Arrival in Istanbul. Airport transfer to the hotel.
Check into the hotel and have some time to relax. An
orientation of the city will be given shortly afterwards,
with the remainder of the day free to spend at your
own leisure about the city. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia.
Lunch break at an authentic Turkish restaurant before
visiting the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern
and Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, visit the Spice Market and Rustempasa
Mosque, followed by a cruise by ferry through the Bosphorus,
by which you will also be served lunch, at a fisherman's
village named Ortakoy. In the afternoon, explore the
opulent 19th century Dolmabahce Palace. Overnight in
After breakfast, visit Pera, the Galata quarter and
Galata Tower, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Ashkenazi Synagogue
and the Zülferis Synagogue and Museum. Following a lunch
break in Galata, reach the Golden Horn to visit Ahrida
Synagogue in Balat, Chora Church and Pierre Loti Hill
in Eyup. Overnight in Istanbul.
Morning departure to the airport. Fly to Izmir and transfer
to the hotel. The sightseeing begins on Havra Sokak
(better known as the street of synagogues); visit the
200 years old active Seniyora Synagogue. Continue on
to the Karatas quarter to see the Beth Israel Synagogue,
in Ottoman-Victorian style. Next, take a ride on the
Asansör, a 19th century hilltop funicular, before stepping
into the Archaeological & Ethnographic Museum. Drive
up to Kadifekale hill overlooking the city and the bay,
to enjoy a coffee. Overnight in Izmir.
Excursion to Sardis, once the capital of the Lydian
kingdom, where a large and prosperous Jewish community
resided in its heyday as a Roman city. Visit the ruins,
including the enormously rich Roman Synagogue. After
lunch return to Izmir. Overnight in Izmir.
Excursion to Selcuk, where you will visit the ancient
Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, including the Artemis Temple,
Archeological Museum, the House of Virgin Mary and the
formerly Greek picturesque village of Sirince. Return
to Izmir. Overnight in Izmir.
Transfer to Izmir airport. Fly to Ankara and transfer
to the hotel. The day's sightseeing covers the Anatolian
Civilizations Museum, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, Angora
Castle and the Jewish quarter of Samanpazari. Overnight
Depart for Cappadocia. The day's sightseeing includes
Göreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Uchisar, Monks' Valley
and Urgup. Overnight in Urgup.
Explore Cappadocia further, by hiking in the Red and
Rose Valleys, followed by a visit to Kaymakli Underground
City, Mustafapasa Village, Ortahisar Village and Castle.
Complete the sightseeing with a stop-off at the old
local Turkish Bath for a relaxing traditional massage.
Overnight in Urgup.
Transfer to Kayseri airport. Fly to Istanbul and transfer
to the hotel. Spend a free afternoon at your own leisure.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Departure from
Turkey back home.