I give Etai 5 out of 5! He was fantastic! He explained everything I detail in English and Hebrew as we had two Languages He was so friendly and answered the many questions the group had. He was very accommodating when we wanted to do certain things like get a drink or stay longer at a site I would recommend Etai to anyone interested My kids loved the tour and I had a hard time getting them to enjoy sight seeing. They were interested in hearing the history Etai shared with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Limor! I had a great time with you guys. It was fun to explore the city together with such a lively group. I hope we meet again someday. A big Mazal tov on the Bar Mitzvah!
Michaela CaraffaUnited Kingdom
We can only highly highly recommend Etai. He is by far the best guide we ever had on our different trips (...we travel a lot) . Etai's knowledge of Jerusalems's history, culture and religions is very impressive. He shares all with enthusiasm & care, able to answer every question we had with deep knowledge. Even our 14yr son didn't miss his X-box and enjoyed every second of the 6hrs tour what had been an absolute highlight . We definitely will contact Etai again for our next Jerusalem visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Micky, What an amazing review! Thank you so much. I'm so happy you enjoyed it that much. I had the best time with you guys. You have an amazing family. Please send my warm regards to Laurent, Celine & Samuel too. By the way, I hope Laurent's thumb is feeling better =) Come back soon!
Jody CatronUnited States
Etai is highly recommended. We spent two days with him in total. His knowledge of the history, culture and religion of the area are impressive. His ability to communicate, educate and engage with us made for an informative and enjoyable time had by all. He is patient, flexible and quick to adjust and his love of his city and his profession are truly infectious. I am very grateful to Etai for making this trip so special for us and I absolutely recommend him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jody, Thank you so much for your review and private message. I'm so happy these days were 'magical' for you, as you wrote. That is exactly why I do this. It was my pleasure to take Linda to get the customised name bracelet, and I'm happy it will be ready in time for her to take home. I wish you and Dan wonderful travels together (I'm so envious!) and Heather and Linda all the best in getting back to Portland, Oregon and back to life. Come back some day for more chocolate Rogolach, and give me a call
Grace CardosUnited States
Etai was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and able to answer every question we asked...and we asked a lot of questions! We had only six hours for our tour but Etai planned accordingly, keeping in mind which sights were at the top of our list while also making his own suggestions. On top of that, he was flexible with our wants and needs, making changes to the schedule per our requests. If we ever make it back to Jerusalem, we will definitely reach out for Etai's services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Grace for your great review and private comment. I really appreciate your kind words. I had a great time with you guys in this magical city. I hope you come back again sometime. You have a friend in Jerusalem!
Etai did a great job showing us around in the old town of Jerusalem. He did the tour with lots of enthusiasm, care and knowledge. Highly highly recommended - Thank you Etai. Best regards Christian
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christian. It was fun touring with all of you. Come back soon =)
Deborah MajerovitzUnited States
I cannot say enough good things about Etai. We toured the old city of Jerusalem with him and he made it come alive for us. He is very knowledgable about history, religion and culture and was equally informative taking about Jewish, Christian and Muslim sights. He was very accommodating-tailoring the tour to our interests (and the weather!). He is a warm and delightful person. We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Debbie! Thanks for all your kind words. I had a really great day with you both! So glad to have met you. Come back soon. You have a friend in Jerusalem.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you =)
Etai is an excellent story teller. Even now, after some time, we remember them and talk about. His English is perfect. His knowledge is deep and he definitely understands his clients well. We had 2 older daughters and a 10 y.o. son with us and all of them were very happy with Etai guiding. We definitely can recommend Etai as a guide for your travelling to Israel!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for such a nice review. It means a lot to me that you all enjoyed the tour. I had a lot of fun with you guys. You're an amazing family. Please give Nicolas a big hug from me and tell him I still remember how to count to ten in Russian. I'll always remember who my teacher was!
