Shmuel was wonderful. Thoughtful, accommodating and extremely knowledgeable. A great story teller. Highly recommend
Shmuel is an awesome guide and an awesome person! We had an amazing tour in the Old City in Jerusalem, in which Shmuel surprised us with super interesting stories about Israeli history and culture and showed us breathtaking places, also taking us off the beaten path into a more authentic Jerusalem. We asked him a billion questions and he was always happy to answer and go more in depth... in a short time he became a good friend :). I really recommend taking your Jerusalem tour with him!
Kevin IveyUnited States
Shmuel was available on short notice. He went at our pace and provided us all the highlights we needed in a great 8-hour walking tour of the old city Jerusalem. We'd tour with him again anytime.
Bruce SchneierUnited States
Janet BergerUnited States
Shmuel is an amazing guide! He has an in-depth knowledge of Jerusalem and showed us the history, the culture and the architecture of the Old City. He is highly passionate and a great storyteller. Very accommodating and will provide a tour that is tailor made to your needs. Highly recommend Shmuel!
Khang T.United States
Shmuel is a great guide and very knowledgeable of Israel and Jerusalem history. We would missed a lot of historical details and sites in the Old City without Shmuel taking us there. Also, we learned a great deal from the way Shmuel presented the history of different site, where he took us back to the beginning and build up the story to when the sites or artifacts were created. Our group very much enjoyed the tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I too really enjoyed the tour Khang. Please tell the gang that they were great.
Glenda Lisa RobisonUnited States
My husband and I had a wonderful tour with Shmuel. He was very knowledgeable, kind, and quickly to adjust to all of our requests. Also, something that we enjoyed was that he was our official photographer. We were able to soak up the sites and experiences without having to take pictures. Shmuel provided us with all of great photos he took of us and the sites. Such a treat! His knowledge of Masada and a quiet, special place at the Dead Sea made this tour extra special. We would highly recommend Shmuel!
Glenda Lisa RobisonUnited States
My husband and I had a wonderful tour with Shmuel. He was very knowledgeable, kind, and quick to adjust to all of our requests. Also, something that we enjoyed was that he was our official photographer. We were able to soak up the sites and experiences without having to take pictures. Shmuel provided us with all of great photos he took of us and the sites. Such a treat! He also took us to many places that we would have never found on our own. We would highly recommend Shmuel!
Bettina SiewertUnited States
This tour is the perfect way to spend a day in Jerusalem. Shmuel was very flexible and made sure that we visited all the sites I wanted to see. He is very knowledgeable and a gifted teacher. People passing by were stopping to listen to his explanations. I will definitely come back and use Shmuel again for further tours in the area. Thank you Shmuel for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bettina, it was a great day.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Moacir SchnappUnited States
Susannah DickersonUnited States
Shmuel was definitely the best guide for this trip. Very knowledgeable about the history and archaeology of the site, as well as several other topics that only served to enrich the experience. Would definitely recommend this tour and this guide for anyone interested in the rich history of Israel far beyond your usual tourist experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susannah. We did cover a lot.
Gianluca GramaccioniUnited States
Shmuel was incredibly knowledgeable and our time with him in Jerusalem was very well spent. He was very thorough and explained the city with great detail. His vast knowledge was just what we were looking for when we toured such a great city.
Shmuel was a fantastic tour guide. He was incredibly smart and knowledgeable and answered my questions very well. We walked through the water tunnels in the City of David, which proved to me that he is able to guide almost anywhere! I spent the day alone with Shmuel and he had endless lessons to teach me! I would strongly recommend him as a tour guide. Really wonderful day.
Michael HudecUnited States
The tour was fascinating, and Shmuel was friendly, enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable about everything that we saw. He even threw in several stops that weren't on the itinerary once he saw that we were interested. We came away with a much deeper appreciation of Herod, and of the archeological efforts that have gone into building our understanding of who he was and what he did. First rate!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael. Great that I got to hear about geology.
Shmuel is the best guide we have met so far. He presented us with a cross section of the complex history of the city, myths and narratives related to Jerusalem. He is also a warm, caring person, perfectly adapting to the tourists' needs and personal outlooks. A fantastic conversationalist. His wisdom and wit are fabulous.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marius. It was great to tour with you and Oshra.
