8 Day Jewish Heritage Tour

4 Istanbul & 2 Kusadasi
6 nights first class hotel accommodation, all transfers, most meals, service of English Speaking local tour managers/guides

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Special Features
  • Guaranteed Daily Arrival
  • Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia
  • Hippodrome, Blue Mosque
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar)
  • Bosphorus Cruise
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Bosphorus Bridge
  • Camlica Hill
  • Bikur Halim and Beth Israel Synagogues
  • Capital of Ancient Lydia
  • Ephesus Ruins
  • Fountains of Trajan
  • Temples of Hadrian and Domition
  • Library of Celcius
  • Bouloterion and the Great Theatre
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Archaeological Museum
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Depart from USA

  •  Board your international flight to start your journey back on time to the ottoman empire. 2 Meals will be served on baord of your overnight flight.
DAY 2: Arrival to Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel

  • Your Right Travel personal Agent will meet you at Istanbul Airport and you will get the tour documents and briefing about your tour, Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3: Full Day City Tour, Jewish sites in Istanbul

  • Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. (Neve Shalom Synagogue, Ahridda Synagogue, Askhenazi Synagogue, Lunch at local restaurant, Jewish Museum, Balat Jewish Area), After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4: Full Day City Tour, Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

  • Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. (Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Blue Mosque, Hippodromme, Grand Bazaar)
  • Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family.
  • St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world.
  • LUNCH: Full Course Deluxe Menu at a charming restaurant.
  • Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest.
  • Hippodrome: The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II.
  • Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, its a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.
  • After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5: Full Day City Tour, Bosphorus & Two Continents

  • our Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. (Spice-Egyptian Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise by Boat, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Beylerbeyi or Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill)
  • Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc.
  • Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.
  • Rumeli Fortress, Historical armament built by the Conquerer to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. * Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesday.
  • LUNCH: Full Course Deluxe Menu at a charming restaurant.
  • Dolmabahce Palace: The last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier.
  • Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
  • Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.
  • After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6: Flight to Izmir & Tour, Jewish sites in Izmir

  • Pick up early from your hotel and transfer to airport to take a flight to Izmir.
  • Upon arrival your Tour Guide will meet you at airport and you will have a full day city tour. (Bikur Halim and Beth Israel Synagogues, Drive to Sardis,
  • Lunch at a local Restaurant, Capital of Ancient Lydia, the world oldest Synagogue - Sardes), After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Kusadasi.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7: Full Day City Tour, Ephesus

  • Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from emperor Theodosius I, the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The citys importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils, see Council of Ephesus. It is also the site of a large gladiators graveyard. Todays archaeological site lies 3 kilometers southwest of the town of Selcuk, in the Selcuk district of Ýzmir Province, Turkey. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport and via the port of Kusadasý.
  • Fountains of Trajan Along the Curetes Street, in a wonderful succession of ancient ruins, sculpted pillars decorated with sculptural figurations, we can see reconstruction on a reduced scale ( the original reached a height of 12 meters) of one of the most remarkable Ephesian monuments. The fountain was erected between 102 and 104 A.D. and as the attached inscription reads, was consecrated to the Emperor Trajan.
  • The tympanum which dominates the upper line is supported by Corinthian columns, in the central niche was one located an enormous statue of Trajan, of which only the base with the feet and the globe remain. The many sculptured figurations which once populated this fountain (members of the Imperial Family, Dionysus, Aphrodite, Satry) have been carried to the Museum.
  • The Temple of Hadrian is a temple to the deified Hadrian on the Campus Martius in Rome, Italy, built by his adoptive son and successor Antoninus Pius in 145 and now incorporated into a later building in the Piazza di Pietra. It was once erroneously known as the Temple of Neptune. Drawing of the Temple by Giuseppe Vasi, c. 1750. Alo Giovannolis 1615 drawing of the Temple. One wall of the cella survives, together with 11 of the 15-metre high Corinthian columns from the external colonnade, on a 4 m high peperino base. The fixing holes for its original marble covering can still be seen. This facade, along with the architrave (reconstructed after antiquity), was incorporated into a 17th century papal palace by Carlo Fontana, now occupied by the Borsa bank. The building was octostyle and had 15 columns on each long side (4 have been lost from the surviving side). Inside the bank the remains of the non-apsidal naos can be seen, once covered by a barrel vault supported on columns between which were battle-trophies. The base of the columns had reliefs of personifications of the provinces of the empire (some of which are now in the National Roman Museum and Capitoline Museums demonstrating Hadrians less warlike policy than his predecessor Trajan. The temple had a large square arcade surrounded by columns in giallo antico and which opened onto the Via Lata (now the Via del Corso) through a triumphal arch. This arch has been identified as the one called the "arch of Antoninus" in later sources, but has also been called the "arch of Claudius" and the "arch of the Tosetti", from the name of the family that inhabited Piazza Sciarra (now disappeared due to road-widening of the Via del Corso).
  • Despite having fallen into ruin and been demolished, the arch still gave its name in the 18th century to the Via dellArchetto. The library of Celsus is an ancient Roman building in Ephesus, Anatolia, now part of Selcuk, Turkey. It was built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus (completed in 135 AD) by Celsus&rsquo son, Gaius Julius Aquila (consul, 110 AD). Celsus had been consul in 92 AD, governor of Asia in 115 AD, and a wealthy and popular local citizen. He was a native of nearby Sardis and amongst the earliest men of purely Greek origin to become a consul in the Roman Empire and is honored both as a Greek and a Roman on the library itself. Celsus paid for the construction of the library with his own personal wealth. The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus. Celsus is buried in a sarcophagus beneath the library, in the main entrance[6] which is both a crypt containing his sarcophagus and a sepulchral monument to him.[7] It was unusual to be buried within a library or even within city limits, so this was a special honor for Celsus The House of the Virgin Mary (Turkish: Meryem ana or Meryem Ana Evi, "Mother Marys House") is a Roman Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos (Turkish: Bülbüldaðý, "Mount Nightingale") in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Selçuk in Turkey. The house was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774&ndash1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, which were published as a book by Clemens Brentano after her death. The Roman Catholic Church has never pronounced on the authenticity of the house, for lack of acceptable evidence. It has, however, from the blessing of the first pilgrimage by Pope Leo XIII in 1896, taken a positive attitude towards the site and towards Emmerichs visions. Anne Catherine Emmerich was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 2004. Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her Assumption.
  • The Ephesus Archaeological Museum is an archaeological museum in Selcuk near Ýzmir, Turkey. It houses finds from the nearby Ephesus excavation site. Its best-known exhibit is the statue of Artemis retrieved from the temple of the goddess in Ephesus. The other museum with a great number of Ephesus artifacts is the Ephesos Museum in Vienna. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Kusadasi.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8: Arrive to Istanbul, Departure

  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to airport to take a flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival.
  • Meal: Breakfast
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Notes :
  • Air & Land Rate is based on the airfare price on the day we publish the prices, updated rate will be provided at the time of booking.
  • Can be customized as needed.
  • You may request any desired hotels, transfer options, and we will re price the package based on your hotel selection.
  • Domestic flights within Turkey have a weight limit of 15 Kilogram (33 pounds) per person, and they charge $3 for each additional kilogram. Right Travel is not responsible for any additional cost applied by the domestic carrier due to additional weight.
  • TURKEY - Visa required. Effective April 10, 2014 an advance e-visa is required and "sticker type" visas can no longer be obtained on arrival at the airport in Istanbul. See https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ Non-U.S. citizens should check the e-Visa link or with the appropriate consular general to determine if they are eligible for the e-Visa. Eligible travelers should complete the online application with payment and will receive the visa electronically. After successful application, the e-Visa must be printed to be shown to airport officials and customs officers. It must be carried at all times during travel in Turkey
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