Aviv Tours Israel - private tour guide

Aviv Tours Israel - private tour guide

Aviv Tours Israel - private tour guide
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Hey there! My name is Aviv Herzlich, and I’m a licensed tour guide. As a Jerusalem resident and a local, I would be glad to accompany you as we journey through the vibrant and ancient city I call home. It is a true pleasure for me to introduce visitors to the sights, sounds, and textures of Jerusalem, as well as the many other renowned locations that Israel has to offer. In particular, I have a personal passion for guiding others as we explore sides and perspectives of the country that you don’t necessarily see at first glance. Breaking away from the beaten path, we will discover together the rich tapestry of unique spaces and diverse cultures that shape the country of Israel. I invite you to join me for a chance to experience the faces and places of Israel, on a once in a lifetime adventure through the Holy Land!
Jerusalem, Israel

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2023

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Denise M
Carrollton, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Aviv has a vast knowledge of the geography, history, archaeology, customs and ideologies of the region. He is incredibly personable, thoughtful and truly connects with those in his care. He takes the time to know his audience and speaks to what is important to them. He has many connections and is very obviously respected by his peers and those with whom he works. He demeanor reflects confidence, care and thoughtfulness. He made our trip individually personal and opened our minds to see more than we could have seen otherwise. Our trip was so much more than we expected because of Aviv.
Written February 24, 2020
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Watchful26
Carlsbad, CA103 contributions
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May 2022
Our May 2022 tour with Aviv Herzlich of Aviv Tours actually started in September 2021 when we interviewed several tour guides for our upcoming trip. We found Aviv to be interested in what we wanted to do in Israel (rather than telling us what we should do), flexible concerning the itinerary, and full of practical advice. Aviv was also patient with our many questions before and after we selected him to be our guide, and he was available for advice and assistance while we were in Israel during times when he was not actively guiding us. In addition, Aviv enlisted the assistance of his friends and colleagues to guide us through their areas of expertise. We found Aviv’s colleagues to be as knowledgeable and personable as Aviv and they contributed positively to the overall experience.

Most importantly, Aviv handled his own trip logistics (rather than outsourcing to a 3rd party firm) and he used his relationships to schedule specific activities within the itinerary (e.g., Druze and Bedouin hospitality events, jeep tours in the Golan Heights and in Makhtesh Ramon, and wine tasting).

We toured through Israel’s northern coastal area, the Galilee, Golan Heights, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Makhtesh Ramon and Sde Boker, Shefla, Sderot and Tel Aviv with Aviv Tours. All along the way, Aviv provided hotel and dinner restaurant suggestions and reviews, and he made reservations for us when a phone call was required because there were no online options. For lunch each day, Aviv took us to “locals places” that we probably would not have found by ourselves.

Aviv took what we expected to be a great visit to Israel and transformed our journey into something that was so fabulous that we have yet to find words that adequately describe our sentiments and appreciation for his knowledge and efforts. Aviv’s combination of knowledge gained from his life experience as a native Israeli, his university education, his talent as an educator, his friendly personality and his years of guiding recreational, religious, corporate and other tours resulted a tour that was filled with historical and cultural information, rich descriptions of past and current events and a beautiful mosaic of how historical events that have occurred over 2,000+ years transformed into Israel and the Middle East as we know them today.

