Private guides and guided tours in Israel
Private guides in Israel
Looking for a professional private tour guide in Israel who will show you all aspects of this amazing country? Suzanne Pomeranz (SuzTours) is just the person youíre looking for! Being licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and having received a certificate from the highly acclaimed Archaeological Seminars Tour Guide School, Suzanne is a highly professional and experienced guide who will help you get up close and personal with Israel.
Hi! My name is Danny Herman, and if youíre looking for an Israel private tour guide with in-depth knowledge of Israel and its history, you canít pick a better guide than me. Being born in Israel and raised in a kibbutz, I know all the sides of life in this country. After doing the military service Iíve decided to become an archeologist, so I enrolled in the Institute of Archaeology of Jerusalem.
Being a native-born Israeli with a passion for his country, Avraham Tuval has years of experience working as a certified private guide in Israel. His love for his country and hi-tech education allows him to offer both traditional and specialized tours that will please different groups of customers.
Guide Licensing Information
CAPITAL CITY OF Israel: Jerusalem
LANGUAGE OF Israel: Hebrew
CURRENCY OF Israel: Shekel
COMMENTS ABOUT Israel:
Israel is a small yet diverse Middle Eastern country
Cities : Jerusalem (capital), Akko, Beer Sheva, Haifa, Eilat, Nazareth, Modiin, Rishon LeZion, Tel Aviv, Tiberias
Best Places : Belvoir Castle, Beth Shean, Caesarea, Hazor, Masada, Megiddo, Nimrod Castle, Safed, Incense Route
Electricity : 230V/50Hz (Israeli plug)
Calling Code : 972
Time Zone : UTC +2/DST +3
CLIMATE OF Israel: temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas
RELIGION OF Israel: Jewish 80.1%, Muslim 14.6% (mostly Sunni Muslim), Christian 2.1%, other 3.2% (1996 est.)
POPULATION OF Israel: 6,199,008 note: includes about 187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, about 20,000 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, more than 5,000 in the Gaza Strip, and fewer than 177,000 in East Jerusalem (July 2004 est.) Jewish 80.1% (Europe/America-born 32.1%, Israel-born 20.8%, Africa-born 14.6%, Asia-born 12.6%), non-Jewish 19.9% (mostly Arab) (1996 est.)>>>
HISTORY OF Israel: Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Subsequently, the Israelis defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides. The territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 war are not included in the Israel country profile, unless otherwise noted. On 25 April 1982, Israel withdrew from the Sinai pursuant to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. Israel and Palestinian officials signed on 13 September 1993 a Declaration of Principles (also known as the "Oslo accords") guiding an interim period of Palestinian self-rule. Outstanding territorial and other disputes with Jordan were resolved in the 26 October 1994 Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace. In addition, on 25 May 2000, Israel withdrew unilaterally from southern Lebanon, which it had occupied since 1982. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, bilateral negotiations were conducted between Israel and Palestinian representatives and Syria to achieve a permanent settlement. On 24 June 2002, US President BUSH laid out a "road map" for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which envisions a two-state solution. However, progress toward a permanent status agreement has been undermined by Palestinian-Israeli violence ongoing since September 2000. The conflict reached a turning point with the 10 November 2004 death of longtime Palestinian leader Yasir ARAFAT.
ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Israel: Israel has a technologically advanced market economy with substantial government participation. It depends on imports of crude oil, grains, raw materials, and military equipment. Despite limited natural resources, Israel has intensively developed its agricultural and industrial sectors over the past 20 years. Israel imports substantial quantities of grain but is largely self-sufficient in other agricultural products. Cut diamonds, high-technology equipment, and agricultural products (fruits and vegetables) are the leading exports. Israel usually posts sizable current account deficits, which are covered by large transfer payments from abroad and by foreign loans. Roughly half of the government's external debt is owed to the US, which is its major source of economic and military aid. The bitter Israeli-Palestinian conflict; difficulties in the high-technology, construction, and tourist sectors; and fiscal austerity in the face of growing inflation led to small declines in GDP in 2001 and 2002. The economy grew at 1% in 2003, with improvements in tourism and foreign direct investment. In 2004, rising business and consumer confidence - as well as higher demand for Israeli exports boosted GDP by 2.7%.
The best way to see Israel is with a private tour guide. let me take you around in my luxury jeep and share with you all that Israel has to offer. From the holy sites of Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea or even to the dance clubs of Tel Aviv.
Popular tours in Israel
Culture and History tour in JerusalemMasada, Ein-Gedi, and the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Culture and History tour in JerusalemPrivate Tour in the Old city of Jerusalem
Private tour in JerusalemPrivate Tour to Jaffa and Tel-Aviv
Excursion in JerusalemTo the Tomb of Herod in Herodium
Culture and History tour in JerusalemDesert 4 x 4 Negev Jeep Desert Eco Tour
Guide Licensing Information for Israel
Despite the large number of guides offering their services in Israel, not every one of them is actually licensed to render such services. The process of licensing is rather rigorous in Israel, which is aimed at eliminating low-quality service providers. First of all, the potential guide has to go through a two-year course, which includes studies in history, archeology, history of religion, geography and other subjects. After completing the course, the solicitor will have to take exams in the Ministry of Tourism, and only after completing them successfully will be able to call himself a licensed guide. But this is just the start.
The general license permits the guide to render his or her services at any historic site of Israel and in most of its museums. However, certain museums have their unique licenses, which have to be obtained by the guide to perform any tours there. The same applies for all natural parks and landmarks, which require a separate license issued by the Society of Nature Conservation. All the respective licenses can be requested by the inspectors of the Ministry of Tourists or tourists themselves at any time. However, there’s still a very large number of guides in Israel, who have a vast experience in the domain but still lack all the required paperwork to perform tours and excursions legally, so stay alert.