Jewish District of Istanbul

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Jewish District of Istanbul

Join us for a 3-hour walk through the colourful streets of Galata and learn about the Jewish community in Istanbul.

Duration: 4 Hours
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Pick up Service from centrally located hotels.


  • Explore the colourful streets of Galata.
  • Learn about the area's rich Jewish history.
  • See old photographs and documents that chronicle Jewish life in Istanbul at the Jewish Museum.
  • Visit synagogues and other heritage sites central to Jewish life in Galata.

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. On this tour, we will explore the streets 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. 



  • Entrance fees.
  • Professional guided tour in English.
  • Pick up service from centrally located hotels.
  • Drop-off service.

Meeting point

Pick up Service from centrally located hotels.


Know Before You Go

  • Please bring copies of your passport with you or fax them to the number on your voucher.
  • In order to get permission to enter the synagogues, you must make a reservation 4 days prior to the tour date. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to enter the synagogues and they will not be included on the tour.
  • This tour may not run during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays.
  • This tour will not run on Saturdays and Sundays.


Monday to Friday 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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Bradley - February 01, 2019

Our tour was wonderful. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant and engaged. She made the tour an unforgettable one. 

Elena - August 28, 2019

Istanbul has really different types of highlights. Galata is one of them. A mixture of historical and modern regions.

Homer - July 05, 2019

At the same time you can watch past and live present.

Karen - June 26, 2019

There were nice cafes and restaurants. I kept one in my mind. This evening we ll be there. :))

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