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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
Up to 12 guestsUS$ 198
Up to 20 guestsUS$ 226.6
Up to 45 guestsUS$ 297.1
Up to 12 guestsUS$ 264
Up to 20 guestsUS$ 324.6
Up to 45 guestsUS$ 440.1
4 hours. -8 hours.
The tour is exclusively in English.
Expert English speaking guide.
Private tour (only for you and your family or friends).
Hotel pick up and drop off.
Transportation by private vehicle.
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.
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.
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