Join me on a mind blowing journey through time, ideas, ancient ruins and places of worship- all the tragedies and triumphs of the human spirit!
What makes this land so special? Why has it been fought over countless times by great empires, and why is it still in the news all over the world, almost every day? What is it that pilgrims, tourists and backpackers continue to seek here?
What makes this land so special to so many people is, in my opinion, it’s unique position as a point of contact, an interface between diverse elements. The Holy Land is where Europe, Asia and Africa; Judaism, Christianity and Islam all meet. In a broader sense,this land is also where East meets West, with all the geographical, religious, spiritual and political implications. The diversity we find here can be beautiful, but it is also, unfortunately, one of the root causes of the terrible conflict that has plauged this Land from time immemorial.
I come from a background almost as beautiful and diverse as the Holy Land itself. My family and upbringing are comprised of Jewish, Christian, free-thinking and hippie elements. I’ve studied the three great monotheistic religions to whom this land is sacred extensively, as well as the modern, scientific approaches. I’ve also taken an interest in the ancient pagan mythology that plays a role in the history of the region.
Great human and spiritual aspirations are the material from which the story of this land, so deeply interwoven with the story of the entire human race, is made. The beauty, magnitude and sometimes irony of those aspirations is what I try to share while guiding.
Looking forward to sharing them with you, too!
Testimonials about Shimon Craig Palmer
Excellent Customized Private Tour, thanks Shimon!
Review of: Full Day Jerusalem Tour: In Jesus' Steps
Shimon is an excellent tour guide for a full day tour of Jerusalem. In Jesus' Steps was absolutely incredible, the way this specific tour was setup is spectacular and is a definite must. Shimon takes the time to read from the bible to help remind you of what is going on and the significance of everything that is part of this tour. I don't want to give anything away, as it will be much more exciting as you experience it yourself for the first time.
My wife and I are very grateful and happy to have done this tour specifically. We feel that it really completed this whole experience and allowed my wife to fully complete her pilgrimage.
Shimon is an excellent official tour guide that doesn't push any stores or selling on you. He is a straight up genuine person that is extremely patient and will to customize your tour based on your interests and personal beliefs.
Thank you for the wonderful experience Shimon and for making our first experience in Jerusalem an unforgettable one. Will definitely make contact with you when we return next time for other exciting and unbelievable adventures!
Fantastic Day in Jerusalem
Review of: Private Jerusalem City Walking Tour
We had an amazing day tour in Jerusalem with Shimon. He met all our the expectations. Thanks to him, despite the holidays, we avoided standing in long queues. Everything has been clearly and objectively explained. I honestly recommend!!!
Karen Kleinman, USA