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Fun Joel's Israel Tours

Jerusalem, Israel
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About Fun Joel's Israel Tours
Shalom! I am an American-born licensed Israeli tour guide, living in Jerusalem. I pride myself on customizing my tours to my tourists' needs and interests. And I'm equally able to provide serious history, religion and culture as I am able to show you the fun side of Israel. Some of my specialties include Jerusalem, religions, culinary tourism, ecology and archaeology.
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wheelsgb wrote a review Jan 2020
New York173 contributions62 helpful votes
Have been on a few shuk tours before in Machane Yehuda. This one was specifically quite different and great, Joel started by saying he wasn't going to take us for chumus etc and things that we would buy or probably get on our own. Instead, we had a historical tour of the shuk, reviewing the history of the market and looking at just how many other cultures have influenced the available foods there..And then we tasted them! We had a great time. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours
Responded Jan 30, 2020
Thanks so much for the review! An honor to be ranked so highly by someone with experience, such as yourself. :-)
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robodocny wrote a review Jan 2020
Cedarhurst, New York430 contributions152 helpful votes
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This is a tour of THE Jerusalem shuk. Joel presents the history of the site before taking you through the market. On a previous trip with friends (locals) last year, we saw a place to buy some items. We missed the flowers for the trees. Today we actually had the door opened so that it wasn’t just a conglomeration of isolated shopping chaos. We were taught the ethnic and other factors that were involved in making the shuk what it is today Plus (a big plus) was the tasting stops that he arranged. We sampled tastes that we had never before tasted or even knew existed. Even in rainy, cold weather this was worth it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours
Responded Jan 22, 2020
So glad you guys enjoyed and appreciated what separates my tour from others. It is always good to be understood! I hope to have the chance to guide you again some day! Best, Joel
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Josh D wrote a review Oct 2019
Laval, Canada2 contributions
My wife and I spent 5 days touring with Joel this past October. We had the opportunity to visit different parts of Jerusalem, Tzfat, the Golan Heights and different sites in between. Never before have we had an experience as this one! Not only is Joel fun and a pleasure to spend time with, his ability to communicate and relay the historical significance of the different sites we visited was captivating. He has the ability to teach and explain in a way that enables you to understand and remember everything. The other great aspect is that Joel isn’t just an expert in one area of Israel he can take you anywhere you’d like to go and you’ll feel as if you got the most out of it. We didn’t travel with kids as it was just the two of us but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend using Joel if you’re a family with kids as well. As I had said earlier, Joel could communicate and adapt to any audience. We would not hesitate to recommend using him for any kind of group or to any place in Israel that you’d like to visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours
Responded Oct 30, 2019
Thanks so much! It was a pleasure guiding you, and also exposing your wife to Israel for her first time! Its nice to hear when someone "gets" what you aim to do and pride yourself on, so I appreciate your review. All the best, Joel
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maureen wrote a review Aug 2019
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We had the pleasure of having Joel take us around the market, with knowledge that comes with living and using the vendors.We ate food that we would never have tried and still remember the beautiful flavours !Our request that we are vegetarian was not a problem and catered for !Joel also helped us with a great place to stay...not cheap in rands but worth the experience!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours
Responded Aug 8, 2019
Thanks so much! Was a pleasure guiding you, and helping you find a good place to stay. I hope this won't be your last visit to Israel, and when you come back, I will hope to be able to guide you again!
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Lorderyall wrote a review Jul 2019
Asia4 contributions2 helpful votes
We (2 adults and 2 children 5 & 8) had the good fortune to be recommended Joel as a guide for the Old City. I can certainly agree with all the compliments in reviews below but the biggest compliment I can give is that to keep young and old entertained and engaged from 9:30am through to 4pm is nothing short of miraculous!! My 8 yr old even said Joels tour was the highlight of her entire trip! Patient, attentive, knowledgable and happy to work at our pace. I couldn’t recommend Joel highly enough. We also re-engaged Joel for a Shuk/Food Market tour a few days later and whilst a much shorter tour that time (2 hours or so) Joel was again super knowledgable and kept all our interest for the entire time. P.S. He also knows his beers so make sure you take time to stop at the beer stall.... Proper thumbs up!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours
Responded Jul 14, 2019
Thanks so much for this honest, detailed and kind review! I'm most hono(u)red by the comment by your 8 year old! (And the beer comment, too, to be honest.) T'was a real pleasure guiding you all, and I very much look forward to guiding you again on a future visit!
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