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Meet Dr. Yohannes

Welcome to Washington, DC Legend Tours! We are committed to providing top-quality sightseeing tours of Washington, DC, with guides who are passionate about the history of the Nation's Capitol. We provide sightseeing, specialized, private, and school tours. Our private tours can be provided in English, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, Amharic, and Spanish. 

 

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  • Mike Gottesman (Wednesday, July 09 14 03:00 am EDT)

Good morning Yohannes:

Hopefully you remember me. My family, along with our exchange student from Austria, took your nighttime Washington DC tour back in April of this year. You and I discovered our common interest in archaeology and you told me about your involvement in some of the major archaeological digs.

First, I want to apologize for not getting back to you for such a long time. Unfortunately, there were a series of illnesses in our family shortly after our trip to Washington and things are just now getting back to normal. I do want to thank you for what was a truly wonderful experience. Your insight and historical knowledge and perspective went above and beyond our greatest expectations. The tour was quite an educational experience. We have told many of our friends that if they want to take a tour of Washington, you are the only person they should contact. Just so you know, we have another exchange student coming to live with us this year and when we visit Washington DC with her, we will definitely be contacting you to schedule another tour.

I hope you will recall that you had its mentioned to me that you run tours of archaeological sites because I had expressed an interest. You were going to send me some photographs or contact me the next time you were up here in the New York City area. Please do so as I would most definitely like to pursue the possibility.

Thank you once again for a most informative and enjoyable evening.

Very truly yours,

Mike Gottesman

Thank you Dr. Zeleke for the amazing night tour of DC. The knowledge and warmth you bring as a tour guide are unparalleled in our experience. This tour was something our family will never forget, and was the highlight of our DC trip. Our groupon number was 2405-BN-185993, and we cannot recommend this tour enough.

-John, Julie, Colin, Jack & Charlie Connor

 

 

Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful Night tour. My family, wife and daughter all enjoyed every aspect of tour. Your tour and info was conveyed that kept all of our attention while keeping the 10yr old thoroughly interested in Washington Dc, and all it has to offer. Would recommend your tour to young or old, novice or advanced visitor to DC....thank you. Perfect getting to know DC for my child's 1st Visit!!!

 

 

  • Timothy (Thursday, January 09 14 04:01 pm EST)

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Yohannes and the tour. If you want not only to see the monuments but to know what you are looking at, then Dr. Zeleke is who you want. Very knowledgeable and informative. Gives you plenty of time to walk around and ask questions at the sites and never reads from a script. If you go to D.C., a tour with Dr. Zeleke is a must. Thanks for the great experience!

  • Martha and Ken (Sunday, January 05 14 06:14 pm EST)

What a wonderful adventure with Yohannes, he is the best informed tour guide that we have ever had. His knowledge of the area and the history is amazing. He kept us entertained with some comical asides as well. His educational background and personal inputs makes the tour more informative and creative. I will tell everyone that I know who is visiting in the area to be sure to include a tour with Dr. Zeleke. His tour was the highlight of our trip and an important lesson in history told through the eyes of a gentleman guide. Excellent adventure. Thank you Yohannes.

  • Steve (Thursday, December 05 13 11:40 pm EST)

This guy rocks! Do you want to learn some stuff? This guy will teach you! He was a history professor for crying out loud! He wants you to be engaged and ask questions. He's funny, knowledgable, and aware of all the landmarks around DC. He not the average tour guide that repeats the same stuff over and over. Ask him about what he thought when Lincoln did that thing on that day and I bet he gives your better answer than a guy driving a run of the mill trolley anyday!

  • Lisa and Steve Welch (Thursday, December 05 13 09:58 pm EST)

 

  • Barbara Waiters (Tuesday, November 26 13 09:47 am EST)

I want to thank you so very much for the tour on 11/09/2013. It was the very best tour that I had, and I travel all over the world. The many places you took us to, I had seen them before, but you told us thing which other guides did not tell us. Your knowledge of D C was awesome You also took us to places that were not on other tours. We really did enjoy the tour and wanted to let you know WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD. Again thank you so very much.

 

 

  • Mark McClain (Tuesday, September 03 13 10:10 am EDT)

Yohannes,

The evening trip we took with you on 8/31 rates AAA+. We've taken many private tours - in Hawaii, Chicago, New York, Boston. Your tour ranks at the top.

We visited DC to learn a bit more about our country's history, and to visit the places where that history was made. You went above and beyond our expectations. The knowledge you passed on to us was priceless.

We learned more in the 3-1/2 hours we spent with you than we did during the rest of our 72 hour trip over Labor Day weekend.

It was a very pleasurable evening - from the time we were picked up in our hotel lobby, until we were returned to the hotel later in the evening.

Thank you so much.

Donna, Mark & Family

  • Mitch (Sunday, July 28 13 11:01 pm EDT)

Awesome tour!! Learned so much! Yohannes was great

  • LORI DUGAY-FRISBIE (Wednesday, July 24 13 08:19 pm EDT)

LET ME SAY THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST INFORMED TOURS I WAS EVER ON!GREAT TOUR GUY YOHANNES SO INFORMATIVE,TAUGHT OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS ALOT,AND KEEP THEM SO INTERESTED IN THE CITY OF DC,THANK YOU SO MUCH,LORI

  • Michael (Saturday, July 20 13 08:06 pm EDT)

WOW!!!! That's all that needs to be said to describe this tour and our wonderfully pleasant and most excellent tour guide, Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. The knowledge he has of this country's history, both publicly recognized and discretely concealed, is nothing less than astounding! The time (and money) spent falls into the "one of my best investment ever" category! I was VERY impressed with the fact that Dr. Zeleke believes in the goodness of people so much to the point of not requiring any deposits for his tours. That being said, you do NOT want to miss out on a scheduled tour with him! I have already planned to schedule more tours with him for other out of town guests and some in town friends that have never experienced the depth of culture and history available about our nation and her capitol. Well done Dr. Zeleke and I look forward to experiencing your historical tome! If it is anything like your tour, it will be nothing less than epic! Again, thank you, from our group to you, from the bottom of our hearts and souls.

