Tours with Shmuel

These tours offer you the benefits of the extensive knowledge, experience and personal attention of a local tour guide. In a short amount of time, you accomplish far more than with a group or do-it-yourself tour. Book them “as-is” or after booking, contact me to customize the tour to suit your particular interests.

Barluzzi tour
Herodium tour
Crusader tourHurva tour
Sumsum tourDead Sea tour

Personal Itineraries

I build a tour itinerary in consultation with you so that you get a tour that matches your interests. I guide  Jerusalem (I live in the German Colony) – the Old City, Jewish Quarter, Christian sites, the ancient City of David including wading through Hezekiah’s tunnel. These tours combine history, archaeology, religion, architecture, etc. I guide tours in Tel Aviv-Jaffa a combination of history, architecture, art and culture.

I am happy to take you farther afield, day trips from Jerusalem to Herodium, desert monasteries, Qasr el-Yahud, the traditional site in the Jordan River where John baptised Jesus, Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, the oases of Ein Gedi and Ein Feshka in the Judean desert, the Dead Sea and Masada.

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Shmuel guiding at Lower Herodium, one of his specialties

Planning your Itinerary

For people who have a week or more in Israel I work out a personalized itinerary (at no extra cost) including historical and archaeological sites – like Caesarea, Tsippori/Sepphoris, Beit Shean/Scythopolis, Sussita/Hippos and Banias. In Akko, also spelled Acre learn about the “greatest jail break in history” and visit the other Holocaust museum and Bahai gardens, We can explore the Golan in the north or the Negev desert in the south. I can share with you nature spots off the beaten track, just a quiet spot for a picnic or hikes suited to the whole family. For more challenging hikes there is the Yehudia Reserve for example, which has some great hikes with water which is a delight in the hot summer months.

I am very excited to be able to offer two additional specialty tours: 1) tours that focus on Israeli wines and food and 2) tours for those interested in photography and who want to experience Israel through a camera’s lens.

I am authorized by the Ministry of Tourism to guide tourists in Bethlehem and Jericho.

I am able to add the fun experience of riding on a Segway (Personal Transporter) to a tour, for example, on the promenade at Armon HaNatziv overlooking the Old City, to get around the Biblical zoo or traverse the Valley of the Cross to Israel Museum or Knesset; it is also possible to ride along the Jaffa-Tel-Aviv promenade, a magical introduction to the city that never sleeps.

I am pleased to offer an architecturally focussed tour of the Israel Museum explaining the renewal of the museum that James Carpenter Design Associates and the Israeli firm of Efrat-Kowalsky Architects have accomplished. Included are other highlights like the Shrine of the Book, that has been called “a milestone in the history of world architecture” and the Second Temple Period model. I also do tours of the museum’s main 3 galleries: Archaeology, Judaica and Art.

For some sample itineraries that I’ve done and suggestions on places to visit please review the articles that I’ve posted by clicking on the “BLOG” tab in the menu. You can also search by keyword or category to help you find what you’re looking for. Here are some sample itineraries: