At Esperanso, we believe that tourism can have both an exceptionally positive and potentially negative impact on local communities and as a result, we are committed to our responsible travel guidelines and ensure that together we can make a positive difference in Israel through our tours. As the only Socially Responsible tourism company in Israel, we are offering a new way of experiencing this country. We know it is possible to create the most enjoyable trip while empowering and supporting local communities and organizations. We offer our customers a way to become a vehicle of social activism and change in Israel through their tour.
Make a difference with us- Socially Responsible Tourism in Israel
When you travel with us you can be sure that because of your trip in Israel, you made a real difference in the lives of many. On every tour we offer, we connect you to our local partners and organizations and are offering you activities and visits that are supporting them both financially and socially.
Some Examples Of Our Unique Activities
Instead of visiting a regular winery, we will offer you an award-winning winery that employs people with special needs. We will take you to a lookout that is in the memory of a fallen soldier and so on. Your regular trip will become more meaningful.
Our Donations And Support In The Local Industry
Our donation at the end of your trip will give you the chance to witness the change we make through your trip. We believe this model of tourism is the future of all the tourism industry in Israel and globally. We provide direct benefits to the organizations and communities our travelers visit, so we can assist in improving the living conditions in these locations. We work with local suppliers, employ local guides, sourcing food from locally-owned stores and eating and drinking in local bars and restaurants. In doing so, we are not only investing in local communities but also offering our travelers a genuine insight into Israel and its people.
Esperanso aims to limit our impact on the environment as much as possible. We try to reduce waste and pollution and recycle, repair and reuse what we can, both on tour and at our administrative office. We follow the rules and regulations of the National Parks in Israel and will always give you the best advice on best practices while there.
Local operators and suppliers
As native Israelis we work closely and intimately with our suppliers. We treat them fairly and are relaying on the personal connection and relationship we have with them after years of experience in the business of tourism in Israel. Esperanso is committed to supporting local businesses which will help them prosper and will develop their products and services.
Local food and restaurants
We will help our clients to experience local and authentic food and restaurants by encouraging them to try out our suggestions. We are also encouraging our clients to try and explore on their own and are asking that they will be aware of what they purchase and who they are purchasing from- our guides will be there to assist with any question or concern.
All our guides are handpicked by us and are certified by the Israeli ministry of Tourism.
Our commitment to you
To be transparent, honest and reliable always! We commit to the highest level of professionalism and care before your tour, during and after. We will do whatever is in our hands to give you the best experience possible.
Before leaving for your trip, you should be aware of the local culture and the traditions which are followed in Israel. Please do spend some time and search for the unique cultural norms that are prevalent of this region and know that you can always ask us and use us as your base for knowledge. This will serve as a great insight and can even help you in avoiding unwanted offense and embarrassment. We encourage you to learn few commonly used words and phrases in Hebrew and Arabic so that you can communicate easily with the localities, thereby availing a better experience. We will provide you with a short guide for the commonly used words.
During Your Trip
Do not just randomly give away money to beggars or gifts to people with whom you have just been acquainted with. Instead, trust us and our model of supporting local communities and people in need. If you feel like giving above what we already give, please advise us. Respect and care for the surroundings as much as you can. Try to recycle anything that can be re-used so that the environment remains clean, unpolluted and healthy. Please respect and care for the environment and your surroundings. Make an effort to recycle anything that can be re-used. For example, bring your own water bottle and be sure to fill it whenever you can with the advice of our guides. Avoid picking flowers, littering the place or cluttering it unnecessarily.
Guidelines for visiting historic sites
Israel is full of historic sites. We ask you to respect signage, take only photographs and leave no litter or graffiti behind. Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs of the location.