Guided tour

Istanbul: Jewish District 3-Hour Walking Tour

4.7 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

Istanbul: Jewish District 3-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

From US$ 121.05 per person

Explore the streets of Galata on a 3-hour walking tour of Istanbul’s Jewish Quarter, and learn about the Jewish community that has occupied the historic area for more than 1,000 years. Visit the Jewish Museum, Ashkenazi Synagogue, apartments, and more.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from centrally-located hotels within Taksim Square, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet, and Fatih neighborhoods in Istanbul
Small group
Limited to 4 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • See old photographs and documents that chronicle Jewish life in Istanbul at the Jewish Museum
  • Learn about the Jewish financier Abraham Camondo
  • Wander the colorful streets of Galata
  • Visit the Jewish Apartments and the Kamondo Buildings
Full description
Istanbul has had a vibrant Jewish community for more than 1,000 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. On this tour, you'll walk around Galata, exploring its intriguing streets full of colorful life. The tour includes synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish Apartments, the amazing story of Abraham Kamondo, and other Jewish heritage sites. Monday – Friday:  Jewish Museum, Ashkenazi Synagogue, Schneidertemple Synagogue, and outer visits to Georgian Synagogue, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Italian Synagogue, Jewish Apartments, Kamondo Buildings.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pickup
  • Entrance fees and donations
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please bring copies of your passport or fax them to the number on your voucher.
  • To be able to get permission to enter the synagogues you need to make reservations 4 days prior to departure, otherwise visits inside the synagogues will not be included on the schedule.
  • This tour may not run during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays.
  • This tour will not run on Saturdays and Sundays.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5
  • Service
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  • Organization
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Very informative and interesting tour Our guide was very proficient in English, knowledgeable about the history and customs. He was able to answer all our questions and was patient while we went through the museum and gift shop. The only complaint was that when I called to inquire about the transportation I was told we would be picked up at the hotel and dropped off after the tour . We were picked up in time but after the tour we were told we would have to find our own transportation back to the hotel. That was somewhat a challenge. Our guide said he would talk to the company in the US because return transportation was not included as part of the tour. I would highly recommend this tour!

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August 24, 2018

Highly recommended!

The walk leads around the Galatian Tower to former and current facilities of the Jewish community in Istanbul: synagogues, schools, private and commercial buildings are on the program. The long and exciting history of Judaism in Istanbul is vividly presented. We were able to follow the English explanations well. Conclusion: highly recommended not only for those interested in Judaism, but also if you want to experience the city away from the big tourist crowds.

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March 1, 2015

Insight into Jewish Istanbul

Our guide was very knowledgable and good company. Despite some steep walking it was manageable. The time went quickly as we visited synagogues and learnt about the Jewish community in Istanbul past and present. We would thoroughly recommend this tour if you want to find out more about this fascinating city.

August 30, 2014

Product ID: 18128