If you have never been to Israel before, and you would like to visit for the first time, I strongly recommend that you take a GUIDED TOUR.
There are many travel agencies that specialize in tours of Israel. You will usually join in a group of like-minded people based on travel dates, age, religion, interests, etc. The travel agency will then arrange a tour guide, the flights, accommodations and the bus to drive the group around.
Even if this is not your first time in Israel, you can still greatly enhance your trip with the above benefits.
I will tell you upfront that in my opinion you should look for a tour of at least 14 days. The absolute minimum would be 10 days.
tempted to go on any less than that. The reason is that there are a lot
of “must-see” sites in Israel. True, it is a small country and the
distances aren’t so big. Still, if you would like to taste a little bit
of everything without running from one site to the other like a mad dog,
you will need some time.
Here is another reason: if you come after a long flight – say North America – you are likely to have jet lag for 2-3 days. Why be jet lagged for half your trip? Take my advice and go for a tour for longer than 10 days. Preferably 14 days (at least) including the flights and hotel transfer to and from Israel.
Here is my recommended tour guide for your travel to Israel:
Charlie Elbas and his company, Charlie Guide.
As a tour guide you need the ability to motivate the visitors and to be aware of tourist sites from different aspects - such as history, culture or amusing anecdotes. But above all else you need to be a sensitive type with patience, and with a true love for the job.
Charlie is a man with a lot of love for people and exceptional communication skills. There is nothing that he loves more than to show his country to visitors and locals. Charlie has so much passion and love for what he does, and it truly comes across when you meet him and take a tour with him.
Charlie is fluent in English, Hebrew and Arabic and has almost 30 years experience touring people through Israel. I have personally toured with him through the holy sites in Jerusalem and found that he is very friendly, knowledgeable and fun and gives very personalized service.
Charlie creates each tour with a special itinerary to fit exactly what you are looking for. His knowledge of historical and religious sites is amazing and he can create both Jewish and Christian itineraries and accomodates any special requests.
The feedback from his clients over the years has been tremendous. Here are just a few words written about him by tourists:
Actions speak louder than words, so here are a few shots of Charlie and his tours in action around the country:
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