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Jewish District Tour (Half Day Morning)

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Pass By: Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey


To be able to get permission for entrance to Synagogues you need to make reservation 4 days prior to departure, otherwise inside visits of synagogues will not be on the schedule. Passport copies are required – either bring them in-or fax them to our Office. This tour may not be applicable during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays. Program for Monday – Friday: Jewish Museum, Ashkenazi Synagogue, Schneidertemple Synagogue and outer visits to Georgian Synagogue, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Italian Synagogue, Jewish Apartments, Kamondo Buildings.

Istanbul has had a vibrant Jewish community for more than 1000 years. After the Turkish conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Mehmet II encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Over half a million Jews persecuted in Spain and Portugal were encouraged to establish themselves within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. In Istanbul, the new immigrants settled mostly near Galata – a quarter on the northern bank of the Golden Horn – where a Jewish community had existed since the early days of the Ottoman Era in Istanbul. We walk in Galata and find ourselves in intriguing streets full of colorful life. Synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish Apartments, the amazing story of Abraham Kamondo and other Jewish heritage sites – are part of today´s tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
  • Guiding,
  • Transportation,
  • Admission to the Jewish Museum and the synagogues
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant meals not included
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: Pupa Travel
270 Reviews
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4 days trip in Cappadocia
I can’t deny how awesome our trip in Cappadocia was! We saw so many incredible sites, the food was amazing, People's Courtesy is beyond, the most spectacular sunrises, the underground cities & the love Valley!!!... I can go on and on. But All this would not have been possible without our private tour guide SAMET from the PUPA travel agency. It was all laid for us. His knowledge is exceptional and well- versed. Utmost professionalism. So flexible and patient to attend all our interests. Friendly and felt like we know him for a long time. He took us through the ancient moments in those ground cities. I can tell from his enthusiasm how he loves his country and what he does. Most of all he made sure we are safe at all times. I will definitely recommend getting in touch with him to plan a perfect trip. This man will make your trip fantastic!!!
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Cappadocia day tour with samet
Me and my friends randomly picked cappadocia and went for 4 days because of the hot air ballons, the beautiful scenery and the amazing turkish cuisine that we all know. Our trip was unplanned so we randomly picked a hotel( which turns out to be great) and through them we booked our tours with pupa travel agency. Since our days were short we decided on one day private tour. Samet(our tour guide) arrived ontime and great us with a welcoming smile and give us 30 more minutes for breakfast. He planned our day perfectly, took us to most of the places that we wanted to see and more and explained everything in details. His knowledge and patience is beyond amazing. He speaks English fluently so we were communicating without any difficulties. He is open minded and more than willing to answer any questions you have. He understands the culture difference in the world and treat you in a way u want to be treated. He make our tour enjoyable and comfortable in everyway he can. If u get the chance to book him don't hesitate it means luck is on ur side. Our next day tour to watch the ballons and take picture with mustafa was really nice too. He was helpful and caring. I would definitely recommend pupa tour agency from my experience because of the crews they have.
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Nevsehir, Turkey
We had so much fun on our private tour with samet
Me and my 3 friends took the private tour with samet and we wanted to finish red tour and green tour in one day cos we didn’t have enough days . Samet covered almost all of the tours in one day. He was really friendly and his English was really fluent . He was really patient with us cos we wr taking a lot of pics everywhere 🙈. The place samet took us for lunch was amazing.Samet and the driver stayed with us till the evening . I didn’t want the tour the end cos me n my friends wr having sooo much fun . He booked the hot air ballon tour for us the next day with a reasonable price and mustefa ( ballon tour guid ) was also nice . He knew wr to take nice pics and he took us to a nice place to see the balloons.he carried our coats as it was freezing There . He was really sweet . So thank u samet and thank u mustefa . U guys r the best.
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New York City, New York
Excellent private tour with Mustafa at Pupa Travel
We wanted to go on a day tour of the Cappadocia area without the crowds so the front desk of our hotel got us in touch with Mustafa Gulgen at Pupa Travel in Urgup. Mustafa and Mr. Yasar (Our Driver) came to our hotel in the morning and we sat down to chat about what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go. Mustafa is very knowledgeable about the area so he answered all of our questions and we set a plan for the day. There is a lot to do and see in Cappadocia so it's good to talk with your guide on what's important to you before you head out. Mustafa's English is perfect so there was no issues with communication and he really knows the ins and outs of the whole area. Our driver Mr. Yasar was also very professional and was a safe and experienced driver considering all the tourist traffic those roads have. Because it was a private tour we were able to avoid most of the bus crowds and stop at sights that not normally accessible with large groups. Our day was filled with plenty of history about the area and information on the sights going back all the way to the volcanic formation and geology on unique fairy chimneys and caves. We even had a wonderful lunch in an orchard and got to relax. We couldn't be happier with our choice of going with Mustafa and we would certainly ask for this services upon our return to the area. Both him and his company also offer tours and airport transfers throughout Turkey.
