Our trip to Tel Aviv arriving on Christmas Day and leaving New Year’s Eve was perfect. By that I mean, we had only 5 days to see, learn, feel the culture and that was accomplished with a superior guide, Neftali Cohen. With your itenery, Neftali, altered it in certain places to make the most of the trip and what we wanted to do. We saw the whole country, from Haifa to the Dead Sea and that was mainly walking with time to see museums, the holocaust museum, hall of independence. Thanks to our superior guide, the history reported by him was intense and gave us a real idea of what it is like in Israel today and yesterday. At no time were we rushed and Neftali, always, planned ahead and had our tickets waiting including towels for the mud wrap and dip in the Dead Sea. We are Christians, but it did not matter what you believe, our guide was very knowledgeable on all types of religion including the New Testament. It was a trip of a lifetime and a “pilgrimage” in many respects. Thank you again for the expert planning of our trip including landing at the airport and using VIP service for an additional fee.
Sincerely, Kitty Metzger and Dr. John Aaron
Just to let you know that my husband and I had a wonderful time in Israel! We are so very glad we went and are in love with the country. The hotels and food were excellent. But most of all we were thankful and felt blessed to have such a knowledgeable and experienced guide as Doron Hoffman. He loves what he does and it shows.
Thank you and best regards, Ilona
We are back home safe and sound after the most wonderful tour imaginable. Gama outdid itself in every respect. The hotels were excellent, the food was superb, but most of all the staff provided by Gama could not be beat. Jacky, our guide was a walking encyclopaedia, but never boring. His mixture of facts with humor and his overall personality made it a joy to be with him. Our driver Shimon deserves a medal for being able to manouver the bus through the narrow streets in the cities and for providing a safe and smooth ride on the highways. We never had to lean to one side on the turns in the road and the starts and stops were always smooth. Sharonee was an absolute doll. Not only was she extremely efficient, but she went above and beyond in looking after us, always with a smile on her face.
As a bonus, the entire group was wonderful. We were compatible, nobody was ever late and a great time was had by all. Last, but not least, everyone on the tour had only the best things to say about you. We knew it from our own experience, but it seems that everyone else also were most impressed by your patience with our silly questions and with the prompt manner in which you always responded.
All in all it was the trip of a lifetime, made possible by the wonderful people at Gama. You can put us on top of the list if anyone asks you for references.
Again Michelle, many, many thanks for all that you and Gama did to make this trip the wonderful adventure that it was.
Lila and Elliot Keller
Dearest Michelle, Yael and Phyllis,
I wanted to be one of the first travelers to say, thank you, thank you and thank you. We landed at Kennedy yesterday at 6:30 a.m. and haven’t stopped talking about our trip. It was memorable, fabulous and one of the best trips that Abie and I have ever been on. Aside from seeing everything and then some, Yael, the selection of hotels were wonderful, the travel itinerary was perfect, and above and beyond, Yacki, Shimon, Sharonee and Ben were terrific. They were super super fabulous. Our group of 34 was a great mix of couples and singles from as far as Austrailia and we all got along famously leaving our email addresses, our telephone numbers and hopes that we can hook up in the future to share our experiences and pictures. The people that went to Petra left a small group in Eilat just to hang and hang, shop and sightsee we did. Would have loved one more day in Eilat. All in all, our trip with Gama was terrific and we will keep in touch for other trips that we may decide to take in the future. Again, thank you for this most wonderful experience. It made us very proud to see what “our people” have done to a desert and how beautiful and devoted to this country the younger people are. They are proud of their State of Israel, happy to serve in the army and have a glow of youth on their faces that show their love of country. The Western Wall experience was fabulous and showed us a completely different view of the Orthodox community. We left Israel knowing that this country will survive anything and everything that outside factions may hurl at us. It is my hope that my 4 granddaughters will go to Israel with Birthright and see for themselves what it took me 70+ years to see.
Shalom, be well and please forward this email to all concerned. It was our pleasure to travel with Gama and will again.
With love, Vivian Maskin and Abe Rosenbloom.
PS: As you can see from the time, we are still suffering jet lag!
I would very much like to thank you for the endless help and support you have given to our group throughout this entire year of planning our trip to Israel. You did so much to make our last trip a success, that we had to come back to you once again. Our itinerary promises to make everyone happy and provide them with a wonderful experience in our homeland. I could not imagine going to Israel with any company other than Gama Tours and with no other travel consultant than you.
Also, I would like to tell you that your website was very helpful in my communications with my travelers. I used the site to provide them with all the resources that you have posted, such as weather, clothing, money, time, shopping and most importantly the “final thought” section of your traveler information. I used the final thought as part of the promotion for my next trip that we hope to do with you in March of 08 for Israel’s 60th anniversary.
