July 12th 2015
We had the best time this summer with Shalom Israel Tours! From start to finish, Shalom Stark helped us plan a trip that was geared toward our four children, ages 9-13, but also very enjoyable by the 10 adults, ages 45-73. He arranged a flexible tour that hit as many highlights as possible in our time frame. All airport and hotel pickups and drop-offs by Shalom Tours were on-time, seamless, and incredibly helpful. Everything that was supposed to happen did happen, including any pre-arranged meals, special reservations, and extra days besides the tour days. Hotel locations were wonderful. Our tour guide, Emmanuel Kushner, was a delight! As a former educator, he was perfect for our kids, engaging them at each site and teaching them historical information with a sense of humor. We enjoyed being with him for the long hours on the bus, as well as fun rafting in the Golan, some meals, and any other times we were together. He was sensitive to our need for some separate family time, while he added to the experience whenever we were with him. We highly recommend him for any Israel tourist. Our bus driver, Oded Glazer, deserves special mention for allowing us to break into groups if anyone needed to rest on the air-conditioned bus while others hiked around; for creating easy access to hilly places by dropping off at one location and picking up at another; for purchasing and stowing, at a small price, ice cold water every day for our use; and for his friendly presence with us on the bus during the whole tour. This was a wonderful experience for our family in Israel! Todah rabah!