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Two Amazing Days with Mustafa of Pupa Travel
We had the very good fortune to be put in contact with Mustafa when our original travel arrangements went astray. Overnight he made himself available to show us the very long history and incredible landscapes of the Cappadocia region. His personal attention made this one of the special times of our five weeks of travel. We also had the opportunity to meet some of his colleagues in the Pupa Travel office in Urgup and they too reinforced our feeling that along with Mustafa the whole organisation is committed to providing visitors with a great experience. As a more general comment, our two nights stay in Cappadocia should have been at least one or two nights longer as it is such an amazing area to explore and far exceeded our expectations, no doubt boosted by our time with Mustafa.
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Robert C
2 day private guide of Cappadocia and surrounding area
First let me say how amazing Mustafa was. He has so much passion and pride for this area and his country. It was very evident. He was extremely knowledgable of the area and history. It wasn’t just sire seeing it was a history and cultural tour as well. I learned so much about the area. Professional, courteous, friendly and fun! I would strongly recommend this tour (and Mustafa) to my friends. Keep up the great work.
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Tricia A
Private Guided customized Day Tour with Alper Tor, Pupa Travel
Great day spent on a private tour with our guide, Alper Tor! Toured Derinkuyu underground city (Alper knew when to go so we missed tne crowds!), hIked the Ihlara Valley (beautiful hike along river) and stopped for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant on the river. Hiked the Red/Rose Valley at sunset - spectacular scenery! Alper Tor - excellent guide, very personable young man - highly recommend!
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Poughkeepsie, New York
Amazing Red Tour with tour guide Samet
I stayed at the Royal Cave Hotel in Ürgup in the Cappadocia region. Mustafa was the only one to speak English as I do. He was kind and set up My red tour for the day for me with Pupa Travel. He told me they would pick me up between 9:15 after gathering the rest of the people. I did start to get a little nervous around 9:45 that they weren’t showing up. As I was about to think I was going to miss the day and my first tour of Cappadocia they pulled up! They had some trouble and were running a little late. Which happens often on holidays. To my surprise I was the first pick up. Samet was my guide and there was another man the driver. They were very kind. Samet gave a great tour. He has high energy which is a plus for being a tour guide. He’ll answer any questions or concerns you have. One man in our group had a bum knee. He did as much as he could and didn’t want to hold anyone up. Samet made sure that he was always comfortable. He even took us to a lesser known look out point above the fairy chimneys which was a delight. The entire day was breathtaking and amazing in every way. They really make sure you have the best holiday! Highly, highly recommended! So happy I booked these guys through my hotel and it worked out to be an unforgettable experience
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Good service and kind tour-guide
It was nice tour-guiding in detail. I had guests from abroad. Although we were in Turkish tour, but tour guide was especially explaining to my guests in English, too. They took us from our hotel by minibus. We were 12 people. We had such nice lunch together, price included. I very much thank for this kindness. I strongly recommend them.
