April 2011

 

As this was our first significant family vacation, my wife and I had tremendously high expectations, particularly because it was the first time my wife and three children were travelling to Israel.  Mimi made sure that those expectations were exceeded.  Although our friends who previously had used private guides through Israel said “You have to use my guide” no description resonated with us like the description we received about Mimi.  In the end, she was everything we were told and more.

From the very first email communication, we knew Mimi was perfect for us. She knew immediately what we were looking for in our holiday.  She helped us plan the most perfect and wonderful itinerary that captured the beauty and essence of the country and its rich history while making it fun and active for our entire family.  No matter how many emails or Skype calls I bombarded her with, she was always warm and helpful.  She provided her insights from her vast experience and made valuable suggestions - everything she recommended turned out perfectly.

The five of us toured Israel with Mimi for eight days from south to north and her knowledge of and passion for Israel made everything come alive.  Her knowledge of the history of Israel gave us insights that we could not get from books.  She gave us experiences that we will never forget, including getting us invited to a Mimuna celebration in a private home while we travelled Northern Israel.  She also has boundless energy and was tireless in making our trip the best it could be, starting each day at 8:30 and going well into the evening.  When our kids had enough of history, she knew exactly how to keep them going with fun activities and we made adjustments to the itinerary on the fly.   When the easiest thing to do would have been to take us back to the hotel pool, she took us in the opposite direction to swim in the Kinneret

We were all taken by her warmth and energy and her engagement with our kids was wonderful.  My youngest daughter still Skypes with her, which is a testament to the bonds that were developed. 

When Mimi left us in Tel Aviv, we were all sad to see her go but we knew that she was a huge part of making our trip a wonderful memory and rich experience. 

We are thrilled to emphatically recommend Mimi for anyone looking to get the most out of their trip to Israel and we look forward to being back with her again soon.

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Freeman Family

Toronto, Canada