Galata - The Jewish District Half Day Tour

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Galata district in Istanbul , Turkey
Galata district in Istanbul , Turkey
View of the Golden Horn and old areas of Istanbul
View of the Golden Horn and old areas of Istanbul

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Discover the Jewish section of Istanbul and learn about the history of the community in the area.


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Istanbul has had a vibrant Jewish community for more than 1000 years. After the Turkish conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Mehmet II encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Over half a million Jews persecuted in Spain and Portugal were encouraged to establish themselves within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. In Istanbul, the new immigrants settled mostly near Galata, a quarter on the northern bank of the Golden Horn, where a Jewish community had existed since the early days of the Ottoman Era in Istanbul. We will walk in Galata and find ourselves in streets full of color and energy. Synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish Apartments, the amazing story of Abram Kamondo and other Jewish heritage sites are part of this tour.

Program for WEEKDAYS (Monday to Friday)

  • Jewish Museum

  • Ashkenaz Synagogue

  • Schneidertemple Synagogue

  • Outer visits to Georgian Synagogue, Neve SHalom Synagogue, Italian Synagogue, Jewish Apartments, Kamondo Buildings

Program for SATURDAY (Outer visits only)

  • Schneidertemple Synagogue

  • Georgian Synagogue

  • Ashkenaz Synagogue

  • Italian Synagogue

  • Jewish Apartments

  • Kamondo Buildings

Program for SUNDAY

  • Jewish Museum

  • Schneidertemple Synagogue

  • Outer visits to Neve Shalom Syngogue, Georgian Synagogue, Ashkenaz Synagogue, Jewish Apartments, Kamondo Buildings


  • Hotel pick-up

  • Guided tour

  • Admission to the Jewish Museum

  • Admission to selected synagogues


  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge.

  • You are required to send copies of your passport four days before your departure at the latest in order to get permission for entrance to the synagogues.

  • This tour may not be available during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays.

  • Departure times may vary depending on hotel location.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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