In my belief, Zionism created the biggest of all miracles that happened in the Holy Land.
Hi there and congratulations with your decision to visit Israel.
I will be happy to share my time, knowledge and experiences with you if your goal is to have an interesting , pleasant and amusing stay in Israel.
This is a truly unique destination because of its history, geography, biodiversity and political impact on the world we live in. To use a tour guide during your visit is another good decision and will make your stay more fascinating, thought-provoking, stimulating and your memories last longer.
I was born in Amsterdam and made my first trip to Israel as a teenager in the summer of 1987. It was the last year that Israel was known as a hitchhikers paradise as the first Intifadah started at the end of that year. Another thing that was possible then was taking a bus to Cairo. I took the bus and afterwards made dozens of trips back to the Middle East, travelling through all neighboring countries but mostly returning to Israel.
Here I volunteered multiple times in a kibbutz, organized a study tour for my University and tried to set up flower farms in the Gaza strip.
My three children were born in Israel, the eldest is currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
In 2008 I finally made Israel my home and I have been living in Tel Aviv since.
After selling my internet company I fulfilled a life long dream: a two years intensive course to become a licensed tour guide.
Ever since I have been guiding groups and individuals around the country. I am available for guiding, starting from a few hours, in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, day trips to amazing sites like the Dead Sea, Ceasarea, Akko and Bet Guvrin to multiple day trips including beautiful and exiting nature hikes.
Click on My Tours to see a few possible itineraries that I did before or mail me what you have in mind.
Anyways, whether it's me or someone else from the pool of thousands of the best guides in the world (according to international tour operators) who might guide you, I sincerely wish you an amazing time visiting Israel.
Testimonials about Menno de Vries
Ilse S (Tripadvisor)
"Absolutely amazing experience!"
I visited Jerusalem with Menno for a solo tour in early January. It was an absolutely amazing experience, one to never forget. Menno is extremely smart, fun, and knowledgeable, he was able to tell me every detail about the history and also the situation in Israel nowadays. We visited the old town and mount of olives, where we walked around and he was able to explain and point out all important and historical sites. What I truly liked about Menno, is that he is very down to earth - he will explain you the history as is, including what is substantiated by archeological research (and what not). So you will hear the true story, he will not tell you fairytales. Something I could really appreciate. Menno took me for lunch at a great falafel place, one I would never have found myself. And he knew where to get the best coffee in town ? I would highly recommend Menno as a tour guide, it makes no sense going by yourself - I\'m sure you will only get maybe 10% of what is such a stunning and impressive place on earth. Go with Menno to get the full 100% (actually even more then that) Its totally worth it!
2 daags Tour met ons gezin en gids Menno helemaal top! (Tripadvisor)
Wij hebben met ons gezin bestaande uit 8 personen een 2 daags Tour in Jerusalem en naar de dode zee gemaakt. Gids Menno de Vries heeft de 2 dagen samengesteld en ons in 2 dagen de vele bezienswaardigheden die Jerusalem te bieden heeft laten zien en ons de cultuur van Israel/Jerusalem laten proeven. Menno de Vries is een relaxte gids die het gezin weet te boeien met zijn kennis over Jerusalem en het weet te koppelen aan de bijbel en feiten. Hij heeft alles prima geregeld, van de privé bus die ons kwam ophalen de 1e dag tot aan de heerlijke lunches. Menno is een hele fijne gids en is heel gemakkelijk in de omgang, beantwoord al je vragen en legt alles zó uit dat je het ook echt begrijpt.
Kortom wij hebben 2 fantastische dagen gehad en hebben van begin tot het eind genoten, een echte aanrader!!!
Fam Strijd, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Rama, USA (Tripadvisor)
Menno made our trip stress free and meaningful
Menno De Vries was our private tour guide - we did Jerusalem one day, Bethlehem-Dead Sea-Masada the next day, and Sea of Galilee area on the third day.
I told Menno what I needed, and he customized the tour, offered suggestions. He arranged for a car as well. Menno is very knowledgable, energetic and passionate. We had great discussions with him throughout our trip. He is very friendly and that makes it easy. Menno made our trip stress free and meaningful. Thanks, Menno.
Tours of Menno de Vries
Jerusalem Old City Highlights
Mount of Olives, Western Wall, Holy Sepulcre
$ 375 per tour
During this 5 hour walking tour you will see the highlights of Jerusalem and tips about other sites, like Yad Vashem, the Israel Museum, City of David that you can visit on your own.
Jaffa Gate is one of the eight gates of the Old....
Nazareth - Sea of Galilee
Nazareth, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, St. Peters Fish
$ 900 per tour
Transportation with comfortable Van and driver.
Leave Tel Aviv at 8.30 towards Nazareth.
From Nazareth continue to Sea of Galilee with stop at the Church of The Premacy of Peter, where you can actually walk into the Sea of Galilee.