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JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR IN TURKEY

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Istanbul (D)

Arrive Istanbul airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Istanbul (B)

Morning visit to a Jewish neighborhood, Galata. You will see the Galata tower built by the Genoese in 1303. Visit the local synagogues, Neve Shalom and the Askenazy Synagogue. After lunch, visit the Hippodrome, a 3rd century site, where chariots raced during the Roman period. Visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets. Visit St. Sophia, a world heritage site built in the 6th century

Day 3 Istanbul (B)

Depart from hotel for a visit of the Balat neighborhood where you will see the star of David appearing on building facades. Visit the 15th Ahrida and the Yanbol synagogues. Visit the Jewish home for the elderly along the Golden Horn. After lunch visit the Topkapi Palace, its priceless collection of jewels, and the Grand Covered Bazaar.

Day 4 Istanbul (B)

Visit the Spice Market, and then embark on a Bosphorus Boat Tour viewing the beauty of the European and Asian shorelines on either side. After the cruise continue to Zulfaris Synagogue, visit the Jewish Museum. Back to the hotel. Overnight . (B)

Day 5 Istanbul / Fly Izmir (B,D)

Transfer to Istanbul airport for morning departure to Izmir. Transfer to hotel. Visit one of the local synagogues in Izmir, where the Jewish community dates back more than 2000 years. Visit the castle of Alexander the Great and the Agora. Dinner at an outside restaurant in Izmir.

Day 6 Ephesus – Izmir (B,D)

Drive to Ephesus. Full day tour to the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, and then the Basilica of St. John who accompanied the Virgin Mary to Ephesus, the Celsus Library, the marble paved Arcadian Road, the Brothel, the Roman Baths, the Theater where St. Paul preached, the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and see the statue of Ephesian Artemis while touring the Archeological Museum of Ephesus in Selcuk. Shopping opportunity at Ephesus area before returning to Izmir. Dinner at the hotel

Day 7 Sardis – Izmir (B,D)

Morning departure to Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia. View the significant ruins of the Acropolis. Visit the Temple of Cybele and Diana, which later became a church. See the golden river Pactalos and the Royal Road. Then visit the reconstructed Synagogue, see the names of the rich American Jewish Families who supported the excavations financialy. Then visit the Gymnasium and the new excavation area. Return to Izmir for overnight. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Izmir Airport – Departure

Transfer to Izmir airport for departure.

RATES INCLUDE:

  • 7 Nights at selected hotels
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast, 4 Dinners
  • English speaking, Government Licensed, Professional Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing
  • Transfers and transportation by private A/C midibus or bus depending on the size of thegroup
  • Tips to all hotel and restaurant staff
  • Portage at hotels
  • Service charges and local taxes

RATES EXCLUDE

  • Flights (please add $150 one way)
  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any item which is not mentioned above
  • Turkish Visa Fee

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