Vancouver, Canada (Vocus) March 31, 2010
Just in time for the 2010 Passover and Easter holidays, ToursByLocals announces new Jerusalem and Holy Land private tours. Those hoping to walk the Via Dolorosa on Good Friday can do so in the company of a sensitive, knowledgeable and experienced local guide.
All private guides are licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and are eager to provide travelers with an authentic “local” experience in addition to visiting Jerusalem’s traditional tourist highlights. Guides are passionate about their homeland’s archaeology, history, nature, art and architecture and can gear their tours to families, singles, couples and elderly travelers making a long-anticipated pilgrimage to Israel.
According to the Israel Airport Authority, the number of travelers coming by air to Jerusalem during the 2010 Passover/Easter holiday period will be 17% higher than the same period last year. Most tours are booked well in advance, making it difficult for travelers to find a reputable guide at the last minute. ToursByLocals offers private half and full-day tours of Jerusalem’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim holy sites – from the Wailing Wall to Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
For many travelers, a trip to Israel is the culmination of years of anticipation. A small, private tour – such as those offered by ToursByLocals guides – gives these devoted travelers the best possible experience, with a friendly local guide who offers flexibility, spontaneity and personal attention impossible to find on a large bus tour.
As Paul Melhus, President of ToursByLocals, explains: “It’s a much better travel experience when you see the reality of a place through the eyes of a local. The Israeli guides on our system are genuinely excited to meet travelers from all over the world and introduce them to this ancient nation’s religious sights, complicated history and modern-day politics.”
Holy Land tours can be booked through the company's website.
Launched in November 2008, Vancouver-based ToursByLocals connects travelers with local guides. Using internet technology, the company help travelers make a secure connection and transaction with knowledgeable local guides in any part of the world.
ToursByLocals is committed to promoting ethical tourism. By growing a global network of independent tour guides, ToursByLocals empowers these individuals to be in business for themselves, while giving travelers a more authentic experience of local culture.
Travelers who want to travel in a socially responsible way now have the option of hiring one of 550 independent local guides in over 65 countries (and growing).