2 Days Jewish Heritage Tour (Izmir-Sardes-Ephesus) Private Tour

2 Days Jewish Heritage Tour (Izmir-Sardes-Ephesus) Private Tour

Duration:

2 Days

Departing:

Izmir

Time:

09:00

Pickup Point:

Izmir

Highlights:

2 days Jewish heritage tour, Sardes (Salihli), The Temple of Artemis (Diana), Sardes Synagogue, Gymnasium. Beth Israel Synagogue, Dario Moreno Street, Elevator, Kemeralti Bazaar Ephesus ruins, The House of Virgin Mary, Local Lunch, and The Temple of Artemis (Diana).

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2 Days Jewish Heritage Tour (Izmir-Sardes-Ephesus) Private Tour

This Jewish Heritage Tour combines Sardes ancient site and Izmir's capital. You will visit the Temple of Artemis and Gymnasium of Sardes, then visit the oldest synagogue was 1000 people at capacity, dating from the 3rd century BC. Visit Havra Street (Synagogue Street), Beth Israel Synagogue, Dario Moreno Street, Elevator, and Kemeraltı Bazaar. You will also have the opportunity to taste the dishes in the Sephardic cosine. After that, return to Izmir. The next day, Visit Ephesus Ruin, The House of the Virgin Mary, and The Temple of Artemis.

Day 1: Full-Day Jewish Heritage Tour With Sardes Ancient ruin

  • Synagogue Street
  • Beth Israel Synagogue
  • Dario Moreno Street
  • Elevator
  • Kemeralti Bazaar
  • Then drive from Izmir to Salihli for Sardes
  • The Temple of Artemis
  • Gymnasium of Sardes
  • The synagogue of Sardes
  • The Temple of Artemis (Diana)
  • After the tour, We drive back to Izmir
  • Overnight in Izmir

Day 2: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

  • Ephesus Ancient Ruin
    • Odeon
    • Roman Bath
    • State Agora
    • Prytaneum (Town Hall)
    • The Temple of Domitian
    • The Monument of Memmius
    • Relief of Niki, Medicine, Hermes and Pharmacy
    • Hercules Gate
    • The Fountain of Trajan
    • Scholastica Bath
    • Terrace Houses
    • The Temple of Hadrian
    • The Commercial Agora
    • Marble Street
    • Brothel
    • The Public Toilet
    • Foot Print
    • Grand Theatre
    • The Library of Celcius
    • Arcadian Street
    • Virgin Mary Church (Church of Council)
    • Vedius Gymnasium
    • The Stadium
  • Local Lunch
  • The House of Virgin Mary
  • The Ephesus Archaeological Museum
  • Temple of Artemis (Diana)
  • After the tour, We drive back to Izmir

PS: If you wish, you can do an Extention, or you may request transfer service to Denizli, Konya, Cappadocia, Antalya, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye, Bodrum, or Istanbul.

*2 Days Private Jewish Heritage Tour run every day and is available all year round. Also, documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed to you after booking.

Full-day Sardes, Izmir Jewish Heritage Tour - Overnight in Izmir

You will be/can be met at the Izmir airport or even at your Hotel in Izmir. Then drive to the Karatas area in Izmir. Visit Beth Israel Synagogue, The construction of the Bet Israel Synagogue started on 15 March 1905 upon the decree of Sultan Abdulhamid II, and it was opened to worship in 1907. Bet Israel is the largest, most magnificent, and ceremonial synagogue in Izmir.

However, the temple differs from the traditional Izmir style with its building style and seating arrangement. It was not built with a central plan but has been a double practice of Teva from the very beginning. Due to the location of the building plot, the Ehal (the closet where the Torah rolls are stored) is placed on the south wall instead of the east wall.

Dario Moreno Street, It is located on Dario Moreno Street. There are old Greek houses lined up left and right in this beautiful street, named after the famous artist Dario Moreno from Izmir and was formerly called Elevator Street.

