From the delivery of our final travel documents and itinerary in a beautifully wrapped package, to adding things at the last moment, to all of the ironies of being in the right place at exactly the right time (like getting to see an IDF class graduate at the tank museum- unbelievably moving and special) - it is as though you waved a MAGIC WAND!
Beginning with the VIP service arriving at the airport and being ushered past all lines quickly and efficiently the MAGIC began. In natural progression the trip took shape; we were first in Jerusalem, taking several trips from there before moving to the Galilee, and then on to Tel Aviv. Every day was a full adventure that told us a piece of the story and kept us intrigued, taught us what we didn't learn in school and fed our souls. As for our guide, Lior, you certainly have an EXCELLENT EXTENSION OF YOURSELF in Israel. I am by nature a type A manager in charge all the time of everything. While in Israel, I was able to fully relax not concerning myself with time, directions, decisions, confirming things, or looking up last minute anything. Lior thought ahead every step of the way and figured out anything and everything necessary - and believe me, traveling with kids in a place so different and far from home - we put him to the test, but we felt safe always because he was like being with family.
Among the highlights of our visit were visiting Bethlehem on Christmas day where the energy of the city was alive - people were dancing in the square - and my children were really wowed that we were there on Jesus' birthday. During the archaeological dig and excavated cave visit which you arranged for us, my husband found the remnants of a pot that we were able to piece together dating back 2000 years!! After the Twinning Program at Yad Vashem which you set up for our family, I believe that my son walks a little taller knowing that he now has someone else for whom he is living. Having the Bar Mitzvah at Masada was just the perfect spot. At the Machane Yehuda Market BITES Tasting which you planned for us in Jerusalem, I had one of my most memorable experiences; I love markets live, living, breathing markets and the sounds, the people, the smells -- this place is somewhere that I left a piece of my heart.
There will definitely be another visit for us down the road, and we look forward to working with you again. Thank you for doing what you do, I certainly COULD NOT have planned it better myself!