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Jewish Heritage Tour in Turkey
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11 Days / 10 Nights
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$2250 Price info
Type Private Tour
Schedule Everyday
Explore the Jewish heritage in Turkey on this 11-day tour. Visit the historic synagogues and the Hippodrome in Istanbul; see the rock-cut churches and monasteries in Cappadocia and stroll down the Marble Way to the magnificent Library of Celcus in Ephesus.
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Day 1: Arrival Istanbul

Your English-speaking driver and guide will meet you at Istanbul Airport to escort you to your hotel. Check into your room and relax for the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with a briefing about Turkey. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to visit several synagogues, including Neve Shalom and Ahrida Synagogue. Continue to visit the Hippodrome where chariots raced during the Roman period, Hagia Sofia, and the Blue Mosque. Return to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Istanbul

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to visit Istanbul’s historic Jewish quarter, Galata. You will see the Galata Tower, built by the Genoese in 1303, and then visit Topkapi Palace with its priceless collection of jewels. Finish the day shopping at the Grand Bazaar before returning to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Istanbul – Cappadocia

After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Airport for a flight to Kayseri then drive to Cappadocia to visit the rock-cut churches and monasteries. Continue to Pasabag and Zelve where you will see the unusual "fairy chimneys'' and rock formations that make Cappadocia’s landscape famous. Visit the spectacular Cappadocian valleys and villages such as Uchisar, Goreme and Ortahisar. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight in Nevsehir.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Cappadocia

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to the underground city of Kaymakl so that you can wander through the city’s many complex tunnels, dwellings and storage rooms. You will continue to old Sinassos (Mustafapasa), which is famous for its houses with beautifully painted facades. Drive to Avanos to visit a pottery makers and then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Konya - Pamukkale

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Konya, the ancient Seljuk capital with its huge monastery complex and shrine of the mystic Mevlana, inspiration of the rite of whirling dervishes. Then drive to Pamukkale, with its strangely formed natural thermal baths and hot springs. Spend the afternoon relaxing in these natural ‘spas’. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Ephesus

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to spend a full day exploring the jewel of Turkey's ancient past, the ruins of Ephesus. The archaeological excavations begun in 1869 have uncovered well-preserved main streets, squares, temples, theaters and houses. Visit the Great Amphitheater, and stroll down the Marble Way to the magnificent Library of Celcus. Drive to Izmir for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Izmir

After breakfast we will visit the Senora Synagogue (if possible) and Havra Street in Izmir where Jewish immigrants settled in 1492. Then continue to Sardes, where we will visit one of the important historical cities of western Anatolia, the capital of the Lydian State. Sardes has rich architectural works reflecting its magnificent past. See the Temple of Artemis, the mint house where coins were made, the gold purifying center, shops, gymnasium and the synagogue which was built first in the 4th century BC and rebuilt in the 3rd century AC to its present day size after being destroyed by an earthquake. Back to your hotel and overnight in Izmir.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Fly to Istanbul

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to airport to take your flight to Istanbul. Arrival Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Free day in Istanbul

Free day to explore the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia, Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Final Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Airport for final departure. End of our services.
Meals: Breakfast
Included:
  • Meet and greet service by our English speaking driver at airport
  • All transfers by an air-conditioned coach
  • Domestic flight ticket (Istanbul - Kayseri, Izmir - Istanbul)
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in Istanbul including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Izmir including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Nevsehir based on half board
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Pamukkale based on half board
  • All sightseeing tours as mentioned above
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guide during the tour
  • Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary
  • All service charges and taxes
Excluded:
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal Spendings
  • Tipping
Price Per Person:
 2-3 Persons4-5 Persons6-8 Persons
JAN.01 - DEC.31.2015 $ 3536 $ 2875 $ 2650
  • Please note that single room occupancy is applied for those coming with other and prefer single occupancy.
  • Prices

    Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per trip and can be paid in US$ or Euros by credit card via a secure payment system with no extra surcharge.Current prices valid through April 30.2016 excluding Christmas Holidays.

  • Children Policy

    0 - 02.99 Free of Charge , pay only for domestic flights if exist
    3 - 10.99 get 20% off from adult tour price
    from 11 is considering as adult

  • Payment

    Early Reservations advised to avoid disappointment in securing your spaces. Booking secured upon receipt of a 25% deposit. During the Christmas holidays, packages require a deposit of 50% forming part of your final payment.

  • Turkey Entry Visa

    You can easily apply for a tourist visa in just a few steps at www.evisa.gov.tr and you can obtain an electronic visa (e-Viza) via online application provided that you have a minimum 6- months- valid passport by the date of application. You can explore Turkey and its wealth of culture, history and scenic beauty unless your visit exceeds 90 days.

  • Tipping

    It is a customary attitude for expressing ones satisfaction of good services rendered to him by staff on duty with him. We advise if you are willing to offer it, this would be great and if not, you are not obliged to do it.
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Best Time to Visit Turkey
Spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit Istanbul and the inland regions. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are typically like the Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. As you travel further east in Turkey the extremes in climate become more pronounced with very hot and dry summers reaching highs of 40°C and bitterly cold winters with heavy snowfall.
Flying to Turkey
Istanbul for comfort and quality – Turkish Airlines & Delta Airlines (Daily and Scheduled Airlines only)
Flying Time
09 hours 30 minutes direct from New York
10 hours direct from Washington
Time Difference
Standard Time = GMT+2 hours
Summer Time = GMT+3 hours
Visas
Required - obtainable an e-Visa online by your credit or debit card before you travel costs $20 or on arrival
Health Requirements
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip includes measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot
Clothing
Most citizens of Turkey are Muslims, but Turkish society is secular and modern, so European dress styles prevail. For your holiday in Turkey, dress the same as you wear in your country
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