Jane KaplanUnited States
I was very hesitant to book a guide for the old city with a 8 and 9 year old, I was worried they would be bored. Etai was amazing, and kept my kids interested for the entire 6 hrs. He told them stories, kept them excited to learn more. He was very knowledgeable and the adults enjoyed the tour as well. I could not recommend him enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a wonderful family! Touring Jerusalem with you guys was fun. Rebecca and Mathew are great kids. I'm happy your parents could join too. You have a friend in Jerusalem!
Cynthia SchenkUnited States
Etai is one of the best guides we have ever had, anywhere. He is friendly and fun, and has extensive knowledge of Israel. He will tailor the tour to your interests, and will bring it all to life by telling you amazing stories. His English is flawless. Israel is fascinating, and Etai will leave you wanting to visit again, and to learn even more. All six of us agreed that Etai is exceptional, and you would be lucky to experience Israel with him as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Cindy. Thanks for such an amazing review. It really warmed my heart that even a few weeks later you feel this way. It means a lot to me. You are the only people I've ever guided from Hawaii. Please send my warm regards to Doug, Keola, Mauna, Tom and Nancy. Come back soon! Your friend in Jerusalem.
Jillian SingletonUnited States
This was one of the most amazing tours that we have taken. Etai was absolutely spectacular! He was very enthusiastic and informative but very interesting! Multiple times on our tour, other guides stopped us to tell us that we had the best guide and we could not agree more. Etai is highly recommended and I can say that when we return to Israel, we will be contacting Etai! He made sure that we got the most from our tour and then some! His sincere knowledge and passion for his country made us want to return!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! Thanks so much Jillian. You warmed my heart with your rating, public review and especially with your personal response. I have to say that the day with Shawn, Kyle, Caroline and you was amazing! You were so fun to be with and it was really my pleasure. I'm so happy you want to return someday especially with the policy of visiting each place only once. There's no place like the holy land! Your friend in Jerusalem.
Etai was an incredible tour guide. Insightful, interesting and incredibly engaging. We thoroughly appreciated having the opportunity to learn about Jerusalem the city and its cultures today and in particular was overwhelmed by Etai's kindness and the personal touches he added to our tour/day. Best ever tour we have had as a family. We highly recommend Etai as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nadine. You have a wonderful family. It was such a pleasure with you guys today. First time I heard the stones of the Tower of David "speak" to anyone...
John ChytrausUnited States
Eatai was more than we could have asked for. I was a bit concerned what kind of guide we were going to get for one of the most important travel days in our lives. I read a lot of reviews and itineraries. He was the perfect host with a wealth of knowledge which made our experience perfect in every way. The stories he told us and his ability to provide perspective never lacked. I highly recommend him and you would be lucky to spend a day with him as were we. If you're looking for a guide, look no further
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John and Joy, I appreciate your kind words and am so happy this was a good experience for you. I could tell how much this visit to Jerusalem meant to you both. Thank you for everything you taught me as well. Come back soon! Etai.
Jeff GoldbergUnited States
I chose Etai based on the great reviews he had, I can only say he exceeded all expectations and taught my wife and I for four days as much as he guided us. Our trip would not have been the same without Etai. I would give him 10 stars if I could.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeff and Denise, Thank you so much for your kind words and great rating of me. I just want to say that the feeling is mutual. I feel like I made the best two friends and hope to meet again someday. Next year in Jerusalem! Etai.
Etai was an incredible guide. He is very knowledgable and most of all, very personable. He gave me an experience I will never forget. Thank you Etai! God bless and Shalom!. Stephen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen! The tour with you was more than talking about history, archeology and religion. I felt a personal connection, and I also learned a lot from your life experience as well. Take care my friend and Shalom!
Michael SchiermanUnited States
This tour was an amazing day with Etai. He was very flexible with the day's itinerary and we packed in so much. We were able to see the baptismal site, tour Capernaum, visit where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and also see the Jesus Boat. Etai really made the day special. He is a very friendly individual who has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the region. My family had an unforgettable day thanks to Etai, a truly gifted guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael, You have a wonderful family and it was a real pleasure touring with you guys. Come back soon!
