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We have returned to Athens, Georgia from our amazing Classic Egypt trip through Pilgrim Tours. I wanted to express to you our most heartfelt appreciation for all you did to accommodate us on this wonderful once in a life-time adventure. The whole trip was extraordinary and we could not have been more pleased. The sights were more than we could have imagined and all of it was made possible by the guides and drivers that represented Pilgrim Tours. We were blown away with the care that they all afforded us. They are all to be commended for their genuine concern for our needs, desires and our safety.
We especially want to commend the excellence of the two guides we had during our tour. Shima and Hesham were outstanding. They were both extremely informative and well organized. Hesham was especially helpful to us when at the last minute we decided to do the optional tour to Abu Simbel instead of the Nubian village tour in Aswan. We were overwhelmed at the Ramses II Temple there and Hesham made it all work for us. We would have been sorely disappointed had we missed that part of the tour.
Thanks again for all of your help. It was truly incredible. We will be spreading the word among our friends and family just how well our trip was coordinated under Pilgrim Tours management. Perhaps we can send you some additional business in the years to come.
With great regards,
Just to let you know, our trip was absolutely wonderful! All members of our group commented often to each other what a super tour it is, and also we recognized how much preparation and thought had been taken by Pilgrim” Tours to make the tour such a success. It was as interesting as I had hoped, more fun than I had expected, as safe as visiting our living room, the food was excellent and was wonderfully spiritual. All three guides were outstanding. Please use my name as a very happy pilgrim who is very willing to recommend this tour to others.
Thank you for doing such a good job. I will be spreading the word.
Re: Arcadia Tour to Rome
This is to let you know how much Rosemarie Benya and I enjoyed the subject trip to Roma, Italy. The connecting flights were well planned and the weather cooperated in keeping us on time as scheduled. All of the optional tours of which we both took advantage were worthwhile and affordable. The Pompeii and Assisi trips allowed us to view some of the Italian countryside away from the crowded and congested city of Rome itself. Since Rome has literally hundreds of churches and dozens of museums, it was wise of our tour guides in Rome itself to choose the Vatican, St. Peter's, the Forum, the Coliseum, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Borghese Museum etc. as major points of interest. In addition they were able to give us much historical information plus explain works of art in detail. The people who made up our touring group were delightful with a nice mix of young and old. It was easy to become acquainted with them and to share information about ourselves and our other travels which helped us to form a close bond in such a short time. But the most important thing I wanted to mention about the trip was the amazing competence and availability of our Pilgrim tour guide Dan Bergey and his lovely wife. They were great about keeping us informed about the schedule for each day and in making things run smoothly. None of us became "lost sheep" because of the expert care by our "shepherd" Dan.
Finally, congratulations on a job well done in planning and coordinating the tour. Lots of behind the scenes work was performed professionally to ensure a memorable adventure.
Justine L. Jaklitsch
We just returned from our Pilgrim Tour to the Holy Land. It so far exceeded our expectations, I can’t resist telling everyone I know to go with you guys. There were many highlights but the overriding pleasant surprise was our Messianic Jewish Guides. Tali and Mikki were fabulous, fantastic, awesome and so knowledgeable. Not only that, but their spiritual insights were incredible, personal, applicable and appropriate. LOVED them all. Scripture truly became Technicolor through our trip. The two most special times were the live worship on the Sea of Galilee by Daniel Carmel-love his CD, and the Abraham Tent experience. Positiviely the best food the whole trip. The actors were superb, the setting stunning, the food superb, the camel riding, surprising and the day almost magical. We never felt unsafe. It was the trip of a lifetime. Every site we saw and every experience we had brought me to a greater understanding of our Heavenly Father, creator God, redeeming Savior and Lord. May God bless and expand your powerful ministry.
