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Private Tours by Michael Jackaman

Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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About Private Tours by Michael Jackaman
Private day tours exploring Bethlehem, walk through the old city, visit it's old quarters, Nativity Church, St. Jerome's Caves, Milk Grotto, Olive Press, Shepherd's Field and tour to other cities such as Jericho, Ramallah, Hebron and more.
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smvNYC wrote a review Aug 8
New York City, New York242 contributions123 helpful votes
We booked the tour weeks before arriving. Michael worked closely with us to customize the itinerary. We wanted to stop at a monastery (not included in the itinerary) to visit and Michael went above and beyond to find out if it is open. and ensure out trip goes as plan. The day of the tour he waited for us right after the checkpoint and on our way we went! The stops were amazing and his knowledge of the area, of the culture and of the people were a great asset. We never felt rushed and enjoyed the places at leisure. We are thankful for the coffee he shared with us, as well as the excellent lunch suggestion. Michael also helped us find a second tour few days later that went equally well! We recommend him unreservedly.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Elizabeth K wrote a review Jul 2022
San Francisco11 contributions19 helpful votes
I have traveled all over the world and have to say that the day my husband and I spent with Michael was one of the most memorable, informative, and enjoyable days of my life. Michael has an encylopedic level of knowledge about the region's history and of the evolution of the various religions (and by extension, politics) of the region and we learned so much. He let us customize our tour by swapping out Mar Saba (which I can't go in anyway because I'm female) for Hisham's Palace, and I am so glad we did that. The mosaic remains at Hisham's Palace are incredible and unlike anything I've seen anywhere else. (We did still stop by to see the outside of Mar Saba so I don't feel like we gave anything up to do that!). Michael was so open to all of our questions and is just a kind, open-hearted person whose company we genuinely enjoyed. My husband is hard to wow, and he was wowed by our day with Michael. Michael, wishing you all the best with your wedding and hope your honeymoon is wonderful!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Nedko K wrote a review Jul 2022
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This trip was the best thing we did during our 2-week stay in Israel and Palestine. The historical context and visits were amazing, but the Palestinian perspective was even more eye-opening. I would very strongly recommend this to anyone visiting Israel, and I would make sure to book directly with the Palestinian provider rather than via Israeli middlemen - to ensure that more goes to the wonderful tour guides.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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JP Deol wrote a review Jul 2022
Moraga, California8 contributions
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Michael was a truly phenomenal guide. First of all, he is extremely communicative/responsive and clear before and during the trip. He was at the pickup place early and told me how to get there easily. He does everything personalized to your needs/wishes. It was very hot out and he had lots of cold water ready to go. He also had a great, clean, comfortable car. Everything went perfectly. He was very understanding and accommodating, even when I felt a little sick given the heat (which I am not used to). Michael's English is impeccable and his knowledge is unending. He knows everything about the places he takes you and gives you lots of extra information according to your unique interests. He is extremely personable and kind and very friendly. He made me feel very comfortable at all times. He chose great places to eat and to get Arabic coffee as well. My only disappointment is that he is in such high demand that I can't book him for all my tours in the area. But if you can get him, I cannot recommend him more. You must do your tours with Michael. A+!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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laureen wrote a review Jun 2022
Seattle, Washington13 contributions3 helpful votes
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There is absolutely no comparison to having a private local tour compared to a large group. Michael was amazing. We had wonderful one on one time and he was so knowledgeable, interesting, passionate and kind. Worth every penny and more. Thank you to Michael and his fiancée Georgette who added valuable input too. We had such a great experience. Book with Michael Tours. You won’t regret it.
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Response from michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman
Responded Jun 22, 2022
Thank you a million for your nice review. I am glad to hear how much you enjoyed my tour and we also enjoyed our time with you as much as you enjoyed it with us.. Thanks again :)
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