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JEWISH HERITAGE IN ISTANBUL

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  • Duration: Full day (08:30 to 17:30)
    Price: XX Euro (per person)
    Run: Everyday - Only private

    After picking up from hotel or Istanbul cruise port, we will begin our tour.

    First we will go to downtown Beyoglu and Pera and take a walk down Istiklal Street to the Galata quarter, a Jewish community neighborhood for ages with many synagogues and bustling street life. There we visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, which gives the community of European Jews. En route, you will see the cosmopolitan nature of the city passing historic diplomatic posts, handsome old houses, fashionable boutiques and cafes. A break at Galata Tower, once the high-point of the Genovese fortified town, from which there are fantastic views over the city. Also we will visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the largest modern synagogue in the city center to a strong Jewish community. Also visit the Jewish Musuem in this area. Later in the afternoon, we pass 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. Additonaly in this nice area, we visit the Ottoman Baroque type Ahrida Synagogue, with glorous furnishings, covering the bema (pulpit) shaped like the prow of a ship.

    After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel or Istanbul cruise port.

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    Please take note of the following:

    * 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
    * Clothing: Entrance to Synagogues visited in our tours is not allowed to gentlemen and ladies with no proper outfit.
    * You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time.
    * Smoking is not permitted but all tours make frequent stops.

    What's Included:
    * Pick up and drop off at your Hotel or Cruise Port
    * Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
    * Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
    * All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
    * Local taxes

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