Michael SchiermanUnited States
My family and I had an amazing day with Etai on our tour of Old Jerusalem. Etai is indeed a very warm and personable individual who made connections with each member of my family. My kids were so impressed that they wanted to add him to their wedding guest list...whenever that is! It was an wonderful experience we'll never forget. After telling friends back home in the States, they'd like to join us for an encore tour of the Holy Land with Etai as our guide. Hope to be back real soon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michael, I'm touched that Matt and Michaela would say that! I really felt a great connection with you guys too. Please send my warm regards to everyone. Good luck to Michaela with the psychology and to Matt with the engineering and his service. I would love to tour with you guys again and meet your friends. Thanks for your heart warming response. Your friend in Jerusalem, Etai.
Ward KarsonUnited States
Short review = 5 of 5. Etai is outstanding! Highly recommend! Install superlatives of your choice here. Long review = Met Etai at Jaffa Gate; immediately felt comfortable/connected. Etai's deep historic knowledge clearly presented his expertise in consumable way. Super friendly. Flexibility meant unscheduled City of David & underground tunnel tour. Toured Old City (all Quarters) & Tower of David. Explained everything. Ended w/ Bar Mitzvah customized by Etai for our son at Kotel. Amazing man! Recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for such a great review! (Short one and long one) I had such a great time with you guys. You have a wonderful family! Tuvi really did an excellent job at the Western Wall. I admire all that you're doing to pass this amazing heritage to your kids. That means a lot, and I'm honored to have been a part of this experience with you guys. I'm happy you got the blue and white Talit in the Old City. Next year in Jerusalem! Or at Romi's Bat Mitzvah...
David AmbroseWyoming, OH, United States
Etai was a wonderful guide for our family. He was flexible and knowledgeable about everything from historical and biblical facts to modern political goings on. We couldn't have asked for a better experience in Israel. I highly recommend him to anyone traveling to the holy land!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much! I had a great time with the Ambrose family. You guys are a true inspiration. I hope you keep up your unique way of education and caring, and hope to meet again someday.
Arnold FoxUnited States
Etai is at the top of the list of excellent guides we have had with TBL. During our 3-day visit to Israel from our cruise ship, he shared his expertise with history, stories, and even songs. He constantly adjusted the time each day to accommodate our interests and needs. Etai was enthusiastic, professional, flexible, personable and knowledgeable. It was the unanimous opinion of our group (8 people) that we could not have had a better guide for this experience. Thank you, Etai. This was special!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It took me some time to be able to respond to such a touching review (both the public one and especially the personal one). It's mutual. I feel like we're almost family. It was a pleasure to spend 3 days together. You are such great people, with all your good vibes, humour and kindness. After the first jokes we cracked in the van, I knew it would be a hit with you guys! And then to hear you're from Hicksville I'm happy to have been part of your Israel experience. Thanks for an amazing review Arnie
David BucksSag Harbor, NEW YORK, United States
We enjoyed our tour of Jerusalem with Etai very much. He recognized very quickly what we wanted from the tour. He was a mind of information, knowledgable very courteous and polite. we highly recommend him as a tour guide. We do not hesitate to give him 5 stars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David! It was a pleasure spending the day with you and Natasha. I hope to see you again someday. Come back soon!
Michael GoldmanUnited States
The time we spent with Etai was some of the best time we spent over the course of a long vacation, if not the best. Etai is a kind, open soul whose understanding of the history and religions of the Old City runs deep. With him as our resource, our journey through the Old City became a spiritual as well as a physical one. He brought history to life for myself, my wife and our 9 year old daughter in a way we could not have imagined a guide could. I highly recommend Etai to anyone visiting Jerusalem.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Michael! Thank you for such a nice review! It really touches me to know that I added to your experience in such a way. Thank you for your kind words that give me strength and inspiration for future tours. You are special people and I'm happy to have met you. Next year in Jerusalem!
