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“Such a knowledgeable tour guide!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yoav Sapir Private Tours

Yoav Sapir Private Tours
Akazienstr. 10, Berlin, Germany
+49 178 1962147
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Owner description: My name is Yoav Sapir and I'm a professional, authorized tour guide in Berlin, as well as a journalist, lecturer and translator. I specialize on Jewish Tours in Berlin for both hotel as well as cruise guests. My wife Natalie, a historian and a research assistant at the local university, is also guiding with me.
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“Such a knowledgeable tour guide!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Although we had only one afternoon after our work-related meeting to tour Berlin this time, Yoav made that afternoon so very worthwhile and informative! We were in Berlin about 10 years ago and had seen some of the major sights, so this time we wanted to focus on Berlin from the perspective of its Jewish history. Yoav not only provided that narrative most compellingly, but he also took the time to point out several other things along the way for added interest. For example, our meeting venue happened to be just across the street from the headquarter of the German Army during WWII, which also happened to be the site where the third Reich executed those officers who had attempted to assassinate Hitler towards the end of the war. We had noticed while going to and from our meeting that there were frequent tour buses in front of that building, but we had no idea why … until Yoav explained to us! Yoav truly is a walking encyclopedia of the history of Berlin and of Jewish Berlin, but he has a very lively and passionate way of explaining things without being professorial or pedantic, and we noticed that Yoav was careful in providing us with a balanced interpretation without sugarcoating things, and for this, we very much respected him. We also liked Yoav’s pace --being thorough without being belabored; improvising and stopping for a coffee when rain seemed imminent; using a combination of walking and the underground to cover all the sites efficiently and inexpensively; even explaining to us the reason behind Berliners’ fascination with currywurst when we had to ask! Because we had been to Berlin before and had taken both the hop-on/hop-off bus tour as well as a walking tour, we thought we had seen plenty. Touring Berlin with Yoav in one afternoon changed that complacent opinion of ours completely: we now can’t wait to go back to Berlin! By the way, Yoav is very prompt and clear with his email correspondences, and his English is flawless. We are so, so glad to have Yoav as our tour guide, from whom we learned so much and in such an enjoyable way too! Thank you for opening our eyes to the rich history of Berlin, Yoav!

Visited May 2013
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Jerusalem
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“Above expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Spending two half-days in Berlin with Yoav was a very rewarding and moving experience. Yoav is not only a very knowledgeable guide, but he is sometimes passionate when dealing with historical facts, explaining hidden aspects and the meaning of sites. In addition, his kind personality made our visit to Berlin unforgettable for my wife and me.
Pr. Jacques Michel Jerusalem

Visited May 2013
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“Greate Private Hebrew Tour Guide in Berlin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Yoav is a knowledgeable and lovely vigorous man, who showed us Berlin the way we could never do by ourselves. He is full of knowledge very interesting and adaptaple to our requests (Jewish and non-Jewish sites), nice to be with - highly recommended!!! Tamar & Gadi

Visited April 2013
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“A perfect tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This was a perfect tour of historical Berlin and Jewish history. Yoav is so knowledgeable, and so lovely to be with. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

Visited April 2013
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Victoria
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“Amazing tour guide!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We found Yoav to be extremely knowledgable and interesting. He took us off the beaten path which we never would have found by ourselves! He took us places we didn't even know that we wanted to go and learned so much. He is an amazing fact/story teller. I would highly recommend him for any type of tour in Berlin.

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