The great majority of the Jewish community in Turkey (around 26.000 people) lives in Istanbul. This is only a fraction of the 500.000 Jews that once lived in here during the Ottoman Empire.

Therefore, the Jewish Heritage left in Istanbul is one of the most interesting and less known parts of the city. Join us, and discover the thriving Jewish Quarters, full of history and stories. Our program will take you through old neighbourhoods, synagogues, colourful streets and the ultimate symbol of Istanbul: the Galata Tower.


Ashkenazi Synagogue
Located near the Galata Tower, in Karakoy neighbourhood, this is the only active Ashkenazi Synagogue in Istanbul open to visits and prayers. The synagogue was founded by Jews of Austrian origin in 1900. Currently, the population of Ashkenazi Jews is only for 4 percent of the total Jewish population of Turkey.


Ahrida Synagogue
Ahrida Synagogue, which dates back to the 1430’s, is the oldest one in Istanbul and also the most beautiful and impressive synagogue you will visit. It was founded by Jews from the town of Ohrid in what is today Macedonia, and it was extensively restored in 1922. Its most interesting feature is the boat-shape wooden bimah (reading platform), whose form is thought to represent either Noah’s Ark or the ships that brought the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula to the Ottoman Empire in 1492.


Galata Tower
The Galata tower is one of the most well-known landmarks in Istanbul and one of the oldest towers in the world. Despite being built in 1348, it still dominates the skyline of the Golden Horn. Its upper balcony offers an amazing 360-degree view over the city. Besides the view, this tower has several curious stories and legends for you to learn about.


The 500 Year Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
The Mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit and disseminates knowledge about the cultural heritage of the Turkish Jews. The Museum contains objects, documents and photographs reporting the activities of the Turkish Jews since they first arrived to Turkey, 700 years ago.


Neve Shalom Synagogue
It’s the central and largest Sephardic synagogue in Istanbul, it’s open to service especially on Shabbats, High Holidays, Bar Mitzvahs, funerals and weddings.


Etz-Ahayım Synagogue
The Etz A Hayim synagogue is located on the main street of Ortakoy. Its name, meaning “Tree of Life”, was used for several years during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.


Don’t forget;

  • In summer: water, hat, sunglasses and camera

  • In winter: waterproof shoes, umbrella, warm clothes and camera



  • Pick up airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport or any city hotel

  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking busses or private car/van.

  • All service charges and local taxes

  • Professional English speaking tour guide

  • All service charges and local taxes

  • Entrance fees



  • International flights to/from Turkey

  • Individual Travel Insurance

  • Optional tour and any other expenses or services not mentioned under inclusions.

  • Any other transport during the day at leisure

  • Visa for Turkey (if required)

  • Any tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels, items of a personal nature, hotel extras (minibar, telephone/internet usage, laundry, etc), drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast) and medical services.

  • Lunch

  • Parking tickets



  • Prices quoted are subject to change due to currency fluctuation and season.

  • Tour dates are available daily and subject to availability

  • Every attempt shall be made to maintain the planned itinerary.

  • We reserve the right to alter the sequence or change, amend or alter the itinerary if necessary, with or without prior notice.

  • At the end of the tour, participants will be dropped off to their hotels.

  • Please inform your tour guide if you prefer to return by yourself or to spend more time at wherever you are.

  • Insurance is not part of this offer but it is recommended

Departure Dates: Everyday- Except Saturdays and Sundays (on Fridays there would be bar mitzvah, wedding or funeral therefore we cannot operate/provide this service.)


Cost per person in EURO

1 pax and above: Seasonal, please ask for pricing and available promotions


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