Dear Fellow Cruisers,
My wife, Marilyn Farber, and I are both experienced, licensed Israeli tour guides. We realize that the summer/fall 2011 Mediterranean cruise season includes wonderful opportunities to visit Israel with port stops in Ashdod and Haifa.
We are also avid cruisers and enjoy putting together private land excursions when we travel. So we understand you desire to customize your tour and make it cost effective.
Ashdod Port is the gateway to Jerusalem: 1 hour to Jerusalem and 1 1/2 hours to the Dead Sea. For those of you who are docking in Ashdod for two days, many of our guests choice too sleep in Jerusalem to get a very early start for the Dead Sea after a full day touring Jerusalem. [We recommend nice hotels at @$125 USD for a room and breakfast.]
Haifa Port is the gateway to the Galilee and Golan Heights. A one day tour would start with a view from above of the magnificient Bahai Gardens and and Terrace then on to the Galilee and Golan - this can be a Christian pilgrimage oriented trip, Jewish Experience, archeological focus - as you wish. some guest wish to visit Tel Aviv-Jaffa - another great scenic, historic and cultural treat.
The idea "group" is one or two couples - we use a qualified chauffeur with large, air conditioned taxi. The less intimate but more cost effective option is a group of up to 10 persons in an air conditioned mini van- again with qualified chauffeur. Both options cost a total per group of $800 USD for the day (not including entry fees, meals and shoppiring.)
Our method of operation is to get your initial inquiry, ideally with a wish list of sites and experiences you desire. We then work together to customize the experience to your wishes.
We have a first come, first serve policy. We do get multiple requests from each cruise ship. If we are already booked, we will refer you to another outstanding licensed guide. So, please try to make your inquiries early - 2 to 3 months in adance is most effective. We do make it a priority to guide guests who want to join us for multi-day tours (e.g. Ashdod Port day one Jerusalem, day two Dead Sea).
Looking forward to hearing from you - my email is firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone/mobile number 972-54-590-0223 and Skype Id mzober.