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I have been to Turkey several times. They (Turkish Airlines) are somehow able to consistently be one of the lowest cost and decent airlines.
It is a shame that the country under Erdogan (current leader) does not have better relations with Israel.
I do NOT wear a kippa in Public in Turkey. (I wear a hat/cap)
Even with a hotel for a few nights Turkish Airlines can beat many airlines in terms of price.
I stayed at a decent hotel in Istanbul for about 50$/night.
They have fares to Israel for about 704$ in May of 2015.
Ukraine / Russian airlines are cheaper sometimes but I don't think they are great ..
How does Turkish airlines do it?
The only things I can think of : lower fuel costs? Lower wages? govt subsidies?
The airline is quite ok and Turkey is one of the few Muslim countries that flies to Israel with four or more flights per day on average...
This is not meant to be an Ad for Turk Air....but it is in interesting ::) phenomena....

If you have any questions regarding kosher food or shuls contact Rabbi Mendy Chitrik at mchitrik@gmail.com.
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: May 28, 2013, 11:34:17 PM »
I'm probably going to Turkey for a few days. Sites to see? Is there anything out of Isatanbul that's worth going to?

Was there a few years ago for a day time stopover with two friends. In the main arrival hall they had a luggage storage that was not expensive, where we left our carry on luggage. Outside of the arrival hall I asked the guy in charge at the taxi stand for a English speaking driver, that was available within a couple of minutes. I told the taxi driver we got to be back at the airport in 7 hours for my connection flight and we would like him to shows us around the city but to start off I told him that I would like him to take us to the old jewish cemetery where Rabbi Naftali Katz, author of the Sefer Smichas Chachamim is buried. He knew exactly where it was. At cemetery they asked us for ID and asked us to empty our pockets, and was told that taking pictures is forbidden (no idea why). From there we went to Cevahir Mall that is one of the largest malls in Europe. At the mall they where many nice shops and some fun attractions, like a roller coaster that rolls down through the balconys of the first few floors. From there we went to the Neve Shalom Synagogue. We were not permitted to go inside. Police told is that since the 2003 bombing you need to reserve in advance to go inside. From there we stopped for some pictures at the Blue Mosque and headed back to the airport. Seven hours is a very short time to cover the city but you should be able to see most of it in a few days.
 

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: May 29, 2013, 09:26:39 AM »
with all due respect, i would definitely NOT recommend that itinerary to anyone

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: May 31, 2013, 01:12:57 AM »
the chabad rabbi officiates at the 'ashkenazi' synagogue. contact him at mchitrik@gmail.com

The message above was posted in 2011. Does anyone know if this info is still current?

My husband and I will be in Istanbul on Yom Kippor and we want to attend shul. Ideally we'd like to attend Kol Nidre at the Sephardic shul Neveh Shalom, and the Yom Kippor day services at the Ashkenaz shul. I know we need permission of the Rabbinate to do so. I would also like to contact the rabbis of these shuls, if possible, so they are aware that we want to attend.

Any names, contact info and general advice would be helpful. It is our first trip and we'll be there for a week, en route home after 3 weeks in Israel.

Also, can anyone recommend a decent, not-too-expensive hotel in Sultanahmet, Galata and/or Taksim?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: July 16, 2013, 05:07:14 AM »
i cant seem to find a number or location to the chabad. can anyone please help
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: July 16, 2013, 07:34:43 AM »
http://www.jewishturkey.com/

Tel: 90-533-513-7402 : טלפון
Home:  90-533-513-7402 : בית

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: July 16, 2013, 07:43:05 AM »
http://www.jewishturkey.com/

Tel: 90-533-513-7402 : טלפון
Home:  90-533-513-7402 : בית
thanks so much!
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: July 16, 2013, 12:04:52 PM »
Thanks from me too! We will be in Turkey from Sept. 9-17 (including Yom Kippor) so this is most helpful!

