A tale of two tours: Escorted tour or personal guide?

Posted by Gil Travel

Feb 25, 2018 4:58:50 AM

Some travelers are adventurous spirits who prefer exploring new areas alone. They love privacy and don’t like to share a new experience with foreigners who happen to be at the same place and time. On the other hand, there are those who don’t like planning or navigating on their own throughout new places, so they let others do all the planning and organization. They either choose an escorted tour or privately tailored tour, so they can enjoy sightseeing without any worries.

Joining an organized tour brings lots of benefits, including more knowledge about the visited site (a tour guide provides all information about it), no waiting in lines to buy tickets, seeing more in one day because a guide will drive you from one place to another, the zero chances of getting lost, not finding the site, etc. Some people do not have enough time to research and learn a lot about the places and landmarks.

If in doubt which one to choose for your next trip, here are the differences and the pros of escorted tours and privately planned tours so you can decide which one suits your needs better.

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Topics: Custom Programs, Gil Travel, World Travel

Hitch a ride: your guide to Taxis in Israel

Posted by Gil Travel

Feb 19, 2018 8:02:30 AM

Planning a trip to any country requires detailed preparation. One of the things one must take care of is transportation. When going to Israel, one can count on taxis, as they are a very popular way of transportation. Many people in Israel do not own a car, and taking a ride by bus doesn’t fit their schedule, so they turn to taxis. The taxis are all modern cars, safe, and with reasonable, not only for locals, but tourists as well. Some of the tourists find taxis in Israel quite cheap compared to the European or American ones.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Top 7 Qualities of an Ideal Tour Guide

Posted by Gil Travel

Feb 15, 2018 11:11:03 AM

One of the key factors for a high quality tour is having the right tour guide. A good tour guide must provide accurate information about the attractions, make sure the tourists see as much as possible and have a good time. A tour guide ensures his groups get informed and learn while they travel. He/she does everything it takes to deliver a quality tour.

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Topics: Israel Travel

What to look out for when choosing an escorted tours company?

Posted by Gil Travel

Jan 10, 2018 4:09:00 AM

Planning a trip can be overwhelming. It requires a lot of research and organization. To save time and avoid the stress that organizing brings, many people turn to tour companies who will do all the work for them.The company will tailor and make a detailed plan of a tour according to the client’s needs and wishes. Tourists can also join some of the already well planned and organized tours that provide an incredible touring experience at a more reasonable price.

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Topics: Israel Travel

7 Best Hummus Places in Israel

Posted by Gil Travel

Jan 3, 2018 7:49:00 PM

Maybe it’s difficult to understand the obsession locals have over hummus food, but once you try it, and after a couple of dishes, you will understand their craving. When on tours to Israel, be sure to check some of the best hummus places, try some dishes and who knows, maybe you too will become a hummus fan (if you aren’t already). This ultimate Israeli fast food made from chickpeas is full of iron, protein, minerals and vitamins. Even though it’s high in fat, most of it is unsaturated. This healthy fast food is definitely worth giving a try to get the most from your trip to Israel.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Jewish life in Portugal throughout history and today

Posted by Gil Travel

Dec 31, 2017 7:34:00 AM

Throughout history, the Jewish people have gone through successful and wealthy periods, but desperate times as well. Until 1496 there had been 150 Jewish communities in Portugal, each one having its own worship places and institutions. But that year brought an end to their communities, forceful conversion to Christianity and expulsion from Portugal. Many religious sites, walls, carvings and gates were destroyed, but Judaism in Portugal didn’t completely vanish; its traces remained in inscriptions, historic markers, place names and local tales.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage, Senior Travel

What are the Imperial Capitals and why they are your next trip destination

Posted by Gil Travel

Dec 28, 2017 7:36:00 PM

On a Central and Eastern Europe tour, one will find rich history on every corner of the imperial cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Explore their magical cobble lanes, cathedrals, bridges, majestic palaces and magnificent castles; enjoy the view of stunning nature and its rivers, lakes, and gardens. A trip to the imperial capitals will enrich your understanding of the various cultures and history of these cities and you, too, can witness their imposing grace and elegance like many others have so far.

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Topics: World Travel

5 Places Every Moscow Trip Should Include

Posted by Gil Travel

Dec 25, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Moscow, a city enormously rich in history, art and culture, thrills visitors with its majestic beauty. When planning your Eastern Europe tour, this city deserves a place on your list; from historical sites, museums and squares, to amazing theaters and restaurants, this city’s architecture and lifestyle will not leave you impassive. Preparing and organizing your trip in advance is a must in order to see as many places as possible and create life long memories.

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Topics: World Travel

Common Eastern Europe Destinations to Combine

Posted by Gil Travel

Dec 18, 2017 7:39:00 AM

Many people choose Western Europe as their destination when planning their vacation. Though it certainly offers much of the contemporary and quaint cultures and stunning nature, there are other places worth visiting for the same reasons, but for a cheaper price. If you are looking for tours that are less popular but do have lots to offer, an Eastern Europe tour might be a choice with lots of surprises. Many historical sites, beautiful nature and diverse culture are mesmerizing more and more tourists each year. To see the most of it and enjoy as much as possible, here are the top destination combinations that will ensure a memorable experience.

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Topics: World Travel

Places Seniors Would Enjoy Visiting in Berlin

Posted by Gil Travel

Dec 15, 2017 7:39:00 AM

This is a time in your life when you can finally visit and explore those places you have only had a chance to dream about and see in pictures. One European city has become a sought after destination for senior tours - Berlin, Germany. While its young population has branded it a hotspot for young travelers, this city offers a lot to its visitors no matter your age. Rich history, plentiful museums, a thriving art scene and wonderful restaurants make it a place you’ll want to visit too.

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Topics: Senior Travel