Testimonials By Avi Puritz
Nelson, March 2018
I was extremely fortunate to book Avi on just a few days notice for tours of Biblical sites in Jerusalem and Galilee. I had a laundry list of places that I wanted to visit and Avi was able to organize them into 2 full days while providing different options as each day progressed. Avi is a wealth of knowledge, has great energy and a terrific personality that just keeps you engaged as you move from site to site. Our conversations clearly focused on the historical sites we visited, but as we traveled throughout Israel, I also learned a tremendous amount about modern Israeli and Jewish history. It was simply a terrific 2 days.
Kim & Ron, Chicago USA January 2018
Avi picked us up from the airport and we proceeded from there! A full day later, breakfast lunch and gelato we ended. Avi is a wealth of information regarding Jerusalem! Not only did we get all our questions answered, he supplied such great information about all the sites! He offered these up in a fun informative fashion! Great tour! Would highly recommend!
Nour & Tammer, Boston MA August 2018
We had a wonderful time with Avi! It was our first time in Israel and we really needed a private in depth tour of Jerusalem. Avi is SO knowledgable and was able to customize the trip for us and take us to all of the sites we wanted to see. He had a ton of great recommendations, took us to yummy food places, the market and the four quarters in the old town. Overall we couldn't have picked a better guide! Thank you Avi for a great time in Jerusalem!
Linda & Nick, Hamburg Germany November 2018
Avi is a wandering encyclopedia. His deep knowledge and expertise of the region is second to none. Visiting the area with Avi was a great experience. He tailored the trip to our wishes and made sure that we not only saw as much as possible, but we also came away with an indepth understanding. Avi is very trustworthy and we felt comfortable at all times in his company. We would recommend Avi to anyone who is looking for a guide in Israel.
Gidre, from Norway, November 2018
Me my grandma and my mother absolutely loved time in Israel with Avi. Like I went through reviews, we also booked him twice after our first guided tour, and we definitely would have booked him even for more if he was available. Highly recommended! - Very knowledgeable, flexible and beautiful human being. Every time after long tour days, I was so grateful for opportunity to see Israel with Avi - we felt very secure, comfortable, heard and contented. Thank you again for indelible moments, which we're still sharing with very big smiles. Wish you all best!
Cynthia, Mike & John, Texas and Colorado, August 2018
Three of us went on a tour to Masada and related locations with Avi a couple weeks ago. He was very knowledgeable, accommodating, friendly, and helpful. He have a variety of suggestions on how to maximize our time and we got in more than we expected. We used three guides in Israel and he was the best of the three, mainly because he made us the most comfortable. As a New Jersey native, he spoke perfect English.
Sara & Eric, Manhattan, August 2018
My boyfriend and I highly recommend hiring Avi to enhance your visit to Israel! We had both been to Israel before, and were looking to spend a day in Jerusalem. Avi kindly helped us create our itinerary. He listened to what each of us had seen before, and suggested visiting the City of David, which neither of us had previously experienced. We absolutely loved this site, and would not have seen it without Avi's recommendation! Avi is a pleasure to spend the day with. He was very considerate to our needs (planned to get me the best falafel in all of Jerusalem as he knew it was important to me!), is funny, and a great conversationalist. He is extremely educated about all of the sites in the old city, and greatly enhanced our prior knowledge about Jerusalem. We HIGHLY recommend hiring Avi for all any and all Israel trips!
Ellen & Frank, USA July 2018
My wife and I were looking for a tour guide that would pick us up in Jerusalem and be willing to take us on a tour of Northern Israel for 1 day. This is ambitious to begin with as it's at least a 3 hour car drive in each direction.
Most of the highly rated tour guides we came across that had high TripAdvisor ratings were far more expensive and out of our budget. Avi was recommended to us by a relative of someone we knew. We began corresponding with him to set up an itinerary and his responses were always very fast and helpful.
