Shalom,
My name is Shai Shvalb, and I am a professional private tour guide, and the owner of Know the Land. As a storyteller, I love to lead and guide my guests using my private car in the Land of Israel. I am especially enthusiastic about guiding those interested in history and archaeology, interfaith dialogue and comparison, the Bible, Israeli society, and, of course, Israeli food and markets. I guide in a deep and meaningful way, seasoned with a sense of humor.

Palestine is no more of this work-day world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition -
it is dream-land.

Mark Twain

If you plan to come to Israel for the first time, or if this is your 10th visit to this land

I am your guide!

How can i help

I offer you my services as a one-stop shop for all your needs in Israel: guidance, transportation, hotels, VIP handling at the airport, and anything else you might need.

Day Tours​

Pre-set single-day guided private tours in Israel. Visit the highlights of Israel.​

Multi-day Tours​

Multi-day guided private tours in Israel based on a regional theme or subject.

Jewish Tours

Jewish-oriented private tours in the Land of Israel, following ancient and modern Israel

Christian tours​

Christian-oriented private tours in the Land of the Bible, following Roman Catholic and Evangelical traditions.​

Business Guests​

Special VIP treatment for business people coming from abroad. Even a single day can become a great experience.​

Land Services​

Professional handling of guidance, transportation, hotel booking, and VIP handling at the airport.​

Know the Land

REVIEWS

Before I became a tour guide, I managed several businesses in the commerce arena. I then decided that instead of importing goods from China and selling it to shops all over Israel – I’d rather buy knowledge and deliver it to my guests wrapped with exciting experiences, deep spiritual significance, and love for the Land of Israel. I have often heard from the guests that I have guided that the trip experience with me was, for them, a LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Amazing adventure with Mr. Shai It was my first trip to Israel, Telaviv and I was looking for a day trip tour to the Dead sea. I was so lucky to find a local tour guide - Mr. Shai .Mr.Shai is very polite, positive, friendly person and as a guide very knowledgeable.We’ve learned the whole history about Masada while climbing and observing the territory of Masada fortress. He also made sure we drink enough water 🙂 Just felt as if my dad is taking me and my friends for a trip, no crowds - private trip, nice adventure.Highly recommend ☺️
Malishka12
Malishka12
20/11/2022
3 days in the Israel If you want an exceptional professional choose Shai. If you want an exceptionally knowledgeable historian choose Shai. If you want an exceptional expert on social and cultural Jewish life choose Shai. If you want someone who is able to tie Jewish and Christian history together and have it make sense in the current context choose Shai. If you want a flexible guide whose motto is “your wish is my command” choose Shai. If you want a fun and humorous human being choose Shai. Most important if you want a friend when your experience is over choose this talented and compassionate man. HE IS WONDERFUL!
Robert G
Robert G
02/11/2022
Jerusalem Guide Shai is an incredible guide. He is warm and engaging. We laughed, we learned and we enjoyed every minute of Jerusalem. We look forward to returning to Israel and having Shai guide us again.
Alissa L
Alissa L
01/11/2022
Great guide, great person! So happy to have been with Shai. We have been to Israel many times escorted by excellent guides but we think Shai the best. Always prompt, very comfortable new car, and great English and a wonderful sense of humor. And of course most knowledgeable
bshavitz
bshavitz
18/10/2022
A wealth of knowledge, 10/10! Shai gave my partner and I a private tour around the Old City of Jerusalem and we could not have asked for a better experience. Shai is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and most importantly, fun to be around. He gave us the flexibility to customize our day how we saw fit, and made all of the planning very simple. I would highly recommend Shai for any of your needs in Israel, 10/10 A+!
Luke P
Luke P
19/09/2022
Touring Israel with a friend Had a wonderful day touring Masada, Ein Gedi & the Dead Sea with Shai. He was punctual, prepared, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable and proud of his country's history and culture. He provided detailed and pertinent historical information regarding the places we visited and he made it all very interesting. He mixed in current affairs with his commentary and was frank and candid and did not shy away from answering any questions. It was like spending the day with an old friend. Highly recommended Shai!
travelling88
travelling88
15/09/2022
Fantastic tour guide! In July I visited Israel for the first time and I couldn't be happier to have had Shai as my tour guide for Jerusalem. I was traveling with my girlfriend and her family who are originally from Israel, whereas I was not raised with Israeli or Jewish influence, nor do I speak Hebrew. His tour guide style is seamless from the moment he picks you up to the time he drops you off. He knew all of the best spots in the the Shuk to eat and drink and I even got to have one of the best kabobs of my life!I am naturally very inquisitive and my interminable questioning would drive the average person to insanity... but Shai is no average person! I asked and asked and asked ad nauseum but Shai had an answer to every question and colored all responses with the small details that distinguish the greatest tour guides from the rest. I'm happy to know I will always have such a fond memory of visiting Jerusalem with my girlfriend's family and with Shai as our tour guide. 10/10 recommend!
Brayden D
Brayden D
09/09/2022
Outstanding guide!! Shai ensured that our time in Israel was extra special ! From Masada to the Golan heights, Shai helped us understand all the sites as well as made it such fun along the way. He was a pleasure to spend 5 days with touring the land! His knowledge is unbelievable!! Highly recommend his services!!!
Rae664
Rae664
08/09/2022
Once in a lifetime trip! We visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem with Shai. He collected us in a comfortable fully air conditioned vehicle from our hotel in Tel Aviv at 8:30 am, took us to Jerusalem for a walk around with comprehensive and interesting explanations. Stopped for a traditional bite to eat at 1:00pm in Jerusalem for 1 hr or so. Then we proceeded to Bethlehem were Shai also organised a Palestinian guide to join us for this part of the the tour, which also went very well. We then headed back to Tel Aviv and were back at our hotel at 7:30Shai is a very nice and well read person and me and my partner enjoyed our tour a lot. Felt safe and comfortable throughout and would highly recommend Shai for anyone looking to do a tour in Israel.
mike
mike
26/08/2022
Our All Time Favorite Having used numerous guides on several international trips, Shai is our all time favorite. He is personable, knowledgeable and has a sincere desire to give the visitor what they are looking for. He caters the sites, the information and his conversation to meet your specific desires. Shai not only taught me so much, he enriched our visit and made it almost perfect. No need to consider any other guide for Israel!
Jim C
Jim C
13/08/2022

If all the pages that have been written about Israel were spread upon its surface, they would flag it from horizon to horizon like a pavement.

Mark Twain

Know the Holy Land

Know the Holy Land is a comprehensive Hebrew-English dictionary and the first of its kind and contains about 4100 entries about the Land of Israel. That is the first attempt to create a professional glossary in Hebrew and English, covering geography, geology, archaeology, architecture, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, site names, flora, fauna, and many other subjects. The book is intended to serve as a bilingual dictionary, professional glossary, and a tool for those interested in knowing the land, studying the Land of Israel, tour guides, and anybody interested in the Land of Israel.

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