What To Expect
After a 1.5-hour drive, we will reach to Sardis (also Sardes) which was the capital of ancient Lydia and one of the important cities of the Persian Empire. Tour the ruins of the Temple of Cybele and Diana, where a 4th-Century basilica was added later. See the golden river Pactalos and the Royal Road. Thereafter you'll visit the reconstructed "Sardis Synagogue" which is the most impressive synagogue in the western diaspora discovered from Antiquity. After having lunch, drive back to Izmir.
Continue to the Karatas district, which is still the area in Izmir where most members of the city's Jewish community continue to live. You will walk through Dario Moreno Street and visit Asansor (means elevator) which was constructed by Jewish businessman Nesim Levi in 1907, in order to make life easier for the local residents to go to their mansions on the top of the hill.
Before ending the tour, drive to the Kemeralti district to have a sightseeing around Havra Street (Synagogue Street), known as "The Street of Synagogues" because of its nine small, active synagogues serving the Jewish merchants and artisans who worked close by. Today three of these historic synagogues are still in use. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the airport or to your hotel depending on your schedule.
Pick up from centrally located Izmir Hotels or Izmir Cruise Port and drop off services
Land transportation with a comfortable, air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicle
All parking fees of the vehicle
Professional English-speaking tour guide throughout the tour
All entrance fees for the sites mentioned in itinerary
Drinks during lunch
Tips and gratuities
Pick up from hotels start at 07:30.
Museums are closed on Mondays. In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited.
The itinerary involves a good deal of walking. Good comfortable footwear is therefore essential.
Excursions are not operated from Kayseri Area.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.