Jewish Footprints Traces of Judaism
(9 Nights/10 Days)
Day 1: ISTANBUL
Arrival Atatürk Airport. Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: ISTANBUL
Full-day sightseeing tour: Drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of GALATA, You will see the Galata tower built by the Genoese in 1303. Visit the local synagogues, AHRIDA SYNAGOGUE, ASHKENAZY SYNAGOGUE and Zulfaris Jewish Museum. BET- AVRAAM Synagogue in Sirkeci. Then continue to visit Topkapi Palace. (B)
After Breakfast drive to Asian side for visit to KUZGUNCUK SYNAGOUGE and its cemetery, and then head for Usküdar to visit HEMDAT ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE. Drive to Beylerbeyi Palace, a former summer residence of the Ottoman. Drive to ORTAKOY ETZ-CHAYIM SYNAGOGUE. (All synagogue visits require advance permission from the officials. You are also required to carry and present your PASSPORTS. If permissions / appointments can be obtained, BET – ISRAEL Synagogue in Sisli, and/or YENIKOY Synagogue may also be included on the tour. (B)
Day 4: Istanbul – IZMIR
Drive to Balat neighborhood (Istanbul’s First Jewish Settlement) where the expelled Jewish Community from Spain settled in 1492. Visit AHRIDA SYNAGOGUE in Balat, OR-AHAYIM JEWISH HOSPITAL, Drive along the Golden Horn to visit a Jewish Home for the Aged, and the Commando Mansion, a nearby Jewish Cemetery and Mausoleum. Afterwards, visit the Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and St. Sophia. Late afternoon flight to IZMIR. (B/D)
Day 5: IZMIR
Drive to Jewish Quarter in Izmir. See the SENORA SYNAGOGUE, BIKUR HOLIM and BET ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE. Afternoon drive to SARDES The capital of ancient LYDIA, their visit one of the world’s oldest Synagogues. (B/D
Day 6: Ephesus KUSADASI
Drive to Ephesus and explore the ancient city. (B/D)
Day 7: Miletus – Didyma – Priene – KUSADASI
Didyma, the ruins of the Ionic Temple of Apollo with its columns pointing up into the sky and its legend of the romance between Apollo and Daphne is nearby.
The original temple and home of an oracle was destroyed during the Persian Wars and the one seen today was rebuilt following Alexander the Great’s victory over the Persians.
Miletus was an important center of philosophy and science, producing such men as Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes. Referring to this period, religious studies professor F. E. Peters described pan-deism as “the legacy of the Milesians.”
Priene, in the 4th century BCE Priene was a deep-water port with two harbors overlooking the Bay of Miletus Priene was said to have been first settled by Ionians. The Priene Synagogue dates to the 2nd century AD and was built into an older Hellenistic house. It consists of a main hall with two rows of columns forming a small basilica. Visit the Ionian sites and see the synagogues at the sit es. (B/D)
Day 8: Pergamom – BURSA
After breakfast drive to Pergamon. Visit: Acropolis and Asclepion. Then see the RedBasilica and the gravestones whose inscriptions are in Hebrew. Continue to Bursa. Where Jewish people first settled 2100 years ago. Visit the 15th Century GERUSCH SYNAGOGUE which was constructed by the first Jewish group who settled in Bursa after they had been expelled from Spain in the 15th century and welcomed by Ottoman Emperor Selim II, and brought to the region. Later, continue to the Silk Bazaar. Then drive to Istanbul. (B/D
Day 9: Bursa – ISTANBUL
Splendid monuments from the Ottoman periods. (B/D)
Day 10: RETURN
Transfer to the Airport. (B)
Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Meditour Turkey.
P. P. in Dbl from € 870
Sgl Supplement € 460