Izmir Synagogues Tour

Tour Duration

5 Hours

Max People

30

Difficulty

Moderate

Tour Type

Walking

Overview

Embark on a unique cultural journey as you explore Izmir’s Jewish heritage. This exclusive tour takes you to six different synagogues in the city, each of which has significant historical value. Originally owned by the Jewish community, these sites are now accessible through the completion of the necessary documentation, expertly handled by our agency.

During the tour, your knowledgeable guide will delve into the fascinating history of the Jewish people in Izmir, a history that dates to the 16th century. Discover the intricate architecture of these synagogues and hear captivating stories of momentous events that took place within their walls.

This experience offers a profound insight into Izmir’s Jewish heritage and a deeper understanding of the city’s cultural tapestry. Please note that the Izmir Jewish Community Centre may require your passport details and our agency will assist you with any necessary arrangements. Get ready to explore the rich history and architectural wonders of Izmir’s synagogues and immerse yourself in a cultural adventure like no other.

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Included/Excluded

  • Entry fees
  • Tour Guide speaks English
  • Lunch
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips

Tour Itinerary

Bikur Holim Synagogue 📌

We will start our tour from Bikur Holim Synagogue. There are lots of new parochets that can be seen in this Synagogue. Also, Temple Menorah (seven-branched candelabrum) and Hanukkah Menorah (nine-branched candelabrum) are located there especially from the 18th of November to the 26th of November along the Hanukkah.

Etz Hayim Synagogue 📌

As a meaning, it's a Life of Tree. There are some Byzantine Empire orders can be dates to that period. Hanukkah Menorah is in here. Because of the fire, this synagogue was also damaged but it was "saved" just before the roof fall. Now it's restarted, some of the "memories" from the fire can be seen.

La Signora Synagogue 📌

Dutch Jewish woman gives the name of this synagogue. According to the stories, the woman called as Donna Gracia or La Signora was the foundation of this synagogue. Like all other synagogues, was damaged by the fire several times in 16th and 17th centuries. Thanks to the Moiz Bengiat Yerushalmi was rebuilt again.

Shalom Synagogue 📌

The other name is El Kal de la Tromba Synagogue. Joseph Escaba, religious leader of the Jewish Community in Izmir, made the first organization in here. In 1841, here was the only church that wasn't damaged by the fire, there is a signboard at the entrance your guide will mention it. After that, we will use TRAM to go to the next one. While we're walking to the station, you can take your "Boyoz" which is a unique food belonging to the Sephardic Jewish people.

Rosh Ha Har Synagogue 📌

We will reach this synagogue by TRAM. We will hop off at Karataş Station and there is just a little bit distance to walk. After that, you will see central planned Synagogue, The whole building is single layered with a wooden roof.

Bet Israel Synagogue📌

Bet Israel is the biggest synagogue in Izmir. Synagogue was opened to visit in 1907 but all those decorations finished in around 1950's. According to the stories wooden carvings were made by the Italian artists. Now, that sanctuary is using for extraordinary events.

Please note
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
Cancellation policy
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 1000 days or less before the event
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    November 18, 2023

    star ratingHistorical tour - Our tourist guide was not quite engaging during the whole tour and quite difficult to understand her narrative. But she was pleasing and personable.

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    November 16, 2023
  • star ratingA must to visit if you come to Ephesus thank you! Great blessing  - Thank you for this fantastic tour!
    It was definitely worth visiting the Virgin Mary’s House and Basilica of St John
    A great blessing to have visited.

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    November 17, 2023

    star ratingVery good tour of ephesus with our guide Esra. Would reccomend the tour. Very interesting and included virgin mary, lunch ( not great) and a trip to a pottery factory.

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    November 26, 2023
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    My friends and I had an excellent tour experience. We did a lot of shopping and walked around the stone houses. We recommend this tour to everyone!

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    November 21, 2023

    star ratingGreat day out - Our tour guide Esra is very knowledgeable and incredibly friendly. We had a smaller tour group which always great because it gave us the flexibility to ask questions and move around more freely. We were in no way rushed and were given ample time to view all the sites. All in all, an incredible day out and I really would recommend.

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    November 20, 2023
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    November 21, 2023

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    Beautiful views, rich in history.
    The lunch was fantastic true Turkish cousine.
    Erman our guide was the kindest and very knowledgeable.
    He took his time to explain the history behind all the places and sites we visited.

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    November 16, 2023
  • star ratingJourney through time to Asia Minor’s ancient empire… - Well managed, punctual and comfortable tour. Our lovely guide, Esra, was knowledgeable, amicable and engaging. Ephesus itself naturally needs no endorsement because it’s, well, Ephesus. Land of gods, warriors, scholars, priests and royalty

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    November 25, 2023

    star ratingBook with confidence, wonderful trip! - Fantastic trip to Ephesus! Tour guide- Esra, was on time, kind and well spoke about the places we visited. Van was new, clean, and the driver took very good care of us. Took us for a lunch stop, which was very good food. Trip is worth the money. Book with confidence!

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    November 25, 2023
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    November 21, 2023

    star ratingAwesome time - Thank you Selim for the awesome tour last Sunday 19Nov. Selim was knowledgeable and had lots of stories to tell. He was patient and was thorough in his explanation. I would truly recommend Selim!

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