Explore the Jewish Sights in Istanbul Turkey

Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul

Visiting Jewish Heritages in Istanbul

While you are on International Cruise ship and stop for a day or couple hours in Istanbul Cruise Port, you can join our Jewish Heritage Tour from Cruise Port.

During the history of the city of Istanbul has been three different names; Byzantium as a Greek colony, Constantinople as a Roman city, and Istanbul as of the last days of the Ottoman Empire. For many years, the Ottomans used “Konstantiniye” as a name, which is the state of Constantinople’s name translated into Turkish.

Duration: Full Day
Tour Type: Private
Departure Days: Everyday
Start: 08:30
End: 17:00


According to your cruise arrival time, the tour will begin by meeting with the tour guide who will give general information about the places you will see and celebrating Jewish Heritage of Old Constantinople the throughout the tour. The starting point of the tour is Ortaköy also contains memories of important people in terms of the Jewish community. The poet and painter Habib Gerez, who had been a chief Rabbi Secretary for a long time, came to the world in Ortaköy in 1926. It is also a place with the lively district where locals go for a pleasurable time spent at fish restaurants.
In the past, the most common neighborhoods of Jews in Istanbul were Balat, Ortaköy, Galata, and Kuzguncuk. Among these were the Balat district, the district where the Jewish population was the largest, and sort of other districts in terms of their experience. So our destination will be Balat after leaving Ortaköy. You will even get the chance to see some of the most important buildings here, with wooden seats, magnificent architecture, and David’s star ornaments.
After all, you will visit Ahrida Synagogue; It was built as two synagogues by Romanyot Jews in the Balat district in 1430. The Jews who had to migrate from Spain settled in various Ottoman cities including Istanbul. Later, some of them migrated to Istanbul from these cities. This synagogue was used by Jews from Ohrid, Macedonia.
The ceiling of the Ahrida synagogue consists of two parts. The prayer room in the synagogue is an important part. The division is like the Ark of Noah. In the praise section of the Ahrida Synagogue, the Torah, written on the skin of the Aquila, which is mushbooh to eat, is read.
You will visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue is the main and most famous synagogue of the Jews in the Karaköy district. This synagogue has been waiting for you with its unique calmness which is built because of the increase in the Jewish population living in Galata and Beyoğlu in the 1930s when a new worship was needed.
After visiting Zulfaris Synagogue, you will get a chance to see the Grand Bazaar where you can find any products for yourself from cereals to rugs, tiles to homemade inventories. You can find the most reputable stores with wide collections of jewelry, antiques and oriental rugs.

According to your Cruise Ship departure time, you will be taken back to Istanbul Cruise Port.


  • Pick up and drop off from Istanbul Cruise Port
  • English Speaking Licenced Tour guide
  • Entrance Fee to the mentioned sights
  • All necessary land transportation by A/C Touristical Vehicles
  • Local Taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any Meals and Drinks
  • Any extra fees for transportation if your hotel is not central


Passport copies of all attendees are required to get permission from Synagogues.


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