Israel Offers Free Guided Tours For All

Israel Tourism Ministry brings tour guides back to work through free guided tours for the public – financed by the government

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Holy land, Tourism
Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90

Further to the government decision to assist the tourism industry, in which it was determined that the Ministry of Tourism will allocate a budget of NIS 25 million to provide guided tours for the general public, tens of thousands of free tours will be offered every day of the week through the websites of the Nature and Parks Authority and various cities.

To date, more than 1,800 tour guides have responded to the invitation to participate in the project. According to the Tourism Ministry, interested tour guides can still contact the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Tours will soon be offered in English, Russian, French and Arabic, in addition to the Hebrew-guided tours currently available.

Israel Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov: “After two challenging years for the tourism industry, we have here a great opportunity to help tour guides and, finally, to get out from Zoom and return to sanity, to take our friends and family at no cost and enjoy guided tours in cities and nature reserves. So, take a guide and go touring!”

Chair of the Israel Tour Guides Association Ganit Peleg: “The program that starts today allows tour guides to work after two years in which tourism was halted by the Corona pandemic. Therefore, I call on the general public to go out and tour the country with a licensed tour guide. The tour is not only an experience but also a mitzvah (good deed) towards the tour guides. May there be as many tours as possible so that the tour guides have employment.”

The full list of tours and registration are available at a special website that is currently only available in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian (English coming soon): i-israel.co.il

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