My Turn in Israel
My Turn in Israel
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You’re invited to discover the very best of Israel on our signature 8-12 day tour designed for active adults. My Turn in Israel is culturally Jewish in approach and welcoming to all. Guaranteed tour dates are scheduled year-round, and the itinerary is ideal for anyone seeking a complete first-time experience in Israel or returning for a fresh perspective. Local customer service is available in North America at 202-537-6056.
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Larry I
Verona3 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Our My Turn in Israel trip operated by Authentic Israel experience was magnificent. The planning stage details with Sarah, Toby & Avi were all explained and they came to fruition with much excitement. The daily excursion plans were enhanced by our fabulous tour guide and now a new friend in Jerusalem, Alon Yitzhaki. We managed to see all that was expected and were given many pleasant and exhilarating surprise detours. For us personally it was a trip worth waiting for that could not be duplicated as we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in the Baha'i World Centre Gardens, with our group of new friends. We traveled through the modern beauty of Tel-Aviv, through the history of Jerusalem. We experienced the beauty of Jaffa & Caesarea, up through Haifa and across to the Golan Heights, from a camel ride and lunch in a desert Kibbutz to a jeep ride into a fortress overlooking sheepherders in Syria. We floated in the Dead Sea, went for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and ate dinner at a fabulous restaurant on the Tiberias harbor. We spent two nights at a beautiful resort in Ramot, and then a day trip to Tzyat.
We experienced the beauty of the old markets and many interesting historical buildings like Rehovot. The horrors of the holocaust were presented with emphatic vision at Yad Vashem. Israel is a gift to the world and should be visited in your lifetime. There is no shortage of walking & light exercise but the rewards are bountiful with magnificent meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
No doubt we will be back and with the help of the team at Authentic Israel we will experience even more upon our next visit!
Shalom,
Larry & Sharon Iannuzzi
May 2022
Written December 15, 2022
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Ruth Anne
4 contributions
May 2022
My long-anticipated first trip to Israel truly was a trip of a lifetime. Each sight and activity was exciting and educational and we felt immersed in the culture and history of the land. Especially amazing was our guide, Shimi. His friendliness, knowledge, story-telling skills and kindness was felt by each person in our group. Disappointing was the inability to visit Petra or Rosh Hanikra, but those exclusions were due to Covid and thus out of the hands of our tour operator. I feel so fortunate to have had this authentically Israeli experience. So much so that I have already booked another trip to Israel for this year! My 'My Turn in Israel' experience was a long time coming, but well worth the wait.
Written January 13, 2023
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DebraK
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Aug 2023 • Couples
This was the tour of a lifetime and if you haven't been to Israel, I would highly recommend you take this tour! Originally, we chose the 8 day tour but enjoyed it so much, we extended it. We were so glad we did!! You get to visit every part of Israel you should see, from Jerusalem to Masada, from the Sea of Galilee to Tsfat, from Haifa to Tel Aviv and much, much more! We happened to be a small group of 14, so our experience was intimate. Our tour guide Gadi was the best you can get. Not only did he have an encyclopedic knowledge of the history and culture of Israel; he was knowledgeable about Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and could weave together important connections among all three. Gadi also made the tour "up close and personal " through his connections with fascinating people we met like a kabbalistic artist who invited us to his studio, and a Druze Great-grandmother who made us lunch. Gadi was also warm and welcoming with a great sense of humor. Kudos to our bus driver Salah, as well! As far as accommodations, our "classic" package hotels were very comfortable, and the food on this tour is fabulous! This is an experience not to be missed!!! Don't think twice; book this tour and go to Israel now! After all, it's "your turn"!
Written September 11, 2023
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TravelnJeff
Freehold, NJ47 contributions
Oct 2022
The trip was packed with interesting tours and sites. Both our local guide Shabbat and our Tour Director Toby were excellent. 13 couples in our group and we all became friends. We are in touch with many still, months after our trip. I have already recommended this to our friends at home. I thought I knew a lot about Israel, but I learned so much more. A beautiful country with so much variety.
