Istanbul Jewish Heritage Full Day Private Tour

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Balat and Galata in Istanbul
Balat and Galata in Istanbul
Galata District in Istanbul
Galata District in Istanbul
View of the Golden Horn and old areas of Istanbul
View of the Golden Horn and old areas of Istanbul
Aerial view of terraced housing in suburb of Ortakoy near Bosporus in Istanbul
Aerial view of terraced housing in suburb of Ortakoy near Bosporus in Istanbul

What To Expect

Know the story of the Turkish Jews who were deported from Spain in 1492 and are now living in Turkey for more than 500 years in peace and harmony.


  • Get to know the story of the Jews in Istanbul

  • Explore the old jewish neighborhood of Galata

  • Visit various Jewish synagogues in Balat, a residential area along the Golden Horn

  • Pass by the Jewish cemetery and Ortakoy


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Start with a tour of Galata, the centuries-old Jewish neighborhood with its famous tower built by the Genoese. You may go to Neve Shalom Synagogue or Ashkenaz Synagogue, depends on their availability.

Drive to Balat along the Golden Horn, a residential area of the Ottoman Jews where the "Star of David" still appears on the facades of some buildings. Proceed to Ahrida Synagogue, built in the 15th century, and the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim) which you can view from outside. Then go to the Zülfaris Jewish Museum of the Quincentennial Foundation and the "Oldies House" at Hasköy.

After that, pass by the Jewish Cemetery where the martyrs of Neve Shalom are buried. Stop at Ortaköy, where the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain disembarked in 1942. Your last stop would be Etz Ahayim Synagogue.


  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Lunch

  • Entrance fees

  • Donations to synagogues

  • English speaking guide

  • VAT


  • Drinks during lunch

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Cancellation or change of date is not allowed. All sales are final and non-refundable.

  • Passports are required for security purposes during the tour.

  • Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Please inform us if you'd like to have kosher meal or to upgrade your restaurant.

  • The pick-up service via shuttle bus takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request.

  • Photocopy of the passport page with photo is needed in 4 days in advance of the tour date for visit permits.

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% cancellation fee. Non-refundable.

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