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Turkey – Grand Jewish Heritage Tour

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4874
6 Nights - 7 Days
Availability : Apr 19’ - Oct 19’
Istanbul
Izmir
Min Age : All Ages
Max People : 20
Overview

Turkey has so much to offer it can be difficult knowing where to start. From the magical landscapes of Cappadocia, to the legendary cities of Troy and Ephesus, to the haunting battlefields of Gallipoli and the stunning Aegean Coast. Turkey really does have it all.

We can help. We offer a range of private and group tours to all the major tourist destinations in Turkey, as well as to many of the lesser known ones. Travel in comfort in luxury vehicles and enjoy the history and culture of this great country with the help of professional tour guides. We also offer a full range of exclusive sailing holidays around the fabled “Blue Coast” of Turkey in a traditional Turkish Gulet (wooden sailing boat). With blue seas, fine cuisine, relaxation, nature and culture it is the perfect break for couples, friends and families, or for groups who may wish to charter a whole boat.

Highlights
  • Galata Tower
  • Jewish Museum of Turkey
  • Neve Shalom Synagogue
  • Zulfaris Synagogue
  • Ahrida Synagogue
  • Byzantine Hippodrome
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Spice Market
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • Temple of Artemis
  • Sardis Synagogue
Complementaries
  • Umbrella
  • T-Shirt
  • Hat
  • Backpack
Itinerary
Day 1 - Istanbul
Day 2 - Istanbul
Day 3 - Istanbul
Day 4 - Izmir
Day 5 - Izmir
Day 6 - Izmir
Day 7 - Izmir
Price Includes
Price Excludes

ARRIVAL TO ISTANBUL (Welcome Reception)

One of our colleagues will be waiting for you at the arrival hall bearing a sign with your name on it. You will be greeted by a courteous member of our staff who will take you directly to your hotel. Accommodation is in Istanbul.

Overnight in Istanbul / Breakfast Included 

ISTANBUL

After Breakfast, we depart for our tour. In 1492 Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition arrived at Istanbul and welcomed by the Ottomans. Many of them settled in Galata neighborhood where you’ll visit Galata Tower built by Genoese in the 14th century, offering a great bird-eye view of the old city. From the Tower walk to Neve Shalom Synagogue and then visit the Jewish Museum of Turkey, known also as Zulfaris Synagogue, run by Quincentennial Foundation where you’ll see the story of 700 years of amity between Turks and Jews. After lunch, drive to Balat district along the Golden Horn, another old Jewish district where you’ll visit the Ahrida Synagogue built over 500 years ago and still in use today. After wondering in this old neighborhood where the Star of David appears on some of the buildings, return back to your hotel.

Overnight in Istanbul / Breakfast Included

ISTANBUL
Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Visit ancient Byzantine Hippodrome where once chariots ran and thousands of Byzantines cheered them. Some of the important monuments of the Hippodrome are; Egyptian Obelisk dating back to 16th century B.C., Serpentine Column from 5th century B.C., and the Stone Obelisk erected in 10th century A.D. Than you visit the Blue Mosque built in the 17th century, famous for its six minarets and beautiful Iznik tiles as interior decoration. It’s still in use by the Moslems and is the most important mosque in Istanbul. After the mosque have a short walk to visit Hagia Sophia Church, glory of the Byzantine Empire, built in the 6th century which houses magnificent gold-leafed mosaics. The Church was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in the 15th century and than into a museum after the Republic. After lunch you’ll visit Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans located on a hilltop dominating the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Today it’s a museum where precious displays such as Porcelains, Crystals, Sultan’s costumes, Books, Portraits, and Diamonds can be visited. At the end you’ll pay a visit to world famous Grand Bazaar for your shopping of traditional goods. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Overnight in Istanbul / Breakfast Included

ISTANBUL – IZMIR
After breakfast and we check out from our hotel in the morning. We will visit the Egyptian Bazaar known as Spice Market to smell and buy hundreds of lively colored spices; you can also explore small street markets around it. Then take a ferry to start your cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, while sailing along the European and Asian shores enjoy viewing Ottoman Palaces, Fortresses, Ottoman wooden houses, Suspension bridges, and fishermen. After this lovely cruise, possibility of lunch in a restaurant along the Bosphorus. After lunch, take the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge and set your foot on Asian Continent with a pleasant panoramic drive viewing residential areas of the city. Visit also Beylerbeyi Palace on this side, which was the summer residence of the last Ottoman Sultans for many years until the Republic. Today it’s used as a museum housing original furniture, curtains and carpets showing luxurious life of the ancient rulers. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir, known in ancient times as Smyrna. On your arrival, you’re escorted to your hotel in the city.

Breakfast Included / Overnight in Izmir.

IZMIR – EPHESUS
After breakfast, drive to Selcuk for the Ephesus which was the capital of the Roman Province of Asia Minor. At the ancient site you’ll visit the Odeon, the Bouleterion, the fountains, the temples, the brothel, the library, the agoras, the great theater, the roman baths, the marble road, the gymnasiums and so on. After lunch visit the Archeological Museum filled with a rich collection from the site and around. Than you’ll visit the grounds of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. A short drive back to Izmir at the end of the day.

Overnight in Izmir / Breakfast Included

IZMIR – SARDIS
The city of Izmir has a 400 year old Jewish community with many synagogues. Today you’ll visit the most important synagogue of the city; the Beth Israel. In the afternoon drive to Sardis, the ancient capital of Lydia, where you’ll see the significant ruins of the ancient city such as the Temple of Artemis, the golden river Pactalos, the Persian Royal Road, the Gymnasium and so on. You will visit the remains of one of the world’s oldest synagogue’s, the Sardis Synagogue, first built in the 3rd century BC. After visits, drive back to Izmir.

Overnight in Izmir / Breakfast Included

DEPARTURE FROM IZMIR
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Izmir until our transfer to airport for your flight home.

Breakfast Included

  • 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All Transportation Services
  • Inbound Flight Tickets
  • Service Charges & Taxes
  • Visa Services but not applicable fees
  • All Meals in Itinerary

  • International Flight Ticket to/from Istanbul
  • Private Expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Visa Fees (if required)

Accommodation
Istanbul
Izmir
Doubletree by Hilton Old Town

This sleek contemporary hotel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, 10 minutes on foot from the Grand Bazaar and 1.8 km from Hagia Sophia, a renowned museum in a former mosque.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Sauna Turkish Bath
Barber Shop
Beauty Salon
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Hilton Izmir

In a polished building overlooking İzmir Bay, this refined hotel is a 6-minute walk from Çankaya train station, and 2 km from both the İzmir Clock Tower and Konak Square.

Amenities
24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Sauna
Pool
Barber Shop
Beauty Salon
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Hotels are subject to change with a similar hotel based on availability

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