(Private Tour / Half or Full Day) Except Saturday & Sunday
The story of the Turkish Jews dates back to the late 15th century when they settled in Turkey after their deportation from Spain. For more than 500 years the Turkish Jews have been living in the area creating their own harmonious and peaceful atmosphere.
Being in Istanbul visitors can take the unique chance to explore the way of life of the Turkish Jews. Discover the ancient Jewish neighborhood and pay a visit to the notable tower there constructed by Genoese. Don't miss also to visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue or the Ashkenaz Synagogue (according to availability). Explore Balat along the Golden Horn - the place that is considered to be the residential area of the Ottoman Jews where the unique “Star of David” can still be seen on some of the most notable buildings. Here is also the 600 year - old Ahrida Synagogue and the Jewish Hospital.
Keep on enjoying your Turkish Jews adventure by going to Zulfaris Jewish Museum of the Quincentennial Foundation, and the "Oldies House" at Haskoy. To make your experience complete, don't miss the Jewish Cemetery -the place where the martyrs of Neve Shalom were buried. In close location is Ortakoy - the place where the first Sephardic Jews arrived after being deported from Spain by the Spanish King because of their religion. At that time Turkey was the only one country all over Europe that accepted the Jews as they were kindly welcomed by the famous Ottoman Sultan Bayezit Khan II. At the end visitors can pay a visit to the Etz - Ahayim Synagogue.
Half Day Tour (ends with Jewish Hospital)
1 guest : €165.-
2 guests: €85.- / person
3 guests: €70.- / person
4 guests: €60.- / person
5 guests: €55.- / person
6 guests: €50.- / person
Full Day Tour (lunch included)
1 guest : €215.-
2 guests: €105.- / person
3 guests: €85.- / person
4 guests: €80.- / person
5 guests: €75.- / person
6 guests: €70.- / person
Passports are required during the tour
* Pictured page photocopy of the passports is needed in advance for visit permits.
Lunch excludes drinks. Please inform us if you'd like to have kosher meal or to upgrade your restaurant.
What's included in the price?
Round trip transfers, A/C private transportation
Lunch in the full day tour