Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Haifa Israel by Tour Guide Dave C. (Guide #2329)


David Smith

Lafayette, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: Israel cruise visit, Haifa, Israel
Date: May 17/18

We had a wonderful 2 day tour with David which included Jersusalem, Haifa, Cesaria, a drive through Tel Aviv, Masada and a wonderful hike at Ein Geri through multiple waterfalls. David provided great insight into the myriad of cultural issues facing the entire Middle East region and the various ethnic subsets within Israel. He was always prompt and was able to customize the tour as we went along based on events and our desires. My wife and I both highly recommend him.

James McCormick

United States
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Tour: 2 days in israel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Mar 6/18

David was excellent! Our first experience with tour by locals and we got a "10"!!! Energy, knowledge,caring, and experience!!! Thanku David and tour by locals!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jim ans Kim it was pleasure spending the 2 days with you. Enjoy the rest of your travels

Annette Gallard

Point Clare, NSW, Australia
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Tour: Israel cruise visit, Ashdod, Israel
Date: Nov 15/17

David would be the most professional and knowledgeable Tour Guide that you could find. We were a party of 4 from Australia & travelled over 800 kilometres with David. Words cannot explain how we feel regarding the Sacred, Biblical and Historical sites we visited on our three day tour. We walked, drove and had a lot of laughs together with so much descriptive narration from David that we believe we could not and would never have this experience without him. Thank you so much from us all. We Love Israel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure. I hope to see you back in Israel or catchup with you on the beach in Australia

Bill Jacobi

United States
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Tour: Bat mitzvah, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Jun 17/17

David was knowledgeable, cheerful, and created a memorable Bat Mitzvah trip for my 12 yo daughter and myself. We saw Jerusalem, Golan Heights, Tsfat, rafted on the Jordan, ATV 4-wheeled, and stayed at a Bedouin Camp getting up for sunrise at Masada. David suprised us and found a Rabbi at the Wailing Wall to give my daughter a Bat Mitvah certificate, blessing, and even danced the Horah. Beyond all this, David arranged for my daughter to be seen in 2 clinics for a stubborn ear infection. Can't say enough.

Robert Feigen

United States
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Tour: 29 december tour to massada, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Dec 29/16

This was one of the best tours we have been on, David was very knowledgeable everywhere we went and was a pleasure to travel with. He even spent more time than we expected. It was a real learning experience that we couldn't have enjoyed more.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great spending the day with you. I hope to see you back in Israel one day in the future

Wayne Hoover

Scottsdale, AZ, United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 25/16

David arranged 4 wonderful days for my wife and I in Israel. Taking us to all of our requested sites as well as those he thought we should see in addition. He is most knowledgeable about his adopted country answering any and all questions we ask of him, giving us a much better understanding of Israel and the surrounding area. If you are looking for a customized tour, I highly recommend David. Provided us with a memorable visit and we made a new friend.

Wayne Hoover

Scottsdale, AZ, United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 24/16

Wayne Hoover

Scottsdale, AZ, United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 23/16

Wayne Hoover

Scottsdale, AZ, United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 22/16

Judith Saul Novo

United Kingdom
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 10/16

Absolutely fantastic. Trust David to take you to all the lovely places and give you a great history lesson. He filled our day with humour and excitement. We will recommend him to all our friends. Thank you.

Judith Saul Novo

United Kingdom
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Tour: Israel Cruise land Excursion, Haifa, Israel
Date: Apr 9/16

Our second day with David was just as awesome as the first. We wished we had ten days more. We will return. Well worth contacting him for your future trips to Israel. Thank you.

Robin Morris

United States
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 6/15

A highlight of our 28 day "trip of a lifetime" was the full day tour of Jerusalem Dave provided. He picked us up in Haifa and drove us quickly and safely to Jerusalem. We spiraled in to the main sights starting with Mt. Scopus for an overview of the whole city, the archeological museum for a look at the city center model and the dead sea scrolls, then in through the Jaffa gate for a wonderful walking tour. Dave is very knowledgeable about Israel, but also shared alot about Israeli life including his own.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words. It was my pleasure to have spent the day with you.I hope to catch up when you ever return to the holyland.

