7-Day Discover Istanbul and Izmir and Jewish Heritage Tour

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Istanbul Airport to Istanbul Airport

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What is less well known about Turkey is its Jewish Heritage. Turkey has been home to a Jewish presence for over 2,000 years and during the 15th Century many Jews settled in Turkey while escaping the Spanish Inquisition. The two main settlements are in Istanbul and Izmir and the emphasis will be on seeing some of the historic synagogues in both cities including what is reputedly the oldest one in the world dating back to 3AD. Combined with the Jewish Heritage are the Tours of Istanbul and Ephesus.
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul / Transfer to HotelArrival to Istanbul. Your personal Agent will meet you at the A/P. You will get the tour documents and briefing about your tour. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 2: Full Day / Jewish Sites in Istanbul (B-L)Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Neve Shalom Synaguge, Ahridda Synaguge, Askhenazi Synaguge, Lunch at local restaurant, Jewish Museum, Balat Jewish Area. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 3: Full Day / Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour (B-L)Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Blue Mosque, Hippodromme, Grand Bazaar. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 4: Full Day / Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour (B-L)Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Spice-Egyptian Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise by Boat, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Beylerbeyi or Beylerbeyi Palace, Camlica Hill. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 5: Flight to Izmir / Jewish Sites in Izmir - Sardes (B-L-D)Pick up early from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Izmir. Upon arrival your Tour Guide will meet you at A/P and you will have a full day city tour. Bikur Halim and Beth Israel Synaguges, Drive to Sardis, Lunch at a local Restaurant, Capital of Ancient Lydia, the world’s oldest Synaguge – Sardes. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Kusadasi.Day 6: Full Day / Ephesus Tour (B-L-D)Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Ephesus Ruins, Fountains of Trajan, Polio, Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Library of Celcius, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre, Lunch at a local Restaurant, House of the Virgin Mary, Archaeological Museum in Selcuk. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Kusadasi.Day 7: Flight to Istanbul Pick up from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival.

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What’s not included

  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Round-trip airfares

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul / Transfer to Hotel Arrival to Istanbul. Your personal Agent will meet you at the A/P. You will get the tour documents and briefing about your tour. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day / Jewish Sites in Istanbul (B-L) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Neve Shalom Synaguge, Ahridda Synaguge, Askhenazi Synaguge, Lunch at local restaurant, Jewish Museum, Balat Jewish Area. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Full Day / Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour (B-L) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Blue Mosque, Hippodromme, Grand Bazaar. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Full Day / Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour (B-L) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Spice-Egyptian Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise by Boat, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Beylerbeyi or Beylerbeyi Palace, Camlica Hill. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5: Flight to Izmir / Jewish Sites in Izmir - Sardes (B-L-D) Pick up early from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Izmir. Upon arrival your Tour Guide will meet you at A/P and you will have a full day city tour. Bikur Halim and Beth Israel Synaguges, Drive to Sardis, Lunch at a local Restaurant, Capital of Ancient Lydia, the world’s oldest Synaguge – Sardes. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6: Full Day / Ephesus Tour (B-L-D) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Ephesus Ruins, Fountains of Trajan, Polio, Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Library of Celcius, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre, Lunch at a local Restaurant, House of the Virgin Mary, Archaeological Museum in Selcuk. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7: Flight to Istanbul Pick up from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival.
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