Plan a Tour to Israel
Israel has hundreds of different faces, thousands of fascinating sites, and a wealth of flavors and options. Shatour can create a customized Israel experience to suit your preferences and expectations.
Shatour is led by the Shapiro family, we have been guiding visitors around Israel since 1975. We have grown together with the State, so we are respectful of her history, proud of her present, and believe in her future. Because we know this country like the back of our hands, we keep track of new opportunities, selecting the best experiences for each individual tour group. We check and double-check the timing, accuracy and safety of our tours, leaving nothing to chance. Come visit Israel with Shatour and let our family take care of your family!
Lior ShapiroThe apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Our son Lior recently joined our team as the 10th generation of Family Shapiro to live and work in Jerusalem! Lior attended the first Conservative School in Jerusalem and completed his army service in the Golani unit, continuing to serve in the reserves until just recently. He majored in Archaeology at the Hebrew University, and worked for over 15 years in the Israel Antiquities Authority, becoming Chief Regional Archaeologist of the Judean area. As well as his expertise in archaeology, Lior brings his passion for photography and his knowledge of Israel and its history to his work as a tour guide. He is married to Tammy, has 3 delicious children (we’re biased – they are our grandchildren!), and lives in the village of Motza Illit on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
Naftali AizikBorn in 1969, Naftali spent most of his childhood in Northern Israel, living in Nazaret Illit and studying at the prestigious Reali High School in Haifa. He served in the IDF in Golani as an officer and continued to serve in the Reserves for over 20 years. Naftali studied archaeology and geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked for 15 years for the Israel Antiquities Authority. He now lives in Moshav Mata in the Judean Mountains and continues to work as a freelance guide for the Antiquities Authority, showing groups of youth and adults around Israel’s various archaeological sites.
Ronen KhayatBorn and bred in Jerusalem, Ronen served in the IDF in the prestigious Paratroopers regiment, rising to the rank of major. He received his degree in political science at the Hebrew University and also completed the Ministry of Tourism tour guides course and the Yad Vashem tour guides course about the history of the Holocaust. He has guided many youth delegations to Poland, but his passion is guiding Jewish and Christian groups in Israel.
Shmuel LevyShmuel is a Yerushalmi, having grown up in one of the authentic neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and his Jewish identity is deeply rooted in the ethos of this unique city. In the IDF I served as a combat medic in an infantry unit in the Sinai Desert. He graduated from Haifa University with a BA in Philosophy and Jewish History, and from the Hebrew University with a MA in Communication. Shmuel has been working as a tour guide since the early 1990s, guiding groups, individuals and families from different cultural backgrounds from all over the world. He drives a large and comfortable Ministry of Tourism-authorized van, and he lives in Jerusalem with his wife Esther (a social worker) and their two young sons.
Dan MakoverDan has been guiding tour groups of all ages around Israel since 2007. He studied Communications and Geography at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before moving into TV production and news. He worked as broadcast supervisor for a number of news organizations and escorted reporters around the West Bank, using his knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew to keep them safe. Dan studied for his tour guide course through the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and he loves sharing his knowledge of Israel’s geography, history and religions with visitors.
Ariel grew up on Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev and served in the IDF as a paratrooper. He has a BA in Land of Israel Studies as well as a tour guide license. He and his wife spent time in the U.S. as emissaries for the Jewish Agency in Oakland, CA, where he taught in Hebrew day schools and worked on Israel summer programs for the local federation.
Back in Israel, Ariel has guided groups for the Reform movement and the Ramah organization, as well as family groups from all over the world. He is an expert in the geography of Israel, linking its historic locations with Jewish sources and bringing to life the history of the Jewish People. He lives in Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev with his wife and two children.
Nathan ShapiroNathan Shapiro was born in 1948, ninth generation Jerusalemite. He studied Jewish History and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has guided for many years for various institutions, including the UJC, JDC, Ministry of Tourism, and more. He is experienced in the planning and arranging programs for visitors to Israel, and has also been consultant to the CRB (Bronfman Foundation) on nature, environment and youth trips to Israel, has operated a company dealing in organization of family Bar/Bat Mitzvas in Israel, and served as Director of Development and Foreign Affairs of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and later as Director of Development at DVI – Dental Volunteers for Israel.
What our guests write after touring Israel with Shatour:
Shalom Hanna, We have arrived back home and are adjusting back to reality. The trip you put together and the experience Lior provided was life changing. Lior is a wealth of knowledge, extremely professional and yet, he still became part of our mishpacha. His patience, warmth, teachings, and answers to our endless questions, gave us the experience we were looking for. Lior helped deepen our connection to Israel and our resolve to support your amazing country. Hanna, the hospitality and responsiveness by you and Lior made us very comfortable. Connecting us with Arnie and planning our vow renewal at Cesarea was a highlight for Mike and me. We will treasure that evening. Thank you for the lovely book, the champagne, and visiting with us. We feel as though we not only have wonderful memories but also made new friends. We would love to host you and your family should you find yourselves in California. Fondly, Sharna and Mike
“The grandchildren had the time of their lives. Every hour was a different adventure. They enjoyed going through the bunkers in the Golan Heights, going through the ammunition factory at Ayalon, and climbing on the tanks at Latrun. They enjoyed going in the water at the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Eilat. Actually I think they enjoyed everything!”
“Thanks for putting together an absolutely amazing trip. We enjoyed every moment of it.”
“Everything on the tour was either a lot of fun, very educational, very inspiring or all three. Our son described this as a trip that he and his family will remember for the rest of their lives. We went to every place that you recommended and we wanted to see, and your guide took us to other places that really added to the trip.”
“Yuval was an outstanding guide for us. He connected with all of us, old and young. He knew all of the restaurants that had good food, good prices, and were popular with the locals. Because my wife has walking difficulties, Yuval gave her recommendations on whether she could participate in each activity or not, and often he was able to make changes that allowed her to participate.”
“Thank you again Nathan & Hanna for all that you showed, told and gave to our family to make our trip an outstanding tour through Israel. We look forward to seeing you again.”
It was an extraordinary trip. You allowed us to see an Israel very few tourists are privileged to see. Under Nathan’s guidance we explored unbelievable archaeological sites, walked through the Old City floated in the Dead Sea, marveled at Masada (baths with no obvious way to obtain water? a dovecote? three years of survival!)
As I start to list sites I’m aware of all the places I’ve omitted. As I’m sure Nathan would readily admit, he could have taken us on a tour of Israel lasting years rather than days and never exhausted his repertoire – what an incredible font of knowledge, information and lore!.