Brad Kardatzke

United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Apr 14/15

David was amazing. Even though we only had a short time, David was able to show the heart of his country. It was a trip that we will never forget and David is a big reason why it is so memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brad..it was a fun day!

Barry Leigh

United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Nov 7/14

Best tour guide ever, Dave goes out of his way to make sure you have a great experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: my pleasure hope to meet again soon

Barry Leigh

United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Nov 6/14

Best tour guide ever, Dave goes out of his way to make sure you have a great experience!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: was my pleasure

Barry Leigh

United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Nov 3/14

Dave is the best tour guide we have ever had!, He makes the extra effort to be sure you are pleased with your experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Barry

Barry Leigh

United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Nov 2/14

I would highly recommend Dave! He is the best tour guide we have ever had, bar none. He makes the extra effort to enable you to have the experience you want! The guy is amazing!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for the kinds words. hope to catch up again in the future.

Maria Davis

United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 24/14

My husband and I take about 4 cruises a year and always use cruise critics before booking any private tours. On our Israel trip David was recommended very highly on the cruise bulletin, so i quickly logged on to my tours by local account and requested him. Happy to report that David was able to give us the best of Jerusalem and all the little gems that only a local could share. I would highly recommend him if you want to see the best of Israel and feel safe at the same time. Thank you David.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Maria, it was a pleasure spending the 2 days with you. I hope to catch up when you return for a longer trip to Israel .

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: CruiseCritic can be a great resource for learning about (and talking about) new guides on our site. We're happy you had a wonderful experience with David!

Maria Davis

United States
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Tour: #35660, Customized Private trip, Tel Aviv, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 23/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for the feedback. I hope to see you back in Israel soon.

Abby H.

United States
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Tour: abbey Hacohen day north, Haifa, Israel
Date: Apr 4/13

We spent a great day with Dave exploring the area around the Galilee and Golan Heights. There were quite a few things we hoped to see in one day, and Dave not only made it all happen, but added some additional stops along the way that were really great. We were traveling with our two kids (ages 9 & 11), and Dave kept the day interesting and fun for them as well. His knowledge of Israeli history and culture is encyclopedic, and he was really able to illuminate all that we saw and did. Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Hacochen family. I hope to catch with you when you are next in town.

David Lunney

France
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 30/12

David was a wonderful and friendly tour guide. We enjoyed our trip with him very much. He met us at Haifi and drove us in great comfort to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Very knowledgeable for guiding and very personable for passing the time, having lots of fun. Thanks for a great tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure guiding you and your lovely family. send my regards to the boys.

David Lunney

France
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 29/12

David was a wonderful and friendly tour guide. We enjoyed our trip with him very much. He met us at Haifi and drove us in great comfort to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Very knowledgeable for guiding and very personable for passing the time, having lots of fun. Thanks for a great tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to guide you and the family. hope to see you back soon

Laurence Bergman

Australia
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 10/12

We had a great time with David during our day's tour. He is very knowledgeable and gave us a good history of the events in the places we visited. As a person born in Australia he naturally has perfect English and his Hebrew is also good. We would certainly recommend him to our friends and indeed use him again on any further visit to Israel.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks guys. Hope to see you again in Israel if not in Sydney

Donna Klein

United States
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Tour: Klein family trip, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Mar 12/12

This was the best way to travel. David turned what could have been a very stressful family trip into a really exciting vacation. His knowledge of the country including all it's religious sites was incredible. Our ages ranged from 75 to 9 and we are both Christians and Jewish, yet he managed to keep us all interested while being completely flexible. We traveled a good part of the country with David in charge, by weeks end we felt like he was one of the family. Thank you so much for such a memorable trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to be a part of the family during your week long trip to Israel.

