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Jewish Heritage Private Tour
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Jewish Heritage Private Tour

  • English English
  • 4 hours. -8 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Discover the Jewish Heritage of Istanbul on this private tour in which you visit the main Jewish neighborhoods and synagogues of the city, while you unearth the history of the Hebrew community in Turkey.

Itinerary

After collecting you from your hotel, you will board a comfortable private vehicle and head to the Galata neighborhood. This district housed the largest Jewish community in Istanbul.

The first stop of this half-day tour is Ashkenazi Synagogue, the only active synagogue in the city and open to visitors. The temple was established in 1900 by Jews of Austrian origin. Jewish visitors can participate in the daily prayer.

Continue the tour to the Karakoy area, where the prominent Camondo family live and admire the numerous monuments built by this powerful Jewish clan. One of the most impressive landmarks are the Camondo (Kamondo) Steps, erected in 1850 in a mix of Art Nouveau and Neo-Baroque style.

Then, you’ll visit the Schneidertempel, an ancient Ashkenazi synagogue built by this Jewish ethnic division during the Ottoman Empire. It is currently a famous art gallery.

Your knowledgeable guide will reveal the history of the Jewish communities in Turkey while you do an interactive tour of the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the largest Sephardi synagogue in Istanbul, followed by a visit to the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews.

After visiting these two institutions, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Full-Day Tour

If you want to learn more about the Jewish heritage in Istanbul, you can also book a full-day tour.

In this case, you will also visit Ahrida Synagogue, Yanbol Synagogue and Etz Ahayim Synagogue, as well as the most famous Jewish neighborhoods and Jewish homes decorated with a Star of David. Finally, you will be led to Balat Jewish Hospital.

Important information

  • You must bring your passport with you during this private tour.

    To confirm the reservation of this private tour, please send us a copy of your passports.

    Keep in mind that the access to most of the religious edifices requires visitors to cover their shoulders and knees.

    If you want to book a full-day tour, you will also have free time to eat in the Ortaköy neighborhood. You will find kosher food at restaurants like Eden Café and at the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews.

Hotel pick-up

Your guide will collect you from the following areas in the center of Istanbul: Ortaköy, Beşiktaş, Gayrettepe, Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, Feriköy, Osmanbey, Harbiye, Taksim, Beyoglu, Galata, Karaköy, Şehzadebasi, Laleli, Aksaray, Beyazit, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Eminönü, Findikzade, Fatih, Topkapi, Merter, Eyup, Samatya and Zeytinburnu.

If your hotel or apartment is not located in the previously mentioned areas, the pick-up includes a supplement.

Price

This is a private tour organized for you and your partner, friends or family.

Up to 12 guests Up to 20 guests Up to 45 guests
Half-Day Tour
US$ 201.20
US$ 230.30
US$ 301.80
Full-Day Tour
US$ 268.30
US$ 329.80
US$ 447.20

Half-Day Tour

  • Up to 12 guests

    US$ 201.2
  • Up to 20 guests

    US$ 230.3
  • Up to 45 guests

    US$ 301.8

Full-Day Tour

  • Up to 12 guests

    US$ 268.3
  • Up to 20 guests

    US$ 329.8
  • Up to 45 guests

    US$ 447.2

More Information

Duration

4 hours. -8 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

Expert English speaking guide.

Private tour (only for you and your family or friends).

Hotel pick up and drop off.

Transportation by private vehicle.

Not included

10€ donation to enter the Ashkenaz Synagogue.

6€ donation (aprox.) to enter the Neve Shalom Synagogue and the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 2 days before (Istanbul local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

Yes (imperative to point out when the booking is made).

Per group from
US$ 201.20
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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