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Shalom! I am an American-born licensed Israeli tour guide, living in Jerusalem. I pride myself on customizing my tours to my tourists' needs and interests. And I'm equally able to provide serious history, religion and culture as I am able to show...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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3 Yisra'el Eldad | Suite 5, Jerusalem 9339907, Israel
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+972 52-758-8178
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Reviewed 24 January 2019 via mobile

Like most people who come to Jerusalem we have been to 'the shuk' at Machane Yehuda multiple times before. We heard great things about Joel's guided tours and contacted him to see if he was able to accommodate our gluten-free needs. He was able tailor...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeremy K
FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2019

Thanks! I was very happy that we were able to work within your dietary constraints and still give you an excellent tour. And honestly, the clear appreciation that you and the kids had for the effort made it all even more worthwhile. :-)

Reviewed 21 January 2019

I was seeking a professional tour guide to take my 12 American college students to see the holy sites of the Old City. I needed someone who was not knowledgable of the Jewish sites from Christian and Moslem ones too. A friend referred me to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Elliot L
FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2019

Thanks so much Elliot! The weather certainly challenged us, but we made it through pleasantly -- and perhaps it will make the trip even more memorable for the students. So glad you enjoyed, and hope to work together again in the future. :-)

Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

We recently were in Israel and were lucky enough to have Joel take us on a tour of the shuk at Machane Yehuda. We had been there many times before but going around with Joel gave us a whole new perspective of the shuk. His...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

We took a tour of the old city with our family of 12. Joel is extremely knowledgeable about the history and religion of the land. Joel led the tour at our pace, explained everything from the basics to the most complex topics, accommodating the variable...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2018

Thanks so much for the review, and your appreciation. Was a pleasure guiding your family! I hope to have the chance to do it again some time.

Reviewed 7 September 2018

Joel took my family (including kids 8 and 11) on a tour of masada, ein gedi, dead sea, and jerusalem sites like ammunition hill, water tunnels and the shuk. He was great. Aside from being very knowledgeable about history, he told lots of fun and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Daniel M
FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Thanks so much! The most meaningful and rewarding part of this review for me is that your kids liked me so much. :-) Was great guiding you and your family, and I hope we'll have many more opportunities to do so in the future. Best,...More

Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to tour the Mahane Yehuda shuk with Joel. What a wonderful experience! The shuk is very busy, very crowded and quite overwhelming- I can’t imagine attempting to navigate it with our kids on our own. Joel made it so easy, educational,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dora S
FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Thanks so much! To be fair, I probably didn't get that much information into the 2-year-old's head, but still... ;-) Was lovely guiding you, and hope to do it again sometime some where!

Reviewed 7 August 2018

Joel knows the latest and greatest about Machane Yehudah! I'd do the same tour again, given the perfection of what we ate and the deep foodie and Jewish knowledge he has to offer. Fantastic, one of the best things I've ever done in Israel!

Date of experience: July 2018
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FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Thanks so much! I know you'll be back here again, so when you are, let me know so we can have another tour together!

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Experienced many new flavors and history of Mahane Yehuda Market with Joel as our guide. He provided a lot of interesting facts about Jews from around the world and how they brought their foods and flavors to Jerusalem creating an amazing melting pot that is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jordanna R
FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thanks, Jordanna! I don't typically explicitly get into whether there is a truly "Israeli cuisine" (I think there is) and if so, what it would encompass. But I'm glad you connected those dots and drew that conclusion, because I'd agree that that is a huge...More

Reviewed 31 July 2018

Joel took 9 of us on an amazing culinary tour of the shuk in Jeruselem. It was a very descriptive trip thru history and we got to sample amazing food all along the way. The best part was his sensitivity to my 15 year old...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2018

Thanks so much! I'm especially glad that you appreciate the small details -- they of course matter to me a lot. :-) Come again! Best, Joel

Reviewed 28 July 2018

Joel's took us on a half-day tour of Jerusalem's Old City. His tour was insightful, relevant and memorable. Joel is a mine of useful facts, stories and links to the past. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank James R
FunJoel, Owner at Fun Joel's Israel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Thanks so much, James! I really enjoyed showing you and your family around, and I hope to be able to do it again some time in the future.

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KevinRowe613
2 April 2018|
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Response from FunJoel | Property representative |
The walk is not very far. Prob 15 mins. But if not, then yes, a taxi should work just fine!
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H6746EDbrianh
30 March 2018|
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Response from FunJoel | Property representative |
Hi, Brian! I will respond directly to your email. Thanks! Joel
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V5319CEam
27 January 2018|
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Response from FunJoel | Property representative |
Hey there! Thanks for asking. I am licensed to guide everywhere in Israel, and indeed guide everywhere from Metulla in the north to Eilat in the south. Petra is not in Israel, so I am not legally permitted to guide there... More
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