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Jewish Heritage (full day tour)

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Start with downtown Beyoglu & Pera and take a stroll down Istiklal Avenue to the Galata quarter, a Jewish neighborhood for centuries with many synagogues and bustling street life. There we visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, which serves the community of European Jews. En route, see the cosmopolitan nature of the city passing historic diplomatic posts, handsome old houses, fashionable boutiques and cafes. Stop-off at Galata Tower, once the high-point of the Genovese fortified town, from which there are spectacular views over the city. Also visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the largest modern synagogue in the city center to a strong Jewish community, and also the Jewish Heritage Museum in Karakoy. Later in the afternoon, we cross to the Western shore of the Golden Horn to take a stroll through the atmospheric old streets in the Jewish quarter of Balat, where many Jewish immigrants settled to help repopulate the city under Sultan Beyazit II. Today the Star of David can be seen on the facades of some buildings. Also in this colorful area, we visit the Ottoman Baroque style Ahrida Synagogue, with beautiful furnishings, including the bema (pulpit) shaped like the prow of a ship.

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Things to know

    • Synagogue Permissions
      All advance permissions necessary for entering the synagogues are arranged by us prior to the tour. All customers have to fill the permission paper sent in advance for security reasons.
    • Jewish Heritage Museum is closed on Saturdays, Friday and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00
    • Closed museums will be replaced with a substitute

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Visit nearby Black Sea towns
  • +Get pampered with a scrub and a foam massage in a traditional Turkish Bath
  • +Watch a belly dancing show
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine
  • -Do not be shy with locals
  • -Do not forget your passport anywhere

Prices

Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 329 € 189 € 139 € 119 € 99 € 89
             

Tour Includes:

Pick-up & drop-off from/to your hotel or cruise ship

Entrance fees as per itinerary

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional English speaking tour guide, fully licensed under the Tourism Ministry

Testimonials

  • I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire

  • Dear Gursan & Nazan Thank you and Nazan for all you did for us well beyond the call of duty. I want you both to know how much your care was appreciated and all of the extras.
    Sara Williams - University of Saskatchewan
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    I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire
     

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student

     

    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student


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