Shmuel guided us and our 2 young children (2.5y and 9m) on the 5th of January 2018. He was the best guide we ever met. He literally knows everything about the history of Israel, he was also very patient with our children and their needs. We can highly recommend him! Katrien and Pieter, Belgium
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Katrien. Your children were amazing, which is just to say that you are amazing.
All our family (me, my husband and two sons) liked the guidance of Shmuel very much, we did in one day so much and so deep (sometimes in the direct meaning of this word:) that we really feel we got more than expected in only one day. We very much liked the clues Shmuel had given to us during the tour, that made the tour so interactive and fun. And yes, now we know the Antonio Barluzzi and much more..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: That's great Jurate. Thank you, it was my pleasure.
We had a jam packed day planned and were able to make the most of it by having Shmuel as our guide. Having meaningful experiences at Masada, Ein Gedi, and floating in the Dead Sea would not have been possible for us without the transportation included. The Dead Sea spot our guide took us too was AMAZING! It was a spectacular and educational day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: 1) You're right Emma, we said 8am. My mistake. Sorry. 2) It says in What's Extra section "Lunch is paid by the client". 3) I'm sorry you were disappointed w Nahal David hike, it's a very popular one. It was a full day - climbing up & down Masada (you got to see a herd of ibex), kibbutz Ein Gedi and botanical garden that you seemed to enjoy, Nahal Qedem hot springs, a very special off the beaten track location (with no admission fee), even better than what's listed in tour description. All the best, Shmuel
Lee AdamsUnited Kingdom
Shmuel was an absolutely fantastic guide who completely opened our eyes to the story of Jerusalem. The absolute highlight of our trip, we were spellbound by this lovely, knowledgable guy. Recommended to anyone.
John SweeneyUnited States
We went with with Shmuel on a tour of Jerusalem's Old City and the Mount of Olives. Shmuel was very knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining all the different religious beliefs in Jerusalem in a balanced and factual manner. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a "scholarly" perspective on Jerusalem and its rich religious and geopolitical history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John. Your choice of Mt of Olives seemed to be the start of a trend with other clients expressing an interest in the sites and view.
John BuhrNewtown, PA, United States
Shmuel gave our small group a very informative tour of the ancient city of David. He is quite knowledgeable and shared with us descriptions of life in the old city and it's evolution. We really enjoyed the historical information and the tour through the water tunnels beneath the city. We had a great time with Shmuel.
Deborah WinsorUnited States
We had a long busy day with Shmuel that was most rewarding and memorable. He guided us expertly over a large area to many historic stops throughout. Our day was maximized with his intimate knowledge, expertise and historical grasp of facts on dates, places, people, and traditions. We learned so much! Shmuel is easy going, welcoming, fun, and thorough. We enjoyed a delightful and delicious lunch at a location we would never have found on our own. It was a richly rewarding day. Thank you so much, Shmuel!
Stephen BoushUnited States
Shmuel was fantastic. He was patient with us and our young children, had a clear passion and deep knowledge of the area and really took his time to ensure that we were well taken care and that all the items we wanted to see and experience were included. Highest recommendations ! You will not be disappointed!
Very detailed and accurate. Shmuel thankfully took way more time than booked to answer all our questions. He took great care to give us an impression of past and present. We can highly recommend going on tour with Shmuel!
Justus de MaiziereGermany
We truly enjoyed the tour with you and want to thank you for your time, patience and humour with which you guided us through the museum of Jerusalem! Shmuel is a terrific guide! Best, Justus
John MattaUnited States
Shmuel was outstanding! He is extremely knowledgeable and a delight to spend the day with. As he was describing a certain area under a particular street we happened to be standing, We mentioned that it would be pretty cool to see it and presto, he took us down below the street on a side tour which was not part of our original tour. Just one of the many great things he showed us that day! For small groups, he is your man! There were 3 of us in case you were wondering.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. We had a great time.
Frank CriadoUnited States
Shmuel was excellent!
Rick CohenSt Louis, MO, United States
We recent;y completed our tour to the Dead Sea with Guide Shmuel B and it was wonderful. The region, sights and locale we give a 10, but our guide deserves more than an 11. He was the perfect choice for us... fielding questions regarding places not even on the tour. Certainly a well versed guide with knowledge, integrity and a means of making the seemingly unrelated pieces... relate. His empathy was even able to bring a 47 year old memory back to life, making him a large part of a now lifetime memory.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rick. I'm really touched that you shared this.
