Best Private Jewish Heritage Tour: Sardis and Imir Day Trip from Kusadasi
Around late morning, arrive in the village of Sartmustafa, home to the incredible ruins of ancient Sardis. The former capital of the Lycian kingdom, Sardis was subsequently lived in by both the Persians and Romans, and all civilizations left their mark on the city. Today, beautifully preserved ancient temples sit cheek-by-jowl with Byzantine architecture, displaying the glory of Sardis’ historical heydays.
Follow your guide around the Temple of Cybele and Temple of Diana, hearing stories of the gods for whom the monuments were built, and gaze at the River Pactolus that flows majestically through the town. Amble along the Persian-built 'royal road,' and then head inside the impressive Sardis Synagogue to swoon over its reconstructed interior.
Take a break for lunch in town, and then continue your journey north to Izmir. After roughly 2 hours on the road, arrive in the city’s Karataş neighborhood, aka the Old Jewish Quarter. Stretch your legs on a stroll along pretty Dario Moreno Street, and visit the Asansör, a quirky elevator built to facilitate trade between Karataş and a neighborhood further up the hill.
Relax on a drive through Kemeraltı district and look out for the tiny synagogues of Havra Street that once served the community’s Jewish merchants and artists. After hearing more tales of Izmir’s rich Jewish history, make your way out of the city and travel back toward Kusadasi. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your Kusadasi hotel or at Izmir International Airport, if you prefer.
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Private Tour: Sardis Day Trip and Jewish Heritage Tour from Kusadasi
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Private guide
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation for this tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
- Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers