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Izmir Jewish Heritage Tour
From 320,00 €

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In this historic tour you will appraise and learn more about the Jewish heritage in Smyrna (Izmir), a beautiful, great, big city called by many the Turkish Aegean Pearl. Here we will visit the Beth Israel Synagogue, the Kemeralti Bazaar and Havra Street, known as the Jewish or Sephardic neighborhood.

Additional Information

Important!

Pick-up point

We will pick you up from   Izmir Port or  Kusadasi Port, depending on where your  cruise docks. Your private guide will meet you at İzmir or Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want.

Pick-up in your cruise port

In our  booking form we ask you to include the  name of your cruise and its  shipping company, to locate you and pick you up for the tour. Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a  voucher with all our contact information, like  telephone numbers and  email address, in case you need to contact us in advance to update or change any details about the  cruise port pick-up

Frequently asked questions about cruise port pick-up

How do we know who is going to be our guide and where we would find him and the vehicle at our arrival to port?
Your guide will be waiting for you at the  Cruise Port exit, showing a poster with your name on it, and we will try as far as possible, to send you previously your English speaker guide's phone number. Anyway, when you complete your booking we will send you a  telephone number where you can contact us  24 hours for any doubts or questions you may have. 

What would happen if we came back late to the cruise after the tour?
Our tourist services Company has assisting cruise travellers. We know the shipping companies schedules in detail, so we really take care that our clients get back to the cruise on time. We have not had any similar situation in all our operative years. You are in good hands! 

Pick-up time

The exact pick-up time from Kusadasi or Izmir Port will depend on the  arrival time of the cruise, so we should agree it in advance. We will let you know the  exact time and schedule by  email once you let us know the arrival time of your cruise to port. 

Duration

Full day tour, between  6 and 8 hours, depending on your cruise's departure time. 

Price

 

 1 person

2  people / per person

3  people / per person

4-5  people / per person

Private tour with English speaker guide and driver

 

118  $

 

59  $

 

49  $

 

44  $

Included

1-
Private Local Licensed Guide
2-
Private De-Luxe Cars, Mini Vans
3-
All Entrance Fees
4-
Delicious Lunch
5-
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
6-
No extra HIDDEN Charges

NOT included 

Terrace Houses are optional.  Terrace Houses  is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

Terms and Conditions

Must book at least  2 days in advance.
At the time of booking 20% of the total amount will be charged .
The remaining amount will be  paid in cash  on the day of the activity.
You must print the  voucher we send you as a confirmation of your advance payment.

Cancellations

The cancellation means the  loss of the deposit.
Date and time modifications can be made without penalties, according to our availability.

Additional Information

Once you complete the  booking process you will receive a  c onfirmation email. In this email you will find our contact details for any doubt, question or needs you may have.
You will receive  instant  confirmation of your booking. 
Children  under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

How to do the booking?

To book a  guided visit to Ephesus, Temple of Artemis and the House of Virgin Mary just enter the desired date and complete the  form on top of this page. Your reservation will be confirmed immediately. 

Any questions?

In case you have any questions please consult our  FAQs section. If problems occur at the time of booking or you would like to hire other services, contact us  here

 

 1 person

2  people / per person

3  people / per person

4-5  people / per person

Private tour with English speaker guide and driver

 

118  $

 

59  $

 

49  $

 

44  $


 

 1 person

2  people / per person

3  people / per person

4-5  people / per person

Private tour with English speaker guide and driver

 

118  $

 

59  $

 

49  $

 

44  $


 

Up to 2 persons

Up to 4 persons

Up to 8 persons

Up to 12 persons

Private tour with English speaker guide and driver

 

320 

 

360

 

380 

 

390 



Izmir Jewish Heritage Tour

With this tour we learn more about the Jewish heritage in Smyrna (Izmir), the beautiful city called by many the Turkish Aegean Pearl.

We will visit the Beth-Israel Synagogue in the neighborhood of the same name. This synagogue was built in 1907 and is noted for its beautiful wooden decorations. The two architectural pieces Tevah (Bima) and Torah (EHAL Akodesh) were drawn entirely from mahogany, by the most famous teachers of the time. The upper gallery of the synagogue has functions as a museum.

Then we will head to the ancient shopping area and visit Kemeralti Bazaar and Havra Street, which is named after the numerous synagogues erected along this path. In the fifteenth century, at the invitation of the Ottoman Empire, Jewish families emigrated from Spain and settled in Izmir, on Havra Street and its surrounding. The area is known as the Jewish or Sephardic neighborhood, not only for its large population, but because of its success in the area of trade, where they brought a different and special quality.  

This Jewish influence is not only found on Havra Street but overall Izmir, with its traditions, customs and cuisine. First we visit then the Synagogue Sinyora Geveret, built in the sixteenth century, as well as those of Algazi and Shalom Kismet, both of the seventeenth century. Most of these synagogues were influenced by traditional Ottoman decorative style. At one time there were up to nine synagogues in the same street, but today only four remain open for worship.

After these visits we will have free time for shopping in  Kemeralti Bazaar, one of Turkey's largest and the most colorful and vibrant of Izmir, as well as in the two floors of the building Kizlaragasi, built by the Ottomans in the eighteenth century, but which is now used as a shopping center.

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