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I've recently concluded a week-long tour with Ari Melnik, and words fail to express my appreciation for his prowess, intellectual depth, clever wit, and heartfelt warmth. Ari personifies everything one could ever want from a guide and even more! My husband and I, who are in our early sixties, along with our joint family of six children aged between 26 and 30, genuinely felt as though Ari had become an integral part of our family. It was truly disheartening to part ways with him once the week ended. We traversed the country from the North to the South, and Ari proved to be an inexhaustible well of knowledge. He even organized a meeting with an old acquaintance of his who is a politician. Israel boasts of many proficient tour guides who are all knowledgeable. However, Ari is indeed a unique individual who you don't encounter often. He shares his views, kick-starts the day with humor, and enjoys engaging in inclusive discussions. I can assure you that you'll be as captivated by him as we were.
I've been on several of Ari's tours and they are excellent. He is deeply knowledgeable in all things Israel. Tells great stories and provides very insightful commentary throughout. I've referred him to many co-workers for tours as well and everyone has had a great experience. I highly recommend Ari.
An outstanding guide, knowledgeable and very pleasant for trips in Israel. This was such a fabulous tour. Ari is knowledgeable AND fun. He picked us and took us on a very personal tour of two vineyards, where we met the winemakers and heard a lot about the industry, the History of the region. Highly
An outstanding guide,
knowledgeable and very pleasant
for trips in Israel
Ari has led us on several trips in the last few months, and we have always received excellent reviews. We hiked in the mountains of Jerusalem and tasted wine while we were there. At sunset, we toured the beaches and antiquities of Caesarea with tourists from abroad. We also did a classic Jerusalem tour. There was great feedback from each group! Whenever you go on a tour with Ari, you will always learn something new, from history to local stories to connections to different religions. The fact that his English is at a native level helped all our tourist groups feel comfortable and enjoy all the walks with him. Furthermore, he's just a pleasant, fun, and welcoming person - fun to spend days traveling with him. From a logistical perspective, Ari is a gift for me! He has a solution for every situation, whether it is a concept, a route, restaurants, accommodations, or transportation. Every time I need him, he is available, flexible, and helpful. He and his services have always been of great help to me and I look forward to returning to work with him in the future.
An Outstanding day with Ari
This was such a fabulous tour. Ari is knowledgeable AND fun. He picked us and took us on a very personal tour of two vineyards, where we met the winemakers and heard a lot about the industry, the History of the region. Highly recommend.
Ari was my family's tour guide in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for five days this past summer. He was great in every way! He planned our itinerary carefully, including everything that we were interested in seeing and then some. He made all of our hotel arrangements and was able to guide us toward amazing hotels that we absolutely loved! He was able to modify some of our plans easily when it was necessary, due to a work commitment that one of my children had unexpectedly. Ari's suggestions for activities and restaurants were impeccable. Ari was always prompt, totally reliable and always cheerful. He is unbelievably knowledgeable (about Israel's history as well as the history of the United States!), offering a depth of interesting historical details and he was always able to answer our many questions in a thoughtful way. When we return to Israel in the future, I will definitely reach out to Ari again and I recommend his services highly to anyone and everyone who visits Israel!
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful country and beautiful family with us. We appreciated it so much. Cannot wait to see you soon when you visit us in the United States!
In May 2023, our family embarked on a meaningful journey to Israel, commemorating the Bar and Bat Mitzvah of my son and daughter. We had the good fortune to be accompanied by Ari Melnik, an extraordinary tour guide whose attention to detail made our trip unforgettable. Ari's meticulous planning was evident in all aspects of our trip. He organized everything, from our accommodation and engaging activities to delightful dining experiences. He thoughtfully scheduled our activities to avoid crowds and ensure a balanced itinerary. Each restaurant he recommended provided excellent food and a warm, inviting atmosphere. He also took on the responsibility of liaising with our Rabbi and photographer, ensuring a seamless operation of our Bar Mitzvah celebration and the overall journey. With Ari's profound understanding of Israeli history, he adeptly guided us through current political landscapes, reflections on the Holocaust, and visits to ancient religious landmarks in Jerusalem and its surroundings. Our group ranged from age 11 to 78, yet Ari successfully curated an experience that was captivating and suitable for everyone. Ari's insider knowledge and broad network allowed him to share hidden gems and unique experiences throughout our trip. Our time in Israel was truly enhanced by his guidance, and we found ourselves wishing that Ari could accompany us on all our travels. I cannot praise and recommend him strongly enough for the remarkable journey he crafted for us.
Selecting the perfect tour guide for Israel can seem daunting given the myriad of exceptional choices available. Yet, Ari Melnik stands out as an excellent candidate. He embodies the quintessential qualities of a superb guide: punctuality, professionalism, deep-rooted knowledge, and a native's familiarity with the land. In his comfortable vehicle, Ari tailors every experience to the unique needs and interests of each group member, sharing a treasure trove of insights into both modern and historical Israel. During our four-day journey, Ari curated a plethora of memorable moments. These ranged from a crowd-avoiding walking tour of Old Jerusalem to a seamless expedition to Bethlehem with our unforgettable Palestinian guide, Kamal. He also arranged for a tranquil day in the Judean Hills wine country and a riveting antiterrorism training in the West Bank, capped off with a visit to the bustling Tel Aviv food and crafts markets. Our itinerary was as expansive as it was flexible, revealing the unexpected wonders Israel had in store. A connoisseur of the local dining scene, Ari ensured our culinary experiences were just as remarkable, securing reservations at top-tier restaurants in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Considering Ari Melnik for your Israel tour is not just an option, it's a decision you'll be delighted you made.
My encounter with Exclusive Israel Tours completely exceeded my expectations! Ari thoughtfully crafted the perfect journey for our family, taking into account our unique needs and interests. His comprehensive understanding of Israel's people, its culture, and the land, combined with his amiable nature and keen sense of humor, enriched our travel experience enormously. Ari's efforts in accommodating our diverse group, inclusive of varying ages and dietary preferences, were exceptional. As a first-time visitor to Israel, the trip left me with a profound sense of attachment to the country. Ari's educational insights allowed me to truly comprehend its significance and the realities of life within its borders. While extending the duration of the trip is the only enhancement I could imagine, I eagerly anticipate a future opportunity to return and explore more of the wonders of Israel with Ari. His expertise transformed our visit into a cherished gift, revealing the miraculous nature of Israel.
The initial thing that strikes you about Ari is his profound understanding! His expertise in history and the political landscape of Israel, combined with a delightful sense of wit and a deep passion for his country, elevated our tour to extraordinary levels! It's a significant challenge to mobilize a tour bus filled with adults, teenagers, and individuals in their twenties, but Ari managed it effortlessly, ensuring we adhered to our timetable, yet also providing us with options throughout our journey. With Ari, each tour stop extends beyond the typical narratives; we accumulated a wealth of knowledge and garnered a renewed reverence for our Jewish homeland. Kudos to Ari - Truly, you are unparalleled!
Ari epitomizes the ideal tour guide one could ever dream of! His knowledge about Jerusalem is not confined to the basics; he navigates you through the city, unveiling hidden treasures far from the usual tumult, showcasing his extensive familiarity with the routes and the locals. Ari elucidates the history of each site with an incredible level of detail, a quality that perfectly suited me, a student engrossed in studying the history of Jerusalem.