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Istanbul Life Jewish Heritage Tours

Ishakpasa caddesi no 6 cankurtaran | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+905337385862
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Ranked #94 of 364 activities in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: We are doing Jewish Heritage Tours since 2007.and we are ready to help you.We have more than one tour options about Jewish Heritage Tour .Our agency... more » Owner description: We are doing Jewish Heritage Tours since 2007.and we are ready to help you.We have more than one tour options about Jewish Heritage Tour .Our agency is recommended in TripAdvisor by our clients « less
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Camarillo
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Friends of ours had taken this tour a couple of years ago and suggested it when they heard we were going to Istanbul. We booked the tour with ease. The tour had a nice pace with just enough walking and stopped at several interesting spots. We were picked up at our hotel on time. Alf, our guide, and the driver... More

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basel
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

i only had a few hours to spend one morning and wanted to grab in a bit of Jewish life in Istanbul. Theh tour was great - the tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was a great experience

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I had a one-day layover in Istanbul and wanted to see the Jewish sights as well as the usual top Istanbul attractions. I was met in the AM by Alp, who was knowledgeable and very personable. We went to two synagogues and two Jewish neighborhoods, as well as some other nearby attractions. I was then handed off to a second... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We had a great time with Alp and his driver We visited a number of Synagogues and felt that there is no way we could have coordinated our day,without local professional help Alp was friendly and knowledgable. We were very happy with all aspects of this agency

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We just came back from a wonderful trip to Istanbul. One of the highlights was our Jewish Heritage Tour with Alp. It was a fascinating few hours, and Alp was so knowledgeable and congenial. We also saw the (real) Whirling Dervishes that evening at a local monastery, which was a unique experience. Hakan and Alp were reliable, organized and thoughtful.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We had a very good tour. It was shorter than we had expected because we didn't go to one of the synagogues but rather one additional one closer to the center of town. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and not Jewish. A friend had used this company before and had a very poor guide, so we made sure to request... More

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Tenafly, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I had a great time in Istanbul unfortunately, the low point of our trip was our tour with Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tours. As others have mentioned our guide was not very well informed about Jewish Life and appeared to make up a lot of the information or simply repeat what he read in guide book. The good part is we... More

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Baysa, Owner at Istanbul Life Jewish Heritage Tours, responded to this review

Hi.. This Review is posted to a wrong location bcs our agency did not make a tour in the beginning of Aug. with a name of Rebeca C. More

Boulder, CO
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36 reviews 36 reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Set your expectations low and you should be fine. I used several of Hakan Hacibekiroglu services including airport transfers to/from hotel and 1/2 day Jewish Heritage Tour. Regarding the hotel transfers i experienced minor problems with both the airport pick-up and return drop-off. For the pick-up, driver was not there when I landed. Flight was about 30 minutes early. I... More

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Alpbaysa, Manager at Istanbul Life Jewish Heritage Tours, responded to this review

First of all.. This review is NOT written with sincere feelings.. Here this guest is mentioning that the morning Service in the Ashkenazi Synagogue was a show that is arranged by us.. How is that possible ? Can a Synagogue hired like that and people is gathered for payer as a show like that ? This doesn't have any logic...... More

New Orleans
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Alp and Hakan were right on the dot in picking us up from our hotel in Sultanamet for our morning 1/2 day tour of Jewish Istanbul. We booked one week in advance and provided copies of our passports which allowed scheduling of visits to the synagogues. While we were initially disappointed that two of the four synagogues were closed due... More

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We were very pleased with our half day tour of Jewish sites with Alp as our guide and Hakan as the driver. Alp is very knowledgeable about Jewish sites and life in the city. They were waiting for us at the dock (we were on a cruise) at the agreed upon time. It is not possible to access these sites... More

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