There is also the house on the street where Dario Moreno lived for a while. These houses, each of which has been transformed into small and cute cafes and art workshops today, add a different spirit to the street.

The Historical Elevator is the best structure to catch the unique view of Izmir Bay with its promenade at the top. The elevator was built in 1907 by Jewish businessman Nesim Levi to overcome the topographical barrier between hill neighborhoods above sea level.

Then drive to Konak Square and visit the clock tower; Izmir Clock Tower, the symbol of Izmir, is the Ottoman Sultan II. It was built in 1901 as part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations of Abdulhamid's accession to the throne. Kemeralti Bazaar is called a well-established commercial area.

This commercial square, which was started from the Hisar Mosque built in Izmir in 1592, has grown more and more. Since the 19th century, inns and covered bazaars have been located in the Kemeralti Bazaar, which has been the liveliest trade point in İzmir.

However, the shops here were referred to as small businesses that local people were interested in. Options such as blacksmith, coal maker, nail maker, spice and straw bazaar were located in Kemeralti Bazaar in the past. Commercial shops in different areas were also found at various points. 

Havra Street, named after the many synagogues in its vicinity, was a lively shopping center where Kosher (Halal) food was produced and sold. According to their beliefs, the Jews of Izmir used to obtain a significant part of their food needs, such as meat, fish, chicken, yogurt, cheese, and eggs from Havra Street.

As with other foods, wine production was produced in and around this street in accordance with Kosher rules. You will also have the opportunity to taste the dishes in the Sephardic cosine. After lunch, drive to Sardes.

Sardes Ancient Ruin

The ruins of Sardis are incredible, surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop. A must for archeology buffs, photographers, people interested in Judaic history (magnificent ancient synagogue), and bible study groups (one of the seven churches of the Revelation).

Do some research before visiting. Today's ruins are pretty impressive, with the best-preserved ancient synagogue and gymnasium being the highlights for many. A sign points south to the Temple of Artemis, just over 1km away. This is where money was first used. Today only a few columns of the once-magnificent but never-completed building still stand.

Nevertheless, the temple's plan is visible and very impressive. Nearby is an early Christian church dating from the 4th century AD. After the tour drive back to Izmir. Overnight in Izmir.

Full-day Tour of Ephesus - The House of Virgin Mary - The Temple of Artemis

The journey from Izmir to Pamukkale is 101 km/163 miles one way and will take around 2.30 hours. You will be/can be met at the Izmir harbor / Izmir airport or even at your Hotel in Izmir or Alacati.

Then we will drive to Ephesus. During your journey, your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, and The Temple of Artemis.

Also, about Turkey, such as climate, different regions in Turkey that hold the most beautiful historical places and all while standing in front of the Turkey Map as they will then pinpoint these certain places for you, to make it easier to follow the tour guides Turkey Map but also your local tour guide will hand you your Ephesus and  Turkey Map.

The House of Virgin Mary

We will pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving at our first stop, The House of the Virgin Mary. By the Predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting years here.

This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus and the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John’s care (John 19:26-27). 

Ephesus Ancient Ruin

After The House of Vthe irgin Mary, we will head on to the next destination, the Ancient City of Ephesus; the tour here shall be a walking tour and will take you through one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the entire world.

You will be able to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian, and course, lets’ not forget the awe-inspiring library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues. The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest in antiquity, with a capacity of 24.000 seats.

You will then return to the bus through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2 hour exploration around Ephesus, we will head for a lunch break for about 1 hour.

The Temple of Artemis (Diana)

Then we will continue on tour and head on for our next stop, which is the Temple of Artemis (Diana); this fantastic temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world.

The temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The temple served as both a marketplace and a religious institution. Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enabled the temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world’s first bank.

Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Your tour guide will describe its importance, wealth, and the tension between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries. After the Ephesus tour, drive to Izmir or Transfer to Bodrum.

What’s Included?

  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 2 Local Lunch
  • A/C Vehicle
  • Parking Fees

What’s Not Included?

  • Personal Expenses and Gratuities
  • Drinks

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