about us

The World Is a Puzzle: Let’s Start Putting The Pieces Together

Puzzle Travels is a creative and innovative travel company (with a US office) that has been in operation since 2010.
We are a vibrant and mission-driven team guided by our passion for travel. Our extensive experience, combined with our lust for life, result in unique and unexpected tours – and make us like no other tour operators around. Throughout the travelers’ journey, you will:
We are detail-oriented and take care of all aspects of the journey, ensuring comfortable accommodations and transfers, delicious meals, meaningful experiences, and all the little details that the client may – or may not – think about (we always do everything in our power to accommodate all special requests).
Though we are serious, we love fun. We want all travelers to experience the REAL DEAL – to learn about both the past and modern-day (the land, cultures, languages, and customs) AND also to immerse themselves (and laugh – a lot – along the way).
We want the most enjoyable adventure for each traveler – we make it a point to get to know each individual traveler and share in their joy. We keep in touch with many of our clients long after their tour! The journey is about the traveler’s goals and expectations – and each traveler gets to choose his / her own puzzle pieces.
We work with each and every client – be it an individual family or group tour leader – to plan the perfect personalized trip.

meet the team

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Gabriel Najenson

Co-Founder

Born in Buenos Aires, raised in Jerusalem. World Traveler, Tour Leader and goes by the name of Gabo the Guide. After his 3-year military service, Gabriel left Israel to travel throughout Latin America where he discovered his passion for travel. After 14 months on the road as a ''Mochilero'', he arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula, where he settled on the Caribbean coast and lived there for 2 years until he decided to make a change and to live on an Island and explored his love for diving. After 4 years abroad, Gabo returned to Israel where he started his career as a tour guide. During that time, he was recruited to direct a Cyber-Intelligence start-up. After getting a taste of the business world, Gabriel transformed his life again and started leading and guiding private groups in Israel and South America. Since then, he developed himself as an entrepreneur in the tourism field, where he finds his purpose till this day. '' Traveling tends to MAGNIFY all Human Emotions.” Tyler Hodges

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Nir Margalith

Co-Founder

Nir grew up in Yuvalim, a village in Misgav, Israel, in the hilly region of the Lower Galilee. Since he can remember, hikes and trips in nature have always been in his soul and over the years he has traveled extensively with his family, friends, and on his own. In addition to his love for the outdoors Nir developed a passion for cooking and cuisine. After years of experience gained working alongside the best chefs in the country, the knowledge he acquired, and the recipes he perfected, Nir established his own catering company that was eventually integrated into Puzzle Israel and is now known as the Puzzle Israel Catering.

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Guy Marom

Co-Founder

Guy was born and raised in Koranit, Israel, in the Lower Galilee. The roots of his appreciation for nature and love of Israel stem from his grandparents’ history. After escaping the Holocaust, Guys ancestors settled in Israel and took to the work of building the land of Israel with their very own hands. After his three-year army service Guy spent eight months traveling across New Zealand and the Far East. His travels around the world gave him a fresh perspective on Israel and an understanding of what makes his homeland so unique – a perspective he felt he must share with others. It also allowed him to see the world in a whole new way - up close and personal - and gave him the desire seek to bring travelers throughout the world and provide them the same opportunity. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

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Aaron Weil

CEO

Like the familiar bumper sticker, Aaron claims to be “Floridian by birth, but a Pittsburgher by the Grace of G-d”! After a successful career as a Jewish professional with nearly 25 years experience working for organizations like AIPAC, JFNA and Hillel, Weil and his wife Sharon decided in 2021 that the time had come for an adventure. They decided to pursue their lifelong love of travel and bought one way tickets to Iceland and spent a year traveling to Thailand before landing in Israel two years ago to join their family here. Aaron came to Puzzle Travels in 2024 with a passion for bespoke travel, an unabating interest in international Jewish heritage experiences as well as a Hillel CEO’s penchant for creating experiences for participants and donors alike that leave lasting impressions. Afterall, as the great Rambam himself once said…"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - (Maimonides)

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Naor Shaked

COO

With a passion for adventure and a love for the great outdoors, Naor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Having spent over a decade in the tourism industry, both as a certified tour guide and in various roles within the industry, Naor has truly explored every corner of Israel and is eager to share his experiences with others. In addition to his professional pursuits, Naor is a dedicated husband and father who values family time and finding new opportunities for adventure. When he's not working or spending time with his loved ones, you can find Naor on the soccer field, delving into history, or strumming away on his guitar next to the bonfire.

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Itay Vaissman

Operations and Reservations

Itay, living in Tsur Igal, is a passionate outdoor guide from the small village of Deborah in northern Israel. With a background in a special reconnaissance unit and extensive travels, Itay used to lead canoe trips in Canada and bushcraft courses in Israel, sharing his love for the outdoors. Utilizing a wealth of 15 years' experience in youth organizations and movements, he places great emphasis on fostering experiential learning and adventure-based education within the captivating realm of natural landscapes. His backpacking trips have taken him through the diverse landscapes of the desert, Galilee, and Mediterranean Sea, showcasing the rugged beauty of Israel. Through these experiences, he believes that one can gain a deeper appreciation for the strength, perseverance, and natural beauty that define the Israeli spirit.

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Lior Fishler

GM & Head of Operations and Reservations

I was born and raised in Misgav, a small community in The Western Galilee. Growing up in a warm and loving family, I have always loved cooking and food. As a result, I moved to Tel Aviv after I finished my military service and started working in some of the best restaurants in the city. Later on, I realized the tremendous potential of Israeli tourism and the strong connection to culinary. In this way, I completed my degree in tourism and restaurant management at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From there the road to Puzzle was easy. Puzzle Israel became my second home. I am proud to say that I am working in a place that reflects me the best!