Danny, What a wonderful two days we had with you in the Galilee!! My 13 year old grandson now thinks he wants to be an archaeologist and my son-in-law now says he’s a “raging Zionist”
Fort worth, Texas
My wife, Beverly, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Would repeat it instantly if that were possible.
I remain very interested in your Nilometer theory.
David O. Cushman, Chair of the Department of Economics and Business
McKee Professor of Economics and Business, Westminster College, PA, USA
Visiting Professor of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dear Anne Barasso,
Sorry to take so long to reply. Overwhelmed at the moment and I’m sure that happens sometimes at BAS. I would like to give this the time it deserves but I better get this off while I can. IT WAS GREAT! Would I take the trip again? Yes and I hope to travel with Danny Herman again.
Three things made this trip special: BAS, Danny Herman, and my fellow pilgrims. BAS opened doors at many places. The welcome we got was just remarkable. Other readers of BAR were excited to see us and show us what they were doing. Danny Herman opened doors and introduced us to folks we would not otherwise met. I also learned from my fellow travelers. I am an evangelical Christian and I am so glad that I did NOT go with just my own kind. I wanted to see from different eyes.
The trip was my 65 birthday gift to my self. I hope to take another BAS trip soon, perhaps to Turkey. For my 70th, I want to walk Joshua’s route and hope to get Danny Herman to help. Keep him. He’s great.
Thanks and as we say here, may God bless y’all real good.
You did a marvelous job as our guide and we are all very appreciative of your efforts. We truly enjoyed the tour of Israel..
“Danny is the perfect guide to visit Israel!
His huge knowledge, flexibility and talent to entertain people are the best ingredients for a remarkable trip.
He is a realy demanded guide that I was happy he could take some time for me.
Danny is the best, believe me!”
I am regional finance controller for a large multinational company and visited our affiliate in Israel in December. After a full day of meetings, our finance director organized a short sightseeing tour to Jeruzalem in the evening. Danny turned out to be our guide. He took us from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in his very comfortable SUV. During that 1 hour drive he told us all about the history of Israel. It was then that I realized that Danny was not just a guide like any other guide. His knowledge was … well… beyond my imagination. And not only his knowledge about Israel, but in general about world history and politics. It turned out that Danny studied archaeology, has worked many years in that field and is an archaeology lecturer at the University of Jerusalem. In 2 hours he showed us the most important historical sites and buildings in Jerusalem and gave us a great insight into Israels complex history. Dany did not avoid challenging questions from our side. He was also very flexible and had different options in mind depending on our time availability. My Israeli colleagues and I were so impressed that we decided to have a short sightseeing our in Tel Aviv the next day before flying back home. Again this trip was amazing. Amongst others, Danny showed me the building where Israel was declared an independant state in 1948 and showed the video of the original speech. With that he gave very detailed information about the rationale to declare the State of Israel. After that we visited the old part of town, including all important historical buildings. And all that in just 2 hours. After tis trip, he brougt me straight to the airport.
If you decide to go to Israel and get to know its history and culture, I strongly recommend to take Danny as a personal guide. You will learn 10 times more than with group tours, and all of that in a very relax atmosphere. And he is also just a fun guy to hang out with. Next time I go to Israel, I will definitively call Danny again for another one of his exciting tours!
I would like to thank you for the hospitality and friendship you showed to me and my associates during our stay in Israel.
With my wishes for continued successful operation and good mutual cooperation, please receive my warmest greetings, together with an invitation to visit our company, Vojvodina and Serbia at your convenience.
Dr. Tihomir Simic
Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to make this an extraordinary experience for us.
We appreciate your in depth knowledge, your patience and concern, and youe willingeness to put 100% effort into the many details of coordinating our trip. We’ve enjoyed your company all along the way.
We wish you happiness, prosperity, and peace for your country, which was made great by dedicated individuals like yourself and your familly.
Carl and Peggy.
ps. Good luck on your film idea – - I hope you’ll find a producer and film team to make it a reality!
|In Jerusalem||At the Dead Sea +flight|
..my trip to the Holy Land will last my entire life. Your enthusiasm, knowledge and friendship will help define my experience. I really appreciated how you wove the history from the New Testament into our tours…
It was an amazing experience to walk where He walked. To see His life thru archaeology, and thru the history of Israel. You taught me so much. Please don’t think me presumptuous- I am very sincere. It was a privilege to spend time with you. My prayers and best wishes are with you, for your business, and with Israel as a nation.
Shalom, my friend!
I wanted to thank you again for the perfect tour of Jerusalem! The conference guests were extremely impressed with your knowledge and found it to be a very interesting experience. It was a great success!
Associate Professor of Finance
University of Houston
Senior Lecturer of Finance
Tel Aviv University
Take a trip to Israel
One of the most powerful connections to Judaism comes from spending time in Israel. It is the ultimate way to connect with your roots and watch history come alive. There are also a plethora of trips to choose from.
Former archaeologist Danny Herman, (dannythedigger.com) is known for his private tours, which focus on ancient Jewish heritage sites. He even personally participated in some of the excavations. Herman explained “I also conducts various ‘extreme’ activities, such as live shooting and Segway tours, but all in all aim to develop affiliations with the Jewish people and the land of Israel.”
I don’t even know where to begin, but as the jet lag and the natural high from being in Israel gradually wear off, I wanted to thank you for making our first trip to Israel such a spectacular one. It was a hit with all ages. You were the perfect guide for connecting the dots between the religious and archaeological histories that make Israel such a unique and mystical place. You really made the Bible come to life for all of us. In our hearts and minds, Israel is no longer just a distant ancestral home, a dot on a map or a subject in school. It is a living, breathing monument to a past shared by millions — and the peaceful future toward which we must all endeavor. We look forward to returning soon.
Not sure if we have already emailed you to thank you for a wonderful two days in Israel. We had a glorious, eye-opening time from Masada to the kibbutz to our full day in Jerusalem. Your knowledgeable, incisive remarks and explanations made our time with you an experience to remember.
Attached is a photo of you we thought you might like to have.
Should any of our friends, children, grandchildren ever travel to Israel, we will certainly have them contact you to guide them through their visit.
Thanks very much again for everything.
Sandy and Tom Hess
I got in touch with Danny after reading a letter he wrote in Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, and found him to be every bit as knowledgeable as I was hoping. He took me around Tal Megiddo in northern Israel and the ancient port city of Caesaria, and introduced me to a Samaritan family. His insights and expertise made the tour well worth the price tag, as well as one of the most rewarding parts of my entire trip.
Israeli Guides: Danny the Digger
I am often asked for a recommendation for an Israeli guide. The inquirer is looking for something “more” than what they will get with the luck of the draw from the travel agency. The internet makes it easier to get to know some guides before you commit to them, and I thought I might do a brief series this year on guides who are “a cut above.”
Danny Herman is best known as “Danny the Digger.” While he is a licensed tour guide, he is also a trained archaeologist, having received his MA in Archaeology from the Hebrew University. Danny knows the regular tourist sites, but he also loves to get off the trail in his four-wheel drive and visit places that buses cannot access. Danny is the featured tour guide in a new series of videos featured at the Jerusalem Post, including an introduction, the discovery of “King David’s palace,” Jerusalem’s water systems, the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem, and the discovery of the earliest biblical texts.
* for original post in Todd Bolen’s blog, see here: http://www.bibleplaces.com/newsletter/201105may.htm
Danny, I do not know how to begin to thank you. Everyone — even the tired teenager Orly — agreed that our historical archaeological tour with you today was a major highlight of our trip. You are an extraordinarily gifted teacher. I must thank Noam for sending you our way. We hope not only to tour with you in the future but also to recommend you to our friends.
Please stay in touch. If you visit Washington, DC, it would be my pleasure to host you at American University for a guest lecture; and to welcome you to our home.
Pamela S. Nadell
Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History
Professor of History and Jewish Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8042 202-885-2425
We had a fantastic day with you – thank you so much. Certainly be in touch if there are any production opportunities.
Good luck with everything.
Chief Operating Officer,
“Take a tour with Danny… You will be educated and entertained.. one of our best days in Israel”
Danny was flexible and fun. Our family included 2 adults, a teenager and two little ones… 5 and 3. Danny was highly engaging and enjoyable for the kids and adults. He was filled with facts and stories… we thoroughly enjoyed our day at Masada and the Dead Sea. Our trip to Israel was last minute during high season- Danny only had one free day but went out of his way to help us find guides for other days.
Danny the Digger: not cheap, but worth every penny – we learned so much!
A small group of us (5 adults) wanted a good driver-guide for a longish day exploring from Jerusalem, and Danny the Digger was recommended by a colleague.
Overall, we felt he did a wonderful job.
On the minus side, his strongly zionist views might not be to everyone’s taste and perhaps he should not expound them quite so forcefully to clients.
On the plus side, he was tireless: he drove and guided for 10 hours straight, adding in extra side trips for us and taking us on a mini hike that we had asked for at Ein Gedi nature reserve. He is a trained archeologist and was able to answer all our questions and more – he took us to see one or two sites that we would certainly have missed on our own – and gave us fascinating insights into their discovery and history.
By the end of the day i was full of admiration for his knowledge, his energy and his skills. if you want a driver guide for the day from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv (he lives halfway between the two), Danny is very good. We took in Masada, Kumran, Ein Gedi kibbutz and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
So we finally worked together and the feedback is outstanding..
“… I really recommend him. I notice that he actually trains other guides in his speciality. He is absolutely fluent in English… I found his references to the history of the land and its current polotics very astute and interesting. He would be an ideal candidate for others, either individuals or groups who may want a really in-depth and unforgettable experience.”
“Jerusalem Tour Guide”
When we planned our trip to Israel, we knew our time was limited and we wanted to make the most of it. Before our arrival we hired Danny Herman also known as “Danny the Digger”. He is a guide as well as an archaeologist. The moment he picked us up we knew were in excellent hands. The tour began immediately and all the sites and information was incredulous. In retrospect it was the best money spent. Danny was professional. knowledgeable, efficient and personable. We enjoyed our trip and Danny was a large part of it.
We located him on his website “Danny the Digger”
Have a wonderful time!.
Thanks to Tali & Vika who accompanied us during all the sessions. Special thanks to Efrat for arranging all the logistics. Our private guided tour to Jerusalem in the night is unforgettable. Danny was awesome in explaining the significance.
Talwade, Pune, India
Thank you so much for a fantastic and interesting 2 days seeing some of the most incredible places in Israel and in history. Today at Herodium was unbelievable. We really appreciated your knowledge and insight.
Tom and Deborah
I was determined to explore some sites only with an archaeologist. After the first tour with you I knew you were knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to take the time necessary to get “real” information. The second time reinforced my impressions. Your knowledge of archaeology, history, geography and Biblical importance is remarkable!.
Use me as a reference any time.
Shalom from Israel!
I saw your post on the yahoo group.
As an event producer I work a lot with a great tour guide, professional and a very nice person named Danny. (http://www.dannythedigger.com/ ) his knowledge and attitude is something great!
Visit his website ,use his services and believe me – you’ll love him. My previous clients called me and thanked for using him as their tour guide while they visited Israel.
I wish you a great time in Israel.
All the best,
Adi Porat Tavor -Event Producer
My family and I just went on a tiyul with Danny Herman, he is an excellent English speaking tour guide. He is professional and knowledgeable and everyone was satisfied. He is highly recommended. The following is his information, call soon he may get booked up.
Have a great trip!!
On behalf of all our group, Meitar Tours, I would like to thank you for the wonderful tour on Saturday 21.11.09 to Masada.
Your knowledge of our past history and your expertise in archeology helped us better understand one of the most inspiring and exciting, though tragic events, of Jewish heroism and history during the Roman occupation of the Holy Land.
Your guidance, patience and easy going manner made this tour a wonderful experience.
I hope that next year we can plan together another tour that will cover another era of the rich history of the Holy Land, specifically dealing with the Crusaders conquest of this most controversial piece of property and established the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
I would like to thank you for the excellent presentation last night on the History of Modi’in. I have been to several presentations about Modi’in, but learned more from you presentation than all the others put together.
Please add me to your newsletter list – if it is in English.
Don aka Dov aka Donald
Danny I just wanted to thank you for a great time we had with you. I already recommended you to everyone I know. I hope you get some business out of it. Next time you are in NYC let us know. I will guide you through the City nightlife if you want
I had truly a great time; thanks to you… The day with you actually inspired me so much and it was definitely one of the best trips I had ever!
I promise you I will be going back, for sure…
Vice President Public Relations Corporate Office Galaxy Entertainment Group
Thank you again for the fantastic day! You were excellent and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Can’t wait to try the hummus place!!!
We will speak to our friends and pass along your contact information.
Please let us know if your travels bring you to NY and we would be delighted to take you out in the US.
Citi Private Bank
20 April 2009
Subject: Danny Herman Archaeological Tours
To Whom It May Concern:
During a recent springtime visit to Israel, my traveling companions and I had the great fortune to discover “Danny the Digger’s” website and take full advantage of a few of his fantastic archaeological tours.
On our first adventure, we enjoyed a full day trip through the Judean desert, up along the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, with stops in Tiberias and Tzfat (Safed). Danny is extremely knowledgeable about archaeology, biblical history (new and old Testament), socio-demographic issues and political affairs. He provided fascinating commentary and information throughout the trip. My interests were equally focused on Israeli plants and animals and Danny was very cooperative about stopping so I could photograph plants or birds along the way. Although he said he didn’t know much about the local floral and faunal species, he often did.
Our second trip with Danny was a half day tour of the City of David and a few locations within Jerusalem (including the Mount of Olives). My friend and I had a marvelous time with Danny that day. The highlight of our trip was walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Again, Danny showed us many wonderful things, was extremely accommodating and provided high quality commentary and information about the archaeological sites and Jerusalem as a whole.
Danny’s obvious love for Israel shines through his every word. Beyond the historical / archaeological / holy sites, Danny was more than willing to show us areas off the beaten path. He also introduced us to two fabulous restaurants, one outside of Tiberias and another in Jerusalem near Ben Yehuda Street. If we saw something of interest, Danny was always willing to take the time for a detour. We never felt rushed and were able to enjoy these very special places at our own pace.
I would highly recommend tours with Danny to all Holy Land visitors regardless of your area of interest. He greatly enriched our Israeli experience and was worth every sheckel!
San Diego, California
March 8, 2009
12 Adar, 5769
To Whom it may concern:
I am pleased to furnish this testimonial to Danny Herman’s abilities as a moreh derekh. In July, 2006, at the height of the Hizbollah missile campaign, Danny served as a private tour guide for a carload of my friends and family. From our base in Jerusalem, we went as far North as safety permitted, and Danny was able to suggest alternate routes, and to improvise parallel itineraries on short notice, so that we could take in a range of historical and contemporary-interest sites, as well as the archaeological and biblical points of interest.
Ultimately, our day included outdoor touring, Carmel, lunch with local Druze citizens, Megiddo, the Jezreel Valley, kibbutz beit alpha, the Jordan valley, and home, in one very full day of travel and learning. Danny filled the day with informative presentations, delivered in a genial manner that worked for all the members of our group, even though we were disparate in our own touring tastes. Danny was sensitive to the physical endurance limitations that some of our members needed to respect, while still giving the group as a whole a satisfyingly full day of touring and education.
I recommend his services wholeheartedly for the synagogue group I will be leading this coming October/November. While his certification is currently specific to archaeology, my experience is that he will be fully able to handle the range of explanations that our group will need, in order to have a meaningful tour.
Rabbi Michael Panitz
Temple Israel of Norfolk, Va.
I went to the Temple Mount dig/sift site today with Danny Herman (www.dannythedigger.com) and I want to recommend him as a tour guide. His knowledge of the archeology and history was spot on, his English is fluent,
and he’s just an all-around nice guy. If you’re looking for someone to guide you through the various sites locally or nation-wide, call him!
Dena Page, M.Ed., CBA
Certified Behaviour Analyst
054 812 5973
Certified Irlen Screener
Certified Auditory Integration Therapy (DAA) Practitioner
Let me say to you and you may use this as a sincere testimonial: You Danny the Digger are an outstanding guide, educator, archeologist and political pundit providing exciting and most intelligent information to the visitor on events of the past, their impact on the Jewish world and our concerns with the future. I have been to Israel 100+ times but notwithstanding, one always learns particularly from people like you.
Tom Hecht, Canada
Former chairman of the Combined Jewish Appeal (CJA)
and Former president of the United Israel appeal of Canada (UIA Federations Canada).
“My wife, Susan, and I had three wonderful days with Danny as our guide. This was our fourth trip to Israel within the past ten years. Seeing places like Tel Hazor and Tel Dan with an expert on archaeology explaining how we know what we know about these times long ago was a special treat”
We just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful trip to Petra and through the Negev. We had a great time and really learned a lot. It sounds like we just missed some nasty flash floods in the area!
We will definitely recommend your services to anyone we know who will be visiting Israel.
Rob Forstot and Tammy Martin
I hope I will have the opportunity to see you at our graduation. If not, I would like to say, that it was a great pleasure, for me and Igor, to have you as a guide for this year. We are very grateful to you, for all the trips, funny days, for your smile and jokes, and making the trips not only informative, but also enjoyable! I hope to see you again sometime in the future. I wish you all the best! Igor is joining me in the wishes
International MPH Program
Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine
P.O. Box 12272
Jerusalem, 91120, Israel.
Rymland 2 ap.6 ,Hadassah Ein Kerem
To: Danny Herman
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 8:21 PM
I’d been looking forward to this trip for years; it wouldn’t have been nearly the highlight it was w/o you, your knowledge, insight and friendship. I can’t thank you enough for that..
Thank you so much for the tour yesterday. Was simply superb!
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I want to thank you for a wonderfully enjoyable and intellectually rich tour through ancient Jerusalem on Saturday. It was truly one of the best tours I’ve experienced (and I’ve traveled all over the world). Your archeological and academic background and knowledge, cultural perspective and ability to weave history, personalities, fact and symbolism together into wonderful stories made it all come alive in a magical way.
I look forward to visiting Israel again in the coming year and having you introduce me to other parts of your wonderful country. I will certainly recommend you to colleagues and friends.
Managing Director, Media & Entertainment
From: Henry Sherman
To: Danny Herman
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 10:10 PM Subject: Re: from Danny Herman
Dear Danny: Sorry to be so late in getting back to you.. Both Valerie and I were very happy to have become acquainted with you, however briefly, during our visit to Israel. You were a very thoughtful, informative and engaging guide and I would like to think that our time together was just the first step in what may become a friendship…
[from Henry and Valerie Sherman, FL. USA.]