Jewish District & Bosphorus Cruise with Pierre Loti Hill

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Jewish District & Bosphorus Cruise with Pierre Loti Hill

Let’s walk together on the colorful streets of Galata and learn about the Jewish community living in Istanbul. Then see Pierre Loti Hill and join a Bosphorus Tour.

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


  • Wander around the colorful streets of Galata.
  • See old photographs and documents that chronicle Jewish life in Istanbul at the Jewish Museum.
  • See beautiful views of the waterway on the Bosphorus Cruise.
  • Travel up Pierre Loti Hill by cable car to enjoy views of the Golden Horn below.
  • Experience the most delightful traditional foods of Istanbul!

Full Description

     The early Ottoman Era is consists of a vibrant Jewish community living in Istanbul. After Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul, he encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Most of the immigrants settled near Galata, a quarter on the northern bank of the Golden Horn. On this tour, we will walk around the colorful streets of Galata, where you can take great pictures while you’re walking. We will visit synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish Apartments, and other Jewish heritage sites. Next, we will be listening to the amazing story of Abraham Kamondo from a magnificent guide.
     After having a lunch break at a Turkish Restaurant, we will visit the Pierre Loti Hill with cable car, and we will have Panoramic Golden Horn Tour by bus. Then, we will be taking a boat tour for 90 minutes. Our guide will be explaining everything on the route, while we enjoy the great view of the shores of Bosphorus. We will see Dolmabahçe Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, beautiful mansions by the shores of Bosphorus on the route. Finally, the boat will disembark near the Spice Bazaar and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Monday – Friday: Jewish Museum, Ashkenazi Synagogue, Schneidertemple Synagogue, and outer visits to Georgian Synagogue, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Italian Synagogue, Jewish Apartments, Kamondo Buildings. 



  • Entrance Fees.
  • Lunch.
  • Professional Guidance 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.
  • *To be able to get the entrance permission for synagogues you need to make reservations 4 days prior to departure. Otherwise, visits inside the synagogues 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.

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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