 

 

  • Jennifer Parris-Jaime (Tuesday, July 16 13 09:13 am EDT)

My family took a trip to DC this past weekend and had the pleasure of having Yohannes give us a tour of the area. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The vehicle was clean,spacious and comfortable. Yohannes showed great passion in teaching and strived to make the tour educational and enjoyable. Thank you!

  • Rob Dinkel (Wednesday, June 19 13 08:22 am EDT)

We wanted to take a moment to write a review for the two outstanding tours and service we received. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tours great fun, while being educational. My family and I took the DC by Night tour, which showed all of the great DC monuments lit up at night. We also took an equally fantastic day tour to see all of the sites DC has to offer. Johannes and his team took great care of us. It was fantastic to see all of the sites, while hearing the history, and not having to worry about anything but taking it all in. We would not hesitate to book more tours with Jerusalem DC Tour Company! It was an excellent experience and one my family and I will cherish for many years to come.

  • Norman Hatter (Saturday, June 01 13 02:10 pm EDT)

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Washington DC with Yohannes as our guide. Although there were only two couples in the van, the others having canceled at the last minute, Yohannes gave a deeply knowledgeable explanation of the many landmarks. He indeed was a "gentleman and scholar." I would definitely recommend him to others.

Hello Yohannes,

Thank you so very much for taking us on the night tour of the DC monuments. We feel very fortunate that we luckily had you as our guide. Your knowledge, professionalism and personality made this the highlight of our trip. We will highly recommend you to all our friends and look forward to seeing you next year.

Best wishes,
Mary, Ryan and Connor McCall

  • Rob, Maureen and Sean (Sunday, May 12 13 03:32 pm EDT)

What a great tour! My family just completed the half-day tour of DC and had a wonderful time with Yohannes. He is extremely knowledgeable, engaging and considerate. He encourages questions and shares little known facts. This tour is perfect both for folks who live in the area and want to learn more about D.C., as well as visitors to the area. We plan to take the tour again when we have out-of-town guests. Thank you Yohannes for our memorable tour.

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  • Rice N.Ireland (Sunday, May 05 13 12:19 pm EDT)

The night tour was both interesting and extremely informative. The guide (Yohannes) had a tremendous grasp of Washington DC and it's history. It was a revelation to the family and enhanced our enjoyment of Washington DC as a city, even for our Grandchildren. Yohannes picked us up at our hotel and gave us a private tour for our family of 11 people.

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  • Anna Baca (Friday, April 26 13 03:59 pm EDT)

Hello Yohannes!

My husband and I would like to say a great big thank you! The tour was entertaining and informative at the same time. I would highly recommend (and in fact I have) to anyone interested in the evening tour. Thank you again for providing such a wonderful experience!

  • Al Mamaril (Wednesday, April 17 13 11:23 pm EDT)

I had a wonderful night tour with Dr. Zeleke on April 8, 2013. The tour was very informative and educational; he was a walking encyclopedia of American History which included many interesting and fun facts about the various monuments and locations we stopped at, or drove by. Great tour! Thank you!

  • Karen Neubauer (Saturday, April 13 13 11:57 am EDT)

Great tour. Knowledgeable and flexible guide. Amazing history and architecture narrative. Easy to arrange pick up and drop off. Got us on tour the next day.

  • Priya B Bajaj (Friday, April 12 13 05:41 pm EDT)

I had a wonderful trip to Washington DC along with my husband and grand daughter Anisha during March 2013. Yohannes was excellent in his services and we look forward to another trip in the near future. I would recommend Yohannes as the best as a tour guide.

  • Amanda Dockum (Monday, April 08 13 01:48 pm EDT)

a group of 10 from our company went to DC for the weekend, and I booked Yohannes for our tour. It was our first visit to the city, and we could not have had a better tour guide. He was informative, funny, and it was all around a great experience. The details he knew about the city and our history was astounding. He worked with our schedule and customized our experience according to our interests. I HIGHLY recommend his tours to anyone who wants to learn while touring the sights of DC and Georgetown. For me, taking this tour should be considered a worthy attraction when visiting DC.

  • Christy Keyes (Friday, March 29 13 02:13 pm EDT)

I was lucky enough to be a participant on a tour of Washington DC guided by Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. First, he went out of his way to arrange our small group pick up at different hotel locales. Second, from the moment we were in the vehicle he provided commentary, history, humor and gentle guidance to our group. The size of the group was intimate, making it seem so much more personal and offered us the ability to ask questions, take pictures, walk around at locations of our choosing and have probably the best experience of our tourist portion of our trip. I cannot recommend this tour enough! Fabulous from start to finish!

  • Kelly Baran (Sunday, March 10 13 06:11 pm EDT)

Great tour :)

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  • Diane Kelly-Abrams (Thursday, February 21 13 12:51 pm EST)

Johannes, long time no see. Glad to see you are well.
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  • Calvin Martin (Saturday, December 29 12 03:43 pm EST)

We took the DC by Night Tour with Dr. Yohannes Zeleke as our guide. It was an absolutely phenomenal experience. Dr. Zeleke provided such in depth knowledge of each location that we felt we were experiencing the history as it occurred. Highly recommend the experience and Dr. Zeleke.

  • Joan Lee (Friday, December 07 12 10:33 pm EST)

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour today. The most informative and interesting tour I have ever been on. Yohannes was extremely knowledgeable and informed us about the people rather than just seeing the sites. Without question, the best tour I have ever been on.

  • Judy Emmett (Friday, December 07 12 10:27 pm EST)

Yohannes and the Jerusalem Tour company is hands down the best tour I have ever been on. I have been on several tours both inside and outside of the US and I have never been so impressed! Yohannes knowledge is better than anything I have ever seen. If you are looking for a one stop tour this is the one!

  • LtCol D'Anne Spence (Friday, December 07 12 09:31 pm EST)

Yohannes,
Thank you so much for the phenomenal tour of Washington DC today. We had heard great things about your tours but you far exceeded our expectations! Your attention to detail, ability to answer questions was amazing. We learned so much more about the people and the history of the the US and Washington DC rather than just pointing out the sites.

I will recommend you to all our friends when they want to do tours.

Thank you forrrr making our trip great!
D'Anne Spence

  • Mick & Judy Orsburn (Monday, November 26 12 02:26 pm EST)

Yohannes, Just a note to let you know how much we appreciated our tour of DC over the Labor Day weekend. Normally we would have expected a personal tour of the caliber we received to have been much more expensive. The four of us in our group are still talking about it to our friends and recommending without hesitation that they contact you if they are ever in the DC area and are looking for the best guided tour available. We gave the concierge in our hotel in Tysons Corner rave reviews of Jeusalem DC Tour and even left him with the brochures we had with us.

There were several items of note that we appreciated. You made an extra effort to pick us up where it was convenient for us. With limited parking in DC this was a nice touch. We also appreciated the small size of the group. It was more like a family outing with friends than a city tour on a crowded, noisy bus. Additionally, we were astounded with your knowledge of our nation's capital and your patient, humorous presentation style. Your tact in dealing with a troublesome passenger was a lesson in diplomacy. It may be a small thing, but we also enjoyed the bottled water you provided. Not everything of note in DC is easily accessible, so that was a refreshing touch after some of the walks we took in the heat of the day. All in all, we had such a good time that it was hard to believe that our "4-hour tour" actually lasted closer to 6 hours. What a pleasant surprise!

Thank you again for the personal touch. It was time and money well spent and we will continue to recommend Jerusalem DC Tour (and Yohannes Zeleke) to anyone and everyone we know. We would not hesitate to book a tour with you again.

(On a personal note, you even made me look good, since I was the one that found your website and we would have missed a great time in DC if I hadn't. Thank you.)

With kind regards,
Mick & Judy Orsburn

  • Nicholas Damanakis (Monday, November 26 12 04:27 am EST)

In July 2012 I arrived in Washington DC with my family. Johannes was waiting for us at the hotel. We had an amazing time together. We visited all interesting places. Johannes was very friendly and much explanatory at every monument or place we visited. Thanks a lot Johannes

  • Terri (Sunday, November 04 12 02:43 pm EST)

One of the best things we did in DC! Yohannes is amazing and the tour is as well. We learned so much and saw all the monuments! Thank you so so much for everything! Meeting us at the metro, making sure my daughter could see over the fence an showing us an amazing city.

  • Michael Carlson (Monday, October 08 12 05:12 pm EDT)

My wife and I were extremely lucky to have scheduled a tour with Yohannes Zeleke. I am the type of person that likes to find the gems that are a little 'off the beaten path'. Dr. Zeleke's tour was outstanding with his tremendous knowledge and stories to go along with the amazing sights. He made Washington DC come alive! My only regret is we didn't spend days with him instead of hours.

  • Stan G. (Monday, October 08 12 02:31 pm EDT)

My family and I came to DC in September. we didn't know anyone there. We Googled DC tours and Jerusalem tours came up with amazing reviews. We called Yohannes and he was very helpful and answered all of our questions. We decided to do the day tour. We are soo glad that we did. He picked up from the hotel and showed us all the sights of DC along with the historical significance attached to it. This is a great tour and Yohannes is a great tour guide, very professional and a true gentleman!

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  • shari Lautenbach (Tuesday, September 25 12 02:20 pm EDT)

In August I went to Wash. D.C. with friends. Upon arriving I had a tear to my retina in my left eye. My concierge highly recommended Johannes to us and we ended up with him taking us to all my medical appointments. Along the way he instructed us on all the historic sights. On our last night in town we scheduled the Wash, D.C. tour in the dark. It was awesome!
Johannes went over the top to help me in my medical emergency. I not only consider him to be a superb tour guide I consider him my friend!
Shari Lautenbach
Milwaukee, WI

  • Bridget & Amber Hinchman (Monday, September 24 12 10:56 pm EDT)

We came upon Jerusalem Tours via a Groupon just before our trip to DC to get married. We came shortly after the Labor Day holiday and Yohannes emailed and called to confirm a few times before our night tour, which made booking the tour online much more comforting (since we were coming from out of state). As it turned out, the others in our group cancelled, but Yohannes quite honorably kept our reservation even though we were the only couple in a 15 passenger van. We ended up with a private tour of many of the sights listed on the night tour. We were fortunate in the sense that we had walked the sights during the day so Yohannes expanded our tour to include the National Cathedral, Embassy Row, historic Georgetown homes, Arlington Cemetery, and briefly through Chinatown. If I could offer that suggestion to anyone, I would recommend it as the lesser known and visited sights were really quite impressive. He was amazingly well versed in the history of DC well beyond any other tour company that we observed during our week stay in DC. It was a wonderful night during our honeymoon week and it was the most memorable part of the sight seeing for us. We will absolutely be using this service on our anniversary.

  • Thomas Dorsi (Thursday, September 20 12 09:29 pm EDT)

We will be in Washington 9/28/12 until 9/30/12. 2 Adults, 1 child 14 yo. How do we book a daytime tour and what are the prices

  • Jamie Glenn (Tuesday, September 11 12 01:21 pm EDT)

Thank you so much for the wonderful tour last night. It was so refreshing to do more than just see the memorials. Hearing about the history of each street we drove down really made me appreciate Washington more as a historical site and less as a city of monuments. My only regret was not having you guide us through the FDR memorial. I will save that for next time.

  • Megan Pashkevich (Sunday, September 09 12 11:15 pm EDT)

We had a Sunday morning tour with just six people total. I can't imagine seeing the sites any other way; we had such personal attention and got to relax in the van as we saw the entire city and explore some key sites on foot during the many stops along the way. Yohannes' knowledge of the city and its history is really impressive and I agree with previous comments that these tours provide the unique opportunity to interact with the tour guide, take pictures together, etc. We were really pleased to be able to talk about the history of the city with someone who knows it like the back of his hand. I highly recommend this tour!

  • Ann Petrone (Monday, September 03 12 02:59 pm EDT)

there are four of us visiting washington on 12/13 to 12/15. Please forward information on your tour.
Pricing, times, etc.
thank you,
Ann Petrone

  • Terri (Sunday, August 19 12 11:56 am EDT)

Just booked my tour with my eight year old daughter! We are so excited to see DC!

  • RDD57 (Sunday, July 29 12 11:23 am EDT)

“Don't miss this tour”

While in Washington DC over Easter weekend, my husband and I asked the hotel activities director for a bus tour of DC at night. Three tours were suggested and we picked Jerusalem as it had more stops, limited to 10 people and would pick us up and drop off off at the hotel. Not only did we luck out and have a PRIVATE tour we were honored to be driven around by Dr. Yohannes Zeleke (archaeologist and anthropologist). His wealth of knowledge about the sites of DC and our country's history were quite impressive. His pleasant and affable manner were refreshing and enjoyable. Dr. Yohannes went so far as to take our pictures with his cell phone when our camera batteries ran out. He e-mailed them to us the next day. The company does all day tours, half day tours as well as airport transfers. We had a fabulous time. Make sure to have him walk with you through the FDR Memorial--his insights are phenomenal. I highly recommend it.

  • Yvonne Z (Sunday, July 29 12 11:21 am EDT)

“Hidden gem”

This is the best tour we have taken in the USA. Yohannes provides a personalized tour to suit your interests and has an amazing knowledge of the local area and history. We did the night tour after a great deal of walking around the renowned sights. His ability to filter our previous experience with our intended goals (tourist attractions and other worthy sites) was outstanding. I will always consider this a highlight of my trip because we were able to interact with our guide in a way that is impossible on larger tours. This small company also provides transport to and from airports and other deals. I only wish I had heard of them much sooner. This is a must do!

  • anne4JC (Sunday, July 29 12 11:20 am EDT)

“DC Crash Course—Have It Your Way”

Wow! No other tour even advertised this level of comfort, personalization, and expertise at such a reasonable price. We were picked up and returned to our hotel doorstep and brought right to the entrance of every other attraction we visited. Our tour guide, Yohannes Zeleker PhD., made advance contacts with us (via phone and email) to ensure that our all day tour was exactly what we wanted. He also obtained our passes for the Capitol building. He managed to get us to everything from the monuments, memorials, historical / government buildings to the National Cathedral to sites in Virginia. Drive time was peppered with his extensive knowledge of history and trivia. (He named dozens of unmarked embassies as we traversed Massachusetts Avenue!) Dr. Zeleker even managed to provide assistance to one member of our party who felt ill without interrupting the tour for the rest of our group. Bravo! This perfectly customized and thoroughly professional tour is highly recommended.

  • onwardho2gether (Sunday, July 29 12 11:19 am EDT)

“The only way to see DC”

We just completed our 6 hour tour with Yohannes and all I can say is FABULOUS. Dr. Zeleker's knowledge of all the major memorials and DC sites was amazing. He gave us facts and trivia I feel certain we never would have received on one of those "cookie cutter" tours. At each stop, our party of four chose to explore, we were dropped off at the entrance and meandered around while Johannes parked. We were then accompanied my him throughout the site while he shared his wealth of knowledge. We were able to see everything we wanted to see and more. I promise you will not be disappointed!

  • Lisa (Tuesday, June 26 12 11:43 am EDT)

My group had planned to take an open-bus tour of DC, but due to a mix-up at our hotel, we received a tour with Yoannes. The hotel's mistake was our fortune! I highly recommend this tour. We had adults, a teenager, and an elementary-aged boy on our tour and we all learned something. When in DC, take this tour!

  • Cheryl Pauley (Wednesday, May 30 12 01:49 pm EDT)

Dear Yohannes,
Thank you so much for the wonderful service you provided for the American Bible Society personnel on May 7-9. I have heard very positive reports from individuals on the care taken to ensure that everything went smoothly. Thank you so much!

  • Susan Ferguson (Tuesday, May 29 12 01:47 pm EDT)

Yohannnes Zeleke was recommended to us by The Liaison at Capital Hill Hotel. We were limited on time but wanted to see as much of Washington, DC as we could see. Dr Zeleke took us on a 4 hour tour. It was beyond our expectations. Not only did he take us on the tour, his commentary of the history of each monument, memorials, historic buildings and church was so informative and interesting. He is a kind gentleman and I highly recommend him for a private tour guide...We would use him again next time we go to Washington, DC.

  • Janice & Kristie Hartmann (Sunday, May 13 12 08:56 pm EDT)

Yohannes Zeleke was recommended to us by the Hilton Hotel. They promised us an outstanding private tour that we would be happy with 110%, and this tour and his guidance lived up to that expectation. We travelled in comfort in his SUV and he was courteous and friendly. As both of us were women, he was extremely gentlemanly towards us. He always opened the car doors for us and helped us in and out of the car and the train at Arlington every time we hopped on and off. He was extremely well versed in the history of Washington DC and we were impressed that no matter what question we asked, he was ready with an answer. We many more sights than we anticipated and found that we had ample time at each to have a good look around. We recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to see the sights in a more personal and private manner; you will not be disappointed!

  • Yussuf Mursal (Thursday, May 10 12 12:47 am EDT)

I booked Jerusalem dc tour through Hilton hotel and fortunately went with Zeleke (phD) and did an outstanding job, the way the professor presented to us about the city and the American History is unbelievable and delivered the excellent job I have never seen before. The hours I was with him was an educational tool that will for ever stay in my heart and recommend people I know to go with him. This tip was an excellent one and Go Bless him for his dedicated work

  • Rita Dumain, Esq. (Wednesday, April 11 12 08:08 pm EDT)

Booked with Jerusalem Tours through Washington Hilton. Unbelievable experience!! Dr. Yohannes Zeleke has a wealth of knowledge about our country's rich history. He was very accommodating right down to taking our pictures with his cell phone when our camera battery ran out. The 3 hours we spent with him on the DC by Night tour were fun, educational and pleasant. We lucked out and had a private tour, no less. But he keeps his tours to 10 people or less which maintains a personal touch lost on the "hop on, hop off" tours. If you're in DC, I strongly recommend you taking a tour with Jerusalem DC Tours!!

  • Jackie Walther (Wednesday, April 04 12 09:27 am EDT)

This tour is fantastic! Dr Yohannes is extremely knowledgable and very accommodating. If you should make a request to see something, he is more than happy to show you and give details that you would have never known. I would highly recommend this tour!!!

  • Hugh Barton (Friday, March 30 12 12:46 pm EDT)

March 27, 2012

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

As a long time member of the international tourism industry it is my sincere pleasure to introduce and recommend Mr. Yohannes Zeleke, President of Jerusalem DC Tour & Transportation LLC, as a professional in the business who would be a valued member of the tour guide association.

I have been involved in the hospitality industry since 1965, beginning in the Hong Kong Tourist Association, and subsequently with the Guam Visitors Bureau, the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau and finally, the Arlington (VA) Convention and Visitors Bureau 1994-2002. My wife and I currently represent a British firm, marketing villas in Tuscany, as well as properties in Ireland.

Mr Zeleke has a profound and deep knowledge of the Washington area, which he recently exhibited on a tour he gave a few of his colleagues, some of whom know the D.C. area well and were amazed to learn new facts about the city.

Again, it is my pleasure to recommend Mr Zeleke for membership. You may contact me at any time for further comments.

Sincerely,
Hugh Barton

  • Pamela Akins (Thursday, March 29 12 11:24 am EDT)

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to recommend Yohannes Zeleke. He was our private Washington D.C. tour guide for several days in June, 2011. Yohanness is extremely knowledgeable and professional and did everything he could to cheerfully accommodate our many requests.

My husband’s parents were traveling with us. Both of them are in their 80’s, and Yohannes was exceptionally kind and receptive to their needs, as well.

Yohannes’s kind personality and expertise made our trip very special and memorable.

Very truly yours,
Pamela Akins

  • Jerald Brantley (Thursday, March 29 12 11:23 am EDT)

December 23, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Jerald Brantley, I am the C.E.O. of Spectrum Resources located in Des Moines , Iowa.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Zeleke for the first time two years ago. During a business trip to Washington DC, my staff and I had five hours to kill before our flight home, so I asked the concierge if he had any good tour guides or services I could hire and treat my staff and myself for successful trip.

He said he had just the person, and it was Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. He was the most knowledgeable guide I have ever had on a tour. Extremely fluent in the history of the area, the different exhibits and not just the sites but he had the deep inside of the city information. He had information on the lesser known sites. It was truly a great experience. Since I frequent the DC area for business and I use his services exclusively and have recommended his services to all of my colleagues who travel to DC.

Jerald Brantley, MBA

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  • M“Excellent tour of Washington!”
  • Reviewed May 1, 2014
  • We had only a couple days in the Capitol and I checked on Groupon for a tour or something to do in Washington and found this company offer a tour at 45% discount. We purchased the Groupon, called the company and made arrangement where to be picked up ( we were staying outside the DC area otherwise they would have picked us up at our Washington Hotel) We arrived at pick up point to find out there was only one other couple on the tour with us, our tour guide was great! He said seeing how there were only the four of us, we would get a very personable tour with lots of times to get out and walk around. It was great to be in a 9 passenger bus and NOT a 40-50 passenger bus. We actually felt sorry for all the BIG bus tour passengers, they spent their whole tie climbing o and off the bus and no time to see the attraction. Our guide was SO informative and put me to shame with the history he knows of our great country, he has only lived here 8 years and I have never heard a more proud citizen speak of the US as his passion. I wish I could remember all the history I learned from the 3 , 4 and 5th grade that he knew. He was very clear to understand, very informative, did not rush us at all, had a great sense of humor. I can not recommend this company enough. Skip the big bus tours, you won't see nearly 1/4th of all that we saw and learned about.
  • Visited April 2014
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“Can you show me the cherry trees?” I asked Dr. Yohannes Zeleke at the start of our tour into the heart of Washington, D.C. My plane was leaving back to Los Angeles that afternoon; I had this final morning after my conference to see the town. Dr. Zeleke, archeologist, dug into the past of Washington D.C. as he escorted me first to all the city’s monuments I hadn’t seen and then finally to the glorious cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin. A breeze stirred the trees; the pink petals swirled around us like snow.

