Regular Tours

Jewish Heritage
Half Day - Possible on private basis

We enjoy a full day tour of Jewish Sights of Istanbul, where the Judeo heart of Turkish history beats. Ashkenazi Synagogue is favored for its imposing facade with three oriental arches and octagonal rosette windows. Inside, the floors are of marble, the lofty blue dome is painted with stars, and the elaborately-worked ark of dark wood blends eastern European and Arabesque styles. Ahrida Synagogue is in the Balat district, and is the oldest synagogue of Istanbul from 1400s. The pulpit in the shape of Noahs Ark is exceptional here. Kamondo Staircase is a graceful curved double staircase built in the nineteenth century on the order of the Kamondos, the Jewish community’s most prosperous family. The Zulfaris Synagogue is dating from 1671 and is presently being restored as a museum of Turkish Jewish life. We have free time for lunch at Beyoglu, Taksim Square. Neve Shalom Synagogue is where the Turkish Jews attend Shabbat prayers, weddings and funerals. Our guide explains us about few historical facts about the synagogue’s and the Turkish Jew’s history here. We view Galata Tower from outside which dominates Istanbul’s skyline since 1348. We wander through the daily life of picturesque Galata District viewing workshops, groceries, housewives hanging out laundry, children playing in the narrow streets or making their way to and from school. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel.

Special Terms For This Tour:
*This tour does not include lunch