13 Day Jewish Heritage Tour Turkey

TST22676-222019
Highlights

Welcome to Turkeyl! This tour is designed perfectly for those who are true Jews in heart or for whom with great interest for Judaism and the temples/destinations from Istanbul to Cappadocia, Konya and Pamukkale, all the way to Aegean Region for a true Jewish themed experience.

Day 1 : Istanbul - Arrival Day
Dinner Included Arrival in Istanbul and transfer from airport to the hotel. Check in to the hotel. After a break, welcome drink with a briefing about Turkey. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 : Istanbul Synagogues Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included Morning visit to a Jewish neighborhood, Galata. You will see the Galata tower built by the Genoese in 1303. Visit the local synagogues, Neve Shalom and the Askenazy Synagogue. After lunch, visit the Hippodrome, a 3rd century site, where chariots raced during the Roman period. Visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets. Visit St. Sophia, a world heritage site built in the 6th century. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 : Istanbul City Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included Visit the Topkapi Palace, its priceless collection of jewels and the Grand Spice Bazaar which is a unique atmosphere with reasonable prices for your shopping on many Exotic Spices and Herbs, Turkish Baklava, Turkish Delights, Turkish Coffee, nuts and fruits, small souvenirs such as Ceramic Handicrafts, Evil Eyes totems, all naturel olive oil, soaps and many other goods in Souvenir Shops and stores. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 : Istanbul Jewish Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included Visit of the Balat neighborhood where you will see the star of David appearing on building facades. Visit the 15th Ahrida and the Yanbol synagogues. Visit the Jewish home for the elderly along the Golden Horn. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 : Istanbul Jewish Shabbat Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included You may walk to the synagogue to attend morning Shabbat services and the rest of the day is at your disposal for leisure. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 6 : Istanbul - Cappadocia
Breakfast and Dinner Included Transfer from Hotel to Istanbul airport. Morning flight to Kayseri and drive to Cappadocia to see the rock-cut churches and monasteries. Drive also to Pasabag and Zelve where you will enjoy the most unusual types of Fairy Chimneys and rock formations. After lunch visit the spectacular Cappadocian valleys and villages such as Uchisar, Goreme and Ortahisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7 : Cappadocia Underground City Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included Drive to the underground city of Kaymakli. Visit this amazing complex with its fascinating tunnels, dwellings and storage rooms. After Kaymakli, drive to old Sinassos (Mustafapasa) which is famous for its unrivaled houses with painted facades. After lunch at Sinassos, drive to Avanos to see the pottery makers at work. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8 : Konya - Pamukkale
Breakfast and Dinner Included Drive to Konya, ancient Seljuk capital, with its huge monastery complex and shrine of the mystic Mevlana, inspiration of the rite of whirling dervishes. After lunch, Drive to Pamukkale, with its strangely formed natural thermal baths and hot springs. Relax this afternoon in this natural spa. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 9 : Ephesus Ancient City Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included Spend a full Day exploring the jewel of Turkey 's ancient past, the ruins of Ephesus. 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. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 10 : Izmir Jewish Heritage Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included This morning visit the Senora Synagogue (when possible) and Havra Street in Izmir where Jewish immigrants settled in 1492. You'll continue on to Sardes, where you'll 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. You'll see the Temple of Artemis, the mint house where coins were made, the gold purifying center, shops, gymnasium and the synagogue which was once one of the largest in history, 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. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 11 : Izmir to Istanbul by Domestic Flight
Breakfast and Dinner Included Flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel and dinner & overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12 : Istanbul Free Day
Breakfast and Dinner Included Free Day in Istanbul. The city is yours to stroll around. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 13 : Istanbul - End of Tour
Breakfast Included

After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your trip back home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.

Includes

  • 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guided Pamukkale tour
  • 5 dinners
  • Hotel room taxes
  • All Airport transfer mention in site the Itinerary
  • Guided Istanbul Jewish Tour
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pamukkale
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Guided Cappadocia Underground City Tour
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Izmir
  • Guided Istanbul Synagogues Tour
  • Guided Istanbul Jewish Shabbat Tour
  • Guided Konya Mevlana Tour
  • Guided Ephesus Ancient City Tour
  • Izmir Jewish Heritage Tour


Excludes

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
  • City tax
  • Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul
  • Please Note: Domestic flight price for adult travelers is approximately Euros: 50,00 for one way and for under 2 years old, approximately Euros: 20,00 as an insurance policy.

TRAVELSHOP TURKEY NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
We would like to offer you our updated cancellation policies due to Corona Virus issue.

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; cares for the well-being of its guests and its partners very much. As a company, we keep guests’ satisfaction, health & wealth as our priority.

In order to pre-book your tours and benefit from your bookings until the last day, we have made some alterations to ease the process. As a result of this process, you will save time and money and no risk taken when you book to travel with us.

BOOKING PAYMENT CONDITIONS:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; makes it easy to book the tours with an advanced payment of only 25% with the rest of 75% payable on arrival. You can cancel your new bookings anytime until 15 May 2020 up to 2 working days prior to your departure. If you will prefer to make bank transfer for the remaining balance of 75%, you need to make sure that it is received by our side by the tour start date. If through a credit card, you can always make the payment our online service only to be withdrawn by the tours start date.


CANCELLATION PROCEDURES:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; will not apply any penalties to you if you cancel before 2 working days of tour departure date until 15 May 2020, your deposit of 25% to be refunded. This way, our guests will be on the safe side and will not worry about penalties. In case that you have informed us of your arrival/departure flight details and received related confirmations for accommodation and tour programs, yet haven’t showed up for the tour, 25% deposit to be non-refundable. With the exception of ready-made packages, if you require different accommodation venues like any international brand name hotels, your tours would fall under “customized/tailor-made tours” category and hotels’ regulations to be applicable and to be announced within the itinerary. Our aim is not to charge guests’ for a penalty and care for the benefit of the guests that we will comply from here on end. 

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHT PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS:

As we strive to refund our guests fully, we haven’t included our domestic flights. Each domestic flight has its own set of regulations applicable. Therefore, to cover you and keep from a no-show penalties, we will provide our tours without the calculation of domestic flights. Domestic flight price for adult travelers is approximately Euros: 50,00 for one way and for under 2 years old, approximately Euros: 20,00 as an insurance policy. When your booking is ascertained, we will require flight ticket price in full. If cancelled, we will comply by Airline Company’s cancellation policy. This way, we would be able to ease the process and provide a comfortable and worry-free travel.  

 

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION

We would like to again underline that our purpose is to cover you from any harm due to this virus issue and help as best we can. You may direct this information to your guests with a comfort and the fact that no loss on their part that, this may help you to travel to Turkey as a popular destination that TravelShop Turkey caters for. TravelShop Turkey has over 1.000 tours in 30 different categories that you can book and purchase with a comfort and confidence as no cancellation fees will be deducted from you.

 

Please let us know in case of any further assistance required by yourselves that we are willing to help in every way that we can.

 

P.S. Besides from the Updated Terms & Conditions, Cancellation Procedures and Domestic Flights Regulations as listed above, all current terms and conditions  on the itineraries still valid and applicable respectively.


Many of our Tours include domestic flights. These flights have a limitation of 15 to 20 kg of luggage with 8 kg of in-cabin weight depending on the Airlines. Please abide by these in-flight regulations. You should be present at the Airport an hour prior to flight times. We reserve and book your flight Tickets a week before the travel dates with the names provided by yourselves. If there is a typo or a lettering mistake on the names, our company holds no responsibility of any inconvenience that may be experienced so it is best to have a copy of the passport provided to your representative.

Our vehicles differ in line with group sizes. Until 8 pax, we have Van, until 14 pax, we provide Sprinter, until 29 pax, we have midi buses and finally until to 45 pax, we have coaches available. Taking into consideration of guests luggages we make an arrangement as below:

Until 8-pax we will use Van: Maximum 5 persons.
Until 14-pax we will use Sprinter: Maximum 10 persons.
Until 29-pax we will use midi bus: Maximum 24 persons.
Until 45-pax we will use coach: Maximum 40 persons.

Our vehicles are fully equipped with A/C, refrigeration, clean, comfortable and brand new or latest models. For long bus rides, we will have regular breaks in rest points on highways for a quick coffee and food, rest room breaks and such necessities.   

All of our Tours include professional and knowledgeable Tour Guides. Our guides have all the information that requested by yourself whether historically, culturally or locally with very good English spoken. Although Regular Tours will have an English Speaking guide, for private Tour Options, we will have multi-lingual Professional Tour guides available as you may need.

We use mostly 4 star, 5 star or boutique hotels for your convenience and comfort. For example, in Istanbul and other regions we have 4-5 star hotel where for Cappadocia and such areas, we use classy cave resorts. On guaranteed tours, we declare the accommodation venues but it may differ for private ones within the same category, with good reviews. 

Dinners usually served in the hotels on half board category. Lunches will be served in restaurants on the destination route.  Meals are mostly served as Set Menu or Open Buffet Style. If you have meal preferences or special diet requirements, please inform us beforehand for necessary arrangements during your tour confirmation.    

On our Tour Routes, we include all the “must see” museums and sightseeing venues in our itinerary. This service is included within the Tour price. Some museums have different operation days and times but we will have similar sites to fill in for them.  

Turkey is a great destination for shopping opportunities especially Turkish rugs/carpets, jewelry, leather, textile, ceramics and many other hand made artifacts. During the tours, we recommend some of the reliable and reasonable shopping venues to be visited. Our shopping stops are consisted of trustworthy, guaranteed vendors. Our guide will direct you to such stores during the tours. Our guide in regards to shopping matters while on the tour may inform you. Some of our shopping venues may apply group discount that you may want to take advantage.

It is not a -must- to tip on our tours. However, if you are satisfied with the services provided by driver and the guide, you may consider tipping them accordingly as 2 EUROS for the guide and 1 EURO for the driver. It is customary in Tourism industry in line with customer expectations and we inform our personnel to provide the best of our services whether or not tip is given.

Most of major sightseeing, museums included within the tour prices. However, some of the activities and excursions that are not favored everyone, are not included. Such as Hot-Air Ballooning, Paragliding, Dinner Cruise, Turkish Night Shows, Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Turkish bath visits may be extra upon requests.

The prices for such exclusions are available on our website. We recommend that you book before the booking of your tour to make sure the availability. You may not find space for some of these activities on the last minute or once you have arrived.  

We provide your airport transfers for arrival and returns. Please, provide us the flight details when purchasing the tour for proper arrangements with flight code, destination, date and arrival timing. Our airport officer will be present to welcome you after you pass the customs, luggage claim and greet you with a name board outside the gates.

Winter Season: Between the months of December, January, February as the weather is around 10 degrees Celsius.

Spring: Between the months of March, April and May as the weather is around 22 degrees Celsius.

Summer: June, July and August are summer time with approx. 30 degrees Celsius.

Autumn: September through November considered autumn with a national average of 20 degrees Celsius.

Have your attire accordingly and dress with proper clothing as per the guidance above.

Turkey is a very modern Islamic country. You may just have fun and go around as in any European country when you are in Turkey. Only a few things to pay attention for such as entering into a Mosque with an alcoholic beverage in hand. Women should be carefully head-covered when in a holy environment. Rest is pretty much the same as in any western city. Bars, cafes and restaurants are open until late nights and people get entertained safely.  We suggest for you have the items listed below.

  1. Travel Insurance that covers health as well.
  2. Globally recognized credit cards
  3. Cash needed for small purchases where cards are not accepted. It is best to use an official exchange office for Turkish currency transactions.
  4. Clothing in line with seasonal standards as indicated above.
  5. Camera
  6. Universal adaptor and charger equipment for electronical devices.
  7. Comfortable trekking shoes for walking around as the tours most likely to have walking distances
  8. International Telephone Communication checked
  9. Have a copy of your flight ticket with you
  10. Have a personal identification on you at all times

Please check the information below before your departure

  1. International Flight Tickets
  2. Tour itinerary
  3. Confirmation received from us to include hotel reservations etc.
  4. Domestic Flight Tickets if any (Please check your title/name spelling printed correctly)
  5. Passport Validation Terms
  6. Visa if needed (check before your trip for the dates on your visa )
  7. If visa needed, please ask us for invitation letter to ease the visa application process
  8. Flight details for on time Airport transfer services
  9. Observe the luggage limitation by Airlines for domestic flights if any
  10. Obtain emergency contact details from our office 

Available On Dates

7 May, 2020 - 31 March, 2022 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Book Now
Istanbul - Cappadocia
Cappadocia - Konya
Konya - Pamukkale
Pamukkale - Ephesus
Ephesus - Istanbul
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