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Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch

Beyoğlu, Turkey
Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch

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icon7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 20 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Stroll around the Jewish quarter and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the famous Bosphorus Strait during this full-day small-group guided tour in Istanbul. Walk through the district of Karaköy and discover Istanbul’s Jewish history. Alongside an expert guide, visit synagogues and the Jewish museum all while learning about the city’s rich Jewish heritage. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch of local cuisine and then savor a boat cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Plus, take a scenic drive along the Golden Horn and climb to the top of Pierre Loti Hill on a cable car. Numbers are limited to 15 people, so you can enjoy a more intimate experience with your guide.
  • Explore the colorful streets of Karaköy, Istanbul’s old Jewish district once called Galata
  • Sail the beautiful Bosphorus between Europe and Asia on a 1.5-hour cruise
  • Ride a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill, visit the Dolmabahçe Palace and enjoy a 3-course lunch
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more intimate experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Explore the city's Jewish history—plus classic sights in Karaköy and the Golden Horn—with a boat cruise and cable-car ride.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
1.5-hour Bosphorus sightseeing cruise
Lunch
Gratuities
Drinks with lunch (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Müeyyedzade, Yüksek Kaldırım Cd. No:27, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Eyüp Merkez, İdris Köşkü Cd., 34050 Eyüpsultan/İstanbul, Turkey
Meet your guide at your central Istanbul hotel and start your small-group Istanbul tour. Aboard an air-conditioned minivan, head to the old neighborhood of Karaköy formerly known as the Galata district. As you drive, learn about Istanbul’s Jewish heritage and how Jewish immigrants who were exiled from Europe were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire.

Arrive in Galata, situated just north of the Golden Horn where European Istanbul separates into two parts, and hear about the Jews who landed here in the 15th century. Begin with a visit to the Zülfaris synagogue. Step into its Jewish Museum and see an abundance of artifacts. Then, explore the beautiful interior of Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue, the city’s last functioning synagogue for Ashkenazi Jews.

Continue back to the streets for a promenade to the distinguished synagogues like the Camondo Building. Hear about the Camondo family, Venetian Jews, who commissioned this synagogue and built their wealth banking for Ottoman sultans in the 19th century.  

After, take a break and enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine during a 3-course lunch. Taste savory kebabs or other local favorites. Then, hop aboard a cable car for a climb to the peak of  Pierre Loti Hill.

Capture stunning expansive views and then enjoy a drive along the Golden Horn. Gaze at this beautiful arm of the sea as you pass by regal buildings and elegant churches. Plus, hear some Istanbul lore from your guide. 

Finally, chill on a boat for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait which divides the two continents. Traverse beneath Bosphorus bridges, pass Rumeli Fortress and other landmarks. Ogle Ottoman mosques and stately mansions as you return to shore and Dolmabahçe Palace. 

Here, visit this luxurious residence and learn about the six generations of Ottoman royalty that resided here. Admire its opulent rooms and twinkling Crystal Staircase whose handrails are chiseled from fine crystal.

End your tour with a drive back to your hotel and wave bye to your guide.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Askenazi Synagogue
It is the only currently active Ashkenazi synagogue in Istanbul open to visits and prayers.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Neve Shalom Synagogue
Neve Shalom opened its doors in 1951, and since its opening day Neve Shalom Synagogue has witnessed many events and ceremonies.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews offers a diverse environment of museum experiences with temporary exhibits, conferences, seminars, concerts and various other events.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Schneidertempel Art Galery
Schneidertempel is a historic synagogue in Istanbul's historic Galata district, also known as the "Tailor's Synagogue."
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Kamondo Stairs
This curvaceous staircase was built circa 1870-1880 and was financed by the banker Abraham Camondo. The stairs were supposedly built to facilitate the transport of Camondo’s children to their school and as a shortcut for Camondo to reach Bankalar Caddesi.
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
The most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pierre Loti Tepesi
The best view of the Golden Horn
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
You will see the views of Dolmabahçe Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisari Fortress, beautiful mansions by the shores of Bosphorus
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Istanbul Walks
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch.

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