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Private Guided Tour of Istanbul Jewish Heritage

4.5 / 5 total 1900 reviews
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Product code: 2400
Overview

Start your private Istanbul's Jewish Heritage tour by being collected from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul. Board your vehicle and cruise to the old Jewish neighbourhood of Galata, learn how the fourth crusade captured and demolished the area in the year 1203.

Admire the elegance of the Galata Tower. Hear how this famous Istanbul monument and vantage point was constructed in the 14th century as part of the colonial expansion into Constantinople by the Genoese.

Next, walk over to the Ashkenaz Synagogue, today the only active synagogue of its kind in Istanbul.

Get to know everything about the Austrian Jews who established it in 1900 for the Ashkenazi Jewish sect. Today the synagogue still celebrates bar mitzvahs, weddings, other religious ceremonies and is available to visitors and those who wish to pray.

With your expert guide continue through the Beyoğlu neighbourhood to the Jewish Museum of Turkey formerly known as the Zülfaris Synagogue.

Discover how this 19th-century religious building was renovated and rebuilt as a museum in 2001. This was to honour the 500th anniversary of Sephardic Jews coming to the Ottoman Empire.

See how Jewish culture and tradition blended with Turkish history in the Museum.

Plus, learn how Muslims and Jews lived with one another, see a display that explains the successful Jewish quest from Spain to Turkey.

Finally, visit Etz Ahayim Synagogue also referred to as the Ortaköy Synagogue. Located in the Beşiktaş district in the neighbourhood of Ortaköy, gain an insight into how various ethnicities and religions such as Greeks, Turks, Armenians, and Jews were all able to live together in harmony during the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

Even in the present day, this neighbourhood is a perfect example of how colours and creeds can live in peace.

Leave Ortaköy with new knowledge of Jewish history in Turkey and head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.

Highlights
  • Discover everything about the centuries-old history and culture of Istanbul’s Jewish community
  • Admire the Galata Tower
  • Visit two prominent synagogues: Ashkenazi Synagogue, and Etz Ahayim Synagogue
  • Get a better understanding of Jewish and Muslim coexistence at the Jewish Museum of Turkey
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 3 to 5 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • All participants pay the adult priceAll participants pay the adult price
  • A minimum of 2 adults is required to book this tour A minimum of 2 adults is required to book this tour
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick Up and Drop Off from Istanbul Hotels
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Confirmation will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability Confirmation will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 2 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Parking Fees
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Luxurious Vehicles For Transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Food And Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Entrance Fees
Pickup and Drop-off
Pickups and drop-offs from Istanbul hotels
Know Before You Go
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Please note you MUST provide your full passport details at time of booking. This information is required in order to obtain permission to enter the synagogues
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Reviewed by Simon P TN   June 07, 2022
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HAD A WONDERFUL, MEMORABLE AND INFORMATIVE TOUR . Our guide gave us an amazing experience with her knowledge of the this historic place. This tour was a brillant. I highly recommend their services.
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Reviewed by be_nny8 US   June 07, 2022
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Our guide had good English. She was very happy and chatty which made the day for us. I will recommend this tour and this guide and private tour they were very helpful.
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Reviewed by Alex M KR   June 07, 2022
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We had an amazing guide on this tour. She was informative, courteous and very pleasant to talk to. I broke my camera and she went way out of her way to take me to an electronic store to buy a new camera. I thought that was so nice of her to do. I highly recommend.
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Reviewed by Thomas TZ   June 07, 2022
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Tour was fascinating and quite beautiful. We had so many happy memories of this tour and we would like to thank you and your guide by giving you 5 stars.
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Reviewed by Silvana M NL   June 07, 2022
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MY FAMILY AND I ENJOYED VERY MUCH THIS TOUR. IT WAS EVERYTHING WE EXPECTED. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
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Reviewed by Bo AU   June 07, 2022
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This tour is fantastic, and those places that we visited are wonderful. I hope someday we can come back again. Thanks to our guide for making our trip easy and safe
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Reviewed by Acton UG   June 07, 2022
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It was a great and informative tour. It was nice being able to travel with a tour guide. Overall satisfied with the tour.
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Reviewed by Sean US   June 07, 2022
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OH MY GOD, I FASCINATED AS I REMEMBER THAT DAY … It was undoubtedly one of our best tours!
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Reviewed by Pranish D IN   June 07, 2022
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This was worth every cent we spent on it because this tour was great. Our guide did a great job of giving information. Thank you very much for everything.
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Reviewed by Veronica F MX   June 06, 2022
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We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was full of endless knowledge and made the whole trip interesting and informative so I can say it was the best, We would happily rebook this tour or another one run by the company again. Thanks.
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