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

Posted by Gil Travel on February 25, 2018

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

Visit us at our new blog!

Posted by Iris Hami on February 2, 2015

Hello and thank you for visiting our blog. We have recently transitioned over to a new website and a new blog (http://blog.giltravel.com/). We look forward to sharing interesting information with you on our new blog and our other social media accounts.

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Topics: Gil Travel

Yvel Jewelry: A Prestigious Israeli Brand with a Lot of Heart!

Posted by Gil Travel on October 24, 2014

Gold rings with ruby and pearls
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Topics: Culture and Heritage, Fun stuff, Gil Travel, Israel Travel

Jewish Heritage Eastern Europe Tour

Posted by Gil Travel on October 31, 2013

Gil Travel offers an incredible guaranteed Jewish Heritage tour through Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest and Prague to the most meaningful Jewish Heritage sites in Eastern Europe.

Begin your Jewish Heritage Eastern Europe Tour in Warsaw with a special visit to the Old Cemetery dating back to 1806, one of the largest in Poland. Also in Warsaw, your tour will take you on a walk along Memory Lane; see the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes monument, a dramatic sculpture by Natan Rappaport, and the marble plaque commemorating Mila 18.

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Topics: Gil Travel, Jewish Heritage

Gil Travel | September 2013

Posted by Iris Hami on September 23, 2013

What's Happening at Gil Travel?

19th Maccabiah Games
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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Gil Travel

Gil Travel Staff Travel Story: Melanie Verchere

Posted by Iris Hami on September 17, 2013

Melanie comes to Gil Travel by way of California, and the world! Arriving in Philadelphia not so long ago, directly via Rt. #50 (“The Loneliest Road in America”). She spent the previous twelve years in California where she took superb care of groups specializing in destinations throughout the United States and Canada. Melanie is from France and fluent in French and English. Her expertise includes: France, England, Brussels, Italy, Morocco and Mexico, making her a perfect addition to the Gil Travel Family. Melanie is working in Gil Travel’s creative and experienced Group Department providing excellent service.

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Topics: Gil Travel, USA

Gil Travel involvement with 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel

Posted by Iris Hami on July 16, 2013

This July 18th marks the opening ceremony for the The 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel where about 32,000 people are expected to attend. Gil Travel works closely in conjunction with Maccabi USA and Maccabi World Union to organize travel for the athletes and supporters of the Maccabi Games in Israel, Australia, South America and Europe. The US has the largest delegation of athletes and supporters to the Maccabiah Games. After attending the 18th Maccabiah Games 4 years ago in Israel, Macabi Carasso, 16 years old, "was struck then by the realization that Jews live in lands he didn’t expect. His “aha moment” came upon seeing Azerbaijan’s flag, which got him wondering which countries with Jewish populations did not send delegations to the games." Carasso has helped to bring 21 new countries to Israel's Maccabiah Games, visiting 18 countries between June 2011 and January of this year, in an effort to recruit Jewish athletes to participate in the quadrennial sports competition that dates back to 1932.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Gil Travel

Susan Engoltz - Travel Consultant with over 15 years of experience in the travel business

Posted by Iris Hami on July 16, 2013

Susan Engoltz -
Expert Travel Agent
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Topics: Gil Travel

Anita Coca - Expert Spanish Speaking Israel Travel Agent

Posted by Iris Hami on May 16, 2013

Anita Coca - Expert Spanish Speaking Israel Travel Agent
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Topics: Gil Travel

Expert Advice on Traveling the World

Posted by Iris Hami on January 18, 2013

We hope that you had the chance to read our previous newsletter.

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Topics: Gil Travel, World Travel