The entire website is both helpful and informative and i often forward it to other people looking to travel to Israel. I also feel that if i can navigate it, anyone can and I wanted you to know that we have made great use of it.
Again, let me thank you for being patient, extremely knowledgeable and most willing to accommodate our needs. I am sure that your dedication to making our trip “special” will leave us ready to return in the very near future.
Thanks again, Joan Goldfaden, Friedberg JCC Travel Coordinator
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 2 weeks since our return from Israel…
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work and efforts on our behalf. As I mentioned to you before our departure for Israel, there is something very comforting and calming in the way that you handle your clients. Needless to say, you were great in dealing with my pre-travel jitters.
Our Bar Mitzvah tour was the most uplifting, life transforming and very meaningful experience. My son left with a Jewish heart and returned with a Jewish soul! Everything about this tour was fabulous. Please forward this email to Yael Kagan. I think she would appreciate knowing how fortunate she is to be surrounded by such a great team of professionals.
Warmest regards, Judy Klebanow
NORMA AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR A LOVELY HOLIDAY!
ISRAEL AND S. AFRICA WERE GREAT, WE ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF OUR TIME AND YOUR ARRANGEMENTS WERE RIGHT ON TARGET. ALL OF THE FAMILY ENJOYED TIME IN ISRAEL. IN FACT, I PLAYED GOLF WITH A FRIEND YESTERDAY AND RECOMMENDED YOUR AGENCY FOR HIS PENDING TRIP TO ISRAEL. HE WILL CALL.
REGARDS, NORMA AND SOL KUGLER
The trip was wonderful, your tour guide Ayelah, was special. Her personal feelings and love of Israel were transmitted to one and all. Her knowledge of Israel and how to explain the information to the group was exceptional. She is very special. Everyday with Ayalah was an adventure, this was my third trip to Israel and her manner of sharing was great – always making our group feel specail… Thank you for an exceptional visit to my beloved Israel – My Grandson, Evan Goldstein, wrote a remarkable paper on the trip – I hope Mitch/Lisa Goldstein ( parents ) will share it with you.
B. Shalom Ruth Goldstein
DEAR YAEL, SHALOM, SHALOM,
WE HAD AN AMAZING TRIP, THE BEST PART WAS SEEING THE CHILDREN ON THE BUS EVERYDAY AT 7 AM READY TO GO, NEVER COMPLAINING OR FIGHTING, LOOKING FORWARD TO EVERY NEW DAY OF TOURING. THE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED THE 1 HOUR CHANUKAH PARTY WITH THE SOLDIERS THAT LASTED ALMOST 3 HOURS WITH SINGING AND DANCING, THE DAY WE WENT TO YAD VA-SHEM WAS ALSO VERY MEANINGFUL, THE CHILDREN AMAZED US WITH THEIR INTEREST IN THE MUSEUM. THE BULLET MUSEUM TOUR AND CEASERIA ALSO WERE GREAT. , AS WELL AS THE FUN CAMEL RIDES WHERE WE WERE FORTUNATE TO COINCIDENTALLY WITNESS AN OUTING FOR CHILDREN OF “THE ONE FAMILY, ONE FUND” WHICH MANY OF US HAVE DONATED TO. MEETING THOSES CHILDREN GAVE EVEN MORE MEANING TO OUR MISSION. AND MADE RIDING A CAMEL A PIECE OF CAKE COMPARED TO THEIR STORIES. THE LAST FEW DAYS IN EALAT WERE A BLAST. …I CAN GO ON AND ON. SINCE THE TRIP WE HAVE GOTTEN MANY THANK YOURS FROM THOSE WHO WENT ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WERE AFRAID TO GO. THE TRIP GAVE MANY A NEW VIEW ON THEIR JEWISH IDENTITY., MANY PLAN ON RETURNING SOON, MY 19 YEAR OLD WANTS TO GO BACK FOR 6 MONTHS. I CAN GO ON AND ON , SORRY WE HAVE NOT EMAILED EARLIER …WE COULD WRITE A BOOK. I AM GOING TO SEND YOU AN EMAIL FROM SNAPFISH , IT HAS MANY OF OUR PICTURES ON IT.
The tour was excellent in all respects. I am grateful for all your efforts. We loved it! Sent from my BlackBerry wireless handheld.
I trust you are doing fine. Just returning from my vacations I am writing you to express my satisfaction of the above tour. I found it well organized, excellent hotel accommodation, very professional guide tours, transportations, without any problems at all. I will suggest your agency to all my friends!!
Best regards, Gabriel Choy
27th of September, 2012