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Greeters and tour company

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Greeters and tour company

Will hopefully find out tomorrow which hotel we are staying in but we have requested the Herod so fingers crossed.

A couple of questions if anyone can help.

Has anyone used the 'greeters' service? If so whats your experience

Can anyone recomend a tour company? I have found one on the lonelyplanet site and read about the christiantours but read some not great reviews about them so if anyone can recomend. I have decided to do the Nazereth day trip and Jerusalem half day.

Thanks in advance

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Alon, advertising your own services and website is not permitted on a Trip Advisor forum. You will probably find your posts will be deleted within a short time.

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Brittany--what do you mean by "greeters" service. If it is paying someone to help you go through immigration/ customs--in my opinion a waste of money and unnecessary.

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There is no need for a greeters service. The arrival is extremely straight forward. Follow the crowds to passport control, hopefully you are through in a few minutes, then go pick up your luggage, go out to arrivals, out the doors to the taxi stand, and take a taxi (set prices) to where you want to go. While it might be nice to have someone holding a sign with your name on it, it won't get you through faster and actually as the taxis are waiting and ready to go, it won't even get you to your hotel faster. I would recommend this service for people who are disabled, elderly or perhaps a family traveling with several very young children or those that may need help with mobility or wheelchairs and/or carrying luggage.

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If you have a few extra dollars from not using the greeting service, I would recommend you get a private guide for your travel days. This allows you the most flexibility. I would strongly suggest that you give Jerusalem more than half a day.

If you want to do a walking tour of Jerusalem of 3 or 4 hours, you can do the Sandeman's Old City Tour. There is a free tour everyday but for a more personal tour, do the paid tour which has a limit on the number of participants.

Egged and United tours offer day tours to Nazareth but usually in conjunction with other Christian sites around the Galilee. They are both long standing, professional companies.

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Rdglady and Annmejoshme, I may be wrong, but I think maybe the OP is referring to the Greeter network of people - which is not a paid thing.

You can read what it is about on the Global Greeter website here: http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info

There is a Tel Aviv branch of the Greeter network here: http://www.telavivgreeter.com

WisteriaBrittany, I don't know anyone who has used that network of greeters. I do know a lady who met up with a another lady in Tel Aviv through a similar group - I think it was called Women Welcome Women. My friend enjoyed her time with the lady she had been put in contact with.

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I think the OP needs to return to let us know what she is asking exactly since her question seems to be interpreted different ways.

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8. Re: Greeters and tour company

Yes its as Heather says. Its a voluntary system, you put in what day and where you fancy going and they try to fix you up with one of their volunteers. Its does sound worthwhile as the volunteers are all locals not employed. Just wondered if anyone had used them but doesnt look like it.

Just booked hotel its the park plaza orchiid.

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While no one has used the program ( as far as I know) I am familiar with the Big Apple Greeters program and people who use it say it is fantastic. I can't imagine anything less for the Tel Aviv program. If you do sign up and get a greeter, please, please please share your experience with us.

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I've stayed at the Orchid Park Plaza a couple of times. Not a 5 star but a great hotel in the best location! Terrific views from the dining room and food is excellent. Free international phone calls from the lobby and free bicycle rentals. I love it there, hope you do too.