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Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul - A

Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul - A includes

- Pick-up from the Istanbul Port or from your hotel
- Visit to Ahrida Synagogue, Neva Shalom Synagogue,
  Ashkenazi Synagogue, Schneider Temple, Turkish
  Jews Museum and Grand Bazaar.
- By the end of the tour drive back to Istanbul Port or
  to your hotel.

Duration: approx. 6 hours

Galata Quarter - Istanbul
Ahrida Synagogue - Istanbul


Ahrida Synagogue - One of the two remaining synagogues in Balat. It is the oldest and probably most beautiful synagogue in Istanbul. It was founded before the Muslim conquest of Istanbul in 1453 and has been in constant use ever since.

Neva Shalom Synagogue - Located in Karakoy, this is the central and largest Sephardic synagogue in Istanbul. It was inaugurated on Sunday March 25, 1951 and is open to service and is also used for major functions of the community such as bar mitvahs, weddings and funerals. The bema and ark are at the front of the hall, with seating around three sides.
Neva Shalom Synagogue - Istanbul
Ashkenazi Synagogue - Istanbul Tours

Ashkenazi Synagogue - Located near the Galata Tower in Karakoy neighborhood of Beyoglu in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the only currently active Ashkenazi synagogue in Istanbul open to visits and prayers. The synagogue was founded by Jews of Austrian origin in 1900. It is also the last remaining synagogue from a total of three built by Ashkenazim, as the population of Ashkenazi Jews
accounts for 4 percent of the total Jewish population of Turkey. Visits to the synagogue can be made during weekday mornings and for Shabbat services on Saturday mornings. The synagogue holds weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other religious ceremonies in the Ashkenazi tradition. Rabbi Dr. David Marcus, who also established the Jewish school Bene Berit, served as Rabbi and spiritual leader until his death in 1938. Rabbi Mendy Chitrik has served as the rabbi of the Ashkenazi Synagogue since 2003.

Schneider Temple - which means Tailors Synagogue, was founded in 1894 by the Association of Ashkenazi Tailors (a group of Jewish tailors residing in Galata). In 1998, it was converted into an art gallery, which today is associated with a research center specializing in fashion history. Dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Jewish people through the lens of the fashion industry, Schneider Temple holds workshops and publishes its research to foster cultural and religious understanding on an international level.
Schneider Temple - Istanbul Tours
Turkish Jews Museum - Istanbul

Turkish Jews Museum - Located in Karakoy, is a cultural center inaugurated on November 25, 2001. The Zulfaris Synagogue was restored and remodelled to serve as the museum building. It contains a huge collection of old photographs, documents and religious objects relating to Istanbul's Jewish population. The museum is open daily, except on Saturday and religious holidays. 

Grand Bazaar - The largest and the oldest covered market place in the world with more than 4,000 shops in the labyrinth of streets. Enjoy the colorful array of shops that offer an endless selection of goods that includes jewelry, fabrics, spices and local handicrafts.
Grand Bazaar - Istanbul Tours

- This tour cannot be operated on Saturdays.
- The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
- Guests must be able to walk approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the guests must be cautious to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
- Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are strongly recommended.
- Please expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul.
- The order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
- Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun protection.
- The Synagogue visits are subject to the permission of the Synagogue Authorities. Respectful attire is required to visit the venues. This excursion is also subject to cancellation due to the religious festivals in the synagogues. Advance booking should be made for this tour due to special security clearance required by the venues. We will ask copies of your passports to obtain permission.


- The tour includes the professional licensed tour guide, all entrance fees, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
- Rates are based on per person

2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax

255$ pp 154$ pp 119$ pp 103$ pp 93$ pp
- As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
- Please kindly contact us for your group requests.
- Children 0-6 ages are free.


- The program can also be completed in 2 days according to your preference.
- If you book any tour in Istanbul together with any Ephesus tour, then you will have per person 5 % discount on your Ephesus tour.


- In the event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Meander Travel at least three days before the arrival in order to receive the full refund.
- In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.


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