The travel company provided excellent service from the first time of contact through to the end of the trip! I highly recommend this company for experiencing Israel! The office provided consistent support throughout the planning process, adequately answering all of my questions. Once the itinerary was set, they provided a nice app that I used to stay current with our plans throughout the trip. As we currently live in a remote location in Asia, we take vacations to new countries 2-3 times a year. My family (including my 7 and 5 year old children) have now taken 3 trips planned by boutique travel companies. This company definitely compares well to the other tour companies we've worked with to plan our family's vacations.
I enjoyed that we had the same tour guide through the whole trip and that he drove us all over Israel. I'm pretty sure this guide knows everything there is to know about Israel! And he is very good at giving neutral, factual information. His knowledge from 10+ years as an archeologist added to his overall knowledge of Israel, making each day of touring that much more interesting. Our guide spent 8 days with my family and was unphased by the bickering and fighting between my 7 and 5 year olds. That’s quite an accomplishment! And I appreciated that he was very flexible and would adjust plans as we requested; for example, although not in the plans originally, he arranged for us to visit Bethlehem on short notice.
It's hard to say one or two things that were most enjoyable as the whole trip was jam packed with amazing experiences. The handful of things we enjoyed most were:
- touring the Golan Heights in a Jeep and getting perspective on the conflicts in the region in recent history, including the 6 Day War
- touring the Western Wall in Jerusalem
- visiting Masada and floating in the Dead Sea
- seeing the whole country to gain an appreciation for the variations in the terrain
We could have spent another day or 2 in Jerusalem. There is so much to see there! I wouldn't have necessarily added more cultural tourism to this trip because 8 days was good for our family in one trip, so that gives us an excuse to return some day. :)
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