The tour was great in the sense that it covered a lot of Israel, and gave us a picture of the country. There was a good mix of history, scenic beauty, current life. The Sea of Galilea, the Talmudic village and Nazareth were great experiences. The guides were very well read, and articulate, though on the first day one was inclined to speak a little too much on Israel's war victories. Too much time was spent on picking up tourists from various places and changing buses. Despite the tour promise we were not picked up from our hotel.
An enjoyable tour with a lot packed into the day. However the visit to a souvenir shop in Nazareth is not something I signed up for and a waste of an hour. I would prefer to have spent that hour at the Sea of Galilee after Lunch.
The guide was knowledgeable but not the most friendly and I found his accent difficult to understand.
The guide makes the difference! The bus was certainly adequate and the areas interesting but the tour guide was pretty pathetic in comparison to the 3 other tours we have taken in the Jerusalem area. The guide was pleasant was not particularly knowledgeable nor did he encourage questions. We would not take this tour again or encourage others to do so unless they first check the credentials of the guide.
The first day of the tour was pure hell. Our itinerary said that our first day would be a tour of Jerusalem with an 8:30 a.m. pick up. We got a call at 6:00 a.m. telling us that we were late for our tour. We had 10 minutes to pack and head down to the bus. We ended up taking a bus to the Northern region of Israel. We were hungry, angry and completely unprepared.
The bus was comfortable. The hotel pickup was 30 minutes after we were told it would be. The time we were picked up was fine but we rushed through breakfast just to sit and wait. The tour guide was in general unprofessional. His level of knowledge was low. He praised the group for not asking questions. He gave some uninformed or incorrect answers instead of saying I don't know. The overall structure of the tour was weak. We stopped in one or two places where no substantial information was given, we were dropped off, given 10 to 15 minutes to explore, and we were encouraged to shop at the souvenir shop. I would not recommend this tour to others, unless they simply want a comfortable bus ride to each of the places just to see them for a short while.
Very disappointing tour.
- 45mins delay in picking-us up. Especially as we were told it it was a 5:50am pick up
- Then another 45mins delay in waiting for someone coming from TelAviv to join the tour. so 1h30 delay on the tour which was not acceptable.
- Guide's english was very poor. It was impossible to understand him especially in the bus.
- We were rushed from site to site
- At the Baptism site, I asked the guide what there was to do at the site, if there were priests there etc.. and he said he had no idea because he was Jewish ! Now, as a tour guide, regardless of your religion, when you get to a stop which is featured on the tour, you need to be able to supply a minimum of information at least !
- This tour was outsourced to a local tour provider which I didn't know beforehand until I had purchased the ticket from Viator.
It was an amazing and wonderful experience. The Tour Guide (Amir) is a very pleasant, professional and has wealth of knowledge that made the trip an amazing experience.
I will recommend the tour to everyone. Amir desreves a raise
It was amazing the guide Amir y very nice.
It was amazing the guide Amir y very nice.
very full... a bit to many churches... but ok
Had so much fun! Great tour.
Great way to see these areas. The areas around Sea of Galiee were awesome and not commercialized. Biggest negative- guide bringing us into souvenir shop in Nazareth where I saw him receive a payoff.
Pros: tour guides give good history of the area. You get to see many historical and religious sites, once in a lifetime experience.
Cons: could be much better if every tour didn't waste time at a sales shop like jewelry etc. Also alot of time is spent shuffling people around to rendezvous points. The hotel for the nazaerth trip is really really bad, outside of town and had ants in the bed. Heard there were ants in every room, but they had good wi-fi (Nof Tavor). Hotel in Jerusalem was good but really non-existent wi-fi at the scottish guest house.
One thing i wish it included was the Dome of the Rock, you Do Not get to go this.
Make sure you bring a towel and bathing suit to both the Jordan River baptism tour and the Dead Sea tour, things they do not explain in advance.
I don't usually like tours, I prefer to do my own tour at my pace. However sometimes if you want to see various places in a short space of time then a tour can be good. THIS TOUR WAS EXCELLENT.. Well organised, well planned. Transport was very comfortable, new bus. The Guide was very well informed. I got to see a lot in one day. Of course I would have liked to have stayed more in some places.. but when you are on a tour its not easy. The cost of the tour was very reasonable. I highly recommend you take this tour if you want to see many places.
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