Recommendations

Shabbat Shalom Susie!  Here is my review: Susie was our tour guide in Jerusalem and even though I have been there many times, a new world opened for us. Her practical knowledge of Ancient Jerusalem and putting it into perspective was excellent!  She showed us some "hidden treasures ". I will definitely recommend Susie as a guide, as her warm, energetic, easy-going personality adds to the whole experience.  I will give Susie a 5 Star- rating!👌🏻 Zelda M.

Touring the Old City with Susie was a treat!  Having done some the Old City of Jerusalem tours on previous visits, our family was delighted with the new sites that Susie introduced us to.  Susie's knowledge of the history of the area is impressive and she uses visual aids and pictures that allow you to understand what you are viewing.  Most impressive was the rapport that Susie has with some of the shop owners and other tour guides!  It gave a personal touch to our experience!  We had a great time!

Shelly Winchester

Here are kind words from Thank you for an outstanding two days of touring across both old and new Jerusalem. I was impressed with your knowledge of the history and facts on the sites we visited and the interesting manner you were able to convey it to us (plus supporting physical pictures, maps, etc. that you had with you). Also, you set an excellent pace to ensure we maximized our time but you were also sensitive to our interests and needs as we progressed each day. Your general advice and guidance during our trip was also greatly appreciated. I hope to have the opportunity to use your service for a tour in other areas of Israel on a future visit. 


Sonny T

Touring the Old City with Susie was a treat!  Having done some the Old City of Jerusalem tours on previous visits, our family was delighted with the new sites that Susie introduced us to.  Susie's knowledge of the history of the area is impressive and she uses visual aids and pictures that allow you to understand what you are viewing.  Most impressive was the rapport that Susie has with some of the shop owners and other tour guides!  It gave a personal touch to our experience!  We had a great time!

Shelly Winchester

We have just done a 2 day tour of Jerusalem with Susie and i highly recommend her. Susie was amazing, especially with our 2 kids ages 9 and 11. Brilliant guide - well informed, and very thoughtful and kind and gave us a great tour of all the essential things to do in Jerusalem within such a short space of time. Her knowledge and expertise of the area is brilliant. Highly recommend. Having a wonderful time here in Israel. 

Lara Freedman

Dear Susie, 

Thank you so much for an amazing trip!!! Coming to Israel, I didn't know what to expect, but everything was outstanding!! Thank you so much for planning our trip and taking us everywhere! I really enjoyed getting to spend time with you and touring the country! My favorite parts of the trip were seeing Navi (the Prophets) in real life, the Machon Ayalon bullet factory, Caliber 3, and the arch cave in the Galil. But everything was different and awesome!! We saw and did so many cool and interesting things that I would never ever see in NJ! One of my favorite things was seeing incredible things that you don't see at home! It was so special that you took the time to plan out trip, and take us to those places. Thank you so much for everything you did for us these past few months and 2 weeks, I really, really appreciate it. Now that I'm back in NJ and reflecting on my trip, Israel really had an impact on me. The most wow moment was seeing Jericho in real life. We had always talked about it when learning Navi in school but I never actually thought about it being real. Additional, on our trip we talked a lot and saw a lot of ruins from ancient times. It was when we were looking at the old buildings near the Kotel  that I truly realized that Israel is an ancient and historical society. Many people that I learned about lived here, and people I know now live here in their footsteps. The mountains were amazing! It's incredible to see mountains turned into a society with the best technology and innovations. Israel has adapted and invented so many great things over the past 70 years, and it's still amazing to see how people lived thousands of years ago in the same spots we live now. Thank you so so much for putting your time and effort into my amazing Bat Mitzvah trip!! 

Xoxo 

Hailey 

Dear Susie:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the expert services you provided myself and my family during our trip to Israel on June 12 thru June 21, 2017.  My family was so impressed with your knowledge at every site we visited as well as being able to provide answers around any question we had along our trip.

