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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Turkey

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7 nights' accommodation at select hotels

6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Land-only cost includes one-way one-way flights from Istanbul to Kayseri and from Kayseri to Izmir (estimated rate)

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast and 2 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One:

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two:

  • Arrive at the Istanbul International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel with the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own.
  • 6:30 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey, including reviewing the itinerary, group themes, and share group and personal goals.
  • LaDa'at Focus Turkish Society and State: Realities and Directions for the Future: Dialogue with a prominent Turkish journalist.

Overnight: Istanbul

Day Three:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Istanbul's rich history and discover some of its hidden gems on a city tour including:
    • A visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world, whose dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district.
    • Explore the Roman Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races and great public events during the Byzantine Empire.
    • View the enormous mass of Hagia Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 AD. For over nine centuries it was the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it remains the world's 4th largest church, containing some of the finest mosaics to have survived from the Byzantine period.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit to the Topkapi Palace Museum, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans, containing priceless collections of jewelry, porcelain and costumes. Visit the treasury, housing marvels such as the world's largest emerald and an ancient rod that, legend claims, was used by Moses to part the Red Sea.
  • The Grand Bazaar, the Bazaar's first phase of construction began in 1455, under Mehmet the Conqueror but it was added to many times over the centuries. The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets, lined with thousands of shops selling hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and other local goods.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Istanbul

Day Four:
JEWISH LIFE IN ISTANBUL | full day tour including a cruise

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Balat, a historic part of the city where you will visit the Synagogue of Ahrida, the oldest existing synagogue in Istanbul, dating back to 1400 and restored in the 17th century.
  • Visit the famous Neva Shalom Synagogue, its name meaning "Oasis of Peace", home of an 8 ton chandelier, along with imported glassware from England. The synagogue was converted to its current state after a renovation of the sports complex of a Jewish School in 1938 and was opened to the public in 1951.
  • Da'at Encounter Looking towards the future of Jewish Life in Turkey: Meet with members of the Jewish community, as well as with young student leaders.
  • Explore Istanbul's Quincentennial Turkish Jewish Museum, telling the story of Turkey's Jews. Located in Karaköy Square, at Hirdavatçilar bazaar, this 342 year old building used to be a synagogue, serving the city's Jewish community between 1671 and 1985.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Mingle with the locals at the 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast array of spices, many varieties of oils and herbs, as well as the world's very best Turkish delight.
  • Enjoy a scenic view of the city by taking a cruise up the Bosphorus Strait on a private boat, crossing back and forth between Europe and Asia. Sail past opulent palaces, mosques, imposing fortresses and traditional wooden Ottoman mansions.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Istanbul

Day Five:
TRAVEL TO CAPPADOCIA | flight to Kayseri

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Checkout of the hotel and transfer to the Istanbul Airport and fly to Kayseri.
  • Drive from the airport to Cappadocia - famous for its lunar landscape and underground cities. Over 3,500 rock churches have been found, carved by Byzantine Christians who sheltered themselves from armies in cities descending hundreds of feet below the earth.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the underground city of Kaymakli - signs of an early troglodyte society are evident in the maze of living quarters carved hundreds of feet below ground.
  • Check-in to your hotel in Cappadocia.
  • Optional Activity: Whirling Dervishes Ceremony
  • The Mevlevi order of the dervishes arose in Turkey with the spreading of Islam, based on the philosophies of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi - the mystical order is based on the principles of universal love and the oneness of creation, which states, “to love man is to love God”.
  • The ceremony was founded by a Sufi mystic who believed that music and dance can induce an ecstatic state, liberating one's soul from the stress and suffering of daily life- the ceremony consists of five parts including prayers, greetings, and musical improvisations. Its culmination is the whirling, which symbolizes the spiritual accent to divine harmony.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cappadocia

Day Six:
CAPPADOCIA - THE LAND OF WONDERS | optional morning activity and full day tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Activity: Balloon Program;
  • Early departure transfer from the hotel to the take-off field where the balloon has been prepared. The balloon takes off and is expected to be airborne approximately 15 minutes before sunrise. 45 minutes of flying includes low level flight, following the landscape contours of Cappadocia, and flying high enough to enjoy the topography from above. Soft drinks and cake at the landing and then drive back to the hotel for breakfast.
  • Discover the valleys and ancient architecture - view the astounding rock formations in Dervent Valley, visit Zelve Valley, the oldest example of Cappadocian architecture with elaborate shelters carved into the rock by the earliest monastic settlers and explore Pasabag, also known as Monk's Valley, with hermitages hollowed out of volcanic rock.
  • Lunch on your own in Avanos, center for terra cotta works of art since 3000BC.
  • Discover the local culture -
  • Enjoy a demonstration of a traditional pottery workshop.
  • Travel through the magical valley of Goreme, now an open-air museum, and explore the fairy chimneys and early Byzantine Churches like the Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church).
  • Visit the Elmali Kilise cave church (1190-1200) and the Church of St.Eustace (970-1148) with their renowned religious scenes painted on walls and ceilings.
  • View Uchisar, an extraordinary rock formation towering above the landscape and visible for miles around. This rock, riddled with windows and tunnels, was once used as a fortification and offers a magnificent panoramic view of Cappadocia and Mt. Erciyes in the distance.
  • Dinner on your own and free time to site-see at your leisure.

Overnight: Cappadocia

Day Seven:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Kayseri Airport for our connecting flight to Izmir through Istanbul.
  • Arrive in Izmir and partake in a Jewish Heritage Tour - explore the unique character of Izmir's Jewish heritage, with its Sephardic traditions, imbued in the architectural styles of the synagogues that existed in medieval Spain.
  • Visit St. Beth Synagogue, Hevra Street and historic building Asansör, one of the landmarks of the city (which literally means "lift" - people take a lift to go to the top of the quarter).
  • Da'at Encounter Insider's look at Izmir's Jewish Community: Meet with local Jewish community leaders for a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience of every-day life in Izmir.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Izmir and check in.
  • Dinner on your own and free time to site-see at your leisure.

Overnight: Izmir

Day Eight:
VISIT EPHESUS | full day tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in the Mediterranean, built in the 10th century B.C., where you can explore the ancient Roman ways of life in the Library of Celsus, the Roman Baths, the Gate of Hadrian and the Roman Terrace Houses. As a strategic coastal gateway to the Eastern World, this Ionian refuge grew to be the second largest city in the Roman Empire, the site of a Christian shrine, and home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner and group wrap-up conversation.

Overnight: Izmir

Day Nine:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer on own to Izmir Airport. . (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to Istanbul and connect to a return flight to the U.S.A.

Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

This Istanbul hotel is located in the vibrant Beyoglu district. It combines timeless glamour and elegance with genuine Turkish hospitality. Today Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah retains its unique heritage combined with a modern touch which epitomises cosmopolitan Istanbul.

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Argos Hotel

Some come to this land simply to tour and some come to savor every moment… Some arrive armed with preconceptions and some bring with them a sense of wonder… Some are happy to take away a few memories and some go home enriched for life…

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Swissotel Grand Efes

The Swissotel Büyük Efes, Izmir is conveniently located in the center of Izmir's commercial district, steps away from the heart of the city and overlooks the spectacular Kordon on the Aegean Sea.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Da'at Educational Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Da'at Educational Expeditions) able to continue. Should Da'at Educational Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.