Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

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Overview

Discover the history of Istanbuls Jewish community on a 4-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Travel to the Jewish quarter of Karaky, previously known as Galata, where the streets are peppered with traditional buildings resonant with Jewish history. Explore the Jewish Museum, see inside the Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue, and scout the colorful streets to see other sites and synagogues. On route, hear fascinating tales about Jewish culture and some of the figures who have shaped the Jewish communitys fortunes through the ages. Numbers limited to 15 for a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Hotel pickup included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Get inside tips from a local

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Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel and hop inside your air-conditioned minivan. Meet your guide and as you travel, get a flavor of Istanbuls rich Jewish heritage and culture as a prelude to your explorations on foot.

Hear how after the 1453 Ottoman conquest, Istanbul welcomed thousands of Jewish immigrants from Spain, Portugal and other parts of Europe, most of whom settled in Galata, a district on the northern banks of the Golden Horn.

Fittingly, many of the attractions on your tour lie in Karaky, the modern name for ancient Galata. Head into these colorful districts and pay a visit to the fascinating Jewish Museum, housed in the ornate Zlfaris synagogue.

Chart the tangled history of Istanbuls Jewish community over the last 500 years through the documents and artifacts, and then continue to the Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue Istanbuls only functioning synagogue for Ashkenazi Jewish worshippers. As you soak up the hushed atmosphere and ornate interior, hear from your guide how the synagogue was constructed in 1900 by Jewish immigrants from Austria and was known as the Austrian Temple.

Continue your wanders to view the exteriors of the Georgian and Italian synagogues, the 1950s-built Neve Shalom, and the Schneidertemple, whose name means Tailors Temple.

See other historic sites and admire the Camondo Buildings, constructed by the Ottoman-Venetian-Jewish Camondo family, who became bankers to the Ottoman Empire in the early 1800s. Listen fascinated as your guide tells you about their patriarch Abraham Camondo, who played a key role in modernizing Istanbuls Jewish community during the 19th century.

After around three hours, say goodbye to your guide in Karaky, where your tour ends. Continue exploring as you wish or make your own way back to your hotel.

Inclusions for Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

  • Hotel pickup
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions for Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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