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“Impeccable tour worth every penny.”

Istanbul Life Jewish Heritage Tours - Senguler Travel
Ranked #125 of 431 Tours in Istanbul
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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
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We arranged the tour well in advance including requesting a kosher meal as we booked a full day. Our tour guide was Alp who I can not speak highly enough of. His English was exceptional and we were picked up on time which are the least of the compliments I have for him. His knowledge of Judaism was extraordinary which was represented in discussing the elements within the synagogues, the history and usages of components within the synagogue . He presented a thorough Jewish History of Istanbul and Turkey and was well received by all of the synagogues we visited. We were very well prepared to be received and the security of the synagogues was prepared to received us, and they all knew Alp. Alp was gracious in every way. The one kosher not only served us lunch but also prepared an additional meal for us and the food was delicious. Alp also arranged for my husband to go to services at the different synagogues which still manage to have a minyan for shacharit and mincha as well as shabbat. We had shabbat with a sephardic synagogue and were invited to to stay for kiddush. Anyone visiting Turkey who is interested in Jewish History and/or eating kosher while in Turkey should contact Istanbul Life Jewish Heritage Tours. One comment I would like to make is this: Yes, it is very expensive..HOWEVER, we were told that half of our payment goes to the synagogues directly which require a donation. Considering the small size of the community and the impeccability of the condition of the synagogues, and the level of security they have including hired around the clock security, we felt that it was very much worth it.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

My husband and I enjoy taking this type of tour in each city we visit. I must say that our tour with Alp and his equally engaging driver Hakan was one of the most informative. Alp was very knowledgeable and had a wonderful delivery. On each stop we were all greeted in a warm, welcomed manner...a sign that Alp is well liked and respected by his peers.
Our tour was only 1/2 day and we wished we had booked a little longer...we didn't want to leave our entertaining Guides!

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Booked upon the recommendation of Trip Advisor - Excellent tour, guide, driver. Comfortable van picked us up promptly as agreed at our hotel. Alp is an extremely knowledgeable, likeable guide. Well spoken. Respectful. Friendly. Although he is not Jewish, he was obviously known and carried himself respectfully in the synagogues and museum. He was truly interested in sharing his knowledge and views on the history of Jewish life in Istanbul. When in the museum, for example, he did not just let us read and view on our own. He came along and added to the information offered. Very thorough. Not an inexpensive tour, but well worth the expense to be chauffeured and personally guided through the streets and neighborhoods of Istanbul. They took care of everything so we could relax and learn. My husband and son even took part in morning services. Very meaningful and enlightening. Highly recommend this tour!

1  Thank Debora S
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

A friend and I took the Jewish Heritage Tour yesterday in Istanbul. This was my second time and I really enjoyed the experience and the learning again. Hakan and Alp picked us up right on time and whisked us off to our first stop. Because of the rainy weather and the hills of the city, they drove us as close as possible and made it very convenient. The information on the Jewish community was excellent and Alp was very knowledgeable and personable. They had made pre-arrangements with the synagogues to ensure quick access and all went like clockwork. We enjoyed the stop for tea/coffee and pastry and wandering the old Jewish neighborhood. Alp provided a running commentary of what we were seeing, its significance and what was to be found behind the walls. They were very flexible, making a stop at the Spice Bazaar for a quick shopping expedition and dropping us in Pera so we could go on to the Museum.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

The tour was excellent. The experience of visiting the Ashkenazi synagogue during morning prayer took the tour from sightseeing to spiritual experience. The guide was flexible enough to meet the needs of the small group. Everything was what was expected and more. Thoroughly recommend this tour.

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