This walking tour combines Istanbul’s vibrant Jewish district with a cruise on the Bosphorus. The boat goes by the shores of the Bosphorus while your guide, a specialist on the Bosphorus, explains everything en route.
What to Expect
Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and begin this full day walking tour with a stroll through the historic Jewish neighborhood.
There has been a vibrant Jewish community in Istanbul for more than 1,000 years. After the Turkish conquest, Sultan Mehmet II encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. More than half a million Jews, who had been persecuted in Spain and Portugal, were encouraged to establish themselves within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire and they settled near Galata, a district on the northern bank of the Golden Horn.
As you walk through the colorful streets, you will see dozens of synagogues and Jewish apartments. Learn the amazing story of Abraham Kamondo, and visit Jewish heritage sites. Your guide will narrate the dramatic story of the Jewish settlement.
After lunch, you will first visit the Pierre Loti Hill by cable car. Enjoy a panoramic Golden Horn tour by bus. Then, cruise by boat for 90 minutes along the shores of Bosphorus while your specialist guides explains everything to you en route. You will see the views of Dolmabahçe Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, and beautiful mansions by the shores of Bosphorus. We will disembark near the Spice Bazaar and transfer to your hotel.
- Guide services
- Entrance fees
- Donation for mosques, churches, synagogues
Know Before You Go
To be able to get permission for entrance to Synagogues you need to make reservation 4 days prior to departure, otherwise inside visits of synagogues will not be on the schedule. Passport copies are required - either bring them in or fax them to the supplier's office. This tour may not be available during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays.
This tour will not run on Saturdays and Sundays.