualified guides.
Jenny BrownUnited States
We had a wonderful morning with Meir leading us (a group of 4 adults and 4 kids) around the Old City. We were a mix--some of us had been to Jerusalem many times, a couple were there for the first time--and Meir did a great job keeping us all engaged and seeing new things. He was terrific with the kids, and I left with a greater understanding of Jerusalem than when I started. I would absolutely book him again to see more of the city.
Lee Ann RummellUnited States
Meir was very knowledgeable, professional and flexible! I was too tired to do everything so he tailored the walk for me. He was also kind - very concerned that the weather was a problem.
Louis ThompsonUnited States
I wish I could give this tour and this guide 6 stars. Meir is an incredibly nice and smart man. He is also extremely accommodating, willing to tailor the tour on the fly. To say I learned a lot about Jaffa, Tel Aviv and Israel generally is an understatement. Meir's style is very interactive. He doesn't simply lecture you. As he puts it, there is always a "test." I have had some marvelous tours and tour guides through toursbylocals, Meir may be the best I have had the privilege to know.
Ann Clarke-OveryUnited Kingdom
This was a most interesting tour of the old city. The pace was relaxed and yet we covered much ground. We received a thorough overview of the history of the city and the influences that have shaped it over time. We were taken to several rooftop vantage points which helped the context of the history and religions. We learnt much and will be able to learn more as we absorb what Meir told us. He was very knowledgeable and keen to answer any questions we asked. Brilliant tour. Thank you.
Anthony ConstantineUnited States
We booked Meir last minute he was very helpful and accomodating from the start. Meir was an excellent tour guide very informative, relaxed and catered to what we wanted....not too much information overload! We would highly recommend Meir, we loved the tour and would do it again.
Malcolm FisherUnited Kingdom
Meir T was a fantastic tour guide he was very warm and friendly nothing was to much trouble for him he tailored our tour of Jerusalem to whatever we wished to do and we would impress on anyone wishing to tour to go with him, we certainly will next time we visit Israel.
Meir is a first class guide who tailored the tour for me & my six year old boy. He tries to deliver value for the very substantial amount of money ToursByLocals charged, and he certainly gave us a day in the city we will never forget. I felt we were going places I couldn't have found easily on my own and I appreciated his way of relating to my young child. Hence my boy walked 5 hrs with him! I would STRONGLY recommend you book Meir, both for his knowledge and sense of humanity in a very-divided country.