Your Own Private Tour Guide in Israel
Discover Israel's Hidden Gems with Levi
Explore the beauty and history of the country with Levi Zelkind, our licensed private tour guide in Israel.
Fluent in English, Hebrew and Russian, he knows Israel like the back of his hand.
Levi specializes in tours that are custom-tailored to suit your unique interests and schedule. Your tour will be based on his extensive knowledge and passion for the history, geography and religion of Israel.
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More About Levi, Private Tour Guide in Israel
Levi's personal life story is amazing and reflects the story of Israel itself.
Levi was a 'refusenik,' a Russian dissident Jew refused permission to emigrate to Israel by the USSR government. Eventually, he and his family were allowed to make 'Aliya' in 1985. Levi joined the thriving hi-tech industry in Israel where he climbed the career ladder for 16 years.
Eventually, he decided to follow his passion for travel and history and become a licensed Israel tour guide.
Transporation Options with
Our Private Tour Guide in Israel
Our private tours transportation options in Israel come in two main flavors:
- Tourist Class Car plus Guide / Driver
- Comfort Class Car or minibus, plus a driver plus our guide
Tourist Class Car with Guide / Driver. Levi takes small groups of up to six people in his comfortable, licensed Israel tour car, a Mitsubishi Outlander 6-seater.
Comfort Class Car or Minbus plus separate guide and driver. If you prefer a comfort class car or have a a larger private group, then you can join us on a comfortable, licensed tour Mercedes (or similar) minivan or van.
Tourists Recommend Levi
Their Private Tour Guide in Israel
You will love touring with Levi, but do not take our word for it! Here are recommendations from some of our customers:
From Donald McLeod of Scotland, Aug. 2018
"Tour of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Qumram National Park"
Visited Tel Aviv one week ago with my adult son, as we were limited in terms of time and wished to see as much as possible we decided to book a private guide and driver...
Levi picked us up at our hotel at 9am and we drove to Jerusalem. Levi was immensely knowledgable and seemed to be friendly with the 'key' people at each of the places we visited. We then drove to Qumran National Park, site where the dead sea scrolls were discovered. This was fascinating. Levi using local knowledge picked up free entry passes for us from an official outlet to use at The Dead Sea for bathing, We also visited the river Jordan where we watched Baptists in their robes in the water. We then returned late afternoon to Tel Aviv taking a sightseeing detour through old Jaffa and being dropped off at our hotel.
All in all, an excellent day out, crammed in an amazing amount, which is what we wanted to do, and with Levi we could not have had a better guide, witty, knowledgable, accommodating and good humoured throughout. We chose well and were fortunate to have got the services of Levi for the day, I would recommend this tour company to anyone."
Donald and Mark
From Dennis R. of the USA, May 2018
"Christian Tour in Jerusalem & Bethlehem:
Our private guide, Levi, picked us up at hour Tel Aviv hotel and took us on a full day private tour and returned us back to our hotel. He is extremely knowledgeable and gave us (my wife and I) a fantastic private tour!
We would recommend hiring him and we would use Levi again!! We felt extremely safe in all areas!!" Dennis
From Joanne Ho of California, Apr. 2018
"The Best Guide!
I'm so lucky I found Levi (via www.go-telaviv.com). I had the opportunity to meet a few different guides on my trip because I was traveling with my husband's MBA program. Levi was by far the best and the most knowledgeable.
He was also extremely accommodating and flexible with my last minute schedule changes. I'm sure I drove him crazy, but he was great nonetheless. I would definitely have Levi guide me and my family when we come back again."
From Marsha Nash of Alabama, Feb. 2018
"Levi was an exceptional guide for our trip to Jerusalem and Masada. He provided a running commentary throughout the drive and walking tours. I appreciated how flexible Levi was to modify the tour to meet our desires and special requests.He was flexible, accommodating, and provided sage advice to ensure we were able to achieve our objectives even when our requests were a bit 'off' the normal tour.
Levi paid special attention to the needs of our small group which made us very comfortable and able to make the most of each tour. Levi was easy to work with via email and text. He kept us informed and was kind enough to make and send group photos to us. I will recommend Levi to friends when they visit Israel, and highly recommend his guide/driver services."
From Janine Chu of China, Jan. 2018
"Israel Bible Tour.
Levi is a very knowledgeable guide, I learned a lot from him, and I came away from Israel with a greater respect for the people and the country. He tried to show our family many sides of Israel, the beauty of the countryside and the history that goes back millennia.
I truly enjoyed our wine tour, which was a fantastic experience.
How Israel has built up its wine production and become one of the world's best in such a short amount of time, truly an exceptional people."
From Irene and Barry, Dec. 2017
"Our tour with Levi was awesome! He worked with me beforehand to tailor the tour to my interests and then was just full of so much information about everything we saw. And he was personal and prompt. A total and complete pleasure!"
