Jerusalem Tours – Tour Guide – Léontine Cohen

 Tour Guide in Jerusalem


My name is Léontine Cohen

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Private Guide for Jerusalem Old City

I am an Israeli Tour Guide

I was born Dutch (Klik hier : nederlands sprekend. gids in Israël)

I lived in Paris before I moved to Jerusalem

and I speak also French :

Contactez Moi pour parler en français de mes visites à Jérusalem !

I am a Licensed Tour Guide in Jerusalem !

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I design and curate fascinating tours of the Old City with the four Quarters :

Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, Via Dolorosa, as well as West Jerusalem with the buzzing market and local food areas.

I will explain everything about the history, the religions and the political situation and we will certainly taste the local specialties such as the best humus in the world, the tehina, a Jerusalem bagel and much more surprises !

Specialized in Jerusalem Walking Tours and Israel History

I am very passionate about Israel and Jerusalem in particular :

I never get bored exploring the city again and again.

I bike in my city all the time, I read about it, I write about it and I design food tours with excellent partners from both origins : arabs and jewish in the Old city of Jerusalem to have the best experience of the cultural texture of this amazing city

I am also passionate about Israel History. I write articles about the Jewish Resistance in Israel.

So, If you have any question, please Feel free to ask me about Jerusalem, your trip to Israel, I will be very happy to help you !

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If you wish to visit the Mount Zion, the Mount of Olives or any other sites in Jerusalem, let me know.

Important questions about your Israel Trip

It is easy to contact me :

Send me a quick email and I will be happy to answer your questions about your trip to Israel after Covid 19

We can talk about the health measures implemented in Israel to protect the visitors, the organisation for a group tour, the museums and restaurants, hotels and airbnb …

I will keep you up with the latest news directly from Jerusalem where I live now. 


I will be happy to help you organize your trip to Israel efficiently

1. Jerusalem Old City Guided Tour

Duration – 4 hours

Private Guide Jerusalem - Léontine
Private Guide Jerusalem – Léontine

We will visit the four quarters, the Holy Sepulcre, the Wailing Wall, the room of the Last Supper , the Tomb of King David and much more… We will discover some hidden places and secrets of Jerusalem

We will visit the four quarters, the Holy Sepulcre, the Wailing Wall, the room of the Last Supper , the Tomb of King David and much more… We will discover some hidden places and secrets of Jerusalem

During the walk, I will explain the history and the mysteries of every Sacred place, its origin and its religion.

Jerusalem is not a big city, it is possible to discover all the different neighborhoods : We will begin by the West Jerusalem and learn about the development of the city from the 1860-s until today.

Then, I will take you by the tiny Jewish neighborhoods with their different origins and histories, through the Christian German Colony, admire the Arab neighborhood of Talbiya and visit the small Garden City Rehavia.

We will discover the different architectures, from Middle Eastern style to International Style and I will bring to life the different people who made Jerusalem what it is today.


Whatsapp : +972 52-754-9422

2. Authentic Food tour of Jerusalem

I will be very happy to take you on an authentic food tour of the old city. 

I made this video to talk about the Hummus in Israel

( I also made other videos that you can see on this link ) 

Let’s visit the oldest Food Market called the shuk, taste and sample the different specialties like halva, humus, herbs, Israeli cheeses, olive oil and wines…

All tasty foodies from Israel are here !

Then move on to the Old City where we can taste warm humus, freshly made in front of us and for the adventurous foodies I can bring you to a tiny restaurant where we can taste grilled brains.

3. Visit The Yad Vashem

The Shoah Memorial of Jerusalem

The name of this impressive museum means “The Memorial to the Name”.

A special law was made in the 1950s in order to preserve the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered during World War II.

I will guide you through the museum of Yad Vashem and we will see the different memorials and monuments that are located in the compound.

We will learn about the The Righteous Among the Nations, the Diaspora (the Jews living in Europe before the war) and the terrible destiny of these Jews.

Yad Vashem Guided Tour Inside with Leontine Cohen
Yad Vashem Guided Tour Inside with Leontine Cohen

4. Visit Israel Museum : The “Louvre” of Israel

I will guide you through the museum of Yad Vashem and we will see the different memorials and monuments that are located in the compound.

We will learn about the The Righteous Among the Nations, the Diaspora (the Jews living in Europe before the war) and the terrible destiny of these Jews.

Thanks to my experience and education as a French National guide, I will be able to show you the impressive art collection.

I call this museum “The Louvre of Israel”.

The amazing archeological collection emphasizes on the biblical history of Israel and you will be stunned to see artifacts that we will connect directly with the Old and New testament.

The Shrine of the Book, a memorial to the oldest written biblical text in the world, will bring us to Qumran, a Jewish religious community, living in the Judean desert more than 2000 years ago.

