Discover the Jewish Heritage of Istanbul on this private tour in which you visit the main Jewish neighborhoods and synagogues of the city, while you unearth the history of the Hebrew community in Turkey.
Istanbul Jewish Heritage Private Tour
After collecting you from your hotel, you will board a comfortable private vehicle and head to the Galata neighborhood. This district housed the largest Jewish community in Istanbul.
The first stop of this half-day tour is Ashkenazi Synagogue, the only active synagogue in the city and open to visitors. The temple was established in 1900 by Jews of Austrian origin. Jewish visitors can participate in the daily prayer.
Then, you’ll visit the Schneidertempel, an ancient Ashkenazi synagogue built by this Jewish ethnic division during the Ottoman Empire. It is currently a famous art gallery.
Continue the tour to the Karakoy area, where the prominent Camondo family live and admire the numerous monuments built by this powerful Jewish clan. One of the most impressive landmarks are the Camondo (Kamondo) Steps, erected in 1850 in a mix of Art Nouveau and Neo-Baroque style.
Your knowledgeable guide will reveal the history of the Jewish communities in Turkey while you do an interactive tour of the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the largest Sephardi synagogue in Istanbul, followed by a visit to the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews.
The tour will end in the centre of Sultanahmet or the Taksim neighbourhood, whichever you prefer.
If you want to learn more about the Jewish heritage in Istanbul, you can also book a full-day tour.
In this case, you will also visit Ahrida Synagogue, Yanbol Synagogue and Etz Ahayim Synagogue, as well as the most famous Jewish neighborhoods and Jewish homes decorated with a Star of David. Finally, you will be led to Balat Jewish Hospital.
You must bring your passport with you during this private tour.
To confirm the reservation of this private tour, please send us a copy of your passports.
Keep in mind that the access to most of the religious edifices requires visitors to cover their shoulders and knees.
If you want to book a full-day tour, you will also have free time to eat in the Ortaköy neighborhood. You will find kosher food at restaurants like Eden Café and at the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews.
Your guide will collect you from the following areas in the center of Istanbul: Ortaköy, Beşiktaş, Gayrettepe, Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, Feriköy, Osmanbey, Harbiye, Taksim, Beyoglu, Galata, Karaköy, Şehzadebasi, Laleli, Aksaray, Beyazit, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Eminönü, Findikzade, Fatih, Topkapi, Merter, Eyup, Samatya and Zeytinburnu.
If your hotel or apartment is not located in the previously mentioned areas, you'll be contacted the day before your tour and informed of a location where you should meet your guide.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
- The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit).
This is a private tour organized for you and your partner, friends or family.
|Up to 12 guests||Up to 20 guests||Up to 45 guests|
Up to 12 guestsUS$ 217.10
Up to 20 guestsUS$ 248.40
Up to 45 guestsUS$ 325.60
Up to 12 guestsUS$ 289.40
Up to 20 guestsUS$ 355.80
Up to 45 guestsUS$ 482.40
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.
Expert English speaking guide.
Private tour (only for you and your family or friends).
Hotel pick up.
Transportation by private vehicle.
10€ donation to enter the Ashkenaz Synagogue.
6€ donation (aprox.) to enter the Neve Shalom Synagogue and the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews.
When to book?
You can book up until 30 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
Yes, imperative to point out when the booking is made.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
If you have any other questions please contact us.