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Discover the rich Jewish heritage of one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities on this full-day private tour of Istanbul. Accompanied by a private guide, follow Istanbul’s Jewish Route through the old Jewish quarter of Galata; visit the Ahrida and Etz Ahayi synagogues; stop by the Jewish Cemetery; and tour the Jewish Museum.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of Istanbul’s Jewish Route
  • Explore the old Jewish quarter of Galata on a guided walking tour
  • Visit the Jewish Museum, the Jewish Cemetery, and Etz Ahayi synagogue
  • Learn more about Istanbul’s fascinating Jewish heritage from an expert guide
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport by private vehicle
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

Meet your private guide and driver at your central Istanbul hotel, and set out to explore Istanbul’s most prominent Jewish sites. The first stop is Galata, one of Istanbul’s oldest neighborhoods, and the heart of the city’s Jewish district. As you stroll around the historic district, stop to admire the landmark Galata Tower, and visit the Neva Shalom Synagogue or Ashkenaz Synagogue (depending on opening times).

Continue along the Golden Horn to the Balat neighborhood, a lively Jewish quarter during Ottoman times and still proudly proclaiming the Star of David affront some of its buildings. Here, you’ll have chance to take a peek at the Jewish Hospital, and pay a visit to the Ahrida Synagogue, built in the 15th century by the first generation of Seferad Jews.

A short drive brings you to the Hasköy district, where you can learn more about the city’s Jewish heritage at the Zülfaris Jewish Museum and visit the Jewish Cemetery. Nearby, stop at Ortaköy to see the port at which the Seferads arrived five centuries before, and learn how they were offered refuge by Ottoman ruler Sultan Bazyezid.

There’s just time for one more stop, at the Etz Ahayim Synagogue in Ortaköy, before making your way back to the center, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

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