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Since 1965, Kenes Tours has been recognized as a leading tour company in Israel and, for over a decade, a Virtuoso Preferred on-site DMC. We specialize in customized tailor-made tours for FITS, families, groups, and others in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain, Turkey, and beyond. With our team of dedicated and experienced staff, we are able to provide excellent service, competitive rates, and value for money. We handpick guides (fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and more) based on their knowledge and passion for Israel, as well as their ability to connect with specific types of clients. Our aim is to exceed your expectations by offering experiences of a lifetime!
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rs123
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was a tour for 7 days with 12 teens.
Jacob Klaven was a great tour operator and was very prompt with communication. He answered all of my questions and put together a wonderful itinerary for our group.

The hotel that was booked for us in Tel Aviv, Port and Blue TLV Suites, was fantastic with comfortable rooms and great breakfast. We also had multiple meals out of the hotels and they were all fantastic!

Some of our itinerary had to be changed because of heavy rain, and between Jacob and our tour guide, they did a good job of accommodating us.

We found that there were too many museums on our trip, which did not all appeal to the teens. We will make sure to fix that on our next tour.

I would never recommend anyone to take the Polish Airline, LOT, even if it is the cheaper airline. The flight from Chicago to Warsaw has been delayed since October (we flew in December), and we got into Israel 8 hours later than our expected arrival.
Written January 9, 2020
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MarkVogler
Sonoma, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I completely recommend Russell Lord and Kenes Tours to help you with your travel needs in Israel. Russell went over the top to help organize and execute a once in a life time holiday trip in the Holy Land. My mom is handicapped and requires extra help. Russell coordinated VIP service upon arrival to wish us through customs and a driver to get us to the hotel so mom could rest after a long 14 hr flight.

We modified our itinerary several times, which required last minute hotel changes, which Russell happily worked out for us. He knows EVERYONE in the travel and hospitality industry in Israel. I felt like a celebrity arriving at each hotel and they knew my name.

Russell checked on us daily and I felt I could call Russell any time, day or night, if I needed anything.