Hello there Dan,
Remember me?? The pesty lady with all the tour questions. Well this time I'm calling to praise your organization. We went to Israel and it was most certainly the 'trip of a lifetime'. First and foremost - all of the arrangements were flawless - air, hotel, food, travel bus - never a glitch. Second, our tour guide was the best. Totally awesome. He never stopped giving us information from the time we got on the bus until the end of the day, every single tour day. He was a walking encyclopedia of information whether it be from the Bible, or about Israel today.
Our hotels were wonderful, the food was great - everything was just simply perfect. I couldn't complain if I tried. Thank you so much for your efforts in making this a spectacular experience. I speak for the whole group I coordinated.
(We also had one tragedy prior to our departure with our 6th person not able to do the trip. I have been told that the claim for her travel has gone very well too.)
My family and I just returned from Israel 5 days ago and I wanted to say it was an AWESOME trip. This was my first overseas experience and our group choose the right company to go with. Besides the food, accommodations, etc.our tour guide, Irit Doron and driver, Elan were the best. My first experience with tour guides and she has set the bar very high. If I ever do get back to Israel I will be looking for Irit. She was personable, professional, and full of information. We all felt very comfortable asking any questions of her. Having her and Elan made our trip so much more enjoyable. After two weeks felt like we were saying goodbye to old friends. Pilgrim, great trip overall and we would gladly take another trip with your company anytime and hope I can real soon. Thank you so much.
We're back in Orange County, California after a great trip to Budapest, Linz, Salzburg, Prague, Leipzig, and Rothenburg. Pilgrim did a remarkable job taking my itinerary and making it a reality. The folks who traveled are giving me great reviews. I asked one choir member yesterday if she had a chance to go back, where would she go and she said 'the same cities...but especially the small towns like where we stayed outside Rothenburg, like Bad Windscheim, Germany'. She indicated that she could stay there several days to get a feel of the small towns. Her 13-year-old grand daughter also traveled and said the trip exceeded her dreams.
I just wanted to thank you for all of your efforts in planning a perfect adventure for us. I must confess that reality exceeded our expectations. We saw, heard, tasted and learned so much from our rich experiences. I only wish that I could internalize all of it forever! Our flights, connections, accommodations, dining experiences, travel guides, bus drivers and anything else connected with our trip were superb. We gained new insights into the Bible and will never read the Bible in the same light again thanks to our enriching experiences. Our travel guide in Israel was the best and we were reminded by other travel guides with whom we came in contact that we had "the best travel guide in Israel".
Our sincere thanks to you. We were somewhat leery of taking such a trip from information available via the internet but we would be most eager to travel with Pilgrim Tours anytime soon. We will likely be contacting you as the Lemons' and the Smiths' both have rave reviews on our journey together.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you and give you peace.
David and Kay Lemons
Tim: We are so grateful for the Israel tour we completed about three weeks ago. We didn't realize what a great company we were dealing with when we began working on our tour. I know a lot has changed in Israel since we were there 24 years ago. There were things to see now that were not available then. But Pilgrim Tours did some things that enhanced our trip that could have been done by the company we went with then. One of the things that we are so grateful for was our having our guide. I can't say enough about our appreciation of his tour. He is SO knowledgeable of history, the Old and New Testament scriptures, and he is so well read --- so familiar with matters important to us outside of Israel. And, he went far beyond just showing us the country and the sites; we appreciated the passion with which he described the significance of what we were seeing. He made a special effort to help us to see the difference between the historical and the traditional. It is difficult for us to see how the other guides you use could be as great as Mickey. Then there was the matter of our flight home. Your representatives in Israel made us feel "cared for" as we listened to the news about the volcano dust. I knew the Lord was in charge but I knew He was in part doing His work through Pilgrim Tours. I assure you I intend to recommend your company as often as possible.
Sincerely, thanking you.