Ron SigalUnited States
It was a phenomenal tour. Shmuel knew his stuff. This may have been the best tour guide that has ever led a tour we were on. We will recommend Shmuel to our friends when they visit Israel!
For people who have seen the major sites in Jerusalem and are looking to do something different and exciting, this is a total treat. It is not only about King Herod but also delves into Bar Kochba. Shmuel is extremely knowledgeable and we highly recommend this tour with him.
Judith BaskinUnited States
We had visited the Old City of Jerusalem before and we wanted a tour that would take us to new places and give us a different perspective. For us, this meant a focus on medieval Christian sites. We were delighted with our choice: Shmuel was genial and energetic, extremely knowledgeable on all points, oriented us to the geography and history of the Old City and its surroundings, and opened up architectural details and parts of the Old City we never would have found on our own. Highly recommended.
Shmuel gave us a great tour with additional stops that were almost as amazing as the Herodium complex. This is certainly not a run-of-the-mill tour. Definitely recommended.
Edward ShakinUnited States
Shmuel was a great guide giving us a fantastic picture of the place and spending time not just in the park, but in the ruins outside the park. He was willing to climb and scramble to show us more. We would recommend him to others and would use him again for other visits.
Rebecca McDonaldUnited States
Of all the tours and guides we had in Israel, this was by far the most engaging and informative. His knowledge of Jerusalem, and his approach to explaining the archaeological significance of the sites, was just what I had hoped to find on our trip. I highly recommend Shmuel to anyone who wants a better, more intimate view of Jerusalem.
Robert LoucksUnited States
Carol ZohnUnited States
Very excellent, topical, and fascinating. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Client also emailed me: "Dear Shmuel, My husband liked the tour so much yesterday he wonders if there is any chance you could take him to Masada and the Dead Sea today?"
Elizabeth GriffithUnited States
Samuel certainly knows Jerusalem and his English is perfect. We covered a lot of ground and learned more than we imagined
Scott HakalaUnited States
We started in Qumran (too many skip over this important site), went to Masada and then Ein Gedi. Schmuel did an excellent job of providing details and history that we never could have gained on our own and without a guide. We gained some much knowledge and perspective which was perfect for what we requested. We really loved all three sites. We decided to skip a dip in the Dead Sea.
Scott HakalaUnited States
Schmuel was recommended to me by another guide. He is extremely well prepared and informative. We toured; Temple Mount, the City of David, and the archaelogical "gardens" and the tunnels surrounding the western wall and side. There were four in our group (my wife and I, multiple prior visits,and my parents first time). We had never really had a "professional" tour or taken the time to reall; we learned so much and really appreciated how much more we gained from an objective, informed guide.
Jill HeppenheimerUnited States
I was prepared for a "dry" commentary, but Smuel was well researched, very clever and insightful, and full of really terrific historical information. He kept us moving for the entire time, and was open to taking us to his favorite, very affordable falafel stand when we wanted something to eat. We bought his lunch, of course, and we kept moving. He was excellent. I would definitely hire him again, and he would be terrific for a slightly larger group, up to about 6 people. He speaks very clearly!
Sandi WatsonUnited States
Shmuel is a very knowledgable tour guide. He is able to take information and impart it in a way that makes the learning interesting and easy to comprehend. We had our 11 year old son with us and Shmuel held his attention for the entire tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to meet you, Don and Benjamin. Hope that the tour helped him with his project on King David.
We spent a wonderful & inspiring day exploring old Jerusalem with Shmuel. He met us at our hotel and accompanied us to old Jerusalem and all around. Schmuel is an extremely resourceful, creative, lively and interesting individual. He made our tour so interesting, he had brought along useful maps & books about history & culture. He really knows his stuff! He was always open to our suggestions & was quick to answer our numerous questions. Shmuel is one of the best guides ever! Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Belline, great to spend the day exploring Jerusalem with you and Deanne.