One of the things that we really liked about Avi was that from the beginning he tailors a tour to fit his customer's desires. So with his help, we devised a one day trip that was to consist of:
-Picking us up at our Jerusalem hotel. (He was prompt and had a nice comfortable van).
-Driving to Northern Israel. ( I thought this would be really boring but found it very interesting. The scenery is beautiful and Avi answered questions the entire way which really added a lot to our entire Israel experience).
-Touring Safed (We walked the old streets, saw 2 synagogues and some really great art. Wish we would have had more time here.)
- Lunch at the Adir winery and fresh foods from their goat herd (My favorite was the variety of cheeses).
- Toured the ancient village of Katzrin and the old synagogue found there.
- He threw in a bonus visit to an Olive Oil factory where they explained the process and we got to sample a variety of olive oils.
- The drive back to our Jerusalem hotel (again, another 3 hours of learning about Israel. Absolutely fascinating).
Oh, and at one point I had a little indigestion and he found me some Tums in a supermarket! 🙂
Avi is very caring, very professional and very knoweledgeable. I highly recommend him for touring anywhere in Israel!
Hammer Family, Miami & Toronto. June 2018
t is hard to put into words how grateful and lucky we are to have found Avi who came highly recommended through a friend. Our family of 5 - my husband and I, our son, daughter in law and grandson and because it was (for some of us) our first time in the holy land it was important for us to have someone that can guide us through and explain the historical significance of the different sights. Avi came through with the explanation, depth and great stories that were well appreciated as we went through the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall, Masada, the Dead Sea, Akko and many other sights. We definitely felt his absence and hoped he came with us to Caesarea (those info plaques are informative but definitely were not the same as having him there).
Avi gave us a special and memorable time. He made this trip of a lifetime truly an experience that forever will be remembered. His knowledge and adaptable personality to any situation makes him a great tour guide as he was able to mold and become a part of the family. Thank you Avi for a great time. Keep up the good work.
Anthony, New York, New York - May 2018
Avi is a very special, thoughtful and caring personal guide. The enthusiasm and passion he has for his homeland shines through each historical insight and story he tells (Avi refers to these moments as "blah, blah, blah" moments but they're nothing of the sort).
Avi has a rare skill; that of noticing the interest of his audience. Once he observes that might be interested in a particular location or site, he will offer as much detail on the subject as necessary. Avi doesn't simply talk for the sake of hearing his own voice, instead he shares historically accurate information and carefully offers his opinion when welcome. This is an important attribute of a top tier tour guide.
Avi is also very flexible and a great judge of personalty type and client interest. He has an uncanny ability to read our thoughts and respond accordingly. He'd often say "maybe we can stop into this cafe for a coffee break" when he noticed we were getting tired, or "perhaps an ice cream would be good" when the recent heat wave began to take its toll. What I'm trying to say is Avi is constantly thinking about the needs and desires of those he's guiding.
Avi's attitude, sense of humor and overall sense of being is just fun to be around. He had us laughing and simply enjoying our time together.
I recommend Avi with my complete confidence to friends and family
Katie G, Calif. USA, May 2018
Avi was the best tour guide my friends, husband and I had during our entire time in the Middle East. He met us in Jerusalem and showed us a number of sights throughout the day, reaching out ahead of time to figure out an itinerary that would suit our needs.
He even agreed to take us to Temple Mount, which was a life-changing experience for our group. He was able to point out things which to us would've just looked like random stone doors, walls, or piles of rubble -- but which really have deep and incredibly important history. Any time anyone from our group had a question, he was able to give an enormously thorough answer, and he was also happy to answer our numerous questions about Jewish culture in Israel (since none of us are practicing), which we found really fascinating! And he did it all with a great sense of humor 🙂
My husband and I came into Jerusalem passively curious about the history, and left that day feeling like it was easily our favorite day of the entire trip. I'd absolutely recommend Avi to anyone looking to take a day tour.