I am writing to express my immense gratitude to Pilgrim Tours for the excellent experience we enjoyed in Israel and Jordan. The tour went far beyond all expectations. I had been in Israel twenty-five years ago, but that trip pales in comparison to this latest tour. I truly enjoyed the other members of the group. We became a close-knit family as the tour progressed. Both guides in Israel and Jordan were exceptional. Our Israel tour guide provided superior commentary on the various sights visited and made the Bible come alive as we carefully and extensively delved into the historical, cultural, religious, archaeological and spiritual significance of each location. As a Pastor, I felt I was in seminary and yet her teaching was so down to earth that all could comprehend. Our guide not only created a renewed love for Scripture, but a deep appreciation for Israel. I personally have returned to Canada with a greater understanding of Jesus not only in His teaching, but in His historical and cultural context. I feel much more connected with Him! For me this trip was a deeply moving spiritual experience, thanks in great part to our Israel tour guide. The Bus Drivers in Israel and Jordan were both friendly and helpful. Our guide in Jordan was extremely well informed and very friendly as well. He did everything possible to facilitate our border crossing and to enable us to enjoy our adventure in Jordan. Petra is a must see destination for anyone traveling to Israel and Jordan! The accommodation and staff were above our expectations as well. The meals were plenteous, delicious, well prepared and presented with great variety. The rooms were neat, clean and comfortable. By the way, I felt as safe in Israel and Jordan, as I do here in Canada. We had no incidents in which anyone felt threatened or apprehensive with people or surroundings. As you can already surmise, I’ve been deeply affected by the Tour. I’m so impressed that I’m beginning to plan for a group tour for our church as well as others from the community. I can’t say enough about Pilgrim Tours. Your experience and expertise is evident in the way you looked after all the details.
Pastor Gordon Henry, Canada
It occurs to me that I as one of the travelers, want to tell you how very much our group enjoyed the trip to Israel that you plannned for us. Enjoyed is an understatement- we LOVED everything about it. Our very full days were well planned and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Thank you for such a memorable experience!
Thank you for a wonderful Israel tour. It truly was a highlight of our lives, in large part due to the professionalism, knowledge and graciousness of our guide. He was an amazing guide in all respects. Please indicate our extreme pleasure and happiness with every aspect of his guidance and of the tour organization in general. We truly believe that the tour guide can make or break the tour and ours could not have done a better job! We have raved about him and Pilgrim Tours to all of our friends and family.
Thank you again!
Jeremy & Kandis Tutty
Thank you for your work in arranging the trip to Israel that my wife and I were recently able to take. It was an experience that I will never forget. It is not often that such a positive experience comes along. The clear Biblical input from Mickey was deeply appreciated. Without it the trip would not have been as wonderful as it was. Everything about the trip was great. The places visited were just right, the fellowship was uplifting, and the food was excellent. I am you fan and am telling everyone I meet that if they go to Israel the need to go with Pilgrim Tours. Once more high praise needs to go to Mickey who considers his work to be a ministry and it is evident.
Dr. Richard Hall
Pilgrim Tours really did an excellent job setting up our tour of Israel. It was absolutely wonderful! Our Guide was the most knowledgeable person. There was not one question that went unanswered. He is a very sweet man. This was certainly a trip of a life time for Frank and I and we would recommend your company to anyone who is considering a trip to the Holy Land.
Experiencing Israel with fellow believers was an awesome experience and added so much to our journey. We would not hesitate for a moment to book our next trip with Pilgrim.
Kathy and Frank Duelly
Toms River, NJ
My folks are
recently returned from their 10 day excursion to Israel. You and
your team are to be congratulated. My mother was overwhelmed by her
experiences and my father could only repeat how "excellent"
everything had been.
Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the trip to Israel. We were so blessed to have our fantastic tour guide, Ido Keynan. Not only was he kind and filled with the love of God but extremely knowledgeable and saturated us with facts and answered a multitude of questions. I would recommend him to all I know as an "Excellent Tour Guide."