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: July 16, 2013, 12:06:32 PM »
Thanks from me too! We will be in Turkey from Sept. 9-17 (including Yom Kippor) so this is most helpful!
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: August 19, 2013, 07:50:00 PM »
any way to access the lounge in IST, ? making a stopover on way to TLV, I have united club and lounge club from chase ink

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: November 25, 2013, 03:36:07 PM »
Was there a few years ago for a day time stopover with two friends. In the main arrival hall they had a luggage storage that was not expensive, where we left our carry on luggage. Outside of the arrival hall I asked the guy in charge at the taxi stand for a English speaking driver, that was available within a couple of minutes. I told the taxi driver we got to be back at the airport in 7 hours for my connection flight and we would like him to shows us around the city but to start off I told him that I would like him to take us to the old jewish cemetery where Rabbi Naftali Katz, author of the Sefer Smichas Chachamim is buried. He knew exactly where it was. At cemetery they asked us for ID and asked us to empty our pockets, and was told that taking pictures is forbidden (no idea why). From there we went to Cevahir Mall that is one of the largest malls in Europe. At the mall they where many nice shops and some fun attractions, like a roller coaster that rolls down through the balconys of the first few floors. From there we went to the Neve Shalom Synagogue. We were not permitted to go inside. Police told is that since the 2003 bombing you need to reserve in advance to go inside. From there we stopped for some pictures at the Blue Mosque and headed back to the airport. Seven hours is a very short time to cover the city but you should be able to see most of it in a few days.
 

because the cemetery is next to a army base, but I managed to take a few pictures (was there in Apr.)

just for the information -  if anyone need it - there are toilets at the cemetery, also cold drinking water for free & the opening hours are 9 - 5

how much did you pay for the taxi for the whole trip?



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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: November 26, 2013, 06:43:35 PM »
$100-150 don't remember exactly.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: March 26, 2014, 04:23:06 PM »
Could someone please tell me directions to the Smichas Chachomims grave, how is the cemetery called, and how much a taxi would be?
Please hurry, I'm leaving in a few hours.
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: May 14, 2014, 12:01:52 PM »
i will have a stop at Istanbul for 6 hour on my way from tlv-NY, whats my best options for 6 hour stop?
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: July 01, 2015, 11:26:22 PM »
Trip Report:
Used Turkish Airlines from JFK-->IST.
ISTANBUL
Stayed at the Park Hyatt.  Great hotel! The service here was unbelievable, and the room was great.  My room had its own steam room which was really nice.  In addition, its location is great.  It is actually a block away from the St. Regis in the Nisantasi area where all the luxury stores are located.  There are also many nice cafes in the area to have a coffee.  The only drawback was that to go to a different neighborhood you might run into a lot of traffic.  However, in Istanbul the chances of you not experiencing traffic is not too high.

I have been to thailand and truly believe that Istanbul (along with other Turkish cities) is an amazing and better place to buy a new wardrobe.  The clothes will be better quality (leather, cotton, linen, and any other fabric will be better quality).  The fake brand name items are also much better quality IMHO.

During my time in Istanbul my activities included:
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Walk around Nisantasi area
  • Taksim Area (there are hidden passageways with amazing clothing shops for dirt cheap
  • Bebek area by the Bosphorus (had an amazing park that my 15 month old enjoyed with views of the Bosphorus
  • Istinye Park (great huge mall)
  • Sultanahmet area
  • Ortakoy Area (nice street shops and cafes with amazing views)
  • Askim Cafe (not kosher, but worth going to go get a beer and enjoy the view)

Bodrum (One Hr Flight)
Flying within turkey is pretty cheap and can cost you as low as 20 dollars.
Bodrum is an amazing "beach town" with breathtaking views on the coast of Turkey between the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean.
Stayed at the JW Marriott, which opened a month ago and was able to get amazing value.  The nightly rates go for 450 euro for a room with sea view and balcony.  Luckily, it is only a category 3 hotel and I was able to get amazing value from signing up my wife and I for the Marriott premiere card which gives you a free night upon approval along with a 70k bonus. However, I used chase points since I got the card a little too late to get use of the miles from the card.

The hotel was amazing and staff were very accommodating.  They have a kids park and house by the pool along with a kiddie pool which was really nice to have. It was also in a great area near the Yalikavak marina which has the most amazing yachts lined up one after another by the dock.  It also has a mini waterpark and other attractions for kids. 

About 30 minutes from the hotel is the old city of Bodrum, which is a great place to bargain and buy good quality clothes and other goods at the street markets.