Private Full Day Sardis Jewish Heritage Tour

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On this private tour, you will be greeted by our professional tour guide in Izmir and driven to Selcuk, one of the most visited destinations in Turkey!


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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

  • Lunch

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide throughout the tour

  • All entrance fees for the sites mentioned in itinerary

  • Service charges and local taxes


  • Drinks during lunch

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • 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.

  • This tour has a 10 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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