Istanbul Jewish Heritage
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Explore the most popular Synagogues of Istanbul with an expert Jewish guide. Learn as Jews have not only found religious asylum in Turkey but also become part of its society and assumed important roles in different fields. Today over 26,000 Jewish people live in Turkey. The vast majority live in Istanbul. Luxury transportation, 4* accommodation, lunch in the local restaurant provided.
🏁 Tour Itinerary: Istanbul Jewish Heritage
Day 1: Arrival Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul, the guide will greet you and drive you to your hotel. After check-in leisure day to explore the city. Overnight in Istanbul.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Avicenna Hotel or similar. (The 5-Star hotel is available on request.)
Day 2: Jewish Heritage Tour (B, L)
Upon breakfast at the hotel depart for first visiting the place to “Ashkenazi Synagogue” is favored for its imposing facade with three oriental arches and octagonal rosette windows. Inside, the floors are of marble, the lofty blue dome is painted with stars, and the elaborately worked ark of dark wood blends eastern European and Arabesque styles.
“Ahrida Synagogue” is in the Balat district, and is the oldest synagogue of Istanbul from the 1400s. The pulpit in the shape of Noah’s Ark is exceptional here. “Komando Staircase” is a graceful curved double staircase built in the nineteenth century on the order of the Kamondos, the Jewish community`s most prosperous family.
“Zulfaris Synagogue” is dating from 1671 and is presently being restored as a museum of Turkish Jewish life. After Lunch proceeds to. “Neve Shalom Synagogue” is where the Turkish Jews attend Shabbat prayers, weddings, and funerals. Our guide explains to us a few historical facts about the synagogue and the Turkish Jew’s history here. We view “Galata Tower” from the outside which dominates Istanbul’s skyline since 1348. We wander through the daily life of picturesque Galata District viewing workshops, groceries, housewives hanging out laundry, children playing in the narrow streets, or making their way to and from school. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Avicenna Hotel or similar.
Day 3: Departure Day (B)
Upon breakfast at the hotel, check out, and according to your flight time drive to Airport. End of the Service.
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Tour Altinkum was very helpful at all times. Highly responsive and ensured that every change we made to airport transfers and hotel changes were adhered to. Very professional and would highly recommend to other travellers.