Dr. Zeleke framed United States history in a framework that I had never heard before. His commentary was fascinating! I recommend his personalized tours not only for seeing the sights but for understanding the story of our country in a new way. His tours are history revealed!

--Irene McDermott
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“Highlight of our DC trip - Don't Miss”

Reviewed April 25, 2014

My wife and three sons (6, 8 & 13) had a fantastic and entertaining tour with Dr. Yohannes Zeleke for four hours. We wish we could have spent four days with him. We arranged the tour through Groupon and had no problem coordinating with him to get started. The depth and breadth of his knowledge, coupled with his humor and warmth, made the tour unique and remarkable compared to the other tours we took in DC during this trip. I wish that more tour guides had the education and passion of Dr. Zeleke. If you only can take one tour of DC, this should be the one.

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Visited April 2014“An Archaeologist's Perspective on DC”

Reviewed September 7, 2013

We connected with the Jerusalem DC Tour through Abe (Concierge at the Hilton in Washington).

We were very impressed with our guide who had a PhD in Archaeology and a wonderful narrative of the area that brought it to life for a group of Australian tourists.

There would be no way that we could have seen and learned so much in four hours without the tour. It was highly informative and really enjoyable. In my opinion it was far superior than just taking a hop-on bus route.

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Visited September 2013“Amazing Time”

Reviewed July 26, 2013

Just this past Monday I went on the Night Tour of DC. Our guide was Yohannes Zeleke and he was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. There were 9 of us in tour group and were chauffeured around town via a motor coach. It was a great way to see all the sites in an air-conditioned ride! I highly recommend this tour!

Visited July 2013

“A great evening tour”

Reviewed July 22, 2013

The tour was a perfect overview for our first evening in the Capitol. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful and even the history aficionados in the group said they learned a few new details. The evening was hot and muggy... we appreciated the air conditioned van as we passed other tour groups in open trolleys. The itinerary was timed well so we got oriented to the city by daylight and visited the lighted monuments by dusk and dark. Four of us... all relatives from different states, return visitors to Washington and world travelers... were positively impressed. I'd recommend this to friends.

Visited July 2013

“WOW!!!!”

Reviewed July 20, 2013

That's all that needs to be said to describe this tour and our wonderfully pleasant and most excellent tour guide, Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. The knowledge he has of this country's history, both publicly recognized and discretely concealed, is nothing less than astounding! The time (and money) spent falls into the "one of my best investment ever" category! I was VERY impressed with the fact that Dr. Zeleke believes in the goodness of people so much to the point of not requiring any deposits for his tours. That being said, you do NOT want to miss out on a scheduled tour with him! I have already planned to schedule more tours with him for other out of town guests and some in town friends that have never experienced the depth of culture and history available about our nation and her capitol. Well done Dr. Zeleke and I look forward to experiencing your historical tome! If it is anything like your tour, it will be nothing less than epic! Again, thank you, from our group to you, from the bottom of our hearts and souls.

Visited July 2013

 

“Fascinating information!”

Reviewed May 24, 2013

I have been living in DC for eight months and have seen most of the highlights.
Yohannes' tour was extremely educational. He seems to know everything there is to know about every building, monument, statue and embassy in the District. His knowledge of American history amazed me. I didn't want the tour to end. I get the feeling I could take a tour with him again and he would have a full days' worth of completely different sights and information to share with me.

Visited April 2013

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Lea C

Los Angeles, California

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“Super fascinating!”

Reviewed May 7, 2013

Yohannes is a great tour guide--he knows everything! There is so much history to this city, so much more than I ever imagined. So many important people to American history were here. And taking the tour gave me a new feel and a new respect for America and the dream this country was laid upon. Add to that the city... More

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Los Angeles, California

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“Super fascinating!”

Reviewed May 7, 2013

Yohannes is a great tour guide--he knows everything! There is so much history to this city, so much more than I ever imagined. So many important people to American history were here. And taking the tour gave me a new feel and a new respect for America and the dream this country was laid upon. Add to that the city is really pretty, incredible architecture--and trees and flowers everywhere! You can see that people living here are proud. Yohannes himself is a great tour guide--and a great humor! I loved every ounce of the tour.

Visited April 2013

 

 

 

“Excellent night tour”

Reviewed May 5, 2013

The tour was both interesting and extremely informative. The guide (Yohannes) had a tremendous grasp of Washington DC and it's history. It was a revelation to the family and enhanced our enjoyment of Washington DC as a city, even for our Grandchildren. Yohannes picked us up at our hotel and gave us a private tour for our family of 11 people.

Visited March 2013

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aehlaw

Redlands, California

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2 helpful votes

“Fantastic tour”

Reviewed April 29, 2013

What an educational twilight tour of all the highlights of DC. Our guide was full of relevant and excellent US history. A great experience for those of all ages. Delightful.

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Redlands, California

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“Fantastic tour”

Reviewed April 29, 2013

What an educational twilight tour of all the highlights of DC. Our guide was full of relevant and excellent US history. A great experience for those of all ages. Delightful.

