Istanbul, Turkey
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Overview

Stroll around the Jewish quarter and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the famous Bosphorus Strait during this full-day small-group guided tour in Istanbul. Walk through the district of Karaköy and discover Istanbul’s Jewish history. Alongside an expert guide, visit synagogues and the Jewish museum all while learning about the city’s rich Jewish heritage. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch of local cuisine and then savor a boat cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Plus, take a scenic drive along the Golden Horn and climb to the top of Pierre Loti Hill on a cable car. Numbers are limited to 15 people, so you can enjoy a more intimate experience with your guide.
  • Full-day Istanbul Jewish district walking tour with lunch, Golden Horn sightseeing and Bosphorus cruise
  • Explore the colorful streets of Karaköy, Istanbul’s old Jewish district once called Galata
  • Visit the Jewish Museum and Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue and see other historic sites
  • Learn about Istanbul’s Jewish community and culture from an expert guide
  • Sail the beautiful Bosphorus between Europe and Asia on a 1.5-hour cruise
  • Ride a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill, visit the Dolmabahçe Palace and enjoy a 3-course lunch
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more intimate experience

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Explore the city's Jewish history—plus classic sights in Karaköy and the Golden Horn—with a boat cruise and cable-car ride.
Meet your guide at your central Istanbul hotel and start your small-group Istanbul tour. Aboard an air-conditioned minivan, head to the old neighborhood of Karaköy formerly known as the Galata district. As you drive, learn about Istanbul’s Jewish heritage and how Jewish immigrants who were exiled from Europe were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire.
Arrive in Galata, situated just north of the Golden Horn where European Istanbul separates into two parts, and hear about the Jews who landed here in the 15th century. Begin with a visit to the Zülfaris synagogue. Step into its Jewish Museum and see an abundance of artifacts. Then, explore the beautiful interior of Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue, the city’s last functioning synagogue for Ashkenazi Jews.
Continue back to the streets for a promenade to the distinguished synagogues like the Camondo Building. Hear about the Camondo family, Venetian Jews, who commissioned this synagogue and built their wealth banking for Ottoman sultans in the 19th century.  
After, take a break and enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine during a 3-course lunch. Taste savory kebabs or other local favorites. Then, hop aboard a cable car for a climb to the peak of  Pierre Loti Hill.
Capture stunning expansive views and then enjoy a drive along the Golden Horn. Gaze at this beautiful arm of the sea as you pass by regal buildings and elegant churches. Plus, hear some Istanbul lore from your guide. 
Finally, chill on a boat for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait which divides the two continents. Traverse beneath Bosphorus bridges, pass Rumeli Fortress and other landmarks. Ogle Ottoman mosques and stately mansions as you return to shore and Dolmabahçe Palace. 
Here, visit this luxurious residence and learn about the six generations of Ottoman royalty that resided here. Admire its opulent rooms and twinkling Crystal Staircase whose handrails are chiseled from fine crystal.
End your tour with a drive back to your hotel and wave bye to your guide.
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