I also wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you put into our trip during the 2 years of planning.  You made Nathan’s Bar Mitsvah trip easy for us which was a big part of why it was amazing.  Thank you for patiently answering our questions whether it was via email, live phone call, or Whats app.  I realize it was not easy accommodating young kids and older parents however, you executed this flawlessly.      It was so cool to hear all the stories and see places that are talked about in our Jewish traditions.  This really resonated with my kids as they had the opportunity to witness places that they learn about in Jewish day school. 
G-D willing we have the opportunity to visit again and get to have you guide us through the next journey.
Regards,
The Leder Family 

Dear Susie,

 

I wanted to thank you for everything you contributed to my family's Israel trip.  You were honestly amazing and only you and I know how much time, effort, passion, and energy you gave toward my group and our trip. I myself spent months, weeks, days, and hours planning this trip and I know you spent the same.  I don't know how I would have done it without you.  Your involvement and insight to our logistics was crucial.  You did everything from making phone calls, making reservations, hiring us a driver, being our contact person, recommending restaurants, learning our large family tree, simply everything.  You are organized, detail oriented, and friendly- all things crucial to being a fabulous tour guide. Your email communication throughout the planning process was fabulous.  I knew that you were taking care of us and helping us plan the best vacation ever!  I feel that by working with you we got a two for 1 deal- a travel agent and tour guide in one.  

As a tour guide, I appreciated your ability to engage our younger children, read social situations, and build relationships with some of the stronger personalities. 
I was so touched when you created a scavenger hunt for the kids and brought them extra snacks.  Your tours were lead with passion and clarity and provided us with a deeper understanding of Israel history. 

Thank you again for sharing in our trip to Israel- I know that because of you it was as successful as it was.

 

All the best,

Nina Cusner

"Susie is a blessing for anyone that wants to see all that Israel has to offer, but doesn’t have much time to do all the leg work to make it happen.  Our family decided that it was time to visit Israel again, but we did not have much time to plan a trip. 

 

We found Susie to be a truly passionate guide that tailored our visit to Israel to meet our needs. Our three boys (16-24 years old) wanted outdoor activities, but we also wanted a sense of the uniqueness of the country. She knows her stuff…history, archaeology, and religious significance of the sights and explains it in a way that brought the country to life for all of us. Whether we were standing on Tel Azekah looking out at the Ella Valley where David met Goliath,or in Hezekiah's Water Tunnels below the Old City of Jerusalem, Susie had it covered. We much appreciated that Susie went out of her way to recommend shops and restaurants where we could get the best deals and local flavors—not the tourist traps that guides often steer you toward.  She also suggested activities we could do independently on the days we wanted to explore on our own. Susie’s excitement for the sights and their significance is infectious."

 

David and Robin Gould---Potomac, Maryland USA.   

I just wanted to write and thank you again for a wonderful day of touring. I thoroughly enjoyed everything you showed me and learned a lot too. It was definitely a highlight of my trip this time.


Lanie K.

My family and I had an amazing time exploring Jerusalem with Susie Ben-David.  Susie is extremely knowledgeable and tailored our tour to accommodate our family on a very hot day. I would recommend her for anyone wishing to understand the Jewish history of Jerusalem.  ~ L. Miller, Ohio, United States 
 
Thank you,
Lael M

Susie,

Just a note to thank you for all of the arrangements on our trip to Israel. We asked for an itinerary geared to 12 year old girls (our granddaughters) and you came through for us. Planning for months before our trip helped us fine tune our schedule. 

Ir Dovid, Hezkiahu's tunnel (a bit wet), Davidson Arch Park, Hurva Shul - that and more was just on day one! The following day, we did Hebron and Ma'arat Hamachpela in Hevron, Efrat and Pina Chama.

Then we went to the Blind Museum in Holon and continued up the coast for an overnight in Akko (Acre) visiting the Crusader Hall and The Underground Prisoners Museum, followed by a visit to Rosh Hanikra and the Lebanese border. Finishing off at the Nisco Music Box Museum.

The next day we went to the Bullet Factory, Biblical Museum of Natural History and my former Kibbutz to show my grandchildren a real live Kibbutz in action.

We rounded it out with Pantry Packers to help feed those less fortunate, Gilo Park and finally ATV in the Judaen Hills.

One granddaughter said that she learned more in one day than in all her years in Day School. The other is now thinking about Aliyah. 

You were able to keep up with the kids and keep them interested. Now can you arrange a restful vacation for us old people. Thanks for everything.

Marvin & Linda D.