Visited April 2013

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Jesse M

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

1 review

2 helpful votes

“Unexpected Gems”

Reviewed April 26, 2013

I learned so much I didn't know that I didn't know about D.C. The history is fascinating from the smallest trivia, such as why D.C. residential neighborhoods have adjacent buildings with totally differing architecture and colors, to the grandiose, as in how we came to build a National Cathedral welcoming all religions. I won't ever see D.C. the same after... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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“Unexpected Gems”

Reviewed April 26, 2013

I learned so much I didn't know that I didn't know about D.C. The history is fascinating from the smallest trivia, such as why D.C. residential neighborhoods have adjacent buildings with totally differing architecture and colors, to the grandiose, as in how we came to build a National Cathedral welcoming all religions. I won't ever see D.C. the same after this tour.

Visited April 2013

 

 

 

 

 

“What a fascinating introduction to DC!”

Reviewed April 26, 2013

Yohannes is a phenomenal tour guide who answered all of our questions patiently and knew a tremendous amount about the history of DC and even the international institutions in it. He is like a vessel of fascinating DC trivia! He is also, personally, an incredibly kind, warm and honest individual. I would highly encourage you to take his tour. It will make you look at DC through an entirely new and educated set of eyes.

Visited April 2013

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Andrew W

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 review

2 helpful votes

“A Treasure Not To Miss”

Reviewed April 26, 2013

I took this tour with my wife and a portion of our extended family - ten of us in all - on 24 Apr 2013. I should mention that this is my 10th tour of DC, so I speak with a humble portion of experience. With the exception of one other gentleman (Hi to Dennis!), we monopolized the tour van.... More

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Andrew W

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“A Treasure Not To Miss”

Reviewed April 26, 2013

I took this tour with my wife and a portion of our extended family - ten of us in all - on 24 Apr 2013. I should mention that this is my 10th tour of DC, so I speak with a humble portion of experience.

With the exception of one other gentleman (Hi to Dennis!), we monopolized the tour van. (Which meant the normal default to quiet "sit and listen" social behaviour was abandoned in favor of more raucus natural-to-us behaviour. The odds against him, Dr. Yohannes Zeleke (!) nonetheless captured everyone's attention and held it for the entire four hour odyssey.

Dr. Zeleke's conversational and oration skills have this magic ability to allow the listener to soak up what he says and not feel overwhelmed by it at all. He is Extremely knowledgeable and thorough, while at once approachable and warm. I also want to point out that it seems Dr. Zeleke has some sort of magical way to circumvent the big crowds, to drive as close as possible to the hot spots, and to do so while maintaining a very cozy, meandering pace that somehow kept my wife's hair-trigger motion sickness as a memory from a bygone era.

I hate hyperbole, so when I say "this is the best possible tour of DC, no matter what, and there can be no better guide for it than the amazing Dr. Zeleke," I mean exactly that. You would be foolish to read these words and then choose any other tour operator.

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OverTheFLRainbow

North Central Florida

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39 reviews

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42 helpful votes

“Marvelous Tour”

Reviewed March 21, 2013

We were lucky to book a tour of the city "after dark." Yohannes was a delightful and engaging guide, full of stories, interesting history and fun facts about the city. The pace was very comfortable and he encouraged questions (as any professor would)! He was not simply reciting the facts, but doing it in an engaging manner that was filled... More

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North Central Florida

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“Marvelous Tour”

Reviewed March 21, 2013

We were lucky to book a tour of the city "after dark." Yohannes was a delightful and engaging guide, full of stories, interesting history and fun facts about the city. The pace was very comfortable and he encouraged questions (as any professor would)! He was not simply reciting the facts, but doing it in an engaging manner that was filled with fascinating stories. I highly recommend Jerusalem DC Tours to anyone who wants to experience an out-of-the-ordinary sightseeing trip.

Visited March 2013

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JeffreyG77

Vancouver, WA

2 reviews

3 helpful votes

“Informative, Knowledgeable, and FUN!”

Reviewed March 14, 2013

There we were -- 10 of us from WA State -- all prepared to pay $70/person for a "night light tour of DC." Then Abe, the concierge @ the WA Hilton, suggested Yohannes with Jerusalem DC Tours -- for 35% less. Abe spoke very highly of Yohannes and enthusiastically suggested we would have a great time and nearly guaranteed we'd... More

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Vancouver, WA

2 reviews

3 helpful votes

“Informative, Knowledgeable, and FUN!”

Reviewed March 14, 2013

There we were -- 10 of us from WA State -- all prepared to pay $70/person for a "night light tour of DC." Then Abe, the concierge @ the WA Hilton, suggested Yohannes with Jerusalem DC Tours -- for 35% less. Abe spoke very highly of Yohannes and enthusiastically suggested we would have a great time and nearly guaranteed we'd get more for our money.
We met about this decision for about three minutes ... from that moment to the end, 3+ hours later, Yohannes kept us engaged w/interesting stories and little know facts of the sites. We had a truly enjoyable time and I highly recommend Yohannes and Jerusalem DC Tours!

Visited March 2013

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OldRoyalGirl

Beckley, West Virginia

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5 helpful votes

“Best part of our trip!”

Reviewed December 30, 2012

My mother, husband, and I were honored to get to tour with Yohannes. His expertise in DC and US history was fascinating. I kept wanting to interrupt to ask questions that his facts brought up in my mind; although I didn't want to miss out on any of his informative tour. I have to say it was his kindness, charm,... More

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Beckley, West Virginia

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“Best part of our trip!”