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Private Day Tour
I would like to Say Thank You very much for the day spent 23rd September and the Tour guide provided …Mustapha ! Your hospitality and patience with us was welcomed and my family really enjoyed the company for the day .. We have learnt a lot and we will certainly recommend your services to anyone else who wishes to visit Cappadocia in the future Thanks for also arranging the Pick up the next morning after the Hot Air Balloon ride The ride itself was Awesome and breathtaking & pick Up and drop off to the airport was perfect timing .. Pupa Travel certainly have a world class tour guide in Mustafa
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Private tours
We arrived in Cappadocia knowing we wanted to see a few sights but without any sort of structure. At very short notice (the next day) Pupa tours arranged us a red tour which covered the majority of the panoramic views and cultural sights in Cappadocia. We decided to take a private tour which was very reasonably priced to make it a bit more personal. At 10am the guide Samet was waiting for us along with the Driver and a very comfortable Mercedes vehicle.he took us to Many sights including pigeon and the open air museum stopping along the way to take photos of the breath taking view and explaining the history behind it. Samet was incredibly Welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable on any subject but his knowledge of Cappadocia, rock formation, symbolism and history is second to none. He took us to an amazing restaurant for lunch with traditional high quality Turkish food which was again very reasonably priced ( sorry I can’t remember the name) it was at this point that me and my wife decided we was going to book the green tour the following day as long as Samet and the driver could take us. We finished off the day with and ATV (quad bike) sunset tour which was brilliant and although not booked with Pupa they had no issues with dropping us off there and arranging travel back to the hotel. We finished the night with and amazing meal Prokapi which was recommended and booked by Samet The next morning we were picked up promptly again by Samet and the driver and drove to the south of Cappadocia we visited the amazing underground cities in the morning and the Ilhaya valley after lunch both of these are a must see in Cappadocia and we were so glad we decided to take both tours We were changing hotels from Ugrup to Goreme and again there was no issues takin us there I would highly recommended Pupa Travel to anyone wanted to see the true wonders of Cappadocia and if you wanted the added extra of a fantasticand very easy going and knowledgeable guide I would request Samet Amazing memories thanks so much
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Tejasvi M
Mumbai, India
Falling in love with Turkey
Highly recommended, if you want to deal with a fair travel agency. I had got multiple quotes before finalising pupa, but no one as reasonable and fair as pupa. Their 24/7 watsapp availability and support is commendable and their quick response for emails too. Special shout for Mr edip and Mr Serdar for being prompt and avaible and at our service always, without even personally meeting them. We had a fabulous private tour through them, may it be the mode of transport or the stay or the lunch or the tour guides, everything was unique and special kind of an experience. In kapadokya, you must have Aykut as your guide, he is funny, fun loving and a great story teller. I would like to mention Ms yashim in kusadasi for a knowledge filled site seeing and Mr. Chan(John) for showing us the amazing side of Istanbul... All the guides were very accommodative and caring, loved that about each one, also they really to efforts to feed is the best local food... The whole trip was hassle free, amazing and to our liking... I love turkey a little more because of my tour with pupa... And a special mention to our Bruce Willis (Mohammad Ali), had never seen such an elegant and classy driver..... Super impressed... Some people might find this review very personal, but this proves, pupa builds connections and make you feel like home.... If it is TURKEY, Pupa is the key....
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Private Tour
Im not one who usually writes reviews hence the very fact Im doing it now means something must have gone extremely bad or in this case absolutely mind blowing. I had the best day ever with Mustafa. He gave me a great insight into Cappadocia and not to the point I was dosing off. He gave me loads of time to take photos and even brought me to places off the beaten track to photograph the locals and even mingle with them. Best of all was the local lunch. I was then brought to the perfect place to photograph the sunset to end the day. To me I was very specific. Bring me to places for great photos and the most important non-touristy places. And Mustafa did exactly that. Not a tourist in sight. When I took longer than usual wandering about he even came looking for me which to me is a huge plus cause it shows they care about my safety too. Price wise I will be honest, they are probably not the cheapest but hey, it was worth every cent. So much so I booked another tour on the spot. My 2 cents worth is if you are not on a budget and appreciates quality and a personalised tour over the cheapest stuff in life, this is excellent for you. Service is great, vehicle was great, my experice was no less then perfect. Cheers!
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Private tour
We had 2 days private tour booked with Pupa and greeted by super friendly and helpful young man Samet. Covered most of Cappadocia, Samet did great job in explaining in details of places and local culture. Highly recommended.
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Mahmuda K
The most amazing tour, with the best tour guide!
Me and my husband decided to opt for a private tour whilst we were visiting cappadocia. The tour guide we recieved was absolutely amazing. We cannot thank our tour guide, Togay enough. He was extremely helpful and had vast knowledge of the history which made our experience even more enjoyable. His english was perfect so there was no language issues and as I was pregnant he ensured to base the tour around my needs so that I wouldn't have to walk as much. The most enjoyable part as well as seeing the traditional tourist areas is that with the private tour we had oppurtunity to meet locals. We particularly enjoyed meeting the owner of the small cave cafe which we would never have known to visit if it wasn't for this tour. I would definitly recommend a private tour as it is much more catered to your specific needs and you can get much thorough information about the places you are visiting. We also had ample free time to take pictures and videos whilst visiting each tour stop. It may be slightly more expensive but definitely worth it, group tours can get a bit problematic especially when you are waiting on others and also the information I feel is a lot more limited. Here with a private tour guide you can ask as many questions as you like. Overall we throughly enjoyed our experiance with this tour company and and particularly becuase our tour guide was excellent, definitely the best tour experience we have ever had.
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