Jewish District of Istanbul

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Jewish District of Istanbul

Let’s take a 3 hour to walk on the colorful streets of Galata, Istanbul’s Jewish Quarter and learn about the Jewish community living in Istanbul.

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


  • Wander around the colorful streets of Galata.
  • Experience centuries of religion and fascinating history of the Galata.
  • See old photographs and documents that chronicle Jewish life in Istanbul at the Jewish Museum.
  • Chance to visit historical synagogues.
  • Heritage sites of the 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 the second conquered the 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 colorful streets of Galata, where you can take great pictures while you’re walking. We will see 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. 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.
  • Professional Guidance 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 or fax them to the number on your voucher.
  • To be able to get the permission for the entrance of 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.

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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