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Zaatar – Israel Travel Experiences is a young travel company specialized in out of the box tours and trips in Israel.

Why  Zaatar?

Za’atar is the name of a popular Mediterranean spice blend made of a mixture of local herbs such as oregano, thyme, basil and biblical hyssop. This color- and tasteful powder, spread on a good hummus or labane (local cheese), reminds us how rich and diverse is Israel’s cultural heritage. With Zaatar, travelers to Israel will experience Israel’s cultural, historical and ethnical diversity including all ingredients that will allow them to taste and savor this amazing and exciting country.

Our mission

Zaatar is your one-stop partner specializing in out-of-the-box visits and tours, which mission is to provide you with all the ingredients that will allow to experience and enjoy this amazing and exciting country. For us these ingredients are encounters with locals, since we believe that the human aspect makes the difference, presenting different angles of the Israeli society as well as creative itineraries including out-door and fun activities.

Our Tours

  • Our walking tours are theme-oriented providing a right mixture of historical background, personal stories and fun facts
  • We plan unforgettable day trips which include workshops, short hikes and meeting opportunities with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Our guides and specialists are carefully chosen to combine professionalism as well as their human qualities
  • Our guides deliver information that only a local guide can provide by visiting major sites as well hidden gems and providing personal insights


Catherine Saïd

“Born in France, I have been travelling and living abroad part of my life. One of my favorite activities is looking around to get to know who, what, where and why – probably influenced by my scientific engineer background (I hold a degree in agriculture and environmental science), and my interest in people. I finally gained a guiding license here in Israel, and am enjoying all my passions at a time. In Zaatar, I am devoting my energy and European sensibility to provide curious and eager travelers with the opportunity to hear and to be touched by the many stories of Israel’s reality, past and present, sometimes controversial but always exciting.”

Contact me at my mobile +972 (0)54 450 2385 or mail




Sandra Carmeli Rieger

“Born in Germany I immigrated to Israel at the age of 19. After majoring in Political Science and Communications and working in Marketing and as a Public Relation Manager for a variety of companies and organizations, I decided to make a change in my life. I felt it was time to promote the country where I live, and I raised my children. My office is now no longer the modern high rise building in Tel Aviv but  it is the of  Old city of Jerusalem, the wadis in the Negev and the lookout over the Sea of Galilee”.

Contact me at my mobile +972 (0)54 4224482 or mail


In 2011 Sandra and Catherine, both licensed tour guides joined together and established Zaatar – Israel Travel Experiences.