Discover this cosmopolitan city with many thriving Jewish quarters – Visit the Neve Shalom, Ahrida and Ashkenazi Synagogues or Jewish Museum steeped in history. Learn about the city’s Jewish Heritage while taking a stroll in the colorful streets of the Jewish community in the quarters of Balat and Galata along the Golden Horn…
Sample Tour Itinerary:
Jewish Tours in Istanbul – Heritage Tour
Private tour of History & Synagogues
Temporarily not available
Private Jewish Heritage Tour
Pick up at the hotel. Proceed to downtown Beyoglu & Pera and take a stroll down Istiklal Avenue to the Galata quarter, a Jewish community neighborhood for centuries with many synagogues and bustling street life.
There we visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, which serves the community of European Jews. En route, see the cosmopolitan nature of the city passing historic diplomatic posts, handsome old houses, fashionable boutiques and cafes.
Stop-off at Galata Tower, once the high-point of the Genovese fortified town, from which there are spectacular views over the city.
Also visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the largest modern synagogue in the city center to a strong Jewish community.
While in this area you’ll also visit the Jewish Musuem to learn about the local history.
Later in the afternoon, we cross to the Western shore of the Golden Horn to take a stroll through the atmospheric old streets in the Jewish quarter of Balat, where many Jewish immigrants settled to help repopulate the city under Sultan Beyazit II. Today the Star of David can be seen on the facades of some buildings.
Also in this colorful area, we visit the Ottoman Baroque style Ahrida Synagogue, with beautiful furnishings, including the bema (pulpit) shaped like the prow of a ship. Drop off to the hotel or cruise ship port. End of the Jewish Heritage Tour.
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1 day Jewish Heritage tour in Istanbul by private guide and A/C vehicle
Jewish Community Sites:
Neve Shalom Synagogue
Jewish quarter of Balat
Beyoglu & Pera
Jewish Synagogue Permissions:
All advance entry permissions necessary for entering the synagogues are arranged by us prior to the tour. Advance reservations advised.
We regret that this Jewish tour of Istanbul is temporarily not available.
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