- 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.
WHAT YOU VISIT
- 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.
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
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.
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.
This tour cannot be operated on
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
Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun
screen are strongly recommended.
Please expect dense traffic conditions in
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
The tour includes the professional licensed tour guide, all entrance fees, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
Rates are based on per person
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
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
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