Jewish Heritage Tour of Istanbul

Discover the long history of Jews in Turkey and Istanbul

from $38*/person
Private Tour Guide Skip the line 6 hours

Jewish Heritage Tour Istanbul

Being one of our themed tours, Jewish Heritage Tour of Istanbul takes you to historical synagogues in Istanbul, old Jewish neighborhoods and introduces you the life, past and present of Jewish community in Istanbul.

What to expect?

Who's this tour for?

  • Those who like to discover the Jewish heritage,
  • If you are coming back to Istanbul after some time,
  • If you are having a long layover between flights,
  • If you have one day in Istanbul,

What to expect?

  • Learn the long history of Jews in Anatolia not just Istanbul
  • Visit Istanbul's once popular Jewish neighborhoods
  • Learn the Jews in local life since the Ottomans

What's included?

  • Reservations for synagogues
  • Professional Guiding Service
  • Admission Fees for the museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Pick-up & drop-off to your hotel

What's not included & why?

To give our guests more option and flexibility for lunch, we do not include in our prices.

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

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Tour Itinerary

#01 - Ahrida Synagogue

Our Jewish Heritage Istanbul Tour begins with a visit to Istanbul’s oldest and active synagogues; Ahrida. Ahrida synagogue dates back to 15th century and built by Jews of Ohri (Macedonia) more than 550 years ago and recently renovated during the Quincentennial Celebrations in 1992, the Ahrida Synagogue is known foremost by its boat-shaped bimah.

#02 Balat: an old Jewish Neighborhood

After visiting Ahrida synagogue we keep exploring the colorful streets of Balat. Balat was a populated Jewish neighborhood for centuries. You will see the old Jewish houses. Balat is a popular neighborhood with traditional, colorful, old houses, small local businesses, boutiques, stylish cafes and friendly locals.

#03 Karakoy & Galata

We then make our way to Karakoy taking a ride along the southern coastline of the Golden Horn. Karakoy is one of the oldest parts of Istanbul. Known for sea trade for centuries. We continue with finucular up to to Galata quarter.

#04 Neva Shalom Synagogue & Jewish Heritage Museum
In Galata, we visit Istanbul’s biggest synagogue Neva Shalom. Today, Neva Shalom synagogue houses the Jewish Heritage Museum of Istanbul. The Quincentennial Jewish Heritage Museum is an excellent representation of the history of Jews in Istanbul and Anatolia. The museum also has an ethnography section where local traditional costumes are displayed.
#05 Ashkenaz Synagogue
Next we will explore the beautiful scenery of Istanbul from a rooftop cafe. You wil learn more about Jewish heritage of Istanbul from you guide while sipping your Turkish tea or Turkish coffee. After taking some memorable pictures of your Istanbul experience we continute to Ashkenazi Synagogue. Ashkenazi Synagogue was established in 1900 for Jewish immigrants coming from Macedonia and Poland.
#06 Schneider's Temple & Kamondo Stairs

Following our visit to Ashkenazi Synagogue we continue to Schnedier’s Temple. In 19th century Ottoman Istanbul most of the Ashkenazi Jews were tailors. The synagogue was funded and opened by the Union of Ashkenazi Tailors (Tofre Begadim) on 8th of September 1894. Schneiders’s Temple serves as an art gallery today.

Our final spot is the famous Kamondo Stairs. Kamondo Stairs were built by banker Avram Kamondo to connect Bankers street to Banker road. Kamondo Stairs is a small gem reflecting the Art Nouveau style of its time.

Dynamic Tour Pricing

Dynamic pricing is the reduction of the price per person when the number of people in your party increases. The more people in your group - the less you pay per person.

Private tour prices per group size

1 adult $145 2 adults $160 > $80 per person 3 adults $192 > $64 per person 4 adults $240 > $60 per person 5 adults $275 > $55 per person 6 adults $300 > $50 per person 7 adults $322 > $46 per person 8 adults $344 > $43 per person 9 adults $360 > $40 per person 10 adults $380 > $38 per person * For groups up to 3 pax we use yellow cabs, for parties more than 3 pax we use van/minibus. ** For larger groups please contact us.

Additional Tour Notes:

How To Book & Pay?

To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.

There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).

Easy Cancellation

You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: “Booking Terms“.

Legal Notice:

This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.

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