History & Discovery

Arrival to Izmir. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

Discovery of Jewish heritage begins with cortijo or lived Sephardic families. Continue with the house Sabbatia Zevi was born in Smyrna (Izmir) in a wealthy family of Andalusian origin. Continue with the street called Havra, which is located in the Jewish Quarter part of the project of Smyrna. Visit Synagogues: The Portuguese Synagogue, The Siege of Rabin Synagogue Beith Hilal; Synagogue Etz Ha-Haim, the Synagogue Algazi, Chevra Synagogue, Synagogue Signora, the Synagogue called Los Foresteros 'Orahim', the Shalom synagogues and synagogue Bikur.Lunch and free time Havra Kemeraltı.Meeting with the director of Izmir project.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Early departure from the hotel after breakfast and visit Sardis, which was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. One of the most important cities under the rule of the Persian Empire during 7th c BCE, the seat of a proconsul under the Roman Empire, and the metropolis of province Lydia in late Roman and Byzantine. Since 1958, both Harvard and Cornell have sponsored annual archeological expeditions to Sardis. These excavations have unearthed perhaps the most impressive synagogue in the western diaspora yet discovered from antiquity, yielding over eighty Greek and seven Hebrew inscriptions as well as numerous mosaic floors. The synagogue was part of a large bath-gymnasium complex, which was used for about 450 to 500 years.

Early departure from the hotel after breakfast and visit Sardis, which was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. One of the most important cities under the rule of the Persian Empire during 7th c BCE, the seat of a proconsul under the Roman Empire, and the metropolis of province Lydia in late Roman and Byzantine. Since 1958, both Harvard and Cornell have sponsored annual archeological expeditions to Sardis. These excavations have unearthed perhaps the most impressive synagogue in the western diaspora yet discovered from antiquity, yielding over eighty Greek and seven Hebrew inscriptions as well as numerous mosaic floors. The synagogue was part of a large bath-gymnasium complex, which was used for about 450 to 500 years.

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, depart by road through the valley of the Grand Meander and arrived at the grand Ephesus, one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world and the oldest and largest Greek cities of Asia Minor.Visit the site where you will discover the Marble Street, the Agora, the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, the Theatre, the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was part of the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, known pilgrimage site by the Vatican, Christian religious place near Ephesus, seven kilometers from Selçuk, where according to tradition, the Virgin Mary was led by John the Evangelist after the crucifixion Christ, fleeing persecution in Jerusalem, and remaining until the Blessed Assumption or Dormition according to the Orthodox. Lunch during visits. The day will be completed with a visit to Ephesus Archaeological Museum: The museum's collections include about 50,000 objects from the fourth millennium BC. BC to modern times, covering the period of classical antiquity and the medieval period being best represented. Back to Kusadasi or Izmir for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Depart for the ancient city Aphrodisias, the city of the goddess of love, one of the most beautiful Roman cities of Turkey. Visit the agora, theater, the Odeon and stage the best preserved in the Mediterranean. Continue to Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle, concretions formed by hot springs water saturated with calcium salts.Lunch en route. Visit the "cotton castle" where the warm waters, which have transformed the cliff, waterfalls and basins of travertine limestone and visit Hierapolis, a spa created in the late second century BC. J. C.. It is located at the top of the hill Pamukkale, famous for its hot springs and limestone concretions, 15 km from the city of Denizli. The ancient city of Hierapolis attests to the influence of Hellenistic presence and in Asia Minor. It is listed since 1988, together with Pamukkale, on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.Overnight in Pamukkale.

Departure for the holy city of Konya, the Seljuk and beautiful religious monuments. Visit the Museum of Mevlana, founder of the Order of the Whirling Dervishes. Lunch and continue to Cappadocia.Dinner and overnight.

Day devoted to exploring this fantastic region with lunar landscapes. Visit the Goreme Valley, a monastic setting the finest examples of Byzantine art, an open-air museum with its cave churches (VII - XIII century) decorated with superb frescoes: the Church of St Barbara, the Church of the Serpent, the Church of the Sandal, the Church in the Loop, the Church of the Apple ...Lunch at restaurant.Visit the village of Uchisar with its citadel crowning a rocky outcrop that offers a panoramic view of the region and the Valley of the Pigeon.Photo stop at Pasabag. Then visit the local crafts and opportunity to visit a handicraft workshop Turkish handmade carpets in Avanos.The day will end with the rise in Uchisar, the citadel having one of the most beautiful views of Cappadocia especially at sunset. Visit the village which lies at the foot of the fortress with nineteenth century houses with facades decorated with star patterns, rosettes or stalactites.Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

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Opportunity to participate in a dinner folk showA

Departure for domestic flight to Istanbul. Arriving in Istanbul lunch and tourSpice Market which offers a maze of fragrances. Continue with the boat ride on the Bosphorus where we will discover the famous Yali, a kind of pleasure pavilions and numerous princely houses of the nineteenth century.Discover the Golden Horn: the Eyup district. Stop at the Pierre Loti café overlooking the Golden Horn and the old city. Free time in Grand Bazaar 100 streets and 4,000 shops.

Breakfast.Visit the Pera district which was one of the first areas inhabited by Jews, he remained one of the great buildings built by Barnathan family, a bourgeois family 19'me century. Continue with the steps of CAMONDO. This amazing staircase was donated to the municipality by the famous Galata bank Isaac Camondos the year 1870. Continue with the Jewish MuseumOpen to the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish Jews in the Ottoman Empire, the museum traces the history of this community who lived without experiencing discrimination in their new homeland. Maps, portraits of famous people, valuable documents are set out in this old Sephardic synagogue offered to the Earl of Camondos rich banker, but also patron, the late nineteenth century. Visit the Italyan synagogue, a small synagogue glued to walls of Galata. The synagogue, which opened in 1886, has a Gothic façade and a spectacular work of art with its marble staircases.The current building dates from 19.eme century replaced the ancient synagogue destroyed by fire.Lunch and tour of the synagogue that was built by migrants Ahri (City Macedonia) 15 century Balat me. The Teva (prayer desk) is arc-shaped boat is the boat of Noah or in other boats is so sepherades came from Spain during the Ottoman era.

Breakfast.Morning departure to visit the Topkapi Palace and its Harem Location of power and intrigue, refined luxury.The name "Topkapı Sarayı" literally means "palace gate guns." It covers 70 hectares and is surrounded by five kilometers of ramparts, on a splendid site overlooking the Golden Horn.Its construction started in 1459 under Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople. Thereafter, the imperial palace underwent many expansions. It is an architectural complex consisting of four main courtyards and many outbuildings. It housed more than 4,000 people and is spread over an even wider area.After the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1921, Topkapı Palace was transformed into a museum. It offers many examples of Ottoman architecture and maintains large collections of porcelain, gorgeous kaftans, weapons, shields, armor, miniatures, manuscripts of Islamic calligraphy and murals, and that a famous treasure of jewelry from the Ottoman era.Visit The Blue MosqueBuilt by the architect Mehmet Aga, a pupil of the famous architect Sinan. Its architecture is of great elegance with the staging of its domes and is lined inside Iznik tiles creating a blue and mysterious shadows. Visit Hagia Sophia, considered the eighth wonder of the world. The building has served for 916 years basilica and mosque for 482 years, in 1935 it became a museum in order of Atatürk.This is the largest, most beautiful religious building ever built by Christianity and the sixth century!The few remaining mosaics evoke the splendor of gold and colors. We cross the site of the ancient Hippodrome adorned the obelisk of Tuthmosis and the famous Serpentine ultimate relic treasure of Delphi column.