If you're planning to hire a tour guide in Israel, contact Aviv early in your planning stages and hope that he's not booked for your dates. This was among the best tours we have experienced anywhere. It’s hard to believe you'll find a better guide in Israel than Aviv Herzlich and Aviv Tours.
Written May 21, 2022
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Riensd1
Montgomery, TX15 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
If you are looking for the best Israel experience, I can not recommend Aviv Tours Israel highly enough. His passion for and knowledge of the history of Israel are seemingly unlimited. His ability to bring that history into biblical accounts makes the entire area come to life. Do yourself a favor and book with Aviv Tours Israel.
Written June 19, 2020
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Footprints617247
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I use Trpadvisor often looking for recommended tour operators. For Israel, look no further. Aviv is the tour guide you want. I just completed a 12-day guided tour with my wife and 39 other travlellers from our church and area in Conroe, Texas. Aviv is fully competent in handling small and large groups. He spares no detail. His English is very easy to understand. We even taught him some Texas slang. Aviv's Bible knowledge is remarkable - both Old and New Testaments. Our home bases were Nazareth and Jerusalem. Our hotel was within the Old City walls in the Jewish quarter. From our hotels we visited Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, The Galilee, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Jordan River and Valley, The Dead Sea, Masada, Bethlehem, and the Mount of Olives, just to name what I can remember. Staying in the Old City, we thoroghly experienced the sights, smells, and noises of all the quarters of the city. Jerusalem is like no other city we have visited.
So, regardless if your interest is biblical, spiritual, geopolitical, historical, or cultural or all the above, Aviv is your guy. Lastly, Aviv is so kind, patient, and sincere that we left Israel having made a friend forever. Shalom y'all!
Written March 4, 2020
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Omry P
Tel Aviv, Israel3 contributions
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Jan 2020
Once again we enjoyed Aviv's hospitality & professionalism as a tour guide - and this time in Jerusalem. Sharing his personal experience and context to the life in the city, with cool anecdotes about the people, sites and the history of the city in a 'down-to-earth' vibe. While he hand picked sites for our guest from abroad (as well as a culinary tour in Machne Yehuda Market), even us, as Israelis, learned new things about the city.
Totally recommended!
Written January 31, 2020
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Lee
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Feb 2023 • Friends
We booked a private (4 people) full-day tour from Jerusalem through Aviv Tours with guide Gal Abdu. There are good tours and there are great tours - this one exceeded great and was truly memorable! Gal was incredibly knowledgeable, welcoming, enthusiastic and thorough. He tailored every aspect of the tour to our interests and constantly checked in to ensure that he was meeting our expectations. His descriptions of the unique history and current reality of Gaza gave us unique insights into this complicated area, while respecting its people and history. We pelted Gal with questions about everything from politics to culture to dating and he answered thoughtfully and openly. Our advice to others is - spend the money on this unique experience, it is worth every penny and so much more. Thank you Gal and Aviv Tours!
Written February 27, 2023
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Phil G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Aviv was more than a guide for our group, he was teacher who is passionate about this history of Israel and he made our Holy Land Pilgrimage a deeply moving and inspirational experience. The Holy Scriptures came to life for our group as Aviv taught us about the context in which they were written. Aviv offered incredible insight as we explored many of the Biblical sites in Israel and as he introduced us to the cultures of the Middle East. Aviv's excitement for the subject matter was contagious, he inspired our entire group, and his thoughtful insight touched our hearts! Aviv is an incredible guide who gave of himself, making certain that our needs were met and that our group had a wonderful time. I highly recommend Aviv for anyone wanting to tour Israel - you will be amazed!
Written November 10, 2021
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Gary
Houston, TX2 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Aviv has extensive knowledge of the Bible and the history of the region.
He explanations of the sites we visited were insightful and informative. I will be able to read and understand the Bible with a new perspective that enhances my understanding. Aviv is a great guide and a super nice guy. You can't go wrong using Aviv for your trip to Israel.
Written February 24, 2020
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likemagic
Raleigh, NC396 contributions
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Nov 2019
Aviv is an outstanding guide. I had been to Jerusalem at least seven times before, including with a guide once or twice but I was visiting with a colleague who had never been before so we decided to hire a guide so my colleague could get the most out of his one day in the old city. Even though I had been there several times before, I learned so much walking around with Aviv. I really could not recommend him more highly.
Written October 14, 2020
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R1962Tx
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Aviv made a special effort to make sure that all members of our approximately 40 member group had a great trip. He had personal goals for us, which included his desire that we go away reading the bible with a deeper understanding of how the bible uses geography to help describe events and how archaelogist used the scriptures to confirm and find various historical sites throughout the country. He succeeded with this goal and I definitely will have a deeper understanding of the scriptures moving forward. I highly recommend Aviv. His knowledge of all of the areas we traveled in Israel made every day a wonderful experience.
Written February 24, 2020
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