There are many Jerusalem private tours and tour guides out there. Many of whom are great.
But with a city like Jerusalem, you want to get the best.
We're talking about a trip of a lifetime for yourself - to a city steeped in history, with holy sites belonging to all three major world religions, some of which may be quite personally inspiring to you. So you want to plan well to make sure you see everything you want and receive the very best service.
That's where a private tour guide comes in. To get the personal touch, the jewels of knowledge behind all the amazing sites and a smooth, well-planned trip that you will remember for years to come.
I know a lot of Israeli tour guides, all of whom are great. But the guide I would recommend for your private tour of Jerusalem is Charlie Elbas. Charlie took me on a day tour of Jerusalem, showing me some of the city's most popular sites, and I can safely say that he will give you a great personalized experience.
Not only is Charlie very friendly, but he has a wealth of experience, knowledge, local contacts and a passion for showcasing the city. He is licensed with Israel's Ministry of Tourism and has been touring people throughout the city and country for almost 30 years. He speaks not only English and Hebrew but also Arabic (not something you'll find with every Israeli tour guide), and is devoted to providing quality service and attention to detail. Tours can be provided in the languages mentioned above and also French and others (with an interpreter).
Charlie has handled tours for large groups, well-known companies such as Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Israeli and foreign government organizations like the Foreign Ministry, VIP's, as well as family and individual tours.
Whether it's Jewish sites, Christian holy sites, Muslim sites or other attractions of general interest in Jerusalem - Charlie knows them all.
You can let him know exactly which sites are most important to you, how much time you have to spend in the Holy City, and ask him any question you want about a particular site, where to stay, etc. Him and his wife Lizzie will organize it all for you.
The one-day tour of Jerusalem that Charlie provides is his most popular.
It consists roughly of the following:
There are other sites which can be added to your tour, such as the Temple Mount and/or Dome of the Rock (entrance only allowed if you are Muslim), Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, King David's Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper or the nearby Garden Tomb (the alternative burial place of Jesus). And of course you can spend more than just one day in the city if you want.
Here's a few testimonials and pictures from past customers:
Use the form below to get in touch, start planning your tour and to get quotes.
Bein Harim Tourism Services are a well-known tourism company and have been operating private and group tours to Jerusalem (and throughout Israel) for over 25 years.
Bein Harim are specialists in putting together tailor-made tours and can create a private Jerusalem tour to fit your specific needs.
Bein Harim's Jerusalem day tour is largely the same as what I listed out above with Charlie. And their guides are top class.
Just like Charlie, they can arrange personalized private car tours. You can also join a small but intimate group tour if you want, which could save you a bit of money.
There you go - the best Jerusalem private tours and guides that I know of.
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N'sia tova (happy travels) in the Holy City!
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