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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage provided by Neon Tours

Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage

Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage
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Book in advance
from $85.00 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travelers
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Start your privately guided tour of Istanbul’s Jewish history with a pickup from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul. Board your vehicle and cruise to the old Jewish neighborhood of Galata and learn how the fourth crusade captured and demolished the area in the year 1203. Then, admire the elegance of the Galata Tower. Hear how this famous Istanbul monument and vantage point was constructed in the 14th century as part of colonial expansion into Constantinople by the Genoese. Next, walk over to the Ashkenaz Synagogue, currently the only active synagoue of it kind in Istanbul. Learn about the Austrian Jews who established it in 1900 for the Ashkenazi Jewish sect. Today the synagogue still celebrates bar mitzvahs, weddings, other religious ceremonies and is available to visitors and those who wish to pray. With your expert guide continue through the Beyoğlu neighborhood to the Jewish Museum of Turkey formerly known as the Zülfaris Synagogue. Learn how this 19th century religious building was renovated and rebuilt as a musuem in 2001 to honor the 500th anniversary of Sephardic Jews coming to the Ottoman Empire. Enter the museum and see how Jewish culture and tradition coalesced with Turkish history. Plus, learn how Muslims and Jews lived with one another and see a display that explains the successful Jewish quest from Spain to Turkey. Finally, visit Etz Ahayim Synagogue also referred to as the Ortaköy Synagogue. Located in the Beşiktaş district in the neighborhood of Ortaköy, gain insight into how various ethnicities and religions such as Greeks, Turks, Armenians and Jews were all able to live together in harmony during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Even in present day this neighborhood is a perfect example of how colors and creeds can live in peace. In the afternoon, leave Ortaköy with new knowledge of Jewish history in Turkey and head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3795IST_P08
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by private vehicle • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower • Entry/Admission - The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drinks, unless specified • Entry to the Galata Tower
Duration
4h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by private vehicle • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower • Entry/Admission - The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drinks, unless specified • Entry to the Galata Tower
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
Please note you MUST provide your full passport details at time of booking. This information is required in order to obtain permission to enter the synagogues
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Galata Tower
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Askenazi Synagogue
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    ETZ Ahayim Synagogue
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
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snook2017
Dandridge, TN7 contributions
3 synagogues and a museum
Mar 2018 • Couples
Thanks to our guide making prior arrangements we were able to maximize our time. The museum exceeded our expectations as an overview of the experiences and suffering of God's chosen people, who are a light of warning and hope for all in the world.
Written April 12, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Our Valued Guests, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide. Hakan is one of our in house and knowledgeable guides. We are delighted to hear that you had great time and made you happy here with our services and guide. We will absolutely share your valued comments / thoughts with Hakan and he will absolutley be delighted and prouded to hear such a kind of valued comments from you and will expect to meet you and be at your service again in Istanbul & Turkey. Once again we would like to thank you on behalf of Neon Team and looking forward to be able at your service on your next trip to Turkey, with traditional Turkish hospitality and famous Neon Tours' high quality services
Written April 25, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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Excellent private tour!
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5+ Star Guide
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