Take a half-day tour of the historic Jewish District of Istanbul, where Jews deported from Spain have lived in peace for over 500 years. Visit important historical sites and charming quarters with beautiful architecture, each with a story of its own.
What to Expect
Beginning in the morning after breakfast, our tour will begin in Galata, the centuries-old Jewish quarter that first housed the city’s Jewish community in the 11th Century. Admire the neighborhood’s famous Galata Tower, built by the Genoese in 1348.
From here we will visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue or the Ashkenaz Synagogue, depending on times and availability.
Then, we will drive to Balat, along the Golden Horn, a residential area for Ottoman Jews where the Star of David still appears on the facades of some buildings. After explore this part of Istanbul’s historic city center, we will visit the Ahrida Synagogue, built in the 15th century.
Finally, we will have a chance to see the city’s Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim) from the outside, before our tour ends.
- Private transportation
- Donations to synagogues
- Pick-up and drop off at your centrally located Istanbul hotel
Know Before You Go
This tour is not available on weekends. We require guests' passport photocopies a minimum of 4 days in advance in order to get the permission from the synagogues. Passports are required during the tour.
• After booking, you need to call the local supplier in order to learn exact time and free shuttle availability.
• Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels. When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible.
• Free shuttle pick-up is offered between 08:00 and 09:00 (depending on the location of your hotel), and takes 45 to 60 minutes.