Jewish District & Bosphorus Cruise with Pierre Loti Hill

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Jewish District & Bosphorus Cruise with Pierre Loti Hill

Explore Galata and learn the history of the Jewish community in Istanbul, ride the cable car and enjoy the highlights of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

Duration: 8 Hours
Skip The Line:
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Explore the colourful streets of Galata.
  • See old photographs and documents that chronicle Jewish life in Istanbul at the Jewish Museum.
  • Take the cable car to Pierre Loti Hill and enjoy views of the Golden Horn.
  • Enjoy an authentic Turkish lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Take in the view of Istanbul's beautiful skyline on your Bosphorus cruise.

Full Description

Since the early days of the Ottoman Era, there has been a vibrant Jewish community living in Istanbul. After Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul, he encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Many Jews, persecuted in Spain and Portugal, found a home here. Most immigrants settled in or around Galata, a neighbourhood on the north bank of the Golden Horn.

Today, Galata is a lovely, busy neighbourhood with winding, colourful streets. We will start this tour by exploring the streets of Galata to see synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish apartments, and other Jewish heritage sites. You'll also hear about the interesting life and career of Count Abraham Kamondo, a Jewish-Venetian born in Constantinople during Ottoman times. He even built a beautiful public staircase in Galata. 

Then it will be lunchtime! We will enjoy an authentic Turkish lunch at a local restaurant and then take the cable car at Eyup to Pierre Loti Hill. You will see the most spectacular view of the Golden Horn from the top of Pierre Loti Hill so make sure you bring your camera! From there, have a seat on our comfortable bus and take in the sights as we tour the Golden Horn area on the way to the port. 

Finally, it will be time to board the boat for a 90-minute Bosphorus cruise. This will definitely be a highlight of your stay in Istanbul! The Bosphorus is a beautiful body of water that separates the continents of Europe and Asia. It provides a stunning view of Istanbul's best attractions from the sea. Admire the beautiful marble facade of Dolmabahce Palace and be blown away by the many more palaces, mosques, bridges and fortresses that you will see en route. Your helpful guide will give you all the interesting facts and information about the attractions. At the end of this wonderful day, we will disembark near the Spice Bazaar at Eminonu and you will be returned to your hotel.



  • Entrance fees.
  • Lunch.
  • Professional guided tour conducted in English.
  • Pick-up and drop-off service from/to centrally located hotels.
  • Refreshments.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • Please bring copies of your passport or fax them to the number on your voucher.
  • In order to get permission to enter the synagogues, you must make your reservations 4 days prior to the tour date. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to enter the synagogues and visits will not be included on the schedule.
  • This tour may not run during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays.
  • This tour will not run on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.


Galata Section Tour Program: Visits to the Jewish Museum, Ashkenazi Synagogue and Schneidertemple Synagogue. See the Georgian Synagogue, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Italian Synagogue, Jewish apartments and Kamondo buildings from the outside only.

About your Host

Istanbul Walks

Istanbul Walks is Tour Operator that organises Daily City Tours and Walking Tours in Istanbul and Turkey with its company owned vehicles. We are licensed as “A Group No 6174” from the ministry of Culture and Tourism...
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Customer Reviews

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Thomas - February 03, 2019

Excellent tour and views! The guide was a very nice person, thanks! :)

Danielle - February 22, 2019

Due to the painfully history, Synagogues are saving like castels. Bosphorus Tour is so relaxing.

Alfred - February 19, 2019

After i read La Turquie Agonisante i could not wait to visit this hill. Cable car experience was good but the cemetery, i dont know…

Estelle - August 14, 2019

Comonda steps seemed to me like it is stolen from a palace and put here. A piece of palace art.

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