- Private full-day tour of Sardis and the Jewish neighborhoods of Izmir from Kusadasi
- Travel through the history-rich town of Selçuk near Ephesus
- Explore the ancient ruins of Sardis on a walking tour with a private guide
- See the Temple of Cybele, Sardis Synagogue and fascinating examples of Byzantine architecture
- Visit the Jewish neighborhoods of Karataş and Kemeraltı in Izmir
- Learn about Izmir’s synagogues on Havra Street and visit attractions such as the Asansör
What You Can Expect
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.