Dubrovnik | Split | Plitvice Lakes National Park | Zagreb |
Lake Balaton | BudapestDeparture dates 2022:06/01 | 06/29Begin your spiritual journey with a pre-Kosher cruise itinerary thatexplores the richness of your Jewish heritage in Croatia. A walking tour inDubrovnik shines a light on the jewels of Jewry dating back seven centuriesago, from the oldest functioning Sephardic synagogue to the Jewish fountain.In Split, our discovery continues with a tour of ancient sites and theexquisite Diocletian’s Palace, a meeting with locals, and a Shabbat serviceand dinner followed by a quick walk back to the hotel.After Split we headinland to see the gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park where 16 lakes areconnected with enchanting waterfalls and surrounded by lush vegetation. Herewe enjoy a boat ride through the spectacular landscape. Onward to Zagrebwhere countless marks of the Jewish presence are etched in urban memory. Wetour the Upper and Lower Town and see all the highlights of the city,including the lovely Mirogoj cemetery and its rare, intact Jewish section.Our visit is enhanced by meeting with Zagreb’s lively Jewishcommunity.Finally, we enjoy a scenic drive through Croatia and Hungary,stopping for a tour of Lake Balaton before arriving in Budapest for dinnerand overnight. The next day we transfer to the port and embark on the nextenriching experience—our Kosher cruise.–>
Arrival in Cappadocia
Welcome to Turkey. Uponarrival, meet and greet, then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the days isyours to relax and unwind.
Visit the Devrent Valley to see the various types of fairy chimneys. Continueto an area where local artisans specialize in pottery made from red claycollected the Kizilirmak River. In the afternoon visit Open Air Museum inGoreme where the remains of rock-cut churches, chapels and monasteries carvedinto the fairy chimneys date back to the 10th to 13th centuries.(B)
Light hike through the Rose Valley with visits to the churches. Afterwardsvisit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Continue on to see the KaymakliUnderground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors. Theunderground city consists of 8 floors below ground, only 4 of them are opento the public today. Visit the Ortahisar Rock Castle, with its magnificentpanorama over the fairy chimneys of Hallacdere and the snowy peak of Mt.Erciyes.
Cappadocia | Izmir
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, drive toyour hotel in Sirince Village. Relax in the hotel’s lovely garden or enjoy aself-guided walking tour of the village (B)
Izmir | Ephesus | Pamukkale
Visit the remarkable ancient Greco-Roman archaeological site of AncientEphesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that has been painstakingly excavatedand restored. Walk along Royal Road also known as the Arcadian Way, a4th-century white marble chariot thoroughfare whose most striking sight isthe two-story Library of Celsus，once the 2nd largest library in the world.Uniquely beautiful, with its restored facade now the famed symbol of Ephesus.Your walk along the Royal Road will also take you past the remains of some ofthe ancient city’s major civic buildings and temples as you move toward the25,000-seat Ephesus Theater from which St. Paul once preached to theEphesianshas. Then visit the ongoing excavations at an current archeologicalsite. In the afternoon, transfer to Pamukkale. (B,D)
Pamukkale | Istanbul
Visit the Cotton Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore theancient city of Hierapolis, The mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, andterraced basins of Pamukkale perfectly complement the ruins of ancient bathsand temples of Hierapolis, forming a truly distinct setting that willcaptivate any visitor of this remarkable area. It was famed for its sacredhot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld.Transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul, where you will be metand transferred to your hotel.
Full-day walking tour of Istanbul, beginning at in the heart of Istanbul’sold city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque,the 100,000-seat Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia, once the largest building inthe world. You then. Walk to the impressive Yerebatan Sarayi, built in the6th century as a water source, it the largest of the city’s undergroundcisterns. Walk to the legendary Topkapi Sarayi. once the palace of theOttoman Sultans for over 300 years, now a museum housing treasures from thecollections of the Ottoman Sultans including dazzling jewellery and uniqueporcelain. (B)
In the morning visit the aromatic Spice Bazaar from 1663 with its domed andvaulted shops selling spices and herbs along with a wide variety ofcommodities. Then embark the public boat and sail through the waterwayseparating the Asia and Europe. During this trip many palaces and otherattractions will be visible from the sea. In the afternoon, drive to theimpressive 5th-century Theodosian Walls and the nearby Kariye Museum.Originally a Christian church, then converted to a mosque, it is now a museumfamous for its superb mosaics depicting scenes from the life of Christ, whichmainly date to the 14th century. Continue your morning sightseeing with avisit to the grand Suleymaniye Mosque. Proceed to the Grand Bazaar, with4,000 shops, it one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world.(B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)