Discounted rates on excellent tours of Jerusalem for Embassy employees, their guests and those who work in affiliated fields.
2 Hour Tour
Jerusalem is such a fascinating city that most visitors agree that a few hours is definitely not enough! However, I do offer this shorter tour if you want to get started touring on the day you arrive to Israel for an early evening tour, if you simply don't have any more time for a tour, or for a tour of one site in-depth.
4 Hour Tour
4 hours is ideal for a fast-paced tour of the highlights of the 4 quarters and the key holy sites. If you have a few days to tour in Jerusalem, it works well to do two 4 or 6 hour tours to cover a lot of ground and also allow plenty of down time to enjoy the restaurants, markets and unique atmosphere of Jerusalem.
A 4 hour tour includes a 15 minute snack break and additional short breaks as needed by the group.
6 Hour Tour
A 6 hour tour is the perfect way to maximize touring time without it being "too much" for one day. It also works well for anyone who would like a little extra time whether it's for more in-depth touring or taking the walking at a slower pace. Tour includes at short lunch break and other breaks as needed by the group.
8 Hour Tour
An 8 hour tour is great for anyone with only one day to tour in Jerusalem, for adults with a lot of energy for walking and learning about Jerusalem, or for those who would like to combine sites in the Old City with places in Modern Jerusalem. An 8 hour tour includes a short lunch break and two 10 minute breaks or as needed by the group.
1/2 Day in Bethlehem
A professional driver in an air-conditioned mini van will pick you up at your hotel in Jerusalem and take you to key sites in Bethlehem: Shepherds' Field, Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, the Chapel of the Milk Grotto and more. A guide will be provided inside the Church of the Nativity. Driver will take you back to your hotel or other location in Jerusalem at the end of the tour. (The driver can take you to additional sites such as Jericho, Bethany, the Garden Tomb, the Dead Sea or others for 200 shekels per hour on the same or a different day depending on the destination.) Bethlehem tour is recommended for 9am -1pm.
800 NIS for a group of up to 7 people.
*Guiding fees listed here are discounted rates. They are for one family or up to 10 adults, not per person. Fees do not include entrance fees, transportation or meals, if any. All fees are detailed in advance. There is an additional fee for groups larger than 10 adults or multiple families with children under age 13 (150 shekels per additional family). I have special games, prizes and surprises to engage children in the content of the tour. Let me know their ages so I can bring along the right ones. During high season (such as Jewish holiday weeks and August), there's an additional fee of 100 shekels per tour.
Guiding fees are quoted in Shekels (NIS). Payment is due by the end of the tour. You may pay in cash (Shekels, USD or Euros) at the equivalent rate at the time of payment (plus a 2% processing fee for USD or Euros). For credit card payments there's an additional 3 percent fee for processing. There is no deposit required for Embassy tours, and no cancellation fees in the event of restrictions on visiting the area for government employees of your country. VAT exempt receipts are provided as I have the status of a small business.
Of course, your being on time helps ensure we can complete the full itinerary. If the group runs late or takes longer than planned for breaks, it's possible we won't see everything. When possible, I am happy to give a few extra minutes to finish the route, at no additional charge, because it's hard to know exactly how long visiting each site will take due to many variables. Drivers, however, generally do charge per additional 15 minutes.
Friday tours are 4-6 hours (depending on the season), starting at 8am, and I do not run tours on Saturday due to the Jewish Sabbath. The Bethlehem tour can be any day of the week. Jerusalem tours can start any time of day from 8am. Starting early is best for avoiding the crowds, but Jerusalem has a unique and special atmosphere during all of the different times of day. Late afternoon is also beautiful and often less crowded.
I can only offer the discounted rates for tours I guide in Jerusalem. For tours to other areas, prices are as listed on my general website. Feel free to browse other pages on my website. The Embassy tour pages do not appear in the website menu, so in order to return to these pages, use the link you received by email or WhatsApp.
The Old City has a lot of walking and stairs. Let me know if anyone has limitations on mobility and I can suggest options for a more accessible Jerusalem tour.
Covid-19 Precautions and Restrictions: It is possible to tour safely in Jerusalem, even now! Most sites are open, although many have limited hours or require reservations. According to law in Israel, everyone must wear masks at all times. During tours, I use a microphone over my mask so that everyone can hear the explanations easily, avoid crowded places, and maintain social distancing.