Explore the history of Jew settlement in Istanbul with this tour that promises to take you to some of the most important Jewish landmarks. Starting from Galata, an old Jewish neighbourhood to Golden Horn to Zülfaris Jewish Museum, this tour educates you on the lives, traditions and customs of Jews in the city and beyond. Conclude your tour with a visit to Jewish cemetery where the martyrs of Neve Shalom were buried.
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The story Of Turkish Jews who were deported from Spain in 1492, now living in Türkiye for more than 500 years in peace & harmony.
Start after breakfast for a tour in Galata, the centuries-old Jewish neighborhood with its famous tower built by the Genoese. Visit to Neve Shalom Synagogue or Ashkenaz Synagogue (upon availability)
Drive to Balat along the Golden Horn, residential area of the Ottoman Jews where the “Star of David” still appears on the facades of some buildings. Visit to Ahrida Synagogue, built in the 15th century and from outside Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim).
Visit to Zülfaris Jewish Museum of the Quincentennial Foundation and the “Oldies House” at Hasköy.
The Jewish Cemetery where the martyrs of Neve Shalom are buried. Stop at Ortaköy, first disembark point of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain by the religious disturbance of the Spanish King and the Queen, desperate on the ships in the middle of the sea, not being accepted by any European country except the Ottoman Sultan Beyazid Khan The Second who welcomed them offering a safe and peaceful life. Last visit to Etz Ahayim Synagogue in Ortaköy.
- Advance reservation required.
- Photocopy of the passport page with photo is needed in advance (4 days) for visit permits. Passports required for security during the tour.
Inclusions for Jewish Heritage - Full Day
- Round trip transfers from/to central hotels
- Private A/C transportation
- English speaking professional private guide (other languages are available on request)
- Donations to synagogues
- Museum entrance fees and lunch
Exclusions for Jewish Heritage - Full Day
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- If you cancel between 0 hrs To 24 hrs before scheduled tour departure, the cancellation charge will be 100%
- If you cancel between 1 days To 180 days before scheduled tour departure, the cancellation charge will be 0%
- Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
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