What does it mean that you are “Licensed Tour Guide” with the Ministry of Tourism? 

​As tourism is a large part of the economy, it is highly regulated by the MOT (Ministry of Tourism). To receive a tour guiding license, the law requires a guide to take an extensive two year tour guiding course, where they learn about all topics connected to Israel; history (from Tanach to modern times), geography, geology, minorities, religion, archaeology, and logistics. In addition, we visited hundreds of sites in the country, with expert guides of each region. To receive a license, a guide must prove his expertise in all of the above subjects through two difficult exams administered by the MOT. Guiding without a license is illegal in Israel.

Where do you guide? 

We have experience guiding throughout the entire country whether it be the coastal region, the Judean desert, the Galilee, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria and Eilat.

Which subject and areas are your main areas of expertise?

Although we are knowledgeable in a variety of subjects, our main areas of expertise include Tanach, Jewish and general history. We have a unique understanding of the frum tourist's mehadrin (kosher) needs.

What are your rates?

We charge $365 per day (accept the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Walking tour which is only $295 for the day). Our fee includes planning your itinerary, handling most or all of your logistics, and your own private tour guide. To make your life easier, we can arrange airport pickup/drop and transportation for you (additional fee).

Do you drive us around?

Your tour guide does the guiding and taking care of all of your logistics, while the driver does the driving. This is the safer and more comfortable option for you, allowing the driver to fully focus on the road in front of him. Your tour guide will then be able to give you his full attention,  explaining to you what you are seeing and answering your questions, thus providing you with a better vacation. Another obvious advantage is the time and energy you will save with the driver dropping us off at one site (usually the top) and meeting us at the end (usually the bottom), rather than having to go back up. On a hot/cold day, you will appreciate walking into a car which has been air conditioned/pre-heated before you step in. When we go to a city, the driver can let us out wherever we want (while he worries about finding a parking spot) so we can see more, stress free. Although a couple of guides also do the driving (if they have a taxi license), they charge similar prices as they are providing two services. Trust me, you will be happier, safer and see more if you chose this option! 

How much does a vehicle with an experienced driver cost?

For a family/group of 1 to 5 passengers, a full day anywhere in the country in a comfortable vehicle costs between $300-$365 per day (includes experience driver, vehicle, fuel and parking). For a group of up to 16 people, you can be chauffeured in our luxury VIP 16 seat Mercedes for between $350-$450 a day (depending on distance). This low price is unheard of in Israel, especially for a 16 seater .We will provide you with these competitive rates even during busy season.We can arrange a bus of up to 60 people for a large group. For a large bus, prices vary according to season.

Can we save money by driving the vehicle ourselves and you navigate for us?

Yes, this option will save you money. We can save you time and money by arranging the car rental for you at the best price. Our fluency in Israel's highway/road system will allow you to see as much as possible on your vacation.

Is it possible to receive a discount/package deal? 

For your convenience, we offer several ways for you to save money while still enjoying quality service. For more details on how you can receive a discount please contact us @info@guidedtoursofisrael.com 

How long is a full day?

A full day is up to 10 hours. The conventional hours are 9 A.M.-7 P.M but of course these hours are flexible depending on your scheduling interests. For example, if 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. or if 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. is more convenient for you, we can do that. 

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