Also, I was very pleased with all the hotels and staff as they were all very polite and accommodating. I enjoyed trying most of the food even though I probably wouldn't have purchase some of it in the states if I had other choices. However, it still was interesting trying it and much of it was delicious; over all, I thought the hotels gave us a very nice selection morning and night.
And last but not least, THANKS so much for ALL your help. You quickly answered all our questions which put us at ease and helped make the trip very enjoyable. The trip truly turned out to be a "Five Star Israel Tour" as everything was Awesome. The Bible has truly come alive to me and I grew to love the people and the state of Israel. They'll definitely be in my heart and prayers always.
Thanks again for all your help. May God bless you, your family, and Pilgrim Tours physically, spiritually and financially all the days here on earth.
Thank you so much for a well planned 15-day pilgrimage to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. You provided my group with exceptionally outstanding tour guides: Egypt - Mido Abdelkawy, Jordan - Hani Heyasat and Israel - Shimon Zemer . They all have good sense of humor. They all excel in their profession. Everyone in my group were very, very pleased with them. It was an incredible experience for all of us both spiritually and historically. Excellent!
The drivers were definitely careful driving us to the long, winding and narrow roads. We arrived safely to our destinations.
This trip to the Holyland was a dream come true for Joe and myself. Since 2000, we have attempted three times to visit Israel and finally on the fourth try, we made it. It was a life changing experience.
Your guide was intelligent, enjoyable, helpful, and sincere. I am running out of adjectives to describe him. He is a great guy. My group was so fortunate to have him as our tour guide in this pilgrimage.
Thank you again,
Our guide in Israel made the past come alive as we toured the sites and he opened his Bible. We could not have seen or learned any more. He was remarkable and very personable. St Katherine was delightful- Egypt was interesting. Our guide did a good job. Your company took excellent care of us, especially getting us to the airport and onto the plane. We felt safe and comfortable the entire time.
Thank you for this "Trip of a Lifetime",
My husband and I have traveled quite a bit but have never taken a tour before. We have since been recommending you as often as we have shared with people. Everything is first rate, from the transportation and guide to the hotels, food, fellow travelers, sites, history, everything. We even got to meet the Nyce's as they were on the tour at that time. Maybe one day we will be able to take another of your tours but it's hard to imagine how anything could top a trip to the Holy Land.
Bravo, Pilgrim Tours!!!
We returned from an interesting tour of Israel about a week ago. We were in the north in time to be uncomfortably close to the military action that struck Haifa, Nazareth and Tiberius.
In spite of the unrest, we had a great time and your company and our guide, Nicola, are to be commended. They juggled the dual responsibilities of keeping us safe and ensuring we got to see as much of the Holy Land as was possible.
I can truly say that I never felt threatened during our time there. I think our families back home were more concerned than we were as CNN, FOX, etc. ran non-stop stories on the conflict and painted a pretty grim picture.
The hotel accommodations were excellent at every stop.
And the travel to and from Israel from Chicago was flawless. We flew Alitalia and everything was very smooth.
As an aside…I had e-mailed you before our trip about jogging in Israel. You said Sea of Galilee area and Dead Sea would likely be the best. You were absolutely correct. Tel Aviv could have been a jogging site had I not be recovering from jet lag, but the other two locations had wonderful areas to take a run.
Thanks for helping coordinate a great vacation for us.
I have now completed my second trip with Pilgrim Tours and can say I could not be more pleased. On both trips, the first to Athens, Patmos, Rhodes, Ephesus, and Rome, and now our trip to Israel, I have been extremely pleased with the professional help I have received from you and your entire staff. Our groups have been well cared for and the trips have be thoroughly planned. Your suppliers overseas have given excellent attention to every detail.
On the trip we have just completed to Israel there were some who worried about our safety…I assure you we felt completely safe everywhere we went. Our trip to Bethlehem was a wonderful and pleasant addition to our trip.