The tour was very interesting and Shmuel was even flexible enough to make the tour a little longer so al our questions could be answered in depth and we could see all the things we wanted. Shmuel has a lot of knowledge and shared many details about the old city and also about todays life in Jerusalem. So we highly recommend him to anybody who wants a great tour guide with deep knowledge of Jerusalem and its history.
Randi BrenowitzUnited States
Shmuel was fabulous! He was extremely knowledgable and had a wonderful way of telling the tale. It was a great day - exactly what I wanted!
Joel SilbertUnited States
Shmuel provided us with a memorable tour of Herodium, something most guides cannot do. It was entirely safe, and an incredible experience observing King Herod's palace fortress that rivals Masada. Shmuel puts the excavations in context with the region's physical surroundings and the historical and architectural milieu. He is extremely knowledgeable re. this topic and site and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Joel SilbertUnited States
While we have been in Jerusalem many times before, we had never done the Ramparts walk. Shmuel did a marvelous job guiding us as we looked down on the Christian and Muslim quarters, providing many fascinating details. Visiting St. Anne's Church was also most enlightening and we were treated to some wonderful singing! The architectural knowledge shown by Shmuel really enhanced our visit and met all of our wishes. Just great! I highly recommend Shmuel for this tour!
Cheryl McCanliesUnited States
Thank you for our guide Shmuel, he is excellent. We learned far more than we could ever have thought was possible by his detailed descriptions of each site. Shmuel has a depth of knowledge that is amazing. Also we appreciated his personality so very much; he is observant and courteous and at all times a gentleman. If we get to come back we will ask for him to be our guide and we will suggest him to our friends as well. Again thank you for Shmuel. Cheryl McCanlies and April Knoke
Mitchell PearlUnited States
Shmuel is extremely knowledgeable and brought the history of Jerusalem alive.
Amazing depth of knowlege and great flexibility to adapt the information to our specific professional background which made the tour even more interesting.
An excellent tour that catered both for myself and my 12yr old daughters. Lots of insights into the historical context as well as architecture and great balance between walking outside in the sun and inside/underground in the shade, which is important on a hot day. I will definitely book with Shmuel again when we are back in Israel.
AMAZING! Shmuel excelled in balancing between our desire to see lots of sights on Mount of Olives and the old city, my wife's need for slow pace walking and frequent rest stops. Before t, we were sure that my wife would need to abandon the tour at some point because she would be too tired but thanks to Shmuels expert balancing act between walking and resting we spent a whole day in the city and did not get too tired. Very interesting and engaging: a treasure trove of history/architeture/local insights.
Peter VinelliUnited States
Ian BreedNew Zealand
Shmuel is an excellent tour guide and a really nice person! He has in-depth knowledge of his subject. He took the time to bring with him maps and diagrams to support the information he was giving to us. We got a much better idea of the history of the Old City and detailed facts about the places we visited than we could ever have got by just walking around by ourselves. For anyone who wants to get 'under the skin of Jerusalem,' particularly the Old City, we would recommend Shmuel.
Reuel LiebertUnited States
We were very pleasantly surprised at the high level of knowledge and preparation exhibited by our guide. He put up with our incessant questions and the slow pace set by one in our party with patience and understanding. I usually feel I can do as well with guidebooks and self-guiding on such tours, but felt that the level of both professional expertise and personal anecdotes he exhibited made the tour both highly educational and greatly entertaining.
Arthur F.United States
Terrific guide--smart, energetic and careful. I wanted a customized 3-hr tour to cover sights that were of particular interest to me. He put together a coherent and efficient plan. We covered what I wanted to see, and he provided thoughtful insights on historical events and archeological excavations. He was careful to accommodate my somewhat limited physical ability. Tour was a unique and wonderful experience.
Cindy AllamUnited Kingdom
Shmuel gave us an informative useful tour of some of the highlights of Jerusalem. Looking back, we could have improved the tour by being more explicit about what we wanted to see, how long we wanted to stay at certain places, etc. However, that was definitely down to our group rather than Shmuel, who was patient with our varying requirements, doing his best to serve us all.
Shmuel was a knowledgeable and informative guide. we ran an hour over at Herodium because we were enthralled by his recounting of the history. and the afternoon drive through the desert to Mar Saba with Ranaan was absolutely magical. the view of Mar Saba as we came over the hill was the highlight of our holiday!
