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Embassy Community Tours
On this page I am offering discounted rates on excellent tours of Jerusalem for Embassy employees, their guests and those who work in affiliated fields.
For more information about tours or to make a reservation, contact me at email@example.com or WhatsApp at +972-50-6558670
(I do not answer calls/messages on the Jewish Sabbath or holidays. Feel free to send a WhatsApp message or email anytime, and I will reply asap).
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 (but not time to sit for lunch) and additional short breaks as needed by the group. The 4 hour fee is the minimum for any tour, even if the group prefers a shorter tour.
950 Shekels (approx. $280 USD)*
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. For families with children and teens, 6 hours is ideal for a full Old City tour.
Most guides charge the same fee for a 6 hour tour as a full day tour, because it essentially fills the day. I am happy to offer this option because most people find 6 hours to be just the perfect length of time for a Jerusalem walking tour.
1250 Shekels (approx. $365 USD)*
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. I do not recommend an 8 hour walking for for families with children or teens or during the hot summer months.
1550 Shekels (approx. $460 USD)*
*Guiding fees are for tours booked as of January 10, 2023.
Guiding fees listed here are discounted rates for your group, not per person. A group is one family (with children under age 12) or up to 10 adults/teens for Jerusalem Tours. There is an additional 75 shekel fee for peak season such as August and holiday weeks.
If two families with young children feel it would work well to tour together, it's possible to do a tour for both for an additional fee of 50 shekels for the additional family. For example, a 4-hour tour for 2 families together would be 1,000 shekels. 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. For tours with young children, it's ideal to keep the group to the immediate family or some close relatives/friends. This way, I can give the children extra attention and age-appropriate explanations, and that way everyone has a good time.
Guiding fees are quoted in Shekels (ILS or NIS). USD fees are listed only to give a general sense of the amount, but the exact shekel/dollar rate fluctuates frequently. Payment is due by the end of the tour in Shekels cash or by credit card on a secure app on my phone.
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 or Covid issues/restrictions. I provide receipts that are VAT exempt because I have the status of a small business. Drivers generally accept payment in cash only. Some sites with small entrance fees such as 5-10 shekels pp will only accept payment in cash as well.
If the group starts late or takes longer than planned for breaks, we might not see everything planned. When possible, I am happy to give a few extra minutes to finish the route, at no additional charge, because it's hard for me to know exactly how long visiting each site will take due to many variables. Drivers, however, generally do charge for each additional 15 minutes.
Friday tours are up to 4-6 hours (depending on the season), starting by 8:30 am, and I do not guide tours on Saturday due to the Jewish Sabbath. Jerusalem tours can start any time of day from 8 am, although many people prefer 9:30 to allow for a leisurely breakfast. Starting early is good for avoiding the crowds, but Jerusalem has a unique and special atmosphere during all of the different times of the day. Late afternoon is also beautiful, shady, and often less crowded.
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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.
Old City Shops: Time permitting, and if you are interested, it can be nice to introduce you to some shop owners in the different quarters because it is a wonderful way to meet residents of the old city, many of whom have fascinating family stories about their connections to Jerusalem. I do not take commissions from stores, and I try to encourage the shop owners to give you their best prices. However, it's still worthwhile to bargain with them a little beyond their initial price quote.
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING ALONG?
Comfortable walking shoes with good treads (white not recommended).
Water, sunhat, sunscreen (essential in warmer months)
Snacks just-in-case (helpful for tours with kids/teens)
Tissues and hand sanitizer for under-stocked bathrooms.
Cover shoulders and knees for holy sites, no low-cut shirts. Capris, pants and skirts are fine. Men need a head covering for the Western Wall, any hat is fine.
Check the weather the day before your tour. Jerusalem is cooler than other areas such as the coast. For rain, umbrellas and waterproof shoes and jackets are helpful.