What to expect?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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).
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“.
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.