You can visit with the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art, Friends of Zion museum, Bible Lands Museum, Tower of David Museum and many more.

5. Shabbat in Jerusalem

A Jewish tradition in Jerusalem is to invite your friends and family for the traditional Shabbat dinner on Friday evening.
If you are invited to such a dinner, make sure you go there hungry !

Each family wants to make sure you will leave the dinner table very very full.
The dinner usually begins with songs that welcome and celebrate the joy of receiving the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat.

Then the husband will sing a beautiful song where he thanks his wife for all the hard work she did during the past week.

After the blessing of the wine and bread ( unusually homemade )and when the father has blessed his children, you will be served a large variety of salads, followed by soup.
By this time you are already full, but the main dish is to come. Usually at least two different kinds of meats , with many different vegetables.

Then it is time for desert, I should say deserts……yes, several deserts are presented.
The meal will end with prayers and songs.

Jerusalem is built on many mountains, so if you are lucky, when you walk back to your home or hotel you walk downwards. But if not, it is a good opportunity to walk of all the delicious food you just had.

6. I will help you by email from Jerusalem

I am a Jerusalem Expert, I offer help with your questions and booking hotels or dinners at restaurants in my city


Whatsapp : +972 52-754-9422

If you have any question or need recommendation, feel free to contact me !

Private Guide Jerusalem Tours Leontine Cohen
Private Guide Jerusalem Tours Leontine Cohen

A little more about me …

I speak English, French , Dutch and Hebrew

” Shalom ” ” Salaam Aleikum ” “Hi”
Speaking Hebrew is a must in Israel, but Arabic and English too.
It is very important to learn a few basic words in Hebrew and Arabic, the locals will love it when you greet, thank of say yes/no to them in their local language.
But English is of great help if you get confused.
I am always happy to write down a few words that come in handy when you stroll through Jerusalem without me.
I will always provide you with a nice map and when we say goodbye to each other at the end of the day, not only will I have written on your map what places to go and visit on your own, where to have dinner, but I will also write a few important words for you in Hebrew and Arabic.

Private Guide Jerusalem - Léontine
Private Guide Jerusalem – Léontine


I was born and raised in Holland.

After high school, I studied to become a social worker and worked one year for the social services of the city of Amsterdam.

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Nederlandse gids in Israël tour guide jerusalem


I moved to Paris to study Art and History, I fell in love with the city and eventually moved to Paris.

The beauty of France, the esthetics of Paris, the amazing choice of museums, the elegant food; everything was just a joy and a treat.

The Jewish Walking Tour in Paris


The Jewish Walking Tour in Paris

with my daughter Flora Goldenberg

Flora Goldenberg Tour Guide in Paris for jewish walking tours, le marais
Flora Goldenberg Tour Guide in Paris for jewish walking tours, le marais

Guiding in Israel is completely different than France !

Here history has a meaning for the world, for Christians, Jews, Muslims but also for atheists. I find that when I am guiding tourists who have never been in Israel, it is the most rewarding job you can think of.

Suddenly they see, feel, understand their own history.

Things they learned but never understood become suddenly crystal clear for them.

Léontine Tour Guide in ParisLéontine during a Guided Tour in Paris

At the end of the day, when I say goodbye to them, I go home with a feeling of accomplishment and I am always proud to have contributed to a fulfilling day.

I enrolled in the Tour Guide school of Paris and started working in the best profession one can imagine: I became a licensed tour guide.

I have worked with great pleasure as a guide in France and have met so many people, developed so many new tours… it was an amazing period in my life.

Then, my Jewish roots pulled me back to Israel .


I am now proud to be a licensed tour guide in Israel and I learned to speak Hebrew. 

Léontine Jerusalem tours

The only job I could imagine doing in Israel was of course being a Tour Guide, so I enrolled in the Tour Guide school in Jerusalem, and… I am, ready to guide you with love and enthusiasm in this amazing country.

I want to show you the beauty of Israel, the natural landscapes, tell you the long history of the Kingdom and share my deep passion with you !

I trained my daughter Flora Goldenberg to be one of the best tour guides. 

You can check her website :

She is curating one of my famous tours in Paris : the Jewish Walking tour that I designed with her to show visitors the Jewish heritage of Paris

And sometimes, when I go back to Paris to visit her, I do the tour to help her.

Shoah Memorial in Paris with Léontine as a Tour Guide in Paris


But, Jerusalem is, by far, my favorite City !

Jerusalem has endless possibilities of visits with of course the Old City and its four quarters: Jewish, Armenian, Christian and Muslim.

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More about my walking tour in Jerusaelm

In the Old City, we can visit the Wailing Wall and the adjacent Archeological Garden where we see the history of the Second Temple Period come alive. We also visit the Roman remnants of the city, the Holy Sepulcher, the Mameluk architecture, the Hurva synagogue and walk by the Via Dolorosa and so many other sites.

