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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

  • +Enjoy a fish dinner and gypsy musicians in Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage)
  • +Watch a belly dancing show
  • +Try “kokorec” - a very much appreciated Turkish dish (google it before trying)
  • -Do not be shy with locals
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine
  • -Do not trust the taxi drivers, check the meter as you are getting on

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

  • Dear Friends at Unison Turkey, Back from our EBU TRAINING Assembly in Istanbul on 20 and 21 October 2011, we would like to express to you our sincere thanks for your high level of professionalism and for the excellent logistic assistance provided before, during and after our event, which contributed in making our annual meeting a real success. Participants and speakers alike praised the accommodation and transfers support and the availability and kindness of your staff. The team present at the hotel was very helpful, available at any time and it has been a real pleasure working with Burcu and her colleague. We wish you and your colleagues all the very best for the future. Yours sincerely, Nathalie Labourdette Head, EBU TRAINING


  • 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
     

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