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Walkabout Israel

Jerusalem, Israel
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About Walkabout Israel
Hi I'm Gila, I am a licensed Tour Guide, a global citizen and a local expert. Come Walkabout Israel with me, learn the history, experience the cultural diversity and have a taste of the unique flavours that make up this dynamic little country. I place Israel in the context of world history and help you understand the role it plays on a global level. I believe that travel is all about making beautiful memories. At Walkabout Israel we are happy to accommodate your needs and tailor a tour to suit you, with a feminine touch to detail to ensure that your trip runs smoothly. There are many options for private day tours of Jerusalem/Tel Aviv as well as multi day trips (Masada/Dead Sea/ Cesarea/ Akko/ Mitzpe Ramon). Feel free to read my website for ideas and email for further details!
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Yoni Y wrote a review 15 Sep
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Full disclosure: I am Israeli, born and raised in Tel Aviv and I never particularly enjoyed going to Jerusalem. It usually meant getting lost in all the cross streets and getting frustrated by the religious intensity. This time I visited on a tour of the Old City with a cousin who was visiting from the States. We met Gila at Yafo Gate and immediately admired her style, energy and knowledge. She took us on a tour of all the quarters and touched on so many subjects that kept us engaged, interested and entertained. Gila used poetry, games and even prizes to make history fun and come alive. I would recommend her services 100% and look forward to joining her on another tour in the future. Thanks again Gila!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Dominic wrote a review 6 Sep
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My favorite part was the breadth of the tour, but also specifically informative. I really felt I got the most out of my one day in the Old City of Jerusalem. Gila took us to the best meal we had on my whole trip. Just an overall great experience!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Gila L, Owner at Walkabout Israel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dominic, so lovely to hear from you and thank you for the kind review. It was great to meet you and it was my pleasure to take you around the Old City, I hope you come back to Israel again soon and we can explore more together.
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Alaina V wrote a review Aug 2022
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Booking a tour with Gila is an absolute must! Gila met us at the train station in Tel Aviv to ensure we made it to Jerusalem without any complications - she even had our train/bus passes ready for us ahead of time. Our entire day trip to and from Jerusalem was seamless and fun. Before the tour, she made sure to ask of our interests and tailored the tour to our group which is really special. Not only is Gila professional and knowledgeable about navigating the city, she is a wealth of knowledge about the history and did an amazing job explaining thousands of years of history in a short time span that really helped to absorb the importance of each place we visited. We stopped for snacks and lunch along the way - all of which were delicious. I will definitely be reaching out again for future tour needs (:
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Gila L, Owner at Walkabout Israel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Alaina, thanks so much for such a great review, it was so lovely to meet you all and I am glad that you enjoyed your time in Jerusalem as much as I did! I hope you get to come back and explore more together!
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Lori z wrote a review Aug 2022
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Gila is AMAZING and the utmost professional. She is a master of history, geography, sites, culture and politics. Gila planned a 15 day tour of Israel for our family. We had numerous zoom calls before we left to work out the details. The itinerary was put on an easy to read spreadsheet with hotels, transfers, tours, tickets, events, restaurants and pricing. Every aspect was perfection, each day/tour was custom made based on our likes and interests. She took us to places we didn't even know existed. We met Ethiopian Jew, an inspiration Druze woman who prepared a homemade lunch for us and a Kibbutz resident who makes homemade ice cream. She gave us the perfect amount of information and knew how to read her crowd. She didn't just speak she interacted with us too. Gila knows her hummus and took us to all her favorite sports but she also had us try other Israeli specialty foods. She knows where to find anything, whether you want souvenirs, coffee, sushi or even a bathroom Gila knows where to find it in each area of Israel. She would be a perfect tour guide for any age. It was the trip of a lifetime and we left with a Gila as a good friend.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Gila L, Owner at Walkabout Israel
Responded 14 Aug 2022
Lori, thanks so much for your generous review, I really had a blast getting to know you all throughout the whole process and making new friends is what its all about. Hope you will treasure the memories forever!
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Brandon B wrote a review Jul 2022
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Where to begin? Let me just say our much anticipated trip to Jerusalem would not have been what it was if it weren't for Gila. Out of two weeks spent in the country, our time with Gila was the highlight. We had the pleasure of having her as our personal guide for two full days in Jerusalem -- we did one full day at the Christian sites and one full day at the Jewish sites. Gila came highly recommended by a friend and she didn't disappoint. I knew right away we had the perfect person for this very special experience! She spent weeks (literally weeks) leading up to the tour answering our questions and helping with our itinerary in Israel as a whole (outside of our booked time with her). Jerusalem and Israel in general has a very complicated and vast history with many layers, and as a first time visitor, she helped us make sense of it all in a very easy and understandable way. Without this background, you cannot appreciate how Jerusalem has been an epicenter of religion and spirituality for centuries. She catered the tour to our interests and also connected sites, history and the Bible together in a way that truly challenged our thinking and we walked away with a completely different perspective on the city and the people and events that shaped it. I've been a Christian for most of my life and I will never read some Biblical scriptures she linked together the same way again. It was a very emotional two days as my wife and I have waited our whole lives to see some of the locations she took us to and there's no one else we would've rather had leading us along. She was kind, respectful, insightful, and everything else you would want in a guide. It's easy to stand there and point and say "this is the Garden of Gethsemane" and forget these are REAL places with REAL people but Gila has a talent of bringing the figures and sites to life in a special way by reading scripture, quotes and giving amazing nuggets of insight at each location. She's also just a really cool person and a great hang! By the end of our two days with her, we felt like we were saying goodbye to a good friend. She's an amazing person and a brilliant resource. We will never forget the time we spent with Gila and will absolutely be using her again when we return. Do yourself a favor and hire her for your Israel trip. You won't regret it!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Gila L, Owner at Walkabout Israel
Responded 30 Jul 2022
WOW! What an absolutely amazing review! Thank you for taking the time to write that essay and I have to say, after spending the time we did together, I am also happy to say that I have 2 new friends! That's what I love about my job... meeting new people, hearing your stories... and showing you the home that I love. Looking forward to your return already!
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