An exploration through the narrow alleys of the oldest areas of the city, discovering the most important Jewish synagogues … by taking part to the Jewish Heritage Tour!

 

The tour begins at the Galata area, visiting the Askenazi Synagogue, the only one of the three that still operates, built in 1900. Offers an imposing facade with three oriental arches and octagonal rosette windows.

We continue with a visit to the most central and largest synagogue in Istanbul, located in Karakoy, the Neve Shalom. The initial synagogue, built in 1930, but after the increase of the Jewish people attending to the synagogue they had to change building in 1951.

Next comes the Jewish Museum of Turkey, located in the former Zulfaris synagogue, constructed by Italian Jews in the 15th century. A cultular center offering the history and the traditions of the Turkish Jewry

Afterwards, we will admire the Golden Horn reaching the Balat area, one of the most richest in history, fascinating in beauty and characteristic areas in Istanbul. Balat was one of the most important Jewish neighborhood in Istanbul. At the area, we will visit the Ahrida synagogue, one of the oldest in the city, first built in 1400s. The great collection of carved wood furniture and a pulpit resembling the Noah’s Ark, will steal the show.

The last of our tour will be at the Ortakoy area. A small old fishermen village, famous for the great views and the lovely atmosphere. There we will take a break for lunch to taste the authentic Turkish cuisine. After lunch we will stroll around the area so you can admire the well preserved historic wooden houses, the local boutiques, cafes and the imposing Bosphorus bridge.

A visit to the Etzh Ahayim Synagogue in Ortakoy, will complete our tour!

•Professional guidance (standard group tour in English-please ask for other languages)
•Pick up from your hotel between 07:45-08:15 (Only from Sultanahmet and Taksim area)
•Drop off at your hotel
•Entrance fees
•Everything unless indicated differently
•Customary tip to driver and tour guide
•Personal expenses

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