Outside the Old City, we can visit the City of David with its archeology and the water tunnel of Hezekiah (yes, we will be walking through water in a 2700 year old tunnel), the incredible Israel Museum with the Dead Sea scrolls, the tomb of King Herod and many other splendors.

Here is my Video explaining the footsteps of the first crusader ! 

We can walk up the Mount of Olives and visit the churches there or end at Mount Zion where churches bear witness to the presence of events in the life of Jesus, for example his Last Supper and his imprisonment… and not to forget Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl, the Begin museum, the famous shuk and again, so many other sites.

Both the Old City and the city outside the 500 year old city walls, have endless possibilities for visiting, so I will adapt the program according to your interest, religion and previous experience within the city.


Téléphone : +972 52-754-9422

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Here is my resume as a Private guide

I am Israeli, Dutch and French  

My professional background as a private tour guide :

Free-lance licensed guide in France since 1998 until today

Sales manager for Museum Arts Forains Paris 2005-2006

Operations Manager with DMC Lafayette Travel Paris 2000- 2005

Co-operator Art gallery and restaurant Paris 1985 – 1998

Social worker with city of Amsterdam 1983-1985

Experience with FIT, Incentive Travel, Congresses, Logistics of large events

Professional Tour in France with License to guide in Versailles, the Louvre and all Parisian Museums

Designed the Jewish Walking tour in Paris :

I am still doing the tour in Paris , 2019 : The tour takes place in le Marais and is about 2000 years of all the Jewish Heritage of Paris, the French jewish life and WWII …

Now my daughter : Flora Goldenberg is trained to be the specialist of the Jewish tour in Paris

Designed the tour of the New Jewish Louvre Tour 2020 in Paris

My Education

High school Holland 1979

Academy of social work Holland 1983

Professional license for guiding in France 1989, 1993 and 2012

Professional license for guiding in Israel, 2017

I speak 5 languages

Fluent in Dutch, French, English.

I speak Hebrew.

I learned Hebrew when I moved to Israel and I loved it. It is by far my favorite language.

Sufficient German …

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I hope you got everything you need here, you can ask me question if you need more information 

My Reviews :

Jesse Ferro
Jesse Ferro
18:49 08 Feb 20
Such an informative and enjoyable tour of the old city of Jerusalem. Cannot recommend Leo highly enough. She gave us... an incredible over 3 hour tour and we learned so much while enjoying the beautiful and historic city. A tour not to be more
Charles Lindblad
Charles Lindblad
20:37 31 Dec 19
My Mom and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with Leontine touring Old Jerusalem. I can’t recommend her enough! From the... first contact to the end of our private tour Leontine exceeded our expectations. Communication prompt, information accurate, very knowledgeable and simply a joy to be around. I will definitely tour with her again A+++read more
Miguel Ribeiro
Miguel Ribeiro
11:09 30 Dec 19
We had an amazing time in the Old City of Jerusalem with Leo, she was really kind, super knowledgeable in an intriguing... way, very patient and totally professional. We are a family of 4 with 2 younger daughters and Leo had a game for them to keep them interested and listening, they still talk about all that they learned! Leo was very flexible as well as our schedule changed numerous times at the last minute and she was always very polite and responded quickly to our messages (thank you!). We highly recommend Leo for tours, she maximizes your time and you learn a wealth of knowledge! The perfect walking tour for us. Thank you so much Leo, all the best!read more
Sasha Williams
Sasha Williams
07:36 10 Dec 19
Léo is a truly terrific guide. My father and I really enjoyed our private tour of the Old City with her. She knows the... city and its history extremely well. She is calm, patient, and takes time and care to answer each question thoroughly and thoughtfully. In a very complex city, she prompts deeper thought. She is quick at navigating busy corners and locations--making everything efficient. I was familiar with Jerusalem from a study abroad experience, Léo helped bring the city to life in a new way for me.Would not hesitate to recommend Léo to anyone traveling to more
FanTheFlame CREP
FanTheFlame CREP
02:34 06 Oct 19
Rob and I had a wonderful time with Leontine. She took us off the beaten track, authentic hummus experience for lunch... in the old city, and her knowledge of the City of David and the extended city of Jerusalem left us with such a deeper understanding of Old Testament times. We enjoyed doing the tour in our time and customise to our preferences. Thanks Leontine, Shalom and God bless, Rob and Nickyread more
Flora Goldenberg
Flora Goldenberg
15:35 17 Jan 19
Very good private guide for jerusalem old city
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Téléphone : +972 52-754-9422

Adresse : HaPalmach St 44, Jerusalem, 9254267, Israel

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