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Adult (Age 7-90)

Relive the Rich Jewish Heritage of Istanbul on this Private Guided City Tour

5 / 5 total 9 reviews
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Product code: 2400
Overview

Begin your private Istanbul's Jewish Heritage tour with your pick up from your hotel in Istanbul. Once onboard your vehicle cruise to the old Jewish neighbourhood of Galata and find out how the fourth crusade demolished and captured the area in 1203. Hear how this Istanbul monument was constructed in the 14th century as part of the colonial expansion into Constantinople by the Genoese.

Next stop is the Ashkenaz Synagogue the only active synagogue of its kind in Istanbul. Learn how the Austrian Jews who established it in 1900 for the Ashkenazi Jewish sect. At present, the synagogue still celebrates bar mitzvahs, weddings, other religious ceremonies and is available to visitors and those who wish to pray.

With your professional guide continue through the Beyoğlu neighbourhood to the Jewish Museum of Turkey known before as the Zülfaris Synagogue. Explore the history of how this 19th-century religious building was rebuilt as a museum in 2001 which was to honour the 500th anniversary of Sephardic Jews arriving at the Ottoman Empire. See how Jewish culture blended with Turkish history in the Museum and learn how Muslims and Jews lived with one another.

Visit Etz Ahayim Synagogue known as the Ortaköy Synagogue. Located in the Beşiktaş district in the neighbourhood of Ortaköy and gain knowledge into how different ethnicities and religions such as Greeks, Turks, Armenians, and Jews were all able to live together in peace during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Even today this neighbourhood is a perfect example of how all colours and creeds can live in peace.

Leave Ortaköy with new knowledge of Jewish history in Turkey and head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.

Highlights
  • Discover everything about the centuries-old history and culture of Istanbul’s Jewish community
  • Admire the Galata Tower
  • Visit two prominent synagogues: Ashkenazi Synagogue, and Etz Ahayim Synagogue
  • Get a better understanding of Jewish and Muslim coexistence at the Jewish Museum of Turkey
Know Before You Book
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese
  • Duration Duration: 3 to 5 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from your Istanbul hotel
  • Cancellation Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 24 hours before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Parking Fees
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Luxurious Vehicles For Transportation
  • Entrance Fees
Exclusions
  • Food and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional Gratuities
Meeting Point
Pick up and drop off from your Istanbul hotel (time will be confirmed once the booking is made)

Additional Info
  • 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
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Reviewed by Barak M ZA   May 06, 2019
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On this tour, you will visit the Jewish quarter, enter synagogues that are not generally open to the public and gain insight into both the history and current state of Jewish life in the city.  Very knowable guides. Great company.
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Sandy US   May 06, 2019

Thank you for mentioning in your review that Goodman Tours is a great company. Very appreciated. Kind regards, Sandy.

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Reviewed by Helga S AT   May 04, 2019
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Do not hesitate to use these guys. They made our stay in Istanbul really memorable. As well as being very knowledgeable.
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Claire GB   May 05, 2019

Great to hear you had a memorable time in Istanbul.Till next time in Turkey.Thanks, Claire.

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Reviewed by R Baum CH   May 03, 2019
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I only had a few hours to spend one morning and wanted to grab in a bit of Jewish life in Istanbul. The tour was great - the tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was a great experience.
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Yvonne GB   May 03, 2019

Thank you Mr/Mrs Baum for review and to hear you had a great experience on this tour. I will let the team know about your feedback. Kind regards, Yvonne.

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Reviewed by H Wong CN   May 01, 2019
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We really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to others. 
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Lisa US   May 02, 2019

Good to hear that you enjoyed this tour. And thank you for recommending this tour. Kind regards, Lisa.

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Reviewed by Peggy R DE   March 12, 2019
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Very well organized tour, pick-up very efficient. Visit Synagogues and Museums are very interesting and informative. Great guide who offered us the insight into past and present life of Jewish people in Istanbul. 
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Donna GB   March 13, 2019

Hello Peggy. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is always nice to read that this tour was organised and that the guide provided good information. I will pass your feedback to our team. Kind regards, Donna.

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Reviewed by Rachel J IL   March 11, 2019
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Our Jewish heritage tour in Istanbul was exceptional. 
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Karen US   March 11, 2019

Thank you, Rachel.Kind regards, Karen.

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Reviewed by Ronny H CA   February 16, 2019
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 I highly recommend this company and their tour for anyone who has a half day available in Istanbul and an interest in learning more about Jewish life there.
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Susan US   February 16, 2019

Hello Ronny. Thank you for recommending GoodmanTours for this half-day tour. It is very appreciated. Kind regards, Susan.

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Reviewed by R Bocca ES   February 09, 2019
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Not only did we see the various synagogues in Istanbul but we saw a variety of interesting neighbourhoods that we would never have seen ourselves. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Jewish life in Istanbul. He also provided us with a variety of other sights to see. He was relaxed and very flexible.
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Jackie GB   February 10, 2019

Thank you for sharing with us that the guide was so flexible. I will let our team know about your positive feedback. Thanks, Jackie.

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Reviewed by Fam Jones GB   February 25, 2018
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My wife and I had a terrific half day tour in a new Mercedes van with a tour guide that was very knowledgable.
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Lynn GB   February 26, 2019

Thank you, Fam. Jones for your review.Kind regards, Lynn.

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