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Excellent tour. However, there is so much to see that even at our fast pace we needed more time to spend in old Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Miki, our guide, was very informative and we would recommend her again. We decided that if we return to Jerusalem, we would fly in and stay downtown Jerusalem to avoid the long drive to and from the Ashdod port.
It really was a full day trip. Amazing sites, beautiful landscape. A truly memorable trip.
Excellent tour host. Saw a lot and host was very informative and knowledgeable
Sandy was an excellent teacher, story teller tour guide. For a first timer I enjoyed everything about this tour. He was easy to find before the tour right off the ship. He was there early and was good at communicating and keeping track of everyone.
Great tour and our tour guide was so informative and full of information. No complaints.
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We were able to see the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, the Old City including all of the major sites and the Western Wall. Couldn't believe we did all of it in one day. One tour guide commented that we have had an appetizer of Jerusalem, now we need to schedule 7-10 days to really see it. I believe that is true. We had a good overview, but you can only see so much in 1 day.
The itinerary was excellent and the guide did a really good job helping us take advantage of the time we had and to maximize our experience. It was wonderful!
Very good and enjoyable trip. Mina was an excellent guide with a depth of knowledge of Israel and Jerusalem. The trip went very smoothly , from the pick up at Ashod dock to the return to Ashod. The small number 16 on the excursion was also good.
Our guide was very knowledgeable. Good driver who managed to get us close to the centre.
Our tour of Jerusalem was terrific. Slight delay leaving VIATOR signage should be a bit clearer - just a man with a clipboard who had no Viator identification, we had a terrific guide Moria who was personable and very knowledgeable. We made good use of our time and saw lots of wonderful sites in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the final portion of our day Bethlehem was a HUGE disappointment. The guide was terrible. He was not able to show us the nativity site because he said the 'line was too long' and we would be delayed ??. He walked us to a restaurant terrace to point to a spot in the distance that he said was where the angel had appeared to Mary. Then, he took us shopping. Not at all what it should have been. And everyone in my group of 6 AND the entire van of 16 were really disappointed to have had such superficial and unsatisfying view of Bethlehem. So Jerusalem portion would be a 5 Rating and Bethlehem would be a 1 Rating - cannot recommend. But since Moira/Jerusalem was the major portion of the day, I rated the overall tour as a 4.
Our guide was very knowledgeable but was of the Jewish faith, and we are Catholic, so I felt she didn't understand the meaning of visiting some of these sites to Christians. It was more like a scripted history lesson. Very disappointing to be told the major sites we wanted to see - like the manger was Jesus was born, Golgotha where Jesus was crucified and the tomb where he was laid were too busy and the lines too long so we couldn't see them.
Same guide three couples bailed out but were replaced by one couple so we had to listen to the THREE HOURS speech about Israel again. Reached Bethlehem and we were told no time to see the manger site, was taken to a hole in the wall for lunch, 12 again for a pita stuffed with burnt chicken and a plate of greasy cold fried potatoes, which later in the day saw the pita advertised for four sheckles. I later found out our 'guide' owned a piece of the business, restaurant and tour company. We were then herded into a 'Christan' fortified compound to buy souvenirs 300 for a eight inch camel made out of ? olive wood. Bethlehem was much cleaner than the rest of our tour of Israel.
We did go into the Garden of Gethsemane and were told how intensely how Jews from all over the world are buried on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. We did run down literally the Via Dolorosa - no time to shop in the Arab markets - to the Western Wall where we spent an hour. Then back to the ship, traffic was horrendous.
This was a once in a lifetime trip for me and my wife, our 'tour guide propaganda minister' ruined it.
See my Haifa Shore review
As much as I like Viator this was not a good excursion. First we were taken to Bethlehem for an extended stay at a souvenir shop because the church we were to see wasn't open. On arriving at the church it seemed obvious it had been open for quite a while and was undergoing so much restoration it was impossible to see anything. A waste of a great deal of time that would have been much better spent elsewhere on a very busy day. Our guide, Sandy, was much more into politics, American and local, than he was into the Christian religion. He rarely related any of this tour to the Christian events the areas were related to. Although appearing friendly, Sandy was abrupt at answering questions and was just 'going through the motions of getting us through the tour. On our most important stop, the Church of the Sepulchre, our guide didn't even mention anything about many of the most important areas of the church spending most of his time talking about the inner politics of the church. Amazingly,the church was opening Jesus's tomb for the first time in hundreds of years that day. We found that out after we returned home! Luckily we had studied about the church ahead of time but even so we were so rushed we didn't have time to hardly see or enjoy it. This was a very disappointing excursion for the most important day of our long trip to Jerusalem.
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