Caryn and Marshall, NJ USA, January 2018
The two of us spent an entire day with Avi exploring some of the sights in Israel, including Ramat Hanadiv, the Tishbi Winery, the First Aliyah Museum, and the synagogue in Zichron Ya'akov. Avi possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding the history and geography of Israel, and he shares all this information in a passionate and dynamic manner. We could listen to his fascinating explanations all day! He is friendly, personable, and smart, and our day of touring with him was one of the best parts of our trip to Israel. Avi is a tour guide of the highest caliber, and we would recommend him to both first-time visitors to Israel and seasoned travelers. He is truly a gem!
Sharon, Manchester UK - December 2017
We were very lucky to have found Avi and would highly recommend as unlike big group tours he tailored it to our request. We changed the itinerary at the last minute which was not a problem. Avi was happy to collect us from our apartment and dropped us back off at the end of the day.The whole day was hassle free and extremely interesting and Avi was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our questions. This tour was very good value for money if you take into account the one to one and door to door service. Avi is also a really lovely man!
Josh from Manhattan, December 2016
I had a wonderful time with Avi. He took us around Tel Aviv , a city I have been to multiple times and showed us around some wonderful places that I had never even heard of. Avi showed us Tel Aviv from a few different angles; different culturally and physically. I would highly recommend him to anyone and look forward to future tours with him in the future.
Stephen, Michelle and Zack, October 2016 London, England
Avi is a star ! He went to great lengths to make our three day tours interesting and informative. Especially appreciated was his arranging the army VIP reception at the Latrun Tank Museum. I can strongly recommend him
Sandra & Allison, Mel and Harriet, September 2016 Los Angeles California, London England
We all really enjoyed our very diverse tours which gave us a good overview of this amazing country. You were extremely informative, interesting, knowledgable and made some very complex historical - and current - facts plus political and social situations a lot easier to understand. Walking on some 2000-yr old cobblestones was just mind-blowing!
It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you again for a fascinating three days.
Keith, July 2016 Utah, USA
Avi was amazing. We would have missed so much without him. He\'s knowledgeable, funny and has a passion for history. A thousand \"thank you\'s\", Avi. You made our Jerusalem visit unforgettable.
Susan Ra'anana, Israel
We had an absolutely fascinating day with Avi. He knew exactly what and how much information to tell us. We came home having learnt lots but did not feel overwhelmed. I would have no hesitation in recommending Avi and am looking forward to the next time I have the opportunity of going out on a trip with him.
Rona and Barry Ft Meyers FL, USA
Thanks to Avi Puritz. We could not have had a better guide to show us around and fine tune an educational program for us. All done with great competence, respect for our time, with contingencies for unexpected issues that could occur and with humor. And for again making us feel at home.
Judy London, UK
Having lived in Israel for a number of years and never actually explored the country, I decided that the time had come to be a tourist again and see much of Israel\'s hidden gems. Thank G\'d for Avi Puritz! such a pleasure to have a kind, considerate and knowledgeable guide. Nothing was too much trouble and he made each outing a completely enjoyable trip.
Janet Philadelphia PA, USA
Thanks to Avi our tour in Jerusalem was unbelievable. Best tour guide ever!
Andy Cleveland OH, USA
Phenomenal Tour Guide! I\'ve been to Israel many times before but somehow Avi managed to show me places I didn\'t even know existed.
Sabra - March 2017 from NJ, USA
I spent a fascinating day in Tel Aviv with Avi. Having not visited the city in 15 years, he created a personalized itinerary to show me a side of Tel Aviv I had never seen: the cultural center, historical WIZO mural, Sarona Market and a wonderful morning at the Tel Aviv Museum. His knowledge of Israel is deep, and he added a fresh perspective to everything we saw. A pleasure to spend time with someone so personable and knowledgeable! If you're visiting Israel, you must see Israel with Avi.
Heidi and Geoff, Conecticut USA
Avi was our best find in Israel. We spent 31/2 wonderful days with him. We told him points of interest that we wanted to see and he arranged great tours for us. It was like being with an old friend.