If anyone is wanting to plan a trip to Israel I would highly recommend they do so right away while the crowds are smaller and the service is excellent. If anyone would like to talk to me personally about the trip or safety concerns I would be glad to talk to them.
Thanks for your help… I look forward to traveling with Pilgrim Tours again in the future.
Dr. Jerry Raines, Pastor
I just want to say Thank you, for a wonderfully spiritual trip to Israel. We returned with a whole new appreciation for the wondrous word of God. The bible has become color to me now rather than black and white, it is truly alive. I want to specially thank our tour guide Shmulik. He was the "most knowledgeable" man of scripture I have ever met. I have talked with lots of people but never have I met anyone with more biblical knowledge than him. He makes the stories come alive. I would also like to add a big Thank you to our bus driver Khader Farrj. I would tell anyone who is going on the Christian tour to request him as he is kind, patient and understanding of our beliefs as he is a Christian himself. This is truly a life changing experience that I would advise everyone to take. We never felt threatened or in harm by any means. We were sheltered in the loving arms of God and Pilgrim tours. You have some very wonderful capable staff who you should be quite proud of. Thank you again.
I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for a WONDERFUL tour to Israel. We were able to get a group together and combine with some others you put with us to make for a most enjoyable time. Our guide and driver were superb! Our guide wove the Biblical importance into the sites we visited. He included much of the modern history of Israel as well. He was balanced, Biblical, and personal. He quickly learned our group and adjusted himself to our "personality." He was full of information and fun! Our trip was not boring or dry. It was alive and fresh.
Our accommodations were good. The food buffets were more than adequate. Having lunch at some local spot was refreshing. It gave us a chance to taste local delicacies. The porters were very helpful as well as the hotel staffs. Our hotel at Masada was super. It was so invigorating to float in the Dead Sea, relax in the hot tub, and then swim in the pool.
I know each and everyone who went has returned with a very positive experience and would go back again. We never felt any uneasiness while in Israel. We knew we were safe in the hands of the Lord and the security of Israel.
Thanks for all your hard work and care.
I look forward to working together again.
Roger G. McCarty
I wanted to thank you for the superior trip that you planned for us. Not only was this my 14th trip to Israel, it was probably the best one I have taken.
Your service was excellent during the preparation time, no matter what question I had you took the time to explain it to me. When our group began to travel, we were met in the airport by a man who helped us through customs. As we journeyed through the land of Israel we had a kind, helpful, and knowledgeable guide. Accommodations in the country of Israel and in Switzerland were always clean and comfortable. Overall it was a great trip that was spiritually beneficial to my people, and an experience that would be worth repeating.
Thank you so much for all of your work, and may the Lord use the time that our people enjoyed in Israel to draw them closer to Him.
In His Service,
Richard E. Riley, Pastor
I just returned from the Best of Israel/10 day package with the add-on to Egypt. I must tell you this was the most sensational/packed tour I have ever taken.
It would be my privilege and honor to be a reference for Pilgrim Tours. It was the best vacation of my life. Not only did I learn allot about religion and history but I met the finest people on the tour which I'm sure will become life-long friends. Since I've been back, only two days, several of us have already emailed each other and plan on making a newsletter to keep up.
There are no accolades that can do it justice. Simply awesome. Great organization and usage of time. Thank you for a wonderful time along with great value for the money.
I wanted to commend you and Pilgrim Tours for such a wonderful itinerary in Malta & Gozo. I was looking for a vacation where we wouldn't have to be traveling from city to city every two days and this package was perfect. Malta & Gozo are the "Jewel of the Mediterranean." We had a wonderful time. Malta is certainly a beautiful island country with an extensive rich history. Everything went smoothly and what we liked most is that there were so many choices of places to visit or you could just spend the day relaxing and enjoying a walk in the sun along the bay. The sun, the beautiful architecture of historic buildings, awe-inspiring scenery, and incredible history-making events - what's not to love about this little island!! Thanks again for your help and reassurance - it was well worth it!!