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Tour Route: Istanbul Izmir Ephesus Istanbul

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”Discover the Jewish Legacy: Istanbul & Ephesus Uncovered”

Embark on a captivating 8-night, 9-day journey through the Jewish heritage of Istanbul and Izmir. In Istanbul, explore the historic Jewish neighborhoods of Galata and Balat, visiting iconic synagogues such as Neve Shalom and the Ashkenazi Synagogue. Discover the unique Ahrida Synagogue in Balat and immerse yourself in the rich Jewish history of the city.

In Izmir you’ll explore synagogues like Senora, Bikur Holim, and Bet Israel, gaining deeper insights into the Jewish heritage of the city. Alongside your heritage exploration, experience the beauty of Istanbul with a Bosphorus cruise and visits to historic landmarks. Conclude your tour with a visit to the ancient city of Ephesus, stepping back in time to witness its fascinating ruins. Discover the intertwining of Jewish heritage and Turkish culture on this unforgettable journey.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Istanbul (Free Day)

 Welcome to the mesmerizing city of Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport and whisked away to your hotel in the comfort of a private car. Take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant metropolis as you make your way to your accommodation. Prepare to immerse yourself in the rich history, cultural diversity, and captivating beauty that Istanbul has to offer. Enjoy a restful overnight stay at your hotel in Istanbul.                                                                                                                                


Day 2Istanbul – Old city Tour & Bosphorus Cruise (Private Day Tour)

After breakfast , meet your knowledgeable tour guide in the hotel lobby for the half day Istanbul Bosphorus cruise. On Bosphorus tour, you will discover the enchanting beauty of Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the splendor of the Bosphorus Bridge, connecting two continents, and admire the iconic sights of Ortakoy, Rumeli Fortress and bosphorus houses from the sparkling waters. Explore the exquisite Beylerbeyi Palace in asian side, a true architectural gem, and ascend to Uskudar for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. After we will take a ferry to cross to European side for lunch. After lunch we will take you to the  into the old city’s rich history and cultural treasures. Begin at the historic Hippodrome, once a center of Byzantine entertainment. After Hippodrome,  the journey continues with a visit to the majestic Topkapi Palace, where the echoes of the past intertwine with tales of royalty and heritage. After long day trip transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight stay in Istanbul


Legend: B – L

Day 3Istanbul – Galata (Private Day Tour)

After breakfast, begin your journey in Istanbul, where the oldest Jewish neighborhoods await your exploration. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Galata and visit the iconic Galata Tower, a symbol of the city’s enchanting skyline. Neve Shalom Synagogue will welcome you with its remarkable architecture and profound history. Continue your discovery at Askinazy Synagogue and delve into the cultural heritage of Turkish Jews at Zulfaris Museum. Each step will reveal the enduring presence of the Jewish community in Istanbul. After the tour Overnight stay in Istanbul


Legend: B – L

Day 4 Istanbul – Balat – Golden Horn – Pierre Loti Hill (Private Day Tour)

After breakfast, meet our guide and venture into the heart of Balat, another captivating Jewish neighborhood in Istanbul. Ahrida Synagogue will mesmerize you with its intricate design and rich symbolism. Uncover the historical significance of Balat Hospital. After Balat, we will then take the cable car to Pierre Loti Hill to enjoy a tea or coffee at the cafe and take in the stunning view of the Golden HornOvernight stay in Istanbul


Legend:  B – L

Day 5Istanbul (Free Day)

Breakfast at the hotel. On your free day in Istanbul, get ready for an unforgettable adventure as you delve into the enchanting corners of this mesmerizing city. Start your day on the Asian side, where the vibrant neighborhood of Kadıköy awaits. Stroll along the lively streets and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere. Discover the charm of Bagdat Caddesi, a bustling avenue lined with trendy boutiques, cozy cafés, and stylish restaurants. Indulge in some retail therapy, savor delicious Turkish delicacies, or simply relax in one of the many charming parks in the area. Cross over to the European side and find yourself in the chic neighborhood of Nişantaşı. This upscale district is a paradise for fashion enthusiasts, with its luxury brands, designer boutiques, and stylish shops. Take your time to explore the elegant streets, treat yourself to a shopping spree, and enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the trendy restaurants. Continue your journey in the vibrant heart of Istanbul: Beyoğlu. This lively district is a melting pot of cultures, art, and entertainment. Lose yourself in the maze of streets filled with art galleries, vintage shops, and vibrant bars. Climb the iconic Galata Tower and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city, the Bosphorus, and beyond. Overnight stay in Istanbul

Legend: B

Day 6Istanbul > Izmir by plane (Private Day Tour)

After early morning breakfast, transfer to Istanbul airport. Flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Transfer to Izmir hotel and Meet your guide in Izmir. Set your sights on Izmir, home to a vibrant Jewish quarter. Explore the beautifully adorned Senora Synagogue and witness the community’s resilience and vibrant spirit. Visit Bikur Holim and Bet Israel Synagogue, both playing vital roles in preserving the Jewish heritage of Izmir. Conclude the day with a visit to Sardes, the ancient capital of Lydia, where history unravels amidst the remnants of an illustrious past. After the tour transfer to your hotel in Izmir. Overnight stay in Izmir


 Legend: B – L

Day 7Izmir > Ephesus – Izmir Istanbul by plane (Private Day Tour)

After breakfast, we will drive you to Ephesus ancient city. Prepare to be awe-inspired as you step foot into Ephesus, an ancient city steeped in spirituality and history. Marvel at the grandeur of the Temple of Hadrian, a magnificent testament to Roman architecture. Experience the serene ambiance of The Odeon, an ancient theater that once hosted spectacular performances. As you wander through the ancient streets, feel the presence of the past embracing you, creating a sense of wonder and enlightenment. After Ephesus tour we will drive you back to Izmir for flight back to Istanbul. Flight from Izmir to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul, we will transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul


Legend: B – L

Day 8Istanbul (Free Day)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and take advantage of a full day at your leisure to explore Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul

Legend: B

Day 9Istanbul (Free Day- TOUR ENDS!)

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the airport according your flight. TOUR ENDS!

Legend: B

Please note that; this itinerary is fully customizable, allowing you to personalize your trip according to your preferences. You have the flexibility to adjust the pace of the trip by incorporating rest days in the destinations of your choice. Additionally, you can extend your journey by adding extra sightseeing days at any point along the route. This way, you can fully tailor the trip to meet your specific needs and make the most out of your travel experience. Let us know your preferences, and we will be happy to assist you in creating a unique and memorable itinerary!

Price Includes

  • Pick up / Drop off from hotel (By Private Car)
  • 8 Nights hotel accommodation (4 star boutique hotel)
  • Proffessional licensed english speaking guides on tours
  • English speaking guided tours mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers are private
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking minivan on local tours.
  • All taxes, entrance & museum fees, baggage handling
  • Domestic Flights: (Istanbul > Izmir -----Izmir > Istanbul)
  • Meals by code letters (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.
  • Service charges & local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International flights to/from Turkey and personal travel insurance.
  • Airport tax, visa for Turkey.
  • Travel insurance & Personal expenses
  • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Tips to guides, drivers or hotel staff etc.

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