Written January 13, 2023
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Lisa K
Baltimore, MD122 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We had never gone on a group tour so were a bit hesitant. Authentic Israel and our leaders, Toby and Ed, far exceeded our expectations! We were beyond lucky to have such educated,warm, fun, dependable and engaging leaders, they were truly the best. We felt like we were back at camp, and developed close relationships with the group, we all really bonded and felt a deep connection to Israel and to one another. Everything was seamless, there was never any waiting or any issues...Toby's mantra of "go with the flow" resinated throughout our trip. We never felt like we were on a "tour" but on a close knit journey with people that shared our love for our culture. I can't imagine ever going on another group tour that would match the memorable and life-changing experience that we had with Authentic Israel and this special group of people. Thank you so much!!!!!
Written July 24, 2019
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We are so glad your experience was wonderful! Thanks for the lovely review and thank you for the opportunity to share Israel with you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and instagram to find out about more amazing travel experiences to Israel and Europe.
Written August 14, 2019
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Rebecca L
Wilmington, MA5 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Excellent excellent tour. Amazing guides. Gadi and Toby Because of this tour I feel a large piece of my heart will always be in Israel. Thanks to a friend my my synagogue for recommending it I finally made the trip. Unlike any other tour I’ve been on.
Written November 8, 2018
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We are so glad your experience was wonderful! Thanks for the lovely review and thank you for the opportunity to share Israel with you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and instagram to find out about more amazing travel experiences to Israel and Europe.
Written August 14, 2019
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wendy b
Calabasas, CA7 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
5 stars all around. Our guides Gadi & Toby were friendly, professional, organized, caring, and knowledgable. Gadi gave us so much history and current events without bias. He was a wealth of information. He was light-hearted and kind. Toby is now my forever friend. Think camp counselor extraordinaire!!
We covered all the big sites and a few lesser known. There were a couple of what I think were time fillers to fit the schedule, I would have skipped, like the winery.
The price of the trip was fair, the accommodations very good, food great, sites awesome!
We had a great group of people and I think we got as close as we did because of Toby's great skill as a group leader. Our trip was in October 2015.
Written June 13, 2017
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Tripmom3J
San Antonio, TX2 contributions
Jul 2019
Authentic Israel- My Turn was a wonderful trip for first time visitors to Israel. Our trip leader, Toby, did a fantastic job meeting everyone's needs in our varied group of 29 adults. From the first night forward, Toby's skills in creating a community out of a group of strangers helped us to form lasting bonds of friendship. Our tour guide Ed provided a wealth of information and he and Toby worked together seamlessly. Our tour bus was filled with laughter and song. We truly relaxed knowing that every detail was taken care of by Authentic Israel. We highly recommend this trip - you won't be disappointed.
Written August 11, 2019
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Thanks for the lovely review and thank you for the opportunity to share Israel with you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and instagram to find out about more amazing travel experiences to Israel and Europe.
Written August 14, 2019
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Tracy
2 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We learned a lot about Israel through our wonderful tour guide. We visited so many places; it was action-packed and full of history and beauty! We LOVED our tour guide Ed and LOVED our tour director, Toby. They were a great team and made this trip even more special, fun, and absolutely wonderful!!!! Toby created a sense of community amongst our group and we really bonded and had so much fun! She also was extremely organized and kept us in the loop with necessary logistics on a daily basis. Thank you to all for making this a fantastic trip!
Written July 31, 2019
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Thanks for this glowing review and thank you for the opportunity to share Israel with you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and instagram to find out about more amazing travel experiences to Israel and Europe.
Written August 14, 2019
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Gayle P
2 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
My Turn is an adult only tour of Israel that I had the good fortune of participating in July 2019. It was led by Tour Leader, Toby Ayash, and Tour Guide, Ed Snitkoff. This program exceeded my expectations as a comprehensive trip throughout Israel, teaching us about the history of the Holy Land including geography and culture. Toby has an outgoing personality and a knack for building community among the members of the tour. We laughed, we sang and we built friendships along the way. She is extremely organized and led a truly seamless trip. Ed was knowledgeable and his love of Israel was evident the entire time. Authentic Israel took care of everything! We did not have to plan excursions or take time to do anything except having fun! The hotels were nice, food was plentiful and good and the experience was a once in a lifetime. I look forward to future trips with Toby and Authentic Israel!
Written July 26, 2019
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Thanks for the terrific review and thank you for the opportunity to share Israel with you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and instagram to find out about more amazing travel experiences to Israel and Europe.
Written August 14, 2019
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