Istanbul: Jewish Heritage and Museum Full-Day Tour

Istanbul: Jewish Heritage and Museum Full-Day Tour

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Key Details
7 hours
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Spanish, English

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Pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul available on request

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the Jewish heritage of Istanbul
  • Visit the Jewish Museum of Turkey and learn more about the Jews of Istanbul and Anatolia
  • Bargain for souvenirs in one of the oldest covered markets in the world
  • See a masterpiece of architecture at the Hagia Sophia
  • Discover some of the most prominent synagogues of Istanbul, such as the Ashkenazi Synagogue
Explore the Jewish heritage of Istanbul on a 7-hour sightseeing tour, with round-trip transfers from Istanbul Port. Visit the Jewish Museum of Turkey to learn about the Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire, marvel at the Hagia Sophia church, and more.
What to Expect
Explore the Jewish history of Istanbul on a full-day private tour with multilingual guide. You will be met off your cruise ship in Istanbul Port (or from your hotel on request), and transferred by Mercedes vehicle to the heart of the city.

Go to the Balat district to see the Ahrida Synagogue, one of the oldest and most prominent of Istanbul’s synagogues. Visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Karaköy, built in response to an increase in the Jewish population in the Galata neighborhood. Continue to Ashkenazi Synagogue, the only active Ashkenazi synagogue in Istanbul open to visits.

At the heart of Jewish Istanbul, in the old Galata district, you will visit the Jewish Museum, established in 2001 on the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Sephardic Jews to the Ottoman Empire. Remodeled in the former Zülfaris Synagogue, the museum features artifacts, relics, letters and torah scrolls that tell the story of the Jews in Istanbul and Anatolia.

There will also be time to see the former mosque and Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia, now considered one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. End in the Grand Bazaar, and bargain for handmade carpets, jewelry and leather souvenirs before your transfer back to the port (or your hotel on request).
What's Included
  • Transportation by private deluxe air-conditioned Mercedes vehicle
  • Driver and licensed tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Gas and parking fees
  • Services charges and local taxes
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
Meeting Point

Meet at Rihtim Cd 2, Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mh. Your guide will be at the port exit, holding a sign with your name on it for ease of contact (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• The synagogues and the Jewish museum are under control of the Jewish community in Istanbul. To visit these places you must reserve a place. At the time of booking you must provide passport copies to the service provider
• Please note, the Jewish community allows museum and synagogue visits, by donation. Donation fees are not included in tour price

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