From Mary Salerno, Nov. 2017
"Best Tour Guide EVER! If you are planning a trip to Israel you MUST use Levi. He is so knowledgeable. Super sweet person who helped us really get the most out of our money with the tour. It was a 8 hour tour which lasted more than 10 hours. Levi is a historian and comes from a family of historians. I give Levi my highest recommendation."
From Ellie Berlin, Oct. 2017
"Levi is an Excellent tour guide! He’s kind, respectful, and extremely knowledgeable! He completely understood the goals of our tour with 3 young children. He went at our pace and filled the tour with his knowledge of the sites we visited. I would highly recommend him! "
From Zoya and Leonard Langsdorf of Washington DC:
""... Boy, were we ever lucky, lucky, lucky to find Levi. Forever grateful to a friend of mine who recommended to hire Levi ...
He is talented, knowledgeable, well-educated and can answer even the weirdest of questions and boy did we have many! But most important of all, Levi is a kind, warm, sensitive person who made each person in our party (including our 10 year old son who said that he will miss Levi the most) feel special and cared for...
He is as good a guide as you will ever find. His time is worth every single penny and will likely be the smartest investment you make in planning your trip. That was the case with us.
Levi, we miss you! With great affection
Len, Zoya and your buddy Matthew"
From Jim Sellers of Mt. Vernon, VA:
"We have visited Israel several times already, and Levi was the best tour guide of all, so far. His attitude and the way he presented the material made it fascinating. He kept our group just amazed. Levi has the skill and sensitivity to present "touchy" political issues in an evenhanded manner without revealing any personal agenda or bias as might be expected from an "average" Israeli." Jim
From Becca Hannah Atlas of Binghamton, NY:
" Our family of four just returned from an awesome tour for 6 days with Levi... Levi put together a great itinerary. He was great to work with, he was extremely flexible. He also had a great sense of humor! He was incredibly knowledgeable in Israel's history and culture... he made history come to life with his "storytelling". Our 22 and 18 year old were never bored! He was able to incorporate everyone's interests while touring. He was always punctual and very accessible. Levi's love for Israel showed throughout the tour. I recommend Levi if you want an informative, well organized, fun, and terrific tour!!" Becca
From Stefan Rudhart of Frankfurt Germany:
(Translated from German)
"Mr. Levi Zelkind was recommended to us by friends. We first made contact by email. We especially liked that Levi responded very quickly, and made various recommendations for possible trips. We opted for a day in Tel Aviv and do not regret it.
We were picked up by him on time for an unforgettable day! Mr. Zelkind perfectly ADAPTS his tours to his guests, based on their interests, and even their nationality. It was perfect for us as Germans that we spent lots of time in the old German district and got a wealth of background information on the history of settlements in German Tel Aviv. That was really moving!
Besides loads of interesting information, Levi is a source of witty anecdotes, that he combines together with interesting facts ... he He provided us with an entertaining and exciting day exploring Tel Aviv... Overall, the day was more than worth it. Next time we will tour the south with Levi. Thanks again." E u S Rudhart
From Joe Halpern of New York City:
"Levi gave us an incredible, in depth tour of Caesarea. Beyond his encyclopedic knowledge and up to date information (they are continuously digging and unearthing new treasures there), he was able to cater to our whole group and work on our timetable - no easy feat with 6 kids including two 3 year olds on a hot day. I highly recommend him." Joe Halpern
From Jim Andrews of Atlanta, GA:
"Thanks again for the fantastic tour the last week. I speak for all the team when I say that your spirituality, knowledge and ZEAL together with the... understanding you brought to us, has helped bring a multi-dimensional meaning to our trip." Jim
Customized Multi-Day Excursions
With Our Private Tour Guide in Israel
Levi can help you put together your own private tour, based on your interests and your budget and whether you want to tour for a day, several days or longer.
To contact Levi on ordering and organizing your customized multi-day tour, BOOK HERE
Private Tour Guide in Israel
One Day Excursions
Central Israel Tours
Private Tours - Heading South
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Levi Private Tour Guide in Israel
Christian Sites in the Judean Hills
On this tour you'll head for the Judean Hills and discover lovely villages, churches and monasteries that are off the main Christian tourist path.
You’ll start at Abu Gosh village, the site of Biblical Emmaus and see the gorgeous frescoes of the Crusader Church and the famous statue of Mary at the Church of the Lady of the Ark of the Covenant.
From there, you'll drive down to Latrun and the silent monks at the renown Trappist monastery, visiting the relics of the Crusader church, the wine cellars and enjoying the scenery.
The tour continues to the beautiful villages and monasteries of Deir Rafat and Beit Jamal.
The trip finale is in Ein Kerem village, walking along its winding alleys and visiting its two main churches: The Church of Visitation -
and the Church of John the Baptist commemorating the place where John was born.
- Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel
- Tour duration - Full day
- Tour Price:
- Tourist Class Car with guide / driver: $ 600
- Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 750 in total
- Prices do not include entrance fees
Book Your Tour HERE
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