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Shimon Benchimol

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tzfat, Israel

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Religious Tour, Sightseeing

  • Guiding Experience

    26 years

  • Languages

    Arabic, English, French, Hebrew

  • Favorite Trip

    Israel's Desert Experience

Guide Bio

Bonjour & Shalom! I’m Shimon. I’ve been guiding for 24 years and I specialize in family experiences in Israel! I live in a desert community called “Kfar Adumim” just 20 minutes from downtown Jerusalem. I would be honored to show you our amazing country!

Place of Birth: Morocca
Home in Israel: Kfar Adumim, Judean Desert
Favorite Israel Site: Anywhere in the Desert
Secret Super Power: I can make anyone smile!

Shimon Benchimol's Reviews

  • ShalomIsrael
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    As seen on Trip Advisor: We just returned from a two week visit to Israel. I had very high expectations and was afraid I might be disappointed. Just the contrary, it good not have been better from from the beginning to the end. It greatly exceeded my expectations. Shalom was a great help in planning the perfect trip. He knew of my health issues and had everything I needed waiting for me at the hotel. I never seen anybody respond to emails as quickly. Our guide, Shimon was the best. He now feels like family and actually took us to his home to meet his family and see how he lives. We were very comfortable with him and were able to ask questions which normally you would not ask of a stranger. Because of this we learned more than we could have ever imagined. BEST TRIP EVER!

    Visited June 2015

  • ShalomIsrael
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    As seen on TripAdvisor: We just came back from a 10 day private family tour (kids 12 and 14) covering Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada, North Coast, Galilee, and Tel Aviv. We had an outstanding trip and are grateful both for Shalom Tours for organizing a terrific itinerary and our tour guide Shimon Benchimol who was warm, personable, punctual, and had immense knowledge of Israel. We could not have asked for a better trip and having a private tour was well worth the investment. July 2015

  • ShalomIsrael
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    As seen on TripAdvisor: I recently returned from a two-week trip to Israel with my wife and 2 children (ages 11 and 9). As this was our first trip to the country, I was somewhat apprehensive, but had no security or other concerns whatsoever during the entirety of the trip. Shalom Stark was patient and responsive with all inquiries both prior to departure and subsequent to arrival. The tour was exceptionally well-organized, and took into account our family’s collective desire for a cultural/heritage experience, while balancing the kids’ needs for relatively unstructured fun. Our tour guide Shimon is a very kind, passionate, and knowledgeable individual, and we will remember our interactions with him forever. I am certain we’ll return to Israel at various points during the future, and I will definitely again utilize the services of Shalom Israel Tours. Visited December 2014

  • ShalomIsrael
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    As seen on TripAdvisor: My wife and I just returned from a 12 day private tour thru Shalom Tours. From the minute we contacted Shalom Stark to plan our trip to the time we arrived home everything was perfect. With the recent war in Israel, we debated canceling the trip. Thank goodness we went. Never felt any fear or anxiety. We felt at home. We were so welcomed by everyone. “Thank you for coming” Planning the trip was so easy. I called Shalom and he asked a few questions regarding what we were looking for. He mailed me an Itinerary within hours. We played with some minor issues and everything was set. The company kept us updated on issues in Israel prior to our arrival. Everything went as planned. VIP arrival went so smoothly. From deplaning to the car in the airport took at most 15 minutes. Arrived at David Intercontinental in Tel Aviv Our room got upgraded. Great hotel and location. The following morning, we were met by our guide Shimon. Little did we know how fortunate we were to meet him. Spent the next 10 days with him. Spent 2 days in Tel aviv then worked our way up north . After touring many sites up the coast we arrived at Ramot Resort. Gorgeous Hotel. Spent the next 3 days touring the north. To both the Lebanon and Syrian border and many historic sites At each of the sites, Shimon linked the actual site to history and biblical relevance. We were building a puzzle to put much of the story together. After the North , we traveled down the east thru Judea-Someria Incredible sites. Arrived in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon at 3 pm in time to see the Old city from Mount of Olives then to the Shuk. Incredible before Shabbot. Checked into the Inbal Hotel Gorgeous hotel Great location. The next 6 days we spent time in the old city, West Jerusalem Judea-Someria and down as far south as Masada/ Dead Sea. During our trip We got 3 calls from Shalom to make sure all was meeting our expectations. We had his cell number told to call 24/7 if any questions arose. You don’t get this personal touch from many tour companies. Too bad I can’t rank Shalom Tours and Shimon with 6 stars!! Would Highly recommend this tour company especially for first timers to Israel

  • ShalomIsrael
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    As seen on TripAdvisor: We just returned from a 13 day trip to Israel with a group of friends. We decided to show our support and go no matter what the news was reporting. We made the right decision. Shalom designed the best itinerary based on the information that we provided. He then gave us Shimon as our guide. It was a perfect match and a perfect trip. From the time we arrived in Israel until the day we departed, everything was taken care of. I encourage everyone to go to Israel, contact Shalom Tours and ask for Shimon. Our heart and soul belong to Israel. Visited August 2014

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