Gems in Israel's Tips for Planning a Tour of Israel

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Little known trick of the trade can help make your private tour of Israel more affordable and enjoyable.

Gems in Israel, which specializes in custom private tours of Israel released its tips for planning a tour of Israel today, which can save tourists hundreds of dollars a day.

"Most tourists, who come from countries much larger than Israel, seem to take the approach that since Israel is such a small country; it is possible to easily get from one place to the next. This may be true, especially for people used to driving long distances, but what most people don't know is that the standard industry touring rate in Israel (for a tour guide plus car) is based on 200 kilometers a day regardless of the actual rate per day, which may vary. Over 200 kilometers per day tourists pay over mileage rates, $1-$2 per kilometer (based in part on the type of vehicle), so this can make the tour a lot more expensive,” said Yael Adar, Owner of Gems in Israel.

Adar outlined the following tips for planning a tour of Israel:

  • Decide whether you want to tour on your own (private tour) or with other people (a package tour).
  • Choose your dates of travel. In a package tour you are bound to certain dates, while in a private tour you can tour Israel whenever you want.
  • Decide what is more important to you, what you want to see or where you want to stay (which cities/hotels).
  • Plan what you want to see, before you decide on hotels. If you plan tours that are not in the immediate the area, you may find yourself saddled with over mileage charges which can significantly increase the price of your tours.
  • If you are planning a comprehensive private tour of Israel, plan on staying at a number of hotels, rather than just using one hotel as a base, to avoid over mileage fees.
  • Let your Israeli tour planner prepare an itinerary for you.
  • Don’t waste valuable time driving. When you run into over mileage you're also wasting a lot of time getting to and from the places you want to see. For instance if you are based in Jerusalem, but want to visit the Galilee or Golan Heights, you would be spending between 2 ½ -3 hours in each direction, on the road. This is precious time, which detracts from the amount of time you actually have to sightsee.

Tourists for whom the most important thing is where to stay should explore options for tours in the area – where there may be places not yet visited. While tourists, who would like a multi-day custom tour of Israel, should plan the tour of Israel first and decide on the hotels once the itinerary for the tour has been finalized.

Gems in Israel specializes in custom tailored private tours of Israel, it is part of Travel and Events in Israel It also offers package tours of Israel via a third party.

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