Boris G.United States
This tour was very informative. Shmuel has a lot of knowledge and we literally left no stone unturned on the old city walking tour. The tour ran a little late and Shmuel stayed with us beyond the tour duration to make sure all of the points of interest are covered. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Dori F.United States
We had a great tour to Herodium. Shmuel was very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Would gladly recommend him.
Emil RayUnited States
Shmuel was excellent! The tour went at the perfect pace, and he honed on the historical and archaeological aspects that were most interesting to us. Shmuel has tons of knowledge about a broad range of topics, and explained everything in a way that was both engaging and clear. We all absolutely loved this tour!
Karen H.United States
Excellent tour with guide who had participated in archeological excavations at the site and had detailed knowledge of Herod and his times.
Gloria EkelchikUnited States
Shmuel was a intelligent man. He spoke to my 7 year old son, that allowed him to understand everything.He focused the tour around our needs. We walked we stop to eat.We walked some more and tasted more food.One of the highlight was when he sang in this beautiful Crusaders church. The acoustics were amazing.I have a better understanding of my Jewish history and our son can go to Hebrew school with great stories of his vacation.My husband said,it was money well spent to have a private tour.Bring Good Shoes.
Michael GodwinUnited States
Shmuel is an excellent guide! He is kwowledeable about his subject, and his willingness to work with us on both the available time and places to see made a great combination. We were pleased with what we saw and learned.
Andrew KingUnited States
Excellent tour of the Old City
Dorit RabbaniUnited States
Shmuel was knowledgeable, helpful, and flexible. We traveled with 3 young children and he patiently answered their questions and worked with our timing. We highly recommend him.
Dylan PhillipsUnited Kingdom
Shmuel gave us a fantastic tour of this fascinating site. It is defiantly worth seeing!
Raymond CarterPhiladelphia, PA, United States
Shmuel was very knowledgable and adapted the tour to enclude the Temple Mount. My wife and I very much enjoyed talking with Shmuel about many topics. He took us to some great spots to see the Old City better. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good 1/2 day tour.
We are very grateful to Shmuel who guided us through the history of the Old City and provided the right level of information for the time available (half day). Highly recommended. Thank you.
Kelly HaberUnited States
I would highly recommend this tour with Shmuel. Even though I have been to the Old City of Jerusalem several times, I learned so much, and went places I would never have gone on my own, thanks to Shmuel. Even areas that I had seen before took on new meaning as I gained understanding of their significance. Shmuel did assume a certain amount of Bible knowledge, and interest in the names of minor players in the more recent history of the old city that were not relevant to us. Otherwise it was a 5 star event.
Jim RethoreUnited States
Shmuel did a great job. He was extremely knowledgeable and gave great context to what we were seeing. We felt very comfortable in his presence which is important for us in visiting a foreign city. We saw and heard things in four hours we never would of discovered on our own in a week's time. I would not hesitate in recommending Shmuel to family and friends in the future.
Leslie WolfUnited States
Shmuel was fantastic! He was responsive to my needs in the planning and flexible when my plans changed because my flight was delayed because of weather. We met up according to plan and spent a wonderful day walking in the Old City based on my interests (he asked in the beginning and as we continued). Throughout, he provided detailed information -- history, context, etc -- about what I was seeing. A highlight was an impromptu concert in one of the churches. Would definitely call on Shmuel again!
Timea FodorUnited States
Thanks for Shmuel for a fantastic walking tour in Jerusalem. He is very knowledgeable of history, architecture and basically anything that you want to know about Jerusalem. We truly enjoyed spending a day with him. Thanks again, Shmuel. My family was very touched by the Old City and you were part of this wonderful experience. I highly recommend Shmuel to be your tour guide. Timea and Lev, Colorado USA
Robert ArendsUnited States
Shmuel was a 6 star guide. His knowledge of his subject was encyclopedic and made our visit to the site come alive. We will heartily recommend him to anyone we know who may be planning a visit to the Holy Land in the future!
Liz GreenUnited Kingdom
This tour was great! Shmuel has in depth knowledge of The Old City and had an interesting anecdote about everything we passed! He showed us places that we wouldn't have seen by ourselves. He was really friendly and was flexible around our group's needs. Thanks Shmuel!