Reviewed December 30, 2012

My mother, husband, and I were honored to get to tour with Yohannes. His expertise in DC and US history was fascinating. I kept wanting to interrupt to ask questions that his facts brought up in my mind; although I didn't want to miss out on any of his informative tour. I have to say it was his kindness, charm, and lovely Ethiopian accent that really elevated the day! By the end, he felt like family and I was disappointed that we would be without him for the remainder of our trip. The tour was so affordable and since no one else had scheduled that day, it became a private tour. Also, it was wonderful to be dropped at all the sites (I had been a little worried about how well my mother would get around). Some we just drove up to. At some, Yohannes parked and walked with us to discuss what we were seeing, which was extremely valuable. And at some, he would drop us as closely as possible, give us plenty of time, and then pick us up on the opposite side, which was extremely convenient. Can't thank him enough for the perfect day.

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Tricia C

Oxford, Ohio

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21 reviews

8 attraction reviews

13 helpful votes

“DC After Dark”

Reviewed November 13, 2012

Maddy was our tour guide for the DC After Dark tour, he was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and fun. Thanks!

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Tricia C

Oxford, Ohio

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21 reviews

8 attraction reviews

Reviews in 10 cities

13 helpful votes

“DC After Dark”

Reviewed November 13, 2012

Maddy was our tour guide for the DC After Dark tour, he was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and fun. Thanks!

Visited November 2012

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Kristin T

Washington DC, District of Columbia

1 review

2 helpful votes

“Great Half-Day DC Tour!”

Reviewed October 28, 2012

We live in DC, but my husband's parents were in town for the weekend and we thought it would be nice to go on an organized tour. We scheduled a morning half-day city tour with Jerusalem DC Tours, and it greatly exceeded our expectations. It is a small operation, so it took a little longer to book than one of... More

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Kristin T

Washington DC, District of Columbia

1 review

2 helpful votes

“Great Half-Day DC Tour!”

Reviewed October 28, 2012

We live in DC, but my husband's parents were in town for the weekend and we thought it would be nice to go on an organized tour. We scheduled a morning half-day city tour with Jerusalem DC Tours, and it greatly exceeded our expectations. It is a small operation, so it took a little longer to book than one of the big tours, but it was well worth the extra few minutes on the phone. Yohannes Zeleke's knowledge of the city and historical context of all its monuments and major buildings made him an excellent guide. We saw many of the embassies, monuments, Georgetown, Arlington, and Chinatown all in 4 hours, which is practically impossible with any other tour. We also had a many opportunities to get out of the van and take pictures. My husband’s parents had a great time, and my husband and I learned a lot of new things about the city even after taking another tour recently. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking to learn more about the history of the sites. We would certainly book with him again next time we have family in town.

Visited October 2012

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Kathleen C

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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8 reviews

2 helpful votes

“A Grand Tour of DC”

Reviewed October 26, 2012

My sister in law and I were fortunate enough to take a 4 hour tour of DC with Yohannes Zeleke this past Monday. We saw everything we wanted to see, spending quality time at our favorite memorials. Johannes also took us to Georgetown, and he showed us lots of foreign embassies as well as historical homes. We really enjoyed all... More

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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2 helpful votes

“A Grand Tour of DC”

Reviewed October 26, 2012

My sister in law and I were fortunate enough to take a 4 hour tour of DC with Yohannes Zeleke this past Monday. We saw everything we wanted to see, spending quality time at our favorite memorials. Johannes also took us to Georgetown, and he showed us lots of foreign embassies as well as historical homes. We really enjoyed all the historical facts that he shared with us about each site. We both would recommend Jerusalem DC Tour to everyone.

Visited October 2012

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KiwiTania

Mesa, Arizona

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13 helpful votes

“Night tour was a great way to start our visit.”

Reviewed October 25, 2012

Our family of four (two teens) were just in DC for a week over fall break. This first thing we did was this tour. It was a great way to start our vacation as we had four hours of getting to see all the monuments (truly fabulous to see them at night). We were please that he allowed time at... More

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Mesa, Arizona

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“Night tour was a great way to start our visit.”

Reviewed October 25, 2012

Our family of four (two teens) were just in DC for a week over fall break. This first thing we did was this tour. It was a great way to start our vacation as we had four hours of getting to see all the monuments (truly fabulous to see them at night). We were please that he allowed time at each site for us to get out and enjoy them for any where from 10-20 mins each.
From this we were about to decide which ones we wanted to go back and see again during the day! Beleive me they look way better in the evening with the lighting and the reflection of the Washington Monument in the reflecting pool was just spectular as there was no wind and the water was so still. Mr Zeleke was super friendly and made the tour fun for everyone.
Because the tour was in a van he was able to manouver through the back streets of Georgetown (something that would not have been possible to do in a large bus tour!)
We had a Groupon special - well worth the deal.
(Good to know: Half way through the tour he stops at a monument that has very nice rest room facilities)

Visited October 2012

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Michael C

Vista, California

2 reviews

3 helpful votes

“Jerusalem DC Tour = Excellence in Service”

Reviewed October 9, 2012

My wife and I were extremely lucky to have scheduled a tour with Yohannes Zeleke. I am the type of person that likes to find the gems that are a little 'off the beaten path'. Dr. Zeleke's tour was outstanding with his tremendous knowledge and stories to go along with the amazing sights. He made Washington DC come alive! My... More

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Vista, California

2 reviews

3 helpful votes

“Jerusalem DC Tour = Excellence in Service”

Reviewed October 9, 2012

My wife and I were extremely lucky to have scheduled a tour with Yohannes Zeleke. I am the type of person that likes to find the gems that are a little 'off the beaten path'. Dr. Zeleke's tour was outstanding with his tremendous knowledge and stories to go along with the amazing sights. He made Washington DC come alive! My only regret is we didn't spend days with him instead of hours.

Visited October 2012

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