Ann Drais

United States
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 31/11

Dave was nice and very knowledgeable. However, although we made prior arrangements with him to see specific sights, he added a number of sights we had not discussed which lead to us running short on time. This left us feeling extremely rushed and caused us to miss an extremely important sight on our list, The River Jordan. It would have been much preferred if he had stuck with the itinerary we had paid for.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am extremely sorry you did not get to the Jorden river. It was a shame we had to rush back early to Haifa to collect the rental car. I presume you didnt have time when you went to the Dead sea to visit the more orthentic bapist site as I suggested. Please pass on my regards to Richard and the boys Dave

Carole F.

Wahiawa, HAWAII, United States
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 28/11

David gave us wonderful historical, cultural & political tour of Jerusalem, Masada & the Dead Sea area over 2 days. He is very knowledgable & enthusiastic about his country and arranged for an excellent Palestinian guide in Bethlehem as well. We highly recommend using him as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind words. it was pleasure to spend the 2 days with 3 wonderful ladies from Hawaii

Carole F.

Wahiawa, HAWAII, United States
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Oct 27/11

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the stars and the lovely comment on 28/10/11. It was my pleasure

Irene Prineas

Australia
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Tour: Private tour for Irene Prineas, Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Oct 4/11

David is one of the best guides we have used. His knowledge of his country, his honesty and personality made our trip one of the best we have taken. We used David for 3 days (from Haifa and Ashdod) and nothing was too much trouble for him. His organization was great and his bubbly personality made our days special. Thanks David for a great time in Israel and we will certainly recommend you to any friends who wish to see your country.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ireane it was pleasure to spend the 3 days with the "gang from Brisbane"

Jack Li

Canada
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Sep 20/11

Masada/Dead Sea Tour from Ashdod. Pick up/return to ship gangway -Passionate in his profession -Take pride in a country that he is representing -Communicated well -Well planned itinerary tailored to guests' needs -Ensured comfort and fun -Motivated our reluctant ladies to float on the Dead Sea, one of our most precious memories in Israel -Took great group pictures -Travel efficiently without mandated souvenir shops like most cruise tours -Highly recommend without hesitations

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind words it was a pleasure to have spent the day with you.

Richard Hurst

United Kingdom
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Aug 29/11

Fantastic day with David who took us to Acre (the crusader city), Nazareth (church of annunciation), and Rosh HaNikra (fabulous viewpoint & grotto). First time we had booked an independent tour during a cruise and David did not let us down. This was despite Celebrity deciding not to go to Ashdod 8:30pm the previous day. Made contact with David who was already at Ashdod to meet us, but happily agreed to provide different tour (Masada & Dead sea original choice) and drive back down to Haifa. Outstanding!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to spend the day with your wonderful family. All the best Davidl

Jennifer Segal

United States
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 15/11

One of our top travel experiences ever! David customized a rich and deep experience for our family based on our specific, individual interests. He led us through Jerusalem's history by showing us the key sites and some less-crowded, more accessible places. We learned about Israeli life today. He is gifted with deep knowledge of the country and it's history AND the skill of making it come alive. His engaging, flexible manner and concern for our comfort reflect his deep commitment to excellence in guiding.

Jennifer Segal

United States
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: Jul 14/11

Ed Murl

Markham, ON, Canada
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Tour: #11958, Israel Cruise land Excursion, Jerusalem, Israel    view tour
Date: May 1/11

We booked David for two days and asked him to show us the highlights of Jerusalem one day and Massada and the Dead Sea on the next day. He was an excellent guide and very organized. He kept us moving and was knowledgeable about all of the places that we visited. Even though he could not take us into Bethlehem himself, he arranged for another guide there. At the Dead Sea he talked us into plastering ourselves with 'mud' and that was one of the highlights of our entire trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure. Hope to see you again soon.