Private driver for Israel touring?

Old Jan 26, 13, 3:26 pm
  #16  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Israel/United States
Posts: 951
thepla--If the $400 included driving and guide fee that is very much on the less expensive end of things. Care to share his name so others may contact him.
awayIgo is offline  
Old Feb 6, 13, 3:40 pm
  #17  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: SFOSJCOAK
Programs: AA-EXP & 1MM, AS MVPG 75K, MR-LT Titanium, HH Gold
Posts: 5,805
Originally Posted by awayIgo View Post
The Harmony hotel is a nice hotel BUT it is getting overpriced due to its' popularity and the laws of supply and demand. For what they are charging lately, you can do much better!
Israel is an expensive country for all tourists. That said, I concur with your remark about Harmony. The room size is very small, breakfast basic, afternoon tea basic, and amenities minimal.
On the positives: Location is good and staff friendly.
Still over-priced, IMHO.
allset2travel is offline  
Old Feb 7, 13, 7:25 am
  #18  
Original Member, Ambassador: External Miles and Points Resources
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 1998
Location: Digital Nomad Wandering the Earth
Programs: UA 1K/MM refugee to cheapest business class fare, SPG Lifetime Plat, CBP Global Entry, #datelife
Posts: 49,225
FWIW, we did hire the driver/tour guide that thepla recommended for next week. Reasonable rates, and so far great communication.

In terms of hotels we booked the Inbal Jerusalem, Emily's Hotel in Tiberias and the Sheraton in Tel Aviv (plats for life, so that was a no-brainer, especially with my wife's corporate rate).

Thanks to all for the advice and help. Very much looking forward to the trip!
kokonutz is offline  
Old Feb 17, 13, 10:58 am
  #19  
Original Member, Ambassador: External Miles and Points Resources
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 1998
Location: Digital Nomad Wandering the Earth
Programs: UA 1K/MM refugee to cheapest business class fare, SPG Lifetime Plat, CBP Global Entry, #datelife
Posts: 49,225
Can't say enough about how wonderful the driver that thepla suggested was.

He was a great driver with a nice-size minivan, but more importantly his breadth and depth of knowledge about everything from agriculture to politics (and everything in between) and ability to convey it in an interesting way made spending a couple of days with him delightful.

And all for under $500US per day!

If anyone wants his contact information, I am happy to provide it via PM along with my strongest positive recommendation.
kokonutz is offline  
Old Feb 21, 13, 3:00 am
  #20  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Israel/United States
Posts: 951
Glad you had a great experience. Just don't forget--since you mentioned his knowledge of politics. There is no way to talk politics in this country without doing it from your political point of view. Now the guide may agree with my "correct" view or he may not (note: I am NOT sharing my POV) Just be aware--his comments came from someplace!
awayIgo is offline  
Old Feb 21, 13, 8:06 am
  #21  
Original Member, Ambassador: External Miles and Points Resources
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 1998
Location: Digital Nomad Wandering the Earth
Programs: UA 1K/MM refugee to cheapest business class fare, SPG Lifetime Plat, CBP Global Entry, #datelife
Posts: 49,225
Originally Posted by awayIgo View Post
Glad you had a great experience. Just don't forget--since you mentioned his knowledge of politics. There is no way to talk politics in this country without doing it from your political point of view. Now the guide may agree with my "correct" view or he may not (note: I am NOT sharing my POV) Just be aware--his comments came from someplace!
Here is what I learned about it from spending a week in Israel and the Palestinian Territories:

It's complicated.

kokonutz is offline  
Old Feb 24, 13, 2:27 pm
  #22  
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 3
I am Flying into Amman and would like to take a one-day guided driving tour into Jerusalem. Is this possible?
foleyfoley is offline  
Old Feb 24, 13, 3:07 pm
  #23  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Israel/United States
Posts: 951
Originally Posted by foleyfoley View Post
I am Flying into Amman and would like to take a one-day guided driving tour into Jerusalem. Is this possible?
Yes and No! --let me explain.

You can neither drive a Jordanian car in Israel ( or an Israeli car in Jordan) nor use a Jordanian guide in Israel. So, getting into a vehicle in Jordan and staying with that vehicle and that driver in Israel is impossible.

What you can do, is make arrangements for an Israeli driving guide to meet you at the border. You would then have your tour with this individual.
awayIgo is offline  
Old Feb 18, 17, 2:19 pm
  #24  
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1
We are planning our second independent trip to Israel and I'm looking for a driver

Originally Posted by thepla View Post
We are going Feb 6 for a week and using same tour guide.

He is great and drives everywhere. Last trip was just wife and son with me.

Pm me if you desire contact info.
Evelyn Wold is offline  
Old Feb 18, 17, 7:39 pm
  #25  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: HNL
Programs: Pt: UA; Au: AA, Marriott, Hilton; Ex-HA Pt (now not), GE
Posts: 5,378
Welcome to FT!

A few years ago, we used Richard Woolf. He was pretty expensive, but we felt that we had a good (and safe) tour. He is former Israeli Army.

http://www.safed.co.il/woolfguide.html
747FC is online now  
Old Feb 20, 17, 1:53 pm
  #26  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Programs: UA Gold 1mm, Hilton Gold, Marriott Gold, IHG Platinum
Posts: 659
Just today finished a five day private tour with Moti Barness owner and operator of www.privateguidetoisrael.com . You can read his reviews on Trip Advisor. Wife and I were very impressed and 100% satisfied. If you have further questions feel free to PM me.
mgmsteven is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread