Mother and Daughter


Mail sent to the travel agency Mabat Platinum:

Good morning Esther....

I wanted to take a moment and thank you and David Bellin for a wonderful trip.  We worked with you thru our NYC travel agent Anita Brown. 
From the moment we landed in Tel Aviv, ( 11/1/17) Mabat took over.  Your expeditors upon our arrival and departures were terrific.  They were extremely efficient and clearly knew the ropes.During both arrival and departure, there were easily more then 700 people going through security in each direction.  My mother and I were beyond thrilled that we did not have be part of the "other" process!!   Our trip was further enhanced by our tour guide Oren Solell.  Oren  was outstanding.  Mabat could not have selected a better guide for us.   Oren is incredibly knowledgable and an absolutely lovely person.  He easily establishes rapport with his clients and quickly figures out "his audience".  He then adjusts his vast knowledge to his audience.  We so enjoyed being with him as we traveled thru Israel.  He brought so much to our trip.   I also want to thank you personally.  Throughout the trip, i always felt that if there were any problems at all,  i could easily reach out to you for answers.  You were very available and very "on top" of our itinerary as we moved through Israel.  On the whole, our trip was outstanding and i believe it was because of Mabat!
We will be back to Israel and will only work with Mabat.  My sister and her family will be coming in the next year and will surely work with Mabat.   Please feel free to refer others to me if you need any recommendations.
Thank you again for everything
Louise Levy


November 2017, Louise Levy, NY, USA




The Fisher man & woman


Dear Oren,

We really enjoyed being with you! You are great at what you do!

Yo gave us a terrific education on places & things we never knew before.

We are serious about opening our homes to you and your  family  any time!!

We are family now!


November 2017, Cathy & Stepehn Kuper, Huston TX, USA





Mother and Daughter


Hi Oren,

Thanks so much for your kind note and for a fantastic week. We had a wonderful time and my mother really enjoyed herself. You helped to make this a very special trip for us. I will send you and email when I am home to get connected to your newsletter. 

All the Best and thanks again!!


November 2017, Rachel & Mimi Pollock, UK



Wild week



Thank you for making our trip to Israel a truly incredible experience and so "Special".

You are the best (They added 2 hearts, but I couldn't find a way to put it in... just use your imagination...).


October 2017, Dawn & Barry Lesitner, NY, USA





The trip of a lifetime!


We recently got back from a 2 week vacation to Tel Aviv, Jerusaelm and various sites in the north.

We can't say enough about working with Oren. Our agenda was so well planned (and it even included a few surprises along the way).

Oren picked us up every morning at our hotels, was attentive to every single detail and went over and beyond each and every day. (Including a full tour to every Super Pharm in Israel so we can care for our daughter's bee sting).

Oren's knowledge about all of the sites was perfect. He was able to read our minds and knew when it was time to move on or if we needed to spend additional time at any one location.

We miss him dearly and look forward to our next visit to Israel. Next time, Oren, let's just make it a food and wine tour!!! (this guy knows all the right places to eat!)


August 2017, Bari Cohen and John Malandruccolo, USA




Maccabia Games


Oren -

Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was a pleasure riding with you and getting to know you over the past couple of weeks. Your kindness, knowledge, insight and witt were greatly appreciated and truly made our visit all the more pleasurable and meaningful.

We wish  you and your family well


Pam & Bob


August 2017, Pam and Bob Schumer, USA




Crazy Hot Day

Firstly may I say that over the years and on many travels -  we have had numerous guides. 
OREN was perhaps the finest we ever met .  He was friendly articulate FUNNY
Thoughtful and perfect in every way.
Thank you for that.


July 2017, Michael Arnold Vitelli, USA




Father and Daughter


The Father:

Thank you for an excellent tour on Tuesday.
We were very pleased that the Hotel recommended you.
We wish you good luck and  we will send Clients to you if we can.
yours sincerely, and many thanks from
Robin Harries

The Daughter:

Bethlehem and the Dead Sea all in one day. His car was very clean and comfy. Oren accommodated my needs and questions, as well as my 80 year old father's. He knew the answers to everything and tailored the day to our requirements perfectly.


June 2017, Robin Harries, Oxford UK




2 great weeks


We recently came back from 2 weeks in Israel and had a fantastic time. We were fortunate to have Oren as our guide and often commented that we couldn't imagine going to Israel without a guide, particularly Oren.

Oren has a bountiful amount of knowledge about the history of Israel, the archeology of Israel, where to eat (fun places that were easy and delicious), how to get around ( I would never recommend driving in Israel without help) and where and when to go to museums, important destinations, and fun facts about everything from food, to politics, to entertainment.
We would recommend Oren to anyone going to Israel and we intend to go back and once again hit the road with Oren to all new places perhaps bringing along other family members. Thanks Oren for a great trip!


May 2017, Amy Marcus, USA




The Ozzie bunch



Thanks for your messages and thanks for everything, especially your knowledge and sense of humour!
Jackie, Chad & Cassie


Hi Oren

We're home - VAT & VIP all went well& all the flights!
Thank u again for showing us the best taste of beautiful Israel!


May 2017, Jackie Bobrow, Australia

Art & Mike


We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Oren whilst on our trip to Israel.  Oren took us to Jerusalem for a day tour and he exceeded our expectations! He was very thoughtful in planning his route and offered plenty of historical facts that helped carve out lasting impressions about Jerusalem and Israel.  We particularly loved Jerusalem's underground tunnel tour that he helped organize and the special trip to try local humus from one of the market vendors.  He even took many photos of us to help preserve the memory of our visit.  Highly recommend. Thank you, Oren! Toda Raba!


Art and Mike.


August 2016, Art & Mike, USA


3 generations (Second timers)


Dear Oren:

We have been home a little over a week, and Israel feels like a dream- it seems so long ago already.

Thank you again for an extraordinary voyage- it was a trip of a lifetime and I will forever cherish my time with Lara and my Mom, enhanced of course, with YOU, as our wonderful guide.

Our last day, Saturday was terrific. It began with a visit to the King David Hotel (where we did our last formal bathroom inspection- we gave it a B+- Mamilla was nicer…) and then we took a walk to the Arab Market where, we took our time shopping and exploring.  We had a marvelous dinner at Chakra.

Thank you again and thanks for your kind offer about bringing us something from Israel when you visit here in the Fall.

We will certainly keep that in mind.

Please let me know when you plan to be in NYC- perhaps we can meet up!

All the best to you and your family.  Thank you again.


July 2016, Barbara Innamorati, USA


3 generations and a Bar Mitzva


In case we havent told you, we feel we were very lucky to have had the pleasure of you  to teach us and to let  us  experience  the beautiful  country of Isreal.  

Without you the experience  would have been very different.  

Your abilty to adapt judge and react is very unique and people need to be made aware of what value you can add to their  trip and what you have done for our trip  and our memories.  

No doubt we will stay in touch: Terry  in a few months, me in a few more months and Amy as well.

Thank you very much we will write you a testimonial  for your  website  and will advertise  you in the cookbook as discussed.  

Let me know if you  need anything  specific you would like us to write,

Keep well and kind Regards


December 2015 throguh January 2016, Russel & Terry Diamond (and the whole gang) Sydney, Australia


October 2015 (NOT) Risky Business


Mail sent to Mabat Platinum Tour Operator and was later sent to me:


Hi David,

I just wanted to give you some feedback on our recent trip to Israel through your company, Mabat.

My cousin and I went on this trip to Israel – – it was our first. Between us we traveled the entire world --Africa, Asia ,the South Pole, South America, Europe – – you name it and we've been there. But this trip ranks as one of our favorite ever.

When we landed in Israel, all of the trouble began between the Palestinians and the Israelis. To be honest, as you know, we were a little bit worried. As it turns out I could not have felt more comfortable and more safe in this country.

First, Isreal itself clearly takes care of its people and the contrast between the United States, where there's plenty of trouble, and Israel is incredible. But I think the real success of a trip came from our guide, OREN.

Just to start with safety and security, Oren is constantly on the phone or his Internet following up with all the news of the day and making sure that he made adjustments in our itinerary as necessary. He talked us about what was happening, where it was happening, and explained what the country was doing in response. We were right in Jerusalem during all the trouble and we saw everything without boring from one second about our personal safety. If you just read about this in the news you get a completely false representation of what's really happening. In actuality, I'm positive that there's less trouble going on here then there is in our hometowns --Chicago and Baltimore.

Of course, our trip was not just about the trouble. Oren made sure we had the most remarkable trip imaginable. He showed up at night when he wanted to take us someplace that wasn't on the itinerary, he transported my cousin's nephew ( who lives in Israel) when he needed a ride--he stayed with us if he thought we needed a local escort after hours… just gave it 100% every day all day. We got an incredible historical and actual perspective of the country. It was a perfectly planned trip and I would not have changed a thing.

I waited 62 years to get here, and I can't even contemplate that I almost changed ( and missed) this trip of a lifetime because of my perception of the trouble in this country. While the situation is horrible and upsetting as a human being, it was a non-issue as far as our security and in fact was very helpful in understanding the political dynamics that Israel faces.

If any of your future clients want to email me with questions I hope that you will refer them to my attention. Also, I hope that you will assign Oren to anyone coming if he's available because I can guarantee they'll have the best trip.

Thanks again, 


October 2015, Karen Williamson and Lori Zazove Israel, USA


September 2015 Rocks around the clock

Hey Oren,  


What can I say?  You hit the high mark all day, everyday on our journey through Israel!!!  


For 5  FULL days you brought us to Israel and Israel to us.  Your knowledge, skill, humor, patience, and sense of adventure are exceptional.


Not only did we get to visit the places that we had always wanted to see in your country (for me it was archaeology; rocks and more rocks,lol) but once you got to know us better-our likes and dislikes, you fashioned our tour with some wonderful surprises, that as you had thought, turned out to be a couple of the highlights of our trip.


We will always happily remember this trip and will enthusiastically recommend you as the "go to" guy in the beautiful country of Israel.  


As it is said, 'travel is the best education.'  You made it an adventure.  


Thank you so much.  


Warm regards to your family.  

Be well.  Eric and Bruce 


September 2015, Eric and Bruce, Palm Springs, CA, USA


August 2015 - 3 short (great) days

Hi Oren!


I hope all is well with you and your family.  I wanted to thank you for being a wonderful, entertaining and patient guide.  I know my crew was tough, but I want you to know that I left them on the rooftop pool at the Ritz for the last 3 days of our trip and wondered around the streets of Tel Aviv on my own.  I took your advice and went to Sarona which was so beautiful..the market place is amazing and the shops were fun.


I then ended up at some huge circle with shops all around and met wonderful people and shopped and walked until even I was ready to drop!  I also went into the old city on my own and on my way back I saw the all white German settlement you told us about.


I told my travel agent to send people to the Bullet factory and Ilana Goor Museum.  Those were awesome.


Again, a heartfelt thank you from all of us.  We were lucky to have you as our guide.  Stay well and, by the way, it is in the 70's here , sorry to rub it in!!


All the best,




August 2015, The Garson family, USA


July 2015 - 1 Grandma and 2 happy grandsons

Hi Oren

Just a few lines to tell you how much we appreciate the 3days we have with you.

I had tours with other guides and yours was the best so far. I know it's not easy to cater to  children and grown up. You have managed to show us places that my grandkids and I enjoy.

Even though we had long drives and long days, you kept your cool. Always kind and professional.

I am planning to come again next year,this time with some friends. Will love it will you will be available .

Will let you know when I have the date.

You can give my name as a reference. 


July 2015, Mimi and the youngones... USA


June 2015 - Jewel of the Yarkon

Hi Oren,

We had the good fortune of having Oren Sollel as our guide for our recent trip to Israel in June. During our travels to Israel, Oren drove us as far North as the Golan Heights and Misgave Am Kibbutz and as far South as Eliat. In summary, we traveled the entire country with Oren, who was a wonderful guide and driver. Oren made Israel come alive for us. His knowledge, combined with his engaging and witty manner made for a great first time Israel experience for us. Oren was extremely helpful, and kept us on schedule, highlighting the important sites. We covered a lot, but we always found the pace to be just about perfect. We found Oren to be professional and flexible- he was always on time (in some cases early), with excellent driving skills. We hope to return to Israel in the near future and will hire Oren again. We highly recommend him!

Barbara and Joe Innamorati

Westport, CT USA 

June 2015, Barbara and Joe Innamorati Westport, USA 


Jewel of the Yarkon - because this is what Barbara does:



June 2015 - Slow paste, lots of fun

Boston Glantz

Dearest Oren,

What can I say, you were simply great. On time, incredibly knowledgable and such a pleasure to be with. Thank you. We are sorting through your wonderful and thoughtful collection of photos now with my daughter, Bobbi and we will put an album together. Please feel free to use me anytime as a referral. Hope the kitty and everyone is well.

Wishing you all things wonderful,

Sheila Boston and Jerry Glantz


June 2015, Sheila Boston and Jerry Glantz, USA


December 2014 - 2 men & 6 women


 golden stern

Mail sent to Mabat Platinum Tour Operator and was later sent to me:


Hi David,

Happy new year to you as well! I have been meaning to send a note to you - it's been quite hectic since our return.


Our trip was wonderful. We loved the experience and Mabat coordinated a fabulous itinerary for us.  Oren was great. He made the trip engaging for our kids while keeping the adults interested and connected. He was very knowledgeable and educated all of us in history, geography as well as current events. We asked hundreds of questions and kept Oren on his toes at all times! He was more then accommodating with any changes or additions we wanted to include - in fact adding a few "surprises" he thought we would enjoy as well. 


Thank you to Dalia as well for our dinner reservations. We enjoyed many of the restaurants and appreciate her help.


We will definitely share Mabat with friends that will be traveling to Israel in the future. We have wonderful memories of our 10 days in Israel and look forward to our next visit in the future. My girls have already asked when they will be able to go back to experience and see more of Israel.


Thank you again for everything.


Warmest regards,


Robin Golden 


December 2014, The Golden & Stern USA

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