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The Quincentennial of Sepharads | Half Day Private Jewish Tour

Private Jewish Heritage Tour | By Luxury Istanbul

Discover Istanbul's Jewish culture on this private half day tour. Visit the Galata Tower, one of the most prominent landmarks in the city on the European side. You will also visit the synagogues of Ashkenaz and Ortakoy.

You may wish to turn into a full day tour by combining with a few other highlights of Istanbul.

What You Can Expect

The Story Of Turkish Jews who were deported from Spain in 1492 living in Turkey more than 500 years in peace & harmony. Discover this cosmopolitan city with many thriving Jewish quarters - Visit the Neve Shalom, Ahrida and Ashkenaz Synagogues steeped in history...Take a stroll in the colorful streets of the Jewish communities in the quarters of Balat and Galata along the Golden Horn... where the Star of David appears on the facades of some buildings.

Start your tour at the Galata Tower, the centuries-old Jewish neighborhood with its famous tower built by Genoese. In the 11th century, the quarter housed the city’s Jewish community, which came to number some 2,500 people. The Jewish quarter of Galata was seized and destroyed in 1203 by the Fourth Crusade.

Visit to Neve Shalom Synagogue or Ashkenaz Synagogue (according to availability). When the Jewish population in the old Pera and Galata districts (today encompassed by Beyoglu district). Neve Shalom is the central and largest Sephardic synagogue in Istanbul, open to service especially on Shabbats, high holidays, Bar Mitzvahs, funerals and weddings. Also visit the Jewish Musuem in this area.

Then drive to Balat along the Golden Horn, residential area of the Ottoman Jews where the 'Star of David' still appears on the facades of some buildings.

Next, visit Ahrida Synagogue in Balat, which is one of the oldest synagogues in Istanbul, built in the 15th century. It was built by Romaniotes (Greek Jews), but after the arrival of the Sephardic Jews it was used exclusively by them. Ahrida Synagogue is also the only synagogue in Istanbul at which Sabbatai Zevi, founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement, prayed. 

Except: Saturday and Sunday

To customize or get a tailor made private jewish tour of Istanbul please contact your travel professional holidaypackages[@]luxuryistanbul.com or call us at + 90 535 312 2642

Please ask for price quotation.

Additional Info

Duration: 08:30am to 13:00pm (If you wish to extend the tour by adding a few more sites, please feel free to ask)

Departure point: Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul (European only)

Except: Saturday and Sunday

- Pictured page photocopy of the passports is needed in advance for visit permits. Passport is required during the visits.

- In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited

- Not recommended for children aged 4 and under 

- 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.



Pick up transfer from your hotel in Istanbul at approx. 8:30am
Professional English-speaking tour guide (Experienced Guide for Jewish Heritage in Istanbul)
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
Return transfer to your hotel or cruise port at approx. 13:00pm


Entrance fees (or donations) to the synagogues
Lunch & Beverages
Any items not specifically mentioned as included 
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities to guide / driver

If however, the given itinerary does not suit your needs, we are flexible to offer tailor-made itineraries to our clients upon request. Depending on your group size, we can arrange private jewish tour in Istanbul; vans, coaches or luxury vehicles to suit all needs.

Please Note: We never give you any guarantee to enter the synagogues and show you from the inside, sometimes jewish authorities may not allow us to enter (eventhough we ask permission formerly, we are not able give a guarantee to visit the whole sites from inside) 
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