Gail & I loved this Super Great Trip that you strategically put together for us to Israel and Jordan. The journey brought a spiritual connection filled with Love & Passion from everyone who we met.
I love to be spontaneous, be part of the local culture and explore the unknowns. Our Israeli guide Israel G is truly a master, so smart, fun, interesting & always watching over us each and every day. Our Jordanian guide Audi was great; we had so many wonderful experiences together.
So many fun people in Israel & Jordan who became our friends and were so sad to see us leave.
My goal was to meet the locals and feel the passion, understanding of the politics, culture and everyday life of such beautiful, warm and loving people. I expected perfection and got that & more!
As you know, I have traveled to many places in the world however this flexible, spontaneous, adventurous trip puts you as #1 in my books.
Skot and I cannot find the words to thank you enough for this amazing trip you have planned for us. As you know this was our first trip to Israel and a trip that we longed to take for a while but were hesitant as I had reservations about our safety. That could not have been further from the truth.
When we arrived in Tel Aviv, just as you said there was a VIP greeting us and that experience was so much more than we imagined it would be. We felt cared for as opposed to feeling lost and confused and were accompanied and assured and expedited in the most VIP fashion... Then we were taken to our car where our driver was wonderful and informative and took us right to Jerusalem to check into by far the most magnificent hotel we have ever stayed in! Being a retired flight attendant I have done a lot of traveling and stayed in a lot of hotels; the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem definitely was a highlight!
The next day when we had the unforgettable pleasure of meeting our tour guide Eilon, we had no idea that the next five days would be some of the most unforgettable days of our lives.
Eilon was everything and more you described to us and nothing short of someone who we will never forget to have the pleasure of spending time with. He accompanied us to all of Israel's amazing places taught us about Israel's wonderful people and even took us to sample some of the most incredible places to eat. We would never have had an experience like that with any other tour, for this we are certain! Every moment we spent together with him was a pleasure and an honor he is one-of-a-kind! Tel Aviv was another highlight and again,Eilon showed us such an amazing time there....
To top it all off just as promised there was a VIP waiting for us at the airport on the way home to expedite us through the airport which could have been a very confusing and difficult process without this wonderful person.
Susan we will never be able to thank you for putting this trip together in this most professional and knowledgeable but also special way. We feel that we have such a more comprehensive understanding of Israel and its people and this was for sure a trip we will never forget for the rest of our lives & will always be grateful to all of those who made it so special!
We are eternally grateful!
We just returned from our trip to Israel and Jordan planned by Susan Weissberg and could not be happier. Susan helped us plan the itinerary to encompass many of the unique sites the region has to offer. It was laid out at a brisk but comfortable pace to allow us to see a lot but give us enough time to savor the experiences. Every hotel was top notch and each transfer seamless. The restaurants were diverse, interesting, and provided great value. We went to Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan at Susan’s suggestion and I cannot believe we would have missed these wonders without her guidance. I could not recommend Susan and her local staff more highly.
I also want to say a few words about Lior our guide and driver. He was warm, personable and knowledgeable. He added depth and insight into every place we visited. His planning and charm allowed us to see more than we could ever do alone. He was clearly well respected by the employees at each site we saw. He could sense innately when we needed down time and knew just what to do to keep our children (and us) engaged. Lior is truly a one of a kind guide and a great ambassador for his country. He added greatly to what was the trip of our lifetime.
Susan created an experience for us beyond our imagination!
I wanted to send you a quick email to tell you how we all loved the trip to Israel and Jordan. The trip was organized and well thought out with trying to to see all the major sites in Israel. Ari, our guide, was exceptional! He was organized, friendly, and very informative about all the places we visited as well as being flexible if we wanted to stay somewhere longer, but kept to the itinerary as best he could so we were able to appreciate everywhere we went. The restaurants we chose together were great, especially the one we went to on Friday night in Jerusalem. Everyone had a different highlight of the trip, but the most moving was Yad Vashem where our guide Miriam was informative and kept it on adolescent level where our children could really understand what happened years ago. The Twinning Ceremony brought tears to our eyes. Meeting the soldiers in the Golan Heights and having it snow there was my favorite memory.
Our guide in Jordan, Audi, was also professional, informative, fun and just an all around great guy who really was proud to talk about his country. We enjoyed learning about both cultures in Israel & Jordan and came back with a new appreciation about the countries, their pride and their everyday fight to stay safe and be free.
I would happily recommend your services to my friends and colleagues in the future when traveling abroad. Thank you for making wonderful memories for my family!
We took a trip to Israel and Petra that Susan Weissberg planned. The trip was wonderful in every respect. Susan is a consummate professional. She combines expert knowledge, with vast experience, and a total commitment to client satisfaction. All trip logistics (e.g., airport pickup, etc.) went seamlessly. In addition, in developing our itinerary, Susan was responsive in customizing the itinerary to meet our needs – dropping some activities from the first draft itinerary and adding others. Our guides in both Israel and Jordan were wonderful. While we usually travel without utilizing guides, in this case we felt having guides for several days would be beneficial. That was certainly the case. The quality of the guide makes or breaks your experience and it became clear that when Susan said she was confident that our guides were fantastic she was entirely right. Susan’s attention to detail was impressive, and paid off in a trip we will always remember. We recommend Susan highly to anyone considering a trip to Israel or Petra.
Upon receiving notification that I had family members (including two Holocaust Survivors) living in Israel (whom I had never met), I contacted Conde Nast Travel Specialist, Susan Weissberg at Wyllys Travel this past December requesting she plan a two-week (late April, early May, 2017) journey encompassing the cosmopolitan communities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In 2010, Susan planned a most remarkable and in-depth tour of Israel and Jordan for a friend and myself. Her expertise, consideration in coordinating our complicated itinerary surpassed our expectations and for these reasons I selected her to plan my 2017 travels.
During a January person-to- person meeting at her Coral Gables, FL office, I requested Susan arrange visits to cultural institutions, markets and historical sites where I’d meet, engage and discuss with local guides their passion for place, career, family and nation.
From the beginning, Susan and her staff, engaged my curiosity, replied to all inquiries in a timely manner, took initiative (suggesting additional sites or places of aesthetic, cultural, and/or historic interest) and were accommodating and flexible in their planning as they set about attaining realistic goals and expectations while keeping me apprised during the process of designing a solo tour.
Susan was professional, diligent, honest and willing to go more than the extra mile to insure my comfort and safety while making sure that my interests were met as she prepared a detailed, creative, and wholly individualized itinerary.
The private guides selected were English fluent, engaging, proud citizens of their respective communities and, of course, Israel. Each guide demonstrated a willingness to share and explain the uniqueness of customs, traditions, various aspects of Israeli arts, architecture, cultures, culinary cuisines, biblical history, and Israeli pre-statehood and contemporary history. All were personable and professional, and maintained high standards for safety while traveling.
As an experienced solo traveler, I offer an emphatic endorsement for Susan Weissberg and Wyllys Travel and will truly look forward to asking Susan to assist in planning another transformative travel experience to Israel.
Thank you for checking in, and for the all the notes and goodies you left for us at each hotel! The trip was really amazing.
Eilon was an amazing guide. He had so much patience with the boys and really gave our family a very warm and welcoming tour. We all loved him. Our favorite parts of the whole trip were the Jeep tour in the Golan and visiting with soldiers on an army base in the Golan. In Jerusalem of course the old town, Masada and Yad Vashem are all highlights. We had a fabulous guide at Yad Vashem; I would always try to request her for your guests. Somehow she kept my two boys quiet and engaged for two and a half hours, which we never thought possible! We also all enjoyed the "bites" tour at the market. It was fun trying lots of things and it helped that Eilon knew exactly where to take us rather than wandering around trying to decide where to stop. The jeep tour at the Crater was super fun, and so was Caliber 3. We all thought the underground bullet factory tour was very interesting and loved the Norman hotel!
We also had a lot of great food! I was surprised my how much we enjoyed the food and also surprised by all the varying beautiful scenery. More importantly, we came away with a much better understanding of Israel's history and current conflicts and why it is so important for us to support Israel.
We usually plan all of our own travel, but I can see where having had prior experiences with the guides and tours can be very helpful in ensuring a great experience. We will definitely refer our friends to you.
I am sitting here during our long Frankfurt layover and decided it was a good time to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip. Both of our guides ask us to say hello to you. Their dedication to you and your clients is a big positive.
We have to say our guide in Israel is one of the best guides we have ever had anywhere in the world. His positive attitude is so infectious, and his professionalism--from adjusting the itinerary, to positively dealing with multiple personalities, to staying engaged with the group 100% of the time is simply amazing. And his knowledge and personal insight into virtually everything was a huge benefit in helping us understand better not just the sites, but the people and the culture. He really was a special guide and a very special person. The tour itself was very thorough and gave us an understanding for both modern day Israel as well as the wealth of history that happened there. A special thanks for Nancy's foot massage - what a treat!
Jordan was spectacular for us as well. We were surprised at how far apart everything in Jordan ended up being, but that did not take away from the beauty of the country and the people. Loai was a great guide. The best dinner we had on the trip was 'Petra Kitchen' where we cooked our own dinner. It really was a lot of fun, entertaining, and great food. The insight it gave us to the food we had been eating was fantastic, and now we can try and make some of it ourselves to help keep the memories fresh.
All the help through the airports and border crossing was very much appreciated. Although I have to say the help probably wasn't needed in Amman as you can hardly go wrong in that extremely well laid out airport.
The tour ended up being everything we wanted and more. Thank you for making it perfect for us!
Our trip to Israel and Jordan was absolutely the trip of a lifetime. The itinerary that Susan created for our family was perfect. She thought of every detail and her communication before, during, and after the trip was impeccable. We had three generations of family traveling together and the activities held something special for all of us. Our guide in Israel, Eilon, was one of a kind. He captivated us with his knowledge, humor and kindness and we felt safe and secure in his company. Our short extension to Jordan was equally amazing. Our guide, Luai, allowed us to soak up Petra's beauty without feeling rushed.
This trip was such a special way to celebrate our son's Bar Mitzvah. We now have memories that will stay with us forever and are already thinking about a second trip for our younger son in a few years. Thank you Susan and all of your wonderful staff; your efforts are much appreciated.