Barbara and Alan, Ohio USA - April 2017
We spent a week with Avi traveling throughout Israel on our first trip there, visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea, the Golan Heights, Tzfat and much more. Avi was amazing – the perfect tour guide and traveling companion - warm, knowledgeable and tireless. It was like touring the country with your best friend. We’ve already recommended Avi to some of our friends who are thinking about traveling to Israel.
Rob and Jeff, Hawaii May 2017
Our day with Avi went beyond our expectations. Avi’s commentary was fascinating and his energy never wavered. He tailored the day around our needs. We also enjoyed discussing life in Israel with him. Thanks, Avi for giving us a day we will never forget. Shalom and Aloha.
Aniela, New York - May 2017
We spent 7 days touring Israel with Avi ,with another couple who are also "mixed " religions. After a few emails ,making sure he follows our preferences ,he gave us an itinerary.We visited different sites ,Christian and Jewish ,and Avi amazed us with his knowledge of history, religion and respect for various points of view .He welcomed us every day with a smile ,then took us on a time travel ,guiding us through archeological excavations, tunnels, citadels , churches and synagogues. We spent 3 days in Jerusalem, then Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea. We also stayed 2 nights on the Sea of Galilee, touring historical sites and the Golan Heights, lovely lunch at a winery. Avi has become like an old friend ,always pleasant, accommodating ,happily sharing with us the beauty of this land.
One last day in Tel Aviv ,changing our first impression , he showed us how the city was built starting in Neveh Tzadek, and later how a nation was born in the Independence Hall on Rothschild blvd. We ended the tour in the beautiful Sarona neighborhood. He even helped us return the rented car and dropped us off at the airport. He did above and beyond what a tour guide would do and we warmly recommend him for anybody interested in visiting Israel!
Karen, Scotland June 2017
Where do I start? Masada....The Dead Sea.....Jerusalem....Jaffa and lots in between!
Avi really knows his history and brought Masada to life. What an amazing place to visit! Avi timed our visit perfectly so that we had sufficient time to enjoy the delights of a dip in the the Dead Sea.
The next day started with a walk along the ramparts - a great introduction to the Old City of Jerusalem and the different quarters. Avi was able to judge what might interest his group (a mix of old and young in our case) and was flexible and accommodating at all times. He knew places to eat with great views, food and atmosphere. I am already planning our next trip and only hope Avi will be available. So much to see and do !What's this item about?
Catherine, Scotland June 2017
Went to Israel with my mum and my best friend this summer and it was simply wonderful mainly due to our tour guide Avi. We visited Masada, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, to name a few. Avi was a fountain of knowledge on all the places and kept things so interesting. He was always mindful of being in the sun too long up on Masada so made sure if he was going to give some history we were comfortable and in the shade (it's the little things sometimes!) We're not a very religious group so he tailored our Jerusalem experience to be more architecturally focused while still showing us all the top places and giving us great insight into the workings of such a spectacular, rich city. He timed everything really well and we never felt things were going too slowly or that we were being rushed. He drove us to all the places so we had a real comfortable experience and didn't have to bother with hot buses or expensive taxis. He also knew lots of secret places to get amazing photos and great places to eat off the beaten track. He was charming and funny and I'm already looking forward to my next visit!
Mike Huber, NJ, USA July 2017
We have been planning this trip for years. We were very excited to finally have the chance to go. Avi made the entire planning of the trip a pleasure. He helped guide us with the planning and itinerary based on our needs and kids needs. We wanted to make it very kid friendly so the kids would be interested as well. Avi was able to get all of the kids interested in the tour and made it really exciting to meet everyday for another adventure.
I recommend traveling with Avi anytime you are visiting Israel.
We had a great time! He made it very special.
Anne and Alan - NY, USA September 2017
We want to thank you for the pictures, a reminder of the wonderful time we had in Israel, a large part because of you!