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Jewish Heritage Tours (6 Nights / 7 Days)

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Start with Izmir and antique cities around, Jewish Heritage Tour is going to make you visit synagogues and bustling street lives in Istanbul.






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Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Go antique and vintage shopping in Cukurcuma
  • +Take a romantic ferry ride along Bosphorus
  • +Enjoy a fish dinner and gypsy musicians in Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage)
  • -Do not trust the taxi drivers, check the meter as you are getting on
  • -Don't wander in the back streets of Beyoğlu after midnight
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine

Tour Days

 Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul and connect to IZMIR:

 Transfer to airport in Izmir, and some free time to rest and refresh. Later in the afternoon an orientation drive in Izmir also visiting the Asansor (the Jewish quarter) and the market-place.



 Day 2 IZMIR:

Full day excursion visiting the Ancient City of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world; the Archaeology Museum, and the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her final years. Return to Izmir.


 Day 3 IZMIR / Sardis / Izmir / ISTANBUL:

 Depart from the hotel to visit Sardis, once a big Jewish settlement and famous for its well-preserved gymnasium. Come back to Izmir to fly to Istanbul in late afternoon. Transfer to hotel in Istanbul.



A full day excursion visiting the Jewish Quarter, with its authentic houses and narrow streets; the Jewish Elderly House, the Grand Bazaar; the largest covered market in the world with its 4000 shops; and the Spice Bazaar, a favorite of tourists.




 A full day excursion visiting the landmarks of Istanbul, the Haghia Sophia Church, the Topkapi Palace, the Yerebatan Cistern and the Blue Mosque and the Byzantine Hippodrome .



 A relaxed full day excursion, first a two-hour cruise on Bosphrorus -the strait separating Europe and Asia, by a private boat. Then cross over to the Asian side via the intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge, and go up to the Camlica Hill for a panaromic view.



 Transfer to airport. End of the services.

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This is a private tour program and will be priced according to request.


  • When we mentioned to longtime friends we were visiting Istanbul they told us our enjoyment would be increased substantially if we hired Trici as our guide.They told us the truth.When we contacted Trici she told us that she emphasized the art of Istanbul and we said we approved.She also told us the truth.What neither friends nor Trici told us was that she is a worldclass artist who devotes her art to capturing the obvious and the offbeat sides of that mysterious city.And that’s the truth.

    Ian D. Lanoff 


    I have never been to Istanbul, but I do have extremely vivid, colorful and imaginative images of Istanbul in my mind through the stunning art that Ms. Venola has drawn and the imaginative prose she has written during the years that she has lived there. She is a wonderful ambassador for your city.I can only say that I wish I -could- have the opportunity to have her lead me on a tour of Istanbul: I know it would be magical, thrilling, awe-inspiring. Truly a never-to-be-forgotten experience!

    Charles Richard Lester

    Los Angeles


    I can think of no better tour guide when visiting Istanbul than Trici Venola. Her passion for the city is only exceeded by her knowledge of it's history. The fact that she is an artist and an avid urban sketcher makes her insights that much more astute.

    Her warmth, compassion and humor make her a wonderful guide and  teacher. Trici knows Istanbul -- its nooks and crannies as well as its majestic sites-- better than most natives, much better!! I recommend her highly.

    Peter Hristoff

    Fine Artist and BFA Faculty, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY


    From "commando santas" rappelling down buildings around the city, to colorful mannikins, to workshops and alleys and a million cats, Trici Venola has an insiders awareness of a wonderful assortment of "off the tourist trail" discoveries to share.

    Ken Brown  NYC.


    Spending a day with Trici is like your best Indiana Jones fantasy come true! You duck behind a coke machine in a hole in the wall food store and there you have it, the OTHER cistern (that no one ever sees!) A guide will real passion and joy. The best knowledge I have found so far on Byzantium, Turkey and Istanbul. Not only that she is great fun!

    John D S Kelly NYC


  • I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire

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