Born in Belgium, I made Aliya (emigrate to Israel) ten years ago and this completely changed my life, I left the the computer industry and wanted to share my love for this beautiful country where I found my beautiful wife.

 I spent two years studying for the national tour guide course. I thought that I knew Israel but during this course I realized that I knew only some bits of it. 


Visit and discover Israel and my philosophy:
 

 I don’t try to teach my guests. I just ensure that their visit to Israel is a memorable experience. That’s the difference! An experience instead of a history or archaeology lesson… Of course, when and where it is relevant and pertinent, we’ll discuss history, archaeological findings, as well as events. But my way – as part of the experience, not as a study tour. Why? Because it is boring. And if you and I are bored – we don’t enjoy the experience. A visit to Israel should be an experience with unique memories that inspires guests to return to Israel, and not a study tour. We will visit interesting sites, but will embellish and season it with stops at an interesting winery where we can taste cheese and wine, 

 

My approach is informal - I recommend comfortable clothes, don’t adhere to a fixed route (although I recommend a basic plan), am happy when asked questions, and am very flexible and open to changes. Yet I expect my guests to blend in with the spirit of the various sites, for instance wearing suitable clothes in religious sites, proper dress in restaurants, and the like… and most of all – respect for others, respect for the environment and preserving the cleanliness of the vehicle and all the sites we visit.

 

Tour types:

 

As I indicated, I work on a small scale. In other words, I use your rented car or vans for up to fifteen guests. I do not work with buses or groups.

The tours are planned for the business people and / or families, with an emphasis on religion, a specific region or according to the guests schedules. (By schedules I mean the free days or even hours a businessperson has between meetings, during which I'll organize a reviving and invigorating break).

Level of service:

I take great care to be courteous, properly dressed, clean, keep the car clean and smart, and do not permit to smoke in sites where it is prohibited. I respect tour sites, and particularly religious sites, try not to bore guests with too much information, details, date, names, etc., but make an effort to visit locations that are important to my guests (even if they are far away…) and answer any question and fulfill any desire or request.

During summer, there will always be a cold drink in the car, and in wintertime, we’ll stop for coffee (or cocoa for the kids…)

As I said, I never rush people and am always open to change. Therefore, during every tour (with a predefined route), I prepare a schedule that helps me keep time and helps you understand the implications of any change. When you want to stay a while longer in an amazing location, it is always at the expense of another destination. So the schedule helps you decide and understand the consequences of these schedule changes.

Services I offer:

 

Tours throughout Israel, according to religion, ages, in short – tours that are customized to the character, needs and desires of my guests.

Vehicles:

 

I do not have a regular car, I say that this is an advantage. I work with a very professional rental company that allow me to chose the best vehicle to fit your needs and the nicest driver to make the experience as smooth as possible

I don't believe in driving and guiding at the same time (occasionally I manage to do both) 

Planning your upcoming tour:

I wrote, you read – but if we don’t start working on a our plan – I won’t make a living and you won’t enjoy service of the highest standard. Therefore, when it comes time to plan your next visit – please try to think of all the details that will help me prepare the ultimate tour plan and route.

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