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Reviewed July 18, 2013

A large group of us were in Israel for a friend’s wedding and wanted to include a guided tour on our itinerary. We were staying at a hotel in Tel Aviv and decided on a day-long excursion to the Dead Sea and Masada for a group of eight. After researching online, we decided to book through Guided Tours Israel, largely based on the reviews from TripAdvisor. They were extremely professional and helpful throughout our planning process and the tour became a highlight of the trip for many of us.

Our tour guide Micha arrived at our hotel in Tel Aviv at 7:30am. The tour was in a private van that was clean and comfortable with plenty of cold air conditioning. Micha was an excellent tour guide; he was very knowledgeable, nice and extremely entertaining! He gave great historical information during our drive, and was also able to answer any and all questions our group asked. He also quickly tailored the tour to suit our needs. He stopped a few times along the route to show us various sites and views, and he seemed so genuinely nice and to truly love his job and country. Micha was able to make this a very special day for everyone.

The Dead Sea is a must do on any visit to Israel. Our group was taken to a fairly touristic area, but it never felt too crowded. We stopped off at a spot that allowed us the opportunity to change into bathing suits before heading into the water. After spending a couple of hours at the Dead Sea, we headed back to Tel Aviv. Overall, our experience at Dead Sea and Masada could not have been better. Micha is a fantastic tour guide!

Another important note to consider is that booking the tour was very easy. Leo and his team answered any and all questions and were prompt and professional. A few days before another trip, a representative from Guided Tours actually contacted us to let us know that there would be a Formula One race in Jerusalem the day we were scheduled to have a different tour, and this would unexpectedly add on a significant amount of time to both legs of our trip to Jeruslaem. Unfortunately, given our time constraints we were not able to justify taking the tour of Jerusalem, and they were understanding and professional about the situation and gave us a full refund! Guided Tours of Israel did not have to inform us of the changes, nor did they have to give us a full refund but they did and we were blown away by their level of courtesy and professionalism. Guided Tours Israel provided an amazing experience throughout, and we would highly recommend them to anyone!

4  Thank Andrea J
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Guided-Tours-Israel, Manager at Guided Tours Israel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for your very nice review! We ALWAYS keep on top of what is happening in Israel in terms of security, events, street-closures, etc and we always inform our guests in advance about any possible issues. We have been able to inform our guests coming from cruise ships that the docking times have changed even before the ship announces it to them... :-) We offer full refunds for any cancellations due to any events or incidents so you can of course book with confidence. Thank you for mentioning this to everyone and we look forward to seeing you again soon - which we know we will :-)

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

My daughter and I took a semi private tour of the Bethlehem and the Old City of Jerusalem. The tour was fantastic! There is no way we could have done this on our own nor would we have gotten as much information from any other source. The tour guide was a great source of information, extremely knowledgeable. We enjoyed the other members of our tour. All our questions were answered and adequate time was allowed at each stop. Correspondence was answered promptly and professionally. The car was comfortable and clean. We were also given great tips on what to see on our planned "free" day. Many thanks to Leo and the crew!

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Guided-Tours-Israel, Manager at Guided Tours Israel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for the great feedback! It was our pleasure to be part of your holiday. Our small-group tours are always personal and indeed there is no other way to get so much information and see so many places in one day of travel... We hope to welcome you in Israel again soon and thank you again for sharing with everyone about your great experience with us :-)

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Based on TA reviews, signed up for 2 day tours from Ashdod & Haifa Ports ex cruise ship.
Minimum for each group was 6 - we had 14 on the first day & 8 on the next.
Our guide, Jerry (originally from the USA & ex Army MP) was with us on both days.
He was very efficient, friendly & knowledgeable without being pushy, or ramming things down your throat incessantly + he had a very good sense of humour.
The itineraries were excellent & not too demanding.
Also, the cost compared to ship sponsored tours was significantly better & of course less numbers in the group.
Consequently, we are very please to have chosen this group.

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Guided-Tours-Israel, Manager at Guided Tours Israel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for the nice review! Indeed our small-group tours are done with only a few participants in order to keep the experience personal and the tour enjoyable (as opposed to the ship's excursions of 55 people on the bus). In this case there were 14 persons signed up for day one and only 8 persons for day two. This ensures that everyone can get in and out of the van quickly, interact with the guide easily, and enjoy the guided walking parts of the day in a small and intimate setting. Thank you again and do come and visit Israel again soon! :-)

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

I was in Israel for a 2-day business trip and made sure to reserve one day for some sightseeing. I couldn't find any group tours available that would pick me up from Haifa (I did not have a rental car). I found GTI on TripAdvisor and with all the excellent reviews, I contacted them to arrange a private tour. They arranged a full day to cover the major sites of Jerusalem and The Dead Sea. Omry came to pick me up from my hotel and he is an excellent guide. I saw all the top sites that I wanted to see and was able to spend time with an experienced guide who also gave me some great insights into everyday life in Israel. I would highlight recommend GTI tours (and Omry) for anyone looking for a customized tour to meet your specific needs.

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Guided-Tours-Israel, Manager at Guided Tours Israel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for the lovely review! Indeed we can pick-up for private tours anywhere in Israel including in the north of Israel. For small-group tours we can pick-up in and around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and of course from the ports of Haifa and Ashdod. Thank you again for the nice feedback and we hope we can welcome you in Israel soon for a proper holiday :-)

Toda!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We booked a dead sea and Masada tour with the tour company.ehud was great, patient and knowledgable even after decades in the business. He was patient with our young kids and gave us enough time to enjoy without too much time constraints. In all, he made the trip memorable.

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Guided-Tours-Israel, Manager at Guided Tours Israel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

Thank you for the nice feedback! We always try to match the best guide for the group which is why during the booking process we will try to find out as much as possible about any special requests, family considerations, etc. While we think all of our guides are amazing we do our best to assign those that love kids to families and others who love history to those seeking as much knowledge as possible, and so on. Thank you again for you kind review and we hope to see you in Israel again!

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