Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Private

JEWISH TOUR OF ISTANBUL & WESTERN TURKEY (sm) (9 days)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Istanbul, Turkey To Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Departures: 15 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Istanbul, Turkey
TBA None

Arrive at Istanbul airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
Istanbul, Turkey
TBA Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit  St. Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque and  Topkapi Palace. Lunch will be on the grounds of Topkapi Palace. Visit Neve Shalom Synagogue. Dinner shall be in a special or historical setting.

Day 3
Istanbul, Turkey
TBA Breakfast

Visit the Ahrida Synagogue and  Jewish Home for the Aged.

Day 4
Bursa, Turkey
TBA Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Bursa.  Lunch is at a famous Döner Kebap (Gyro) restaurant.  Visit the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the Silk Bazaar, and the Yerusch Synagogue.  

Day 5
Çanakkale, Turkey
TBA Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Canakkale. Visit the Gallipoli War Monuments and the battlefields on the European side of the Straits of Dardanelles.  Then, cross back to the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles by ferry boat to visit the Shalom Synagogue in Canakkale.  Dinner will be at the hotel.

Day 6
Izmir, Turkey
TBA Breakfast, Lunch

Sightseeing in Troy, the city immortalized by Homer’s Iliad. Afterwards, continue with your trip to Pergamum for lunch and sightseeing, including the Acropolis and the Aesculapion (the hospital from Roman times). Drive on to Izmir for overnight stay. (B, L)

Day 7
Izmir, Turkey
TBA Breakfast

Sightseeing at the old Jewish section of the city, which was home to the families of such celebrities as Eydie Gorme and Neil Sadaka.  In the afternoon: drive to Sardes, the capital city of the ancient Lydian Empire.  Visit the remains of the ancient synagogue and the attached shops, as well as the Temple of Athena.  Return to Izmir for overnight stay.

Day 8
Istanbul, Turkey
TBA Breakfast

Drive to Selçuk to visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus, including theTerrace Houses (condominiums of wealthy Romans of ancient times). Then, drive to Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbu.  Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.  

Day 9
Istanbul, Turkey
None Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination.  

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Description

Turkey is the only country where Jews have lived in peace for over 500 years without persecution, since the days of the Ottoman Empire. 1992 witnessed the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Sephardic Jews on that land. We designed these tours for our Jewish friends so that they might share the experiences of their ancestors by visiting ancient synagogues, Jewish neighborhoods, and museums, among others. [Even if you stay only one day in Turkey, we can still arrange a memorable time for you with a full-day Jewish Tour of Istanbul]. We are using boutique, deluxe or "best available" hotels on this tour.

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By: Charlie1


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Fantastic Tour Guides

By: SHuff


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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