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Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul - B

Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul - B includes

- Pick-up from the Istanbul Port or from your hotel
- Visit to Etz Ahayim Synagogue,
- Bet Yaakov Synagogues and Grand Bazaar.
- By the end of the tour drive back to Istanbul Port or
  to your hotel.

Duration: approx. 5 hours

Etz Ahayim Synagogue - Istanbul Tours
Etz Ahayim Synagogue - Istanbul Tours


Etz Ahayim Synagogue - Located in Ortakoy, near the European leg of the Bosphorus Bridge. When the previous synagogue burned down in 1941 with only the marble Aron-ha-Kodesh remaining, the new synagogue was rebuilt on the location of the then midrash.
Visits can be made with previous appointments and both weekday and Shabbat services can be attended likewise.

Bet Yaakov Synagogues - This is the bigger of the two Synagogues of the Kuzguncuk Jewish Community. It is also called Kehilla Santral (Central Synagogue) or Kal de Abaso (Lower Synagogue) among the local population. Although it was known to be built in 1878, later researches found a firman (order) of the Ottoman Sultan dated 1862, which was a permission given to Kuzguncuk Jewish Community to repair their Synagogue.
Bet Yaakov Synagogues - Istanbul Tours
This new founding makes think that this historical building can be even older than 1878. The Synagogue, which has pictures of the biblical times on the ceiling has services every Saturday and on every Jewish holiday as well as the special ceremonies like Bar-Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Brith Milas, Vijolas, weddings and funerals.
Bet Yaakov Synagogues - Istanbul Tours

In the garden, there is also a Midrash, renovated by Sabetay Mizrahi in the memory of his father Yaakov Mizrahi, which is used for some occasions and holidays. In that beautiful Synagogue with its large garden, Seuda Hall und Suka place, which is very much liked by everyone, as a tradition every year, the Sukot festival is organized by the board members of the Kuzguncuk
Jewish Community and the whole Jewish Community of Istanbul gets invited to that occasion. The Synagogue is also visited by many local and international tourists during the year.

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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