Thank you Russell and Kenes Tours for a very special trip - and for making it possible for my mom to have the best experience possible in the Holy Land.
Written January 6, 2020
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Wendie R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had wonderful planning help and on-site support last fall (Nov 2019) from Kenes Tours. Benny is an incredible listener and interpreter of our thoughts and wishes for our private 2 week tour of Israel. It was our second tour there and we wanted to focus “under the skin” of the country and not repeat much of what a first-timer needs to see. We had great hotels, services and, most importantly, amazing guides plus incredible Q & A sessions with local geopolitical specialists. We were delighted with the unique experiences tailored to our budget and preferences.
Written January 30, 2020
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LoveToTravel
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Fabulous itinerary, but that credit goes to our Rabbi, NOT to Kenes Tours. Absolutely the best tour guide EVER, but that credit goes to the fact that he ran the Tour Guide program for an Israeli University for 10 years and knew SO much detailed information about SO much, and he contracted by Kenes Tours, i.e. - he guides tours for multiple companies, not just for Kenes. Hotels varied widely, overall were acceptable, none were exceptional. Communications with Kenes prior to the trip and during the trip were dismal or completely non-existent. Details about how hotel bookings were set up were not shared with the group which made last minute decisions towards the trip's end frustrating to say the least. We have "toured" for years and have NEVER had a tour company leave us to fend for ourselves and pay extra for transfers to and from the airport while making sure others in the same tour group had all transfers covered by the cost of the trip booking already paid. Will definitely return to Israel. Will definitely not sign up for another trip set up through Kenes.
Written January 4, 2020
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Andy G
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We traveled with a synagogue group on a 10 day tour. The itinerary they put together with our Rabbi was quite good. Our tour guide, Yoni, was exceptional. The reason the score I am giving isn't higher is in dealing with Kenes directly, other than Cheri, the most senior person, the team wasn't very responsive nor professional. Finally, the hotels they booked varied greatly in terms of quality.
Written January 3, 2020
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Teresa P
Libertyville, IL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Russell Lord at Kenes tours did any amazing job curating a trip to Jerusalem and Jordan for my sister and I. He was terrific at taking our input and developing an itinerary that met our needs. The tour guides and drivers stayed with us for the week and made our trip incredibly special. The restaurant and lunch choices were also excellent (although wow do the Jordanians like to eat!). Best of all was the flexibility the guides gave us to decide when to leave and how much to see. We saw and learned so much about Jordan and Jerusalem. As they say, you get what you pay for and the value provided was excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Russell and Kenes and am already thinking about my next trip!
Written May 24, 2023
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We are so glad you had such an amazing experience on your curated trip and that you felt that all of your needs were met! We're all about creating tailor-made memorable experience. Russell thrives on making sure those he's working with feel heard, get the guides that will fit our clients needs, and so much more. Please let us know when you want to return or want to travel to another destination. We look forward to planning your next adventure!
Written June 6, 2023
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marcus l
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Russell Lord of Kenes Tours did a remarkable job of planning every detail of our trip! We were a group of 3 on this Jordan/Israel trip. First trip for 2 of us and second visit for the third member of our group. When I first perused the itinerary, I was concerned that it was too much in the time allotted. I was definitely mistaken! The trip included all the highlights we requested plus a few add on bonus detours to keep everything interesting and amazing! The guides that helped us get through customs in Jordan were all Arabic speaking and had all the right paperwork to make for a smooth transition. In Jordan we had a knowledgeable and enjoyable guide named, Maen. Our guide in Israel,. Adrianna, could not have been better. So experienced and fun to be with each day. Russell checked in with our guide daily to be sure everything was going as planned. We thoroughly enjoyed all the sights including Petra, Wadi Rum, Old Jerusalem, Old Jaffa Port, Arab Market. Yad Vashem, Masada, Dead Sea etc. Each day was better than the last! We highly recommend Russel at Kenes for any trips to the Holy Land. He was professional, courteous and a delight to work with before and during the trip. The experiences and insights we gained will last a lifetime. We could not have been happier with our choice!
Written November 3, 2022
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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here! We aren't surprised to hear that you had a wonderful experience with Russell but are always glad to hear it! We love that "each day was better than the last" and always strive for that to be the case with all of our clients. We truly hope that you come and travel with us again. Just let us know when you are ready!
Written November 3, 2022
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David B
East Brunswick40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We just completed an amazing 11 member family tour of Israel leaving us all with experience that we will remember for a lifetime. It was a pleasure working with Shelley Aidler to design a program that included the "Must See" spots as well as some fun and also out of the way places that appealed to the adults as well as the children (ages 16 down to 5). Our tour "educator" " Yishay was better than one could have asked for. He knew how to keep the children involved while still impart history and current events to the adults. Both Shelley and Yishay exhibited tremendous flexibility and cooperation as we adjusted the itinerary numerous times before we arrived in Israel and still more once we were there.. Yishay was particularly sensitive to reading when the children has had enough sightseeing for the day.
Written July 26, 2022
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ReedYoumans
calif3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
My wife and I had an incredible six day tour of Israel. I asked Russell Lord of Kenes Tours for a Christian pilgrimage tour of Israel with a Christian guide. He came through like unbelievable.

Our terrific guide Daniel Sahwani was all we could have asked for and then some. He met us as we entered Israel from Jordon. Our first stop was at the Jordon where John baptized Christ and then on to Jericho and then to the Sea of Galilee. The sites we saw there were so moving

Then Up to Jerusalem, oh my, we saw it all and were so pleased with our experience. Daniel speaks excellent English, Hebrew and Arabic which is quite handy in this country and can get you into place not easily done.

Daniel knows some wonderful places to eat. We ate twice at Abu Zooz in Bethlehem. Trust me ask any taxi driver or desk clerk where is the best lamb. They answer Abu Zooz. Wonderful food and plenty of it.
Written February 14, 2022
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Richard C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Russell Lord of Kenes Tours planned a personalized very well thought out tour for us that met our every need. He was very attentive and hands-on ensuring that every aspect of our trip was progressing smoothly. This was a bucket list tour for us and was an experience that exceeded our expectations. Nothing was left to chance, everything was perfect. He selected a guide (Yariv Ofer) who was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable of every aspect of Israeli life and history from ancient times to current events. Our tour was very flexible regarding places visited and timing, providing a personal touch and experiences that went beyond "normal" tourist sites.
This trip was an incredible experience for us and one that we will never forget - thanks to Russell Lord.
Written October 30, 2022
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Thanks for your thoughtful review! We are so glad to hear that you had an incredibly time on the trips and that it exceeded your expectations! We do our best to pick the perfect guide for each group and are thrilled to hear how pleased you were. Also, we're so very happy to read about your wonderful experience with our agent, Russell. We are always here if you'd like to have another adventure!
Written November 2, 2022
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