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 two 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 three main flavors:

  • Tourist Class Car plus Guide / Driver
  • Comfort Class Car or minibus, plus a driver plus our guide
  • VIP Class Car

Tourist Class Car with Guide / Driver

Levi takes small, private groups of up to four people in his comfortable, licensed Israel tour car, a Hyundai Tucson Texas.


Comfort Class Car or minbus plus separate guide and driver. If you prefer a comfort class car or you having a larger private group, then you can join us on a comfortable, licensed tour Mercedes (or similar) minivan or van.

VIP Tours are managed on an individual basis. For a price quote, please ask for a customized tour.


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 Ellie Berlin, October 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 Matthe

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.

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Levi Private Tour Guide in Israel 
Christian Sites in the Judean Hills

Beit Jamal Monastery 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 -

Altar at St. John the Baptist Church at Ein Kerem

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: $ 550 
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 700 in total 
  • Prices do not include entrance fees 

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Caesarea and Zichron Yaacov

Sea view from Caeserea Israel

Visiting Caesarea, just a 45 minute drive from Tel Aviv, feels like a visit back in time. to the days it was the Roman capital and the main port city of Israel 2,000 years ago.  

At the Caesarea National Park along the coastline are well-preserved, remarkable remnants from Roman, Crusader and Byzantine periods.

You'll see the ancient port built by Herod, the bath houses and villas, temples, the massive Herodian palace remains, the ancient aqueduct and the stunning Roman amphitheater which even today, hosts Israel top pop performances every summer. 

roman pillars in the ancient city of caesarea in israel

Besides the glorious ruins, Modern Caesarea has an equisite, sandy beach, seaside cafes and restaurants, as well as a small artists' square.

At the Ralli Art Museum in Caesarea, you can see the remains of a magnificent palace with a completely preserved mosaic floor dated 1,600 years ago.

  • After a twenty minutes from Caesarea, you'll see charming  Zichron Yaakov on the outskirts of the Carmel mountains.
  • Built in 1882, it was one of the first Jewish settlements in then Palestine. Many of the original tiled roof homes and courtyards are intact or have been restored.  
  • Zichron is the home of the first winery of Israel established by the Baron Rothschild.
  • In its early days, Zichron Yaacov's pioneers endured many hardships - including malaria, poor farmland and dire proverty. Just near Zichron Yaakov is the beautiful Park Ramat HaNadiv where the Baron Edmond de Rothschild and his wife are buried. Their philanthropic activities enabled Zichron Yaacov to survive and flourish despite the difficulties. 
  • Your last stop will be the Park Utopia a lush tropical rainforest park with more than 20,000 orchids, waterfalls and fountains, a butterfly garden and an animal park.


  • Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel 
  • Tour duration - Full day  
  • Tour Price:
  • Tourist Class Car with guide / driver: $ 500 from Tel Aviv, $ 600 from Jerusalem
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 600 in total from Tel Aviv, $ 700 from Jerusalem
  • Prices do not include entrance fees to Caesarea Archaeological Park

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Caesarea, Haifa and Acre Along the North Coast

Haifa Vista and Bahai Gardens

We'll visit Caesarea, the ancient city of Herods and the Crusaders. Read more in the tour just above.

Haifa, Israel's third largest city is one of its prettiest, perched atop the Carmel Mountain range, descending down to the sandy beaches and port below.  

Haifa is home to the intriguing Bahai religion. The founder of the Bahai faith, originally from Persia, fell in love with the beauty of the Carmel mountains. The absolutely stunning Bahai Gardens and shrine were built around his remains.  

You'll see a magnificent view of the sea from the Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) Carmelite Monastery.  

The Carmelites are a Catholic order of monks named after Mount Carmel. Their primary saint is the Prophet Elijah. Inside the Baroque style-church is a cave where, according to tradition, the Prophet Elijah hid from the wrath of the idol worshipers.



You will see the beautiful and ancient port city of Akko (Acre), a World Heritage Site on the northern coast of Israel.

the Akko Citadel - remains of Cruasder Knights Halls

Walking around Akko's lively streets and alleyways, you'll see an amazing mix of Crusader ruins and underground Hospitalier Knights halls, restored Turkish Ottoman baths, an undeground Templar tunnel recently discovered and the vibrant Arab market and restaurants with some of the best hummus in Israel!

You'll visit the Baha'i Gardens in Acre, smaller than than the Bahai gardens in Haifa but exquisite and peaceful.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel 
  • Tour duration - Full day  
  • Tour Price:
  • Tourist Class Car with guide / driver: $ 600 from Tel Aviv, $ 700 from Jerusalem
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 650 in total from Tel Aviv, $ 750 from Jerusalem
  • Prices do not include entrance fees til Crusader Halls and Tunnels in Akko

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The Green Galilee

Mount of Beautitudes near the Sea of Galilee - the Kinneret

The beautiful mountains of the Galilee in the north make up the green heart of Israel. The Galilee is an integral part of biblical history and is full of Jewish and Christian holy sites.

One of the most fascinating places in the Galilee and well off the beaten tourist track is the National Park of Zipori, the 'capital' of the Galilee 2,000 years ago.

You can walk down the Roman streets, visit the villas and see some of the best preserved mosaics in the world from 1800 years ago.

the middle eastern Mona Lisa. Mosaic from Zipori in the Galilee Israel

Zipori was the home of the Sanhedrin, the equivilant of the Knesset in those days. You can visit an ancient synagogue with amazingly lifelike mosaics depicting Biblical scenes.

Continue to the picturesque city of Zefat (Safed), the birthplace of the Jewish Kabbalah and a city which continues as a center of Jewish mysticism worldwide.

The city is a curious mix of ancient synagogues, a vibrant Artist's Colony and ancient cemeteries where leading kabbalistic rabbis are buried, such as the ARI, Rabbi Isaac Luria, Rav Yosef Caro, and many more.

Another interesting town with ancient Jewish and Christian roots is Capernaum, on the Sea of ​​Galilee (Kinneret). The city had thriving Jewish and Christian populations living side by side. You can visit remains of these ancient communities.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel 
  • Tour duration - Full day  
  • Tour Price:
  • Tourist Class Car with guide / driver: $ 600 from Tel Aviv, $ 700 from Jerusalem
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 650 in total from Tel Aviv, $ 750 from Jerusalem
  • Prices do not include entrance fees 

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Mount Carmel Tour

View from the Carmelite Monastery at Muchaka Mount Carmel

The secret ingredient of this Mount Carmel tour is its diversity - covering nature, history and ethnic culture all in one.

First stop is the top of Carmel Mount, a unique biosphere reserve in Israel. At the Horn of Carmel, also called Muchraka is the Carmelite Monastery commemorating the site of the dramatic biblical battle between the Prophet Elijah and the priests of the pagan god Baal. 

From the roof of the monastery is a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley.


Daliyat el-Carmel, Israel's largest Druze village in Mount Carmel

Nearby, we'll discover the Druze villages of Daliyat el-Carmel and Isfiya, where we'll learn about the fascinating Druze people, their religion and culture.

As we start descending from the top of Carmel to the Mediterranean Coast, we'll pass  Bet Oren, one of the most beautiful areas in all of Israel often called 'Little Switzerland.'

Next stop  is the artist colony Ein Hod.

whimsical outdoor sculpture in Ein Hod artists village on the Carmel mountain range in Israel

We'll walk around the artist galleries, through the Village Art Museum and the Museum of Marcel Yanko, a world famous Dadaist painter, and one of the forefathers of Ein Hod.

Finally, we'll descend to the coast and visit the Crusader Fortress at Arsuf or Apollonia.

Crusader ruins at Arsuf or Appolonia National Park

Atop this ancient Greek and Roman city, Richard the Lion-heart won a great victory over the Moslem Sultan Salah ad-Din. 

The latest excavations have uncovered not only the Crusader fortress, but also the remnants of the once prospering Roman glass industry. 

  • Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel 
  • Tour duration - Full day  
  • Tour Price:
  • Tourist Class Car with guide / driver: $ 420 from Tel Aviv, $ 550 from Jerusalem
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 550 in total from Tel Aviv, $ 750 from Jerusalem
  • Prices do not include entrance fees to Muchraka Monastery and Appolonia National Park. 

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Jezreel Valley Biblical History & Natural Wonders

Jezreel Valley is one of Israel's loveliest spots, and is also the location of incredible, ancient history.

First stop on the tour is Megiddo, the jewel in the crown of the world of biblical archaeology.

Megiddo biblical archaeology - gates and citadel of Solomon

You can stroll around King Solomon's Citadel and Gates, the altar area and ancient water supply system.  

reconstruction of how Megiddo looked in ancient times

Here's a recreation of how it looked in Biblical times - 

If you drive east in Jezreel Valley along the scenic Gilboa Mountain range where King Saul and David battled -

Gilboa mountain range and Jezereel Valley (Emek Yisrael)

You reach the Beit Shean National Park, where you can see explore the amazing archaeological remains including an Egyptian city, 

and the ongoing excavations of an amazing Roman-Byzantine city.

We'll visit Beit Alfa National Park with one of the most beautiful synagogue mosaic floors in Israel, dating from the early sixth century CE.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel 
  • Tour duration - Full day  
  • Tour Price:
  • Tourist Class Car with guide / driver: $ 600 from Tel Aviv, $ 700 from Jerusalem
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 650 in total from Tel Aviv, $ 750 from Jerusalem
  • Prices do not include entrance fees two Beit Shean, Megiddo and Ein Harod National Park  

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Natural Beauty of North Israel Tour

View of the Hula Valley and the mountains of the Upper Galilee in the north of Israel

The far north of Israel is a place of great natural beauty and ancient history.

First stop on this tour is the Hula Nature Reserve in the Upper Galilee. This unique place supports ‎a huge variety of wild life such as water buffaloes, swamp turtles and plants. But its greatest claim to fame is as home to one the great bird migrations in the world!

Crane in Hula Valley in the North of Israel

More than half a billion birds fly through Israel in the spring on their way to northern Europe and Asia, and in the autumn on their way south to Africa.

Over 200 species rest on their long way in Israel's Hula Valley.


Continuing further noth, our next stop is the Tel Dan National Park, ‎a fascinating Biblical archaeological site and a miraculous natural wonderland.

ancient wall from days of the Kingdom of Israel at Tel Dan Nature Reserve in far north Israel

At the heart of the park is Tel Dan, the archeological site of the ancient Israel ‎Kingdom capital, Laish with its walls and pagan temple which competed with ‎the Jerusalem temple of Judea for the hearts of the ancient Israelites.

The noisy Dan River rushes through the nature reserve.

Dan River in north Israel, Tel Dan Nature Reserve

It is one of the sources of the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River. Truly a  beautiful, green paradise. ‎

Last stop, we'll continue to one of the greatest natural attractions of ‎Israel, the Banias Waterfall - 

Banias is without doubt the most impressive ‎waterfall in Israel. ‎

Beautiful willows and other trees stand along the side of the Banias stream.

The Banias Spring emerges from the  foothills of Mount Hermon. It flows for few miles downhill, getting stronger and stronger until it culimnates in the waterfall.

  • 10 Hour Tour 
  • Pickup / dropoff at your Tel Aviv hotel 
  • Tourist Class Car with Guide / Driver $ 750 
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan with Guide + Driver - $950

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The Dead Sea, Qumran and Masada

breathtaking Judean desert scene

The scenery as you descend from the hills of Jerusalem to the Judean Desert is breathtaking.  

Rock and sand, mountains, riverbeds, cliffs and canyons up to 1,500 feet. As you continue the descent, you will start to see the the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea which is 1,400 feet or 430 meters below sea level.

the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea in Israel

This stark desert landscape combines great natural beauty, modern beaches, mineral spas and ancient history.

People having lived in this area for over 6000 years, domesticating animals, building Jericho, the first known walled city and home to some of the earliers copper and bronze tools in human history. 

Two thousand years ago, ancient Jews built two places here - Qumran and Masada. Both have been declared World Heritage sites.

In the caves of Qumran - 

Caves of Qumran near the Dead Sea Israel

a Bedouin desert discovered one of the most remarkable findings of the twentieth century -  the Dead Sea Scrolls.

To the delight of Christian and Jewish scholars, the scrolls contained the oldest Bible ever found, and many other writings describing the life and philosophy of the ancient Dead Sea sect 2,000 years ago in Qumran ...

You can explore the caves and the intriguing Qumran excavations.

Further south on a peak above the Dead Sea is the majesticc natural desert fortress of Masada.

Ascending Masada by cable car, the views are incredible.  

King Herod built a luxurious palace complex on Masada in the year 30. The remains of Herod's palaces are outstanding.

But Masada is most known for the inspiring story of the Jewish last stand there against the Romans. Masada was the last refuge of the survivors of the Jewish revolt against the Romans. After three years of war and siege, the Romans breached the fortress wall in the year 73 C.E. and all hope was lost.

Rather than be conquered by the Romans and taken as slaves, the Jewish zealots committed suicide. Preferring the 'glory of death' to slavery, all 960 Jewish men, women and children were found dead by the Romans.

In many ways, Masada become the founding of the State of Israel and a symbol of Jewish resistance against all odds.

  • Full Day Tour
  • Pickup / dropoff at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel 
  • Tourist Class Car with Guide / Driver $ 600 
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan with Guide + Driver $ 700
  • Prices include entrance to the Dead Sea beach and do not include entrance fee to Masada. 

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Bethlehem and the Judean Desert

Mar Saba Monastery in the Judean Desert in Israel

We'll start with a 15 minute drive from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, located in the Palestinian territory. The border crossing takes minutes.

First stop is the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in the world, descending into the cave or 'grotto' where Jesus was born.  

After Bethlehem, we continue into the heart of the Judean Desert and catch the dramatic views of the March Saba Monastery.

This active Greek Orthodox monastery seems to hang precariously from the walls of Kidron Valley, but it is sturdy and was built about 1,500 years ago. Unfortunately, only men can enter the church. Women can view it from the Women's Tower.

womens tower at Mar Saba Monastery in the Judean Desert Israel
  • Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel 
  • Tour duration - Full day  
  • Tourist Class Car with Guide / Driver: $ 750 
  • Bring your passport for the (5 minute) border crossing til Palestinian territories 

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Ancient Jewish Sites in the Israel Desert

The tour will start early to have enough time for these three ‎magnificent, ancient Jewish towns in the Israel desert. ‎

First stop is the Susia archeological site, dating from the Second Temple era. We'll explore the ancient synagogue, with parts of an intact mosaic floor.

the ancient Synagogue in Susia in the South of Israel

Two thousand years ago, the Jewish residents of Susia took careful ‎security measures, building not only a wall around the city but also ‎escape tunnels and a heavy, rolling door in the synagogue. ‎

Susia also has thirty five 'mikvehs' - Jewish ritual baths, one in the courtyard of each extended family.

Just a few minutes drive from Susia, our next stop is Tel Arad, recognized as a ‎UNESCO World Heritage site.

the famous Citadel of Tel Arad with the gate of two towers

We'll discover one of the first walled cities in human history with a Canaanite wall dateing from ‎‎5,000 years ago!

Above the ancient Canaanite Arad is a Jewish fortress and a well-preserved Jewish Temple. It was built about 100 years before King ‎Solomon built the great Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, but amazingly it is based on the precise Biblical requirements ‎implemented in the Jerusalem Temple, yet to be built.‎

Continuing on a short drive past Beer Sheva, the modern capital of the south of Israel, we'll reach our final destination, Tel Sheva.

descending into Tel Sheva ancient water system

Another UNESCO World ‎Heritage Site, Tel Sheva is  the location of the Biblical  town of Beer Sheva, from the days of Abraham, King Saul and King David.

We will visit the excavations and descend into the ancient, water supply system. It is considered one of the greatest engineering miracles of the ‎world, although it was built over 3000 years ago.‎


  • Pickup and drop-off at your Tel Aviv hotel 
  • Tour duration - About 9 hours  
  • Tourist Class Car with guide / driver: $ 700 from Tel Aviv
  • Comfort Class Car / Minivan Guide and Driver: $ 850 from Tel Aviv‎
  • Prices do not include entrance fees to the National Parks 

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