Apolinario Jr ArchesDublin, LENSTER, Ireland
Etai exceeded my expectation in my tour with him in Jerusalem and this tour is the highlight. He blew my mind with the whole experience from the preparation to baptismal in the Jordan River and what was needed in floating to the Dead Sea. All respect to him. He is a great tour guide. I gave him and the tour a 5star review. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Apolinario! The time with you and Fe was so special for me. I hope I see you again someday. Have a safe trip back home.
Apolinario Jr ArchesDublin, LENSTER, Ireland
It's my first time in Israel and very happy that Etai exceeded my expectation. He is very welcoming and we had a fantastic tour. He explained clearly the story and history of each sites we visited. Etai Is such a warm personality. He is attentive and very helpful to my sister during the tour. All respect to him. I am giving him a well deserved 5star review. The experience and the memory we got from this tour is so special thanks to Etai. I look forward for my next tour with him on Sunday!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Apolinario! What a special trip. Your sister's first time away from home after all these years, and both your first visits to the holy land. It's a special thing you put together for her, and I feel honored to be a part of it. I look forward to our tour together today. Jordan river, Masada and the Dead Sea here we come!
Irina DubinchikUnited States
Our Jerusalem tour with Etai was incredibly interesting. Etai is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Irina! You have a beautiful family and I'm happy I got to meet you all. You have a friend in Jerusalem. Come back soon!
Andres FalquezUnited States
My wife and I are very happy to have spent this day tour with Etai. We were very surprised on how well prepared he was for all the sites we visited. His knowledge of history and local culture was very insightful and brought to life thousands of years of Jerusalem's past. When we visit Israel again we hope to enjoy another day with Etai. There are many other sites that the city has to offer. Thank you Etai for having patience with our many questions and for getting us through Hezekiah's tunnel! Andres
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andres! The day with you both was really fun. Singing "Hallelujah" in Hezekiah's water tunnel will be a memory that will stay with me a long time. It was so much fun to take a history professor in a city so rich with history, and I really learned a lot from you! I would love to see you guys again sometime. You have a friend in Jerusalem.
Eli AlmogUnited States
This tour was one of the best experiences of my life!!! Etai was an extraordinary story teller with a wealth of deep historical knowledge. I cannot thank him enough for such a magical day, as we traveled back in time and through different cultures and religions. MAGNIFICENT !!! 18 million stars for this tour and Etai !!! Best Carrie May 19th 2019
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow. Thanks so much for this wonderful review. These are the kind of reviews that inspire me and fill me with motivation to keep on giving these tours. I hope we meet again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Aity and טוביה! Great day together! Learned a lot about Singapore. You have a friend in Jerusalem. Etai.
Allan RosenbergUnited States
Etai was a gift and our tour of Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea was unforgettable. Etai was more than a guide, he was a friend to our family. His knowledge is astounding and his willingness to accommodate our requests had no bounds. If you're looking for an amazing tour of the incredible Masada and Dead Sea, look no further and be sure to request Etai as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Allan! What a great day I had with you guys. I hope these experiences will continue with you for a long time, and I'm honored to have been part of them. Take care!
Marleen P.United States
Etai is the best guide! He truly brought to life the history of Jerusalem, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel & surrounding area. My husband & I spent 6 hours touring with him & every moment was packed with interest & awe. He is very knowledgeable & provided answers to many questions we posed. He customized the tour to our interests in showing the sites & also in stories & information he shared. Both my husband & I came away excited for the day. Etai was an excellent choice. We couldn't have asked for more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marleen, You and Phil are very special people. I learned a lot and really enjoyed our day together. Thanks for your wonderful review. I hope to see you again someday. You have a friend in Jerusalem. Etai.