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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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.
Our private tours transportation options in Israel come in three main flavors:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can stroll around King Solomon's Citadel and